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Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice

In September 2016, Marshall Dennehey's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group was recognized as the Pennsylvania "Litigation Department of the Year" for Appellate Law by The Legal Intelligencer. The practice group was selected for its focused approach and responsiveness to clients. Read The Legal Intelligencer's article, "Ready to Roll:  Marshall Dennehey Puts Clients' Needs First."

Established more than a quarter-century ago, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group began as a pioneer in its field and continues its leadership in providing fully cooperative, innovative, objectively thorough and technologically advanced services to help clients achieve their litigation goals as early and economically as possible.
Our Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group attorneys have been involved in more than 2,000 cases, and they continue to provide solid and efficient litigation support through sound advice and guidance and zealous hard work in the evaluation, development and promotion of clients' interests in the pre-trial, trial and post-trial phases of their cases.
Our Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group attorneys work closely with clients and trial counsel. They impart the unique perspectives of the post-trial and appellate courts in the execution of their dual mission: to augment the depth and effectiveness of pre-trial and trial teams and to prosecute and defend post-trial motions and appeals.
The work of our firm's appellate attorneys includes front-line responsibility for conducting necessary legal research, writing required briefs. and preparing and presenting oral arguments in post-trial motions and appeals.  By undertaking the execution of these tasks, our appellate team enables our clients' trial attorneys to meet the demands of the trial courts free from the radically different, deceptively intricate and time-consuming regimens of the post-trial and appellate courts.
In addition, our appellate attorneys employ the unique insights gained from their interactions with the appellate courts to support trial counsel in the development and prosecution of dispositive pre-trial motions, in the strategic legal research and analysis of complex and first-impression issues and in the development of effective trial strategies and tactics.
High Standards
Our appellate attorneys are dedicated to their professional mission.  They adhere to high standards of excellence, efficiency and client-oriented service.  Their cumulative experience encompasses hundreds of cases and spans all areas of our firm's wide-ranging litigation fields.
Our appellate attorneys employ state-of-the-art word-processing, computer-assisted legal research programs and in-house publishing facilities to enhance productivity, quality control and cost efficiencies.
To enhance their skills, the quality of appellate practice and the relationship between the appellate courts and appellate practitioners, the attorneys in this group participate in professional associations such as:

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association's Post-Trial and Appellate Practice Committee (founding co-chair and members)
  • DRI's Appellate Advocacy Committee (leadership, case reporter and seminar roles)
  • ABA's Council of Appellate Lawyers (leadership and case reporter roles)
  • Appellate Practice Committees of the ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance and Litigation Sections (case reporter)

Our appellate attorneys also provide instructive seminars and other presentations to enhance clients' understandings of the complexities and intricacies of post-trial and appellate practice.
The Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group serves clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Florida and New York.


Aug 30, 2017
Our attorneys obtained a unanimous, precedential decision in the Third Circuit reversing a federal district court’s denial of qualified immunity for their police officer clients.  The plaintiff was a passenger in a car struck by a bullet...
Apr 21, 2016
Marshall Dennehey’s appellate and workers’ compensation team successfully defended a major Pennsylvania transportation authority in the four-year litigation of a claim petition arising out of an altercation between the claimant, a bus...
Jan 22, 2016
Marshall Dennehey's appellate attorneys filed an amicus curiae brief for the Pennsylvania Defense Institute in a case in which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously upheld the reversal of a multimillion dollar verdict against an electric...
Sep 21, 2015
Successfully represented a Maryland government agency before the Delaware Supreme Court. The matter had been dismissed at the trial court level based on lack of personal jurisdiction. On appeal, the plaintiffs reasserted personal jurisdiction...
Dec 30, 2014
In a case handled by Marshall Dennehey's appellate attorneys, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court voted 6 -0 to affirm a judgment as a matter of law for our clients, a Pennsylvania police department and its officers, and held that police owe neither...
Sep 29, 2014
Successfully defended an appeal on behalf of a police officer before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  In this civil rights case, the plaintiff alleged malicious prosecution, a violation of §1983, in connection with his arrest in a...
Jun 10, 2014
Won a unanimous victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court whereby the Court reinstated a long-standing statutory employer defense for general contractors and others who are sued in tort for injuries to subcontractors' employees. Representing...
Jun 10, 2014
Won a unanimous victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a case involving the standard for prejudice that an insurer must meet to deny coverage based upon late notice of a "phantom vehicle" claim.  The Supreme Court upheld the...
Nov 18, 2013
Marshall Dennehey's appellate attorneys convinced the Pennsylvania Superior Court to reverse a multimillion-dollar asbestos verdict on two bases and remand for a new trial on liability and damages. In its 2-1 panel decision, the Superior...
Mar 1, 2011
Attorney obtained a dismissal of an appeal in a case involving an issue of appellate procedure in which the attorney was able to convince the Appellate Division on an Order to Show Cause because the proper representative was not in place to pursue...



