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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...



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
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2011
Kimberly Boyer-Cohen (Philadelphia, PA) and John Hare (Philadelphia, PA) successfully obtained an affirmance from the Pennsylvania Superior Court of a jury verdict for the defendant insurer in an insurance coverage case. The insurer had denied the..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 1, March 2011



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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