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Timothy D. Rau

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2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2623
(215) 575-0856 - Fax
tdrau@mdwcg.com

Tim concentrates his practice on litigation of personal injury and commercial matters. While much of his practice has focused on the litigation of mass/toxic tort matters, product liability and premises liability, Tim has also handled cases arising out of maritime and port operations. He has tried a number of cases to verdict in Philadelphia, in addition to litigating cases in the surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Since joining Marshall Dennehey in 2003, Tim has litigated and managed cases related to mass and toxic tort matters arising out of exposure to asbestos, silica and benzene. He has also defended a significant number of cases filed against land owners and managers for injuries which occurred on the premises. The litigation of these cases has involved all aspects of litigation, including discovery, expert witness development and preparation, and trial.

For the last several years, Tim has also developed a practice related to maritime and port operations. In this arena, he defends matters related to the operation of and loading/unloading of vessels, with claims based on the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and general maritime negligence claims. 

Prior to attending law school, Tim attended James Madison University where he was a member of the school's cross country and track teams.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Defense verdict in wrongful death case in Philadelphia County which it was alleged that the plaintiff/decedent's esophageal cancer and subsequent death was caused by his exposure to asbestos.

  • Defense verdict after two phases of a reverse bifurcated trial in Philadelphia County where the plaintiff was found by the jury to have asbestosis, but Tim's client's product was found to have not caused the plaintiff's disease.

  • Defense verdicts in two cases tried simultaneously where the plaintiffs each alleged they had contracted symptomatic asbestosis as a result of exposure to asbestos.

  • Marine vessel negligence verdict affirmed on appeal: Kindermann v. Cunningham, 2015 Pa. Super 30

  • Premises liability verdict in Philadelphia where the plaintiff alleged permanent injury and total disability from work after a fall on the property owned and managed by Tim's client. After demanding in excess of $2.5 million prior to trial and alleging over $1 million in past and future wage loss, the jury awarded the plaintiff less than $100,000. 

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Harris Martin's Pennsylvania Asbestos Litigation Conference, Co-Chair, April 2009 

  • What Constitutes an Injury Under PA Law, Resolute Management, Inc., 2007 

Published Works

  • "Liability for Replacement Parts in a Post-Tincher World," The Legal Intelligencer, Products Liability Supplement (page 6), January 26, 2016

  • Legal Updates for Toxic Torts Litigation, editor

  • "No Special Exception to PA Statute of Repose for Asbestos Exposure," Defense Digest, 2011-09, Vol. 17, No. 3

  • "Pennsylvania Superior Court Affirms Economic Loss Doctrine," Defense Digest, 2004-09, Vol. 10, No. 3

Education

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law-Camden, Camden, NJ (J.D., 1999)

  • James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA (B.A., 1996)

    Honors: cum laude

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Law Alerts June 10, 2019
Federal Judge Concludes that Pennsylvania’s Corporate Registration Is Unconstitutional By Timothy Rau, Esq. Judge Eduardo Robreno of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued an Order and Memorandum on June 6 in the case of Sullivan v. A.W..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a...
Law Alerts March 19, 2019
Edited by Timothy D. Rau, Esq. Equipment Manufacturers Liable for Replacement Parts Under Maritime Law, SCOTUS Says By Joshua Scheets, Esq.  and Carol