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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.


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...



Law Alerts October 1, 2014
The plaintiff was injured by a Volvo—with a 1987 manual transmission—when it lurched forward as it was started while in-gear. The theory of liability was negligence and design defect for failure to include an ignition interlock that..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2014
Law Alerts October 1, 2014
The plaintiff was the successful bidder for real property at an auction conducted by the defendant. When the gavel dropped, the plaintiff signed a purchase order containing a broad arbitration clause. He later filed suit, claiming that the defendant..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2014
Law Alerts October 1, 2014
The Florida Supreme Court resolved a split among the District Courts of Appeal on an issue of causation in medical malpractice cases. The plaintiff was treated by a series of physicians. Doctor 2 testified in discovery that he would not have changed..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2014
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2014
Audrey Copeland (King of Prussia, PA) successfully defended the summary judgment obtained by trial counsel John Riddell (King of Prussia, PA) on appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court in a premises liability case involving an unwitnessed accident..., Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2014 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...
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2014
Oral arguments presented before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court by John J. Hare (Philadelphia, PA), shareholder and chair of Marshall Dennehey’s Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group, have led to a unanimous decision by the Court to...
Law Alerts April 1, 2014
Company A was not an additional insured under the policy of Company B, but the subcontract gave A the right to contractual indemnity in the event of negligence of B. A’s insurance policy had a $1 million SIR. In settlement of a third-party..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2014
Law Alerts April 1, 2014
Plaintiffs sued a German automaker in California, asserting personal jurisdiction on the theory that it was subject to general jurisdiction based on voluminous in-state sales by its U.S. subsidiary. The Supreme Court reaffirmed and expounded upon..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2014
Law Alerts April 1, 2014
A nurse recognized a patient as the boyfriend of a family member. The nurse then accessed the patient’s private health information contained in medical records and passed this information to the family member. The patient sued the clinic and..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2014
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2014
In Munir v. Pottsville Area School District, 723 F.3d 423 (3d Cir. 2013), Kim Boyer-Cohen (Philadelphia, PA) obtained an affirmance from the Third Circuit of the summary judgment obtained by Christopher Conrad (Harrisburg, PA) in an action brought...



November 18, 2013
Obtained summary judgment, affirmed on appeal in the Commonwealth Court, for a police officer, his supervisor and the police department in a case involving police pursuit that ended in a fatal crash. The case changed the law in Pennsylvania, as the court held for the first time, "There is no duty...
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...



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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