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Michael A. Salvati

2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-4552
(215) 575-0856 - Fax

Michael is an associate in the Casualty Department, where he devotes his practice to product liability, premises liability, and property loss claims. He has provided counsel to a wide variety of clients, including automotive and other product manufacturers, as well as various regional and national retail chains. Michael has experience in all aspects of defense litigation, from initial claim investigation through discovery and trial.

Michael is also a member of the Defense Research Institute, and co-edited the Pennsylvania Chapter of its 2013 publication, "Product Liability Defenses, a State-by-State Compendium."

Prior to joining the firm, Michael served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Timothy G. Farrell of the Superior Court of New Jersey.  In that capacity, Michael managed the judge's dockets, drafted opinions and orders, and served as a mediator in Small Claims and Special Civil Part cases.

Michael earned his juris doctor at Villanova Law School, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class, was a member of the Order of the Coif, and served as an Associate Editor of the Villanova Law Review.  He earned his Bachelor's Degree in History from Villanova University, where he graduated first in his class with a 4.0 GPA.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Obtained a defense verdict as second chair in a federal jury trial involving an allegedly defective motorcycle that caught fire when left running contrary to instructions in the owner's manual, causing significant fire and smoke damage to the plaintiffs' residence.

  • Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of a janitorial franchising company, successfully arguing that it was not responsible for the rogue acts of its franchisee who allegedly stole jewelry and engaged in sexual acts while cleaning the plaintiff's office.

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of two homeowners, successfully arguing that they had no duty to prevent their general contractor from injuring his subcontractor, the plaintiff, who had fallen from a ladder on the job.

  • Successfully defended a retail pharmacy and its delivery driver at arbitration on an auto accident claim for which liability was uncontested.  Michael obtained a limited tort finding and limited plaintiff to recovery of her unpaid medical expenses, which were minimal.  The suit had initially been filed as a major jury case before being remanded to arbitration, and the award was less than 1% of plaintiff's original demand.

  • Obtained a dismissal on jurisdictional grounds of product liability and wrongful death claims brought against a truck dealership that was located in Ohio and that did not conduct regular business in Pennsylvania.

  • Obtained a summary judgment for the manufacturer of a smoker in a failure to warn claim involving an allegedly defective barbecue smoker by successfully challenging the opinions of the plaintiff's expert as speculative.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Panel Member, Nuts and Bolts of Litigation Practice Under the Fair Share Act, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, April 2016.

  • Litigation Pointers for Defending the Supermarket Slip and Fall Case, Liberty Mutual Insurance, February 2015

Published Works


  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA (J.D., 2011)

    Honors: magna cum laude

    Honors: Order of the Coif

    Publication:  Villanova Law Review

  • Villanova University, Villanova, PA (B.A., 2008)

    Honors: summa cum laude

    Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

    Major: History

Defense Digest Article June 1, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018 By Michael A. Salvati, Esq.* and Keith D. Heinold, Esq.* Key Points: Very little has been settled in product liability law since the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Tincher..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018. 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...
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 2, June 2017 By Michael A. Salvati, Esq.* Key Points: Even if an LLC defendant is a citizen of the forum state, it may be able to challenge general jurisdiction. The tests for citizenship and for general...,   Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 2, June 2017. 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...
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2014
By Michael A. Salvati, Esq. and David S. Wolf, Esq.* Key Points: Because of the two-year statute of limitations that applies to personal injury actions, the impact of the new Pennsylvania Fair Share Act is just starting to be felt. In...
May 11, 2018
In this complex lawsuit, the plaintiff suffered traumatic injury when the steering column of his tractor trailer became unyoked, rendering it uncontrollable and causing it to crash. The manufacturer is a Delaware LLC headquartered in North Carolina...
May 11, 2017
The defense prevailed on preliminary objections in Philadelphia County based on lack of jurisdiction over a truck manufacturer. ​The case was originally filed in the federal court, but jurisdiction was found to be improper. If a party is an LLC,...
Aug 25, 2016
Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a German luxury vehicle manufacturer after a jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff alleged that he regularly let his motorcycle idle in his garage to...


  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2011)
  • Villanova University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2008)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2011
  • Pennsylvania, 2011

Associations & Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Year Joined Organization: 2012

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