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Thomas A. Brophy

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President & CEO
2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2748
(215) 575-0856 - Fax
tabrophy@mdwcg.com

Tom Brophy has served as president and CEO of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin since 2005.  In this role he is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the firm and implementing the strategic goals and objectives of the organization through three senior executives, nine board members and over 1,000 employees. Tom's leadership drives the firm's liability practices through a wide range of business strategies for future growth in each area of law and business.  He focuses on continually improving the firm's efficiencies and processes, and on promoting client satisfaction with the lawyering and service provided by the firm.  He also actively promotes the professional development of the firm's attorneys. 
 
With over 30 years of experience in the legal profession, Tom remains constantly aware of changes in the business and legal community and continues to counsel and guide clients through this ever-changing landscape.
 
Over the years, he has defended hundreds of matters on behalf of corporations, individuals and insurance companies involving a wide range of legal issues including product liability, premises liability, liquor liability and health care liability matters. Tom has lectured extensively throughout the state on the practice of civil defense litigation.

Tom is a former chair of the Federal Practice Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association. He is actively involved with the Defense Research Institute and the Pennsylvania Defense Institute. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Insurance Society of Philadelphia for six years. Tom has served as a trustee of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Philadelphia Bar Association, for eight years and is currently the President of the Foundation. Tom also serves as the president of The Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Tried one of the first long-term care cases litigated in the City of Philadelphia. Successfully represented the defendant, an owner and operator of a long-term care facility. The plaintiff was a resident of the facility and had been assaulted by a care provider who was convicted of aggravated assault as a result of his mishandling of the plaintiff. Claims were made for compensatory and punitive damages against the long-term care facility for the actions of its employee and for its failure to properly screen the employee who assaulted the plaintiff. The jury returned a defense verdict on behalf of the long-term care facility.

  • Successfully represented an insurance broker in an alleged insurance brokerage malpractice matter. Plaintiff sued the insurance brokerage alleging that the brokerage had misrepresented the nature of the insurance coverage available to the land owner resulting in an economic loss of between $5 million and $8 million. The case was complicated by the fact that the insurance broker whom Tom represented was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and was incompetent to testify at the time of trial.

  • Defended an underinsured motorist case brought by a plastic surgeon. The plastic surgeon, who had been rear ended in a motor vehicle accident, claimed that as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident, he had developed a radiculopathy radiating into his right dominant arm precluding him from engaging in the practice of plastic surgery. The surgeon had $5 million in underinsured motorist coverage. The arbitrators made an award of $850,000 in favor of the plastic surgeon in a case that was reserved for $5 million.

  • Successfully represented a psychologist and in-patient treatment facility in a case in which it was alleged that patient was inaccurately evaluated and inappropriately discharged. The patient committed suicide within 10 days after his discharge from the facility by the psychologist. Jury found in favor of defense concluding that the decision to discharge the decedent was appropriate given his presentation on the date of the release.

  • Defended the manufacturer of a pediculicide (lice treatment) shampoo in a case in which it was alleged that the shampoo caused second degree burns to a 3-year-old child over 60 percent of her body, causing her death. At the time the case was filed, the county coroner and the decedent's treating physicians had opined that her death was caused by an allergic reaction resulting in tissue destruction that manifested itself in the form of second degree burns. The defense assembled a team of experts to establish that the child's death was caused by hot water scalding and not by a chemical reaction to the shampoo. The pediculicide had been manufactured and distributed pursuant to over-the-counter regulations promulgated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Published Works

  • "Sailing to Distant Shores," Philadelphia Bar Reporter, January 2017

  • “Toxic Torts: Workable Defenses Available to the Corporate Defendant,” (co-author, Robert Goggin) 28 Villanova L. R. 1208, 1993

  • “How To Evaluate And Settle Personal Injury Claims,” Professional Education System, Inc, 1989

  • “Cross Examination of Plaintiff's Life Care Expert,” Product Liability Council Deskbook, 1999, 2001

Education

  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA (J.D., 1982)

  • University of Dayton, Dayton, OH (B.A., 1974)

    Honors: Cum Laude 
    Major: English  

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Defense Digest Article September 1, 2009
As our clients know, the law of business is very competitive. At Marshall, Dennehey we understand that we may not be the least expensive option that our clients have, at least in terms of hourly billing. However, if one looks at our rates, the..., Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 3, September 2009

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August 11, 2017
For the fifth year running, Marshall Dennehey was selected by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the Philadelphia region's "Best Places to Work" and the firm received the top score in the Extra Large Company category. The award recognizes the company's achievements in creating a positive...
July 28, 2017
Marshall Dennehey is pleased to announce that the firm has been named a Best Law Firm For Female Attorneys by Law360 and its 2017 Glass Ceiling Report. Law360 grouped firms based on U.S. attorney headcount in order to evaluate them with similar-sized peers. They excluded any firm that had below-...
May 12, 2017
Seventy-one attorneys from the Pennsylvania offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been selected to the 2017 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas...
March 30, 2017
Four law firms from across Europe and North America have launched a new multi-jurisdiction legal network to provide a global service to insurance clients. The Insurance Law Global (ILG) network is made up of founding law firms from the UK, Spain, Canada and the USA. The firms will collaborate on a...
November 1, 2016
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has been selected a "2017 Best Law Firm" in multiple practice areas, both nationally and across numerous regions of the country. The rankings, which are presented in tiers, are compiled annually by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, and...
August 29, 2016
For the fourth consecutive year, the Philadelphia Business Journal has named Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin one of the Philadelphia region's "Best Places to Work." The award recognizes the company's achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains...
November 2, 2015
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has been selected a "2016 Best Law Firm" in multiple practice areas, both nationally and across numerous regions of the country. The rankings, which are presented in tiers, are compiled annually by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, and...
October 26, 2015
The Philadelphia Business Journal has named Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin one of its 2015 Best Places to Work award recipients in the Philadelphia region. The award recognizes the company's achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees...
July 24, 2015
Marshall Dennehey received the "Distinguished Defense Firm Award" at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI) on Thursday, July 16 in Bedford, PA. The inaugural award honors a civil defense firm devoted to professionalism, dedication to the practice of law, promotion of the...
November 21, 2014
For the second consecutive year, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin was cited among the top law firms Fortune 500 companies call upon for torts litigation, according to the results of Corporate Counsel's annual survey, "Who Represents America's Biggest Companies? Firms were chosen based...

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Education

  • Temple University School of Law (J.D., 1982)
  • University of Dayton (B.A., cum laude, 1974)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2001

Associations & Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Diplomate, 1997 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation, President, 2017 - 2018
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation, Vice President, 2015 - 2016
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation, Member of Board of Trustees, 2009 - 2016
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, 1982-1986 and 2000 - Present
  • The Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia, Member 2000 - Present, Trustee 2011 - 2015, President, 2016 - 2017
  • Defense Research Institute, 1988 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute, 1985 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1982 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Co-Chair, Law Practice Management Committee, 2007, 2008
  • Products Liability Advisory Council, 1988 - 2010
  • Insurance Society of Philadelphia, Member of Board of Directors, 2006 - 2010
  • Montgomery County Bar Association 1986 - 2001

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 1979

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