Law Alerts May 6, 2013
John Hare, Chairman of the Post-Trial and Appellate Advocacy Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, recently testified before the Pennsylvania Legislature in support of a bill he co-drafted that seeks transparency in the...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2013
In a case in which Carol VanderWoude (Philadelphia, PA) and John Hare (Philadelphia, PA) acted as amicus curiae counsel for The Pennsylvania Defense Institute, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed the Superior Court and refused to expand the..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 1, March 2013
Defense Digest Article December 1, 2012
Chuck Craven (Philadelphia, PA), working closely with Scott Eichhorn (Roseland, NJ), developed and briefed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of New York University School of Medicine and New York University Hospitals Center in a complex, high-..., Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 4, December 2012
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2012
Ed Schwartz (Harrisburg, PA) and Chuck Craven (Philadelphia, PA) won decisive battles initiated by a renowned plaintiff’s attorney in a legal malpractice case that has generated a significant precedential opinion from the Pennsylvania Superior..., Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 3, September 2012
Law Alerts July 1, 2012
This civil rights suit against an investigator for the Bethlehem Township Police Department stemmed from an incident in which the plaintiff was involved in a fight at a party, which resulted in the plaintiff stabbing three people and slashing a..., Case Law Alert - 3rd Qtr 2012
Law Alerts May 27, 2012
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has handed down an important decision clarifying—and sharply limiting—the costs for electronic discovery that may be taxed against a losing party. In Race Tires America, Inc. et al., v. Hoosier Racing..., Special Case Law Alert - May 27, 2012
Law Alerts April 1, 2012
Unlike res judicata, which applies to subsequent actions between the same parties on the same cause of action, the law of the case doctrine is triggered when successive appeals are taken in the same case. The law of the case doctrine holds that the..., Case Law Alert - 2nd Qtr 2012
Law Alerts January 1, 2012
This matter involves the discoverability of communications between counsel and a trial expert regarding the manner in which the expert should frame his or her opinions or report. In September 2010, the Superior Court issued a precedential decision..., Case Law Alert - 1st Qtr 2012
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2011
Audrey Copeland (King of Prussia, Pennsylvania) successfully obtained the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court's affirmance of a termination of workers' compensation benefits in favor of the employer, secured by Frank Wickersham (King of Prussia..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 3, September 2011
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2011
Walter Kawalec (Cherry Hill, NJ) successfully persuaded a panel of the Appellate Division to affirm the summary judgment in the Law Division. The case involved a nursing home liability matter in which the plaintiff, acting pro se after having..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 2, June 2011



May 29, 2018
Appellate attorney Kimberly Kanoff Berman has joined Marshall Dennehey as Special Counsel in the Fort Lauderdale office. A member of the firm’s Professional Liability Department, Ms. Berman joins the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group. Her diverse appellate practice has included the...
November 27, 2017
Teresa Ficken Sachs, Vice-Chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, was selected as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal's 2017 "Women of Distinction." The program recognizes 30 female leaders in the Philadelphia region who...
October 13, 2017
Teresa Ficken Sachs, Esq., Vice-Chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL) at the Academy's 2017 Fall Meeting, held October 6 - 8 in San Francisco. The...
April 10, 2017
John J. Hare, Esq., Chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL) at the Academy's 2017 Spring Meeting, held April 6 – 8 in Boston. The AAAL was founded...
September 21, 2016
We are honored to announce that Marshall Dennehey has been selected a winner in two categories of The Legal Intelligencer's 2016 Litigation Departments of the Year contest. The firm has been recognized in the areas of Appellate Law and Professional Liability, which in this particular contest...
September 15, 2016
Two Marshall Dennehey attorneys have been recognized as 2016 "Top Women in Law" by The Legal Intelligencer and The New Jersey Law Journal, respectively. Appellate attorney Kimberly Boyer-Cohen, special counsel in the firm's Philadelphia office, has been recognized by The Legal Intelligencer. The...
April 7, 2016
Kimberly A. Boyer-Cohen, special counsel in the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group in the Philadelphia office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of...
October 23, 2015
John J. Hare, Chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Civil Procedural Rules Committee. He was appointed by Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor and will serve a three-year term...
June 15, 2015
Teresa Ficken Sachs, shareholder and vice chair of Marshall Dennehey's Appellate Advocacy Practice Group, was awarded the William J. O'Brien Distinguished Service Award as "Defense Lawyer of the Year" by the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (PADC). Ms. Sachs was honored at the...
January 14, 2015
Well-known appellate attorney Teresa (Terry) Ficken Sachs has joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as a Shareholder and Vice-Chair of the firm's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group.  In this capacity, she will work closely with practice group chair, John J. Hare, in...


Conference Jul 18, 2013
The Pennsylvania Defense Institute is hosting its 45th annual conference on July 17-19 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. The annual conference is an excellent opportunity to mix business with pleasure while obtaining continuing education credits....
Conference Apr 6, 2017
Rasheen Davis and Teresa Sachs are presenting at the upcoming Personal Injury Potpourri conference, hosted by the Dispute Resolution Institute. Rasheen will discuss how to avoid statute of limitations problems and Teresa will present important case...


John J. Hare
Chair, Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice
(215) 575-2609

Additional Contacts

Teresa Ficken Sachs
Vice Chair, Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group
(215) 575-4560
Christopher E. Dougherty
Director, Professional Liability Department
(215) 575-2733

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