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Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice

Recognized
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."

Pioneering
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.
 
Experienced
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.
 
Effective
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.
 
Thorough
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.
 
Strategic
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.
 
State-of-the-Art
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.
 
Involved
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)

 
Instructive
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.

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Dec 16, 2010
Attorney received a favorable decision from the state Supreme Court. The attorney had successfully argued a Motion to Dismiss before the state Superior Court seeking dismissal of plaintiff’s filing of an identical action to a prior Complaint which...
Sep 27, 2010
Attorney succeeded in persuading the Third Circuit to affirm the decision of the District Court, to deny the plaintiff's motion for F.R.Civ.P. 60(b) relief from a judgment. In response to the plaintiff's complaint, the attorney filed a timely...
Mar 4, 2008
Attorneys successfully defended an appeal on behalf of the county deputy surrogate. The appeal arose out of the trial court's decision which granted summary judgment to the defendant attorney/surrogate in connection with the administration of an...

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Law Alerts January 3, 2017
In a discovery response, the defendant asserted that she sought counseling related to the incident giving rise to the case. The plaintiff followed up with a request that she give the name and relevant information for her treatment. Because all..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2017. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Defense Digest Article December 1, 2016
Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016   In this data breach suit, Shane Haselbarth (Philadelphia, PA) succeeded in obtaining the Third Circuit’s affirmance of the District Court’s dismissal of the plaintiffs’..., Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Law Alerts October 3, 2016
The insurer’s automobile policy contained the following clause regarding its PIP coverage: “Any amounts payable under this coverage shall be subject to any and all limitations, authorized by section 627.736 or any other provisions of the..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2016. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts October 3, 2016
The plaintiffs sued on behalf of a class of former employees and customers of the defendants, medical and dental benefit providers. The defendants’ computer network was hacked by non-parties, and the class members’ personal identifying..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2016. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts October 3, 2016
An arbitrator appointed to settle a dispute over the termination of a teacher found that the termination was appropriate. The decision was emailed on December 10. On March 10 of the following year, the teacher moved in the court of common pleas to..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2016. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2016
Audrey Copeland (King of Prusia, PA) secured a decision from the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in favor of the employer in a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation matter. The court affirmed the denial of a claim petition and the grant of a...,   *Prior Results Do Not Guarantee A Similar Outcome Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2016. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to...
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2016
Shane Haselbarth (Philadelphia, PA) garnered a unanimous judgment in the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirming a defense verdict at trial and rejecting allegations of trial error. Marshall Dennehey’s client was a hospital in which an ear, nose..., Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 2, June 2016 Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts April 1, 2016
Homeowners in the Paradise by the Sea subdivision filed suit in 2015 against the subdivision’s governing body to invalidate 2001 and 2005 amendments to its original restrictive covenants. They argued that the amendments were null and void..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 1, 2016 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts April 1, 2016
The plaintiff was operating a Ford vehicle when he was in a head-on collision. He attributed his injuries to a defect in the vehicle because the air bag did not deploy. Ford argued that the question of whether the product was “unreasonably..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 1, 2016 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts April 1, 2016
The municipality awarded a bid to Boone Coleman. The contract price for the public works project was $683,300, and the contract contained a liquidated damages provision: Boone Coleman would owe $700 per day for every day the project was unfinished..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 1, 2016 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...

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May 17, 2013
John J. Hare, Shareholder and Chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post Trial Practice Group, presented oral arguments earlier this month in Vanderhoff v. Harleysville Insurance in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. This is the second time that Vanderhoff has been considered by the Supreme Court. R....
May 16, 2013
John Hare, Chairman of the Post-Trial and Appellate Advocacy Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, testified in April before the Pennsylvania Legislature in support of a bill he co-drafted that seeks transparency in the process by which claimants seek compensation from...

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Chair

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

Additional Contacts

Teresa Ficken Sachs
Vice Chair, Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group
(215) 575-4560
tfsachs@mdwcg.com
Christopher E. Dougherty
Chairman of the Board of Directors; Director, Professional Liability Department
(215) 575-2733
cedougherty@mdwcg.com

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