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Lawrence J. Bartel

2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2780
(215) 575-0856 - Fax

As a member of the Professional Liability Department, Larry concentrates his practice in the areas of Consumer Financial Services Litigation and Compliance. In this role, Larry defends financial institutions, debt servicers and buyers, auto finance companies, collection attorneys, student lenders, telecommunication providers, mortgage lenders and credit reporting agencies against claims brought pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Extension Uniformity Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act and state consumer laws in the state and federal courts of both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Additionally, Larry has extensive experience in the defense of civil rights, employment, municipal liability and school claims law. In this capacity, he represents private and public employers, police departments, municipalities and school districts in various claims made and suits brought against them.

Larry has represented police officers and public officials in state and federal court in all aspects of civil rights litigation, including claims involving use of force, illegal search and seizure, and wrongful arrest. In addition, Larry has represented private and public employers in litigation and provided them advice and counsel concerning a variety of employment-related matters. He has handled the defense of employment law cases in federal and state courts and before various administrative agencies.

In addition to his law practice, Larry has lectured for municipalities, employers and insurance organizations and has contributed articles on civil rights and employment-related issues. He has also consulted with clients concerning the development of policies and procedures and has provided educational and training to employees and managers of his clients.

Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Larry was an assistant public defender in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where he served as the lead first chair attorney in numerous criminal matters. He also represented clients in state and county revocation hearings, indirect criminal contempt hearings, competency determinations, mental health commitments and grand jury proceedings.

Lawrence received his juris doctor from Widener University School of Law and graduated from Widener University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Preventing and Remedying Police Misconduct, Rutgers-Camden Law School, 2014

  • Site Audits and Standard Operating Procedures, Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, 2013

  • Pennsylvania State Police Academy, Harrisburg, PA - Guest Lecturer

  • University of Pittsburgh, Probation and Parole - Guest Lecturer

Published Works


  • Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, PA (J.D., 2003)

  • Widener University, Chester, PA (B.S., 2000)

    Major: Business Administration, focus Accounting 


Law Alerts April 1, 2014
The plaintiff, an African American woman, was 50 years old when she applied for a position with the Police Department. The City has responsibility for testing, hiring, training and supervising employees of the Police Department. As part of the job..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2014
Law Alerts April 1, 2014
The plaintiffs—a police officer and her sons—brought a civil rights action against the Borough and two of the Borough’s police officers alleging an unlawful seizure and malicious prosecution in violation of the Fourth Amendment..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2014
Law Alerts January 2, 2014
The plaintiffs, the administrators of an estate, sued the Borough of Folcroft, its Police Chief and a police officer for the deaths of the decedents as a result of a high-speed police chase. The complaint alleged violations of 42 U.S.C. § 1983...
Law Alerts January 2, 2014
A Pennsylvania state prisoner filed suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against numerous employees of the Clinton County Correctional Facility (CCCF) and SCI-Rockview alleging that he received inadequate medical care in violation of the 8th Amendment....
Law Alerts October 18, 2013
The appellants contend that the removal of their children and grandchild from their home in 2006 violated their constitutional rights. The court ruled a municipality, of which the Children and Youth Services (CYYS) was simply an agency, could not be..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter 2013
Law Alerts October 18, 2013
The plaintiff, a passenger in a vehicle involved in a police pursuit, sued a township, its police officers and a supervisor, asserting claims under 42 U.S.C.S. § 1983 under the theories of Monell liability, failure to train and negligence under..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter 2013
Law Alerts July 1, 2013
The plaintiff's retaliation claim under the First Amendment failed as a matter of law as the record supported the district court's conclusion that it was the plaintiff's "aggressive and confrontational behavior," not her "..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter 2013
Law Alerts July 1, 2013
The plaintiff brought an action pursuant to 42 U.S.C.S. § 1983, alleging that the defendants, members of the Philadelphia SWAT team, were liable under the Fourth Amendment for unlawful seizure, false arrest, excessive force and failure to..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter 2013
Law Alerts April 11, 2013
The plaintiff parent sued the school district in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania under 42 U.S.C.S. § 1983, alleging various constitutional violations arising from the district's operation of a basketball..., Case Law Alerts - 2nd Quarter 2013
Law Alerts April 11, 2013
The plaintiff, an inmate in a state correctional institute, filed a complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C.S. § 1983, alleging that prison defendants violated his First Amendment right to access the courts by failing to timely deliver his notice of..., Case Law Alerts - 2nd Quarter 2013


January 3, 2018
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin announced today that 14 associates and one special counsel have been elevated to shareholder, with 60 percent of the new shareholder class comprised of women. In Philadelphia, the new shareholders are: Lawrence J. Bartel, shareholder in the firm's...


  • Widener University School of Law (J.D., 2003)
  • Widener University (B.S., 2000)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2004
  • Pennsylvania, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey

Honors & Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2016-2018

    The 2017 Super Lawyers list is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Year Joined Organization: 2011

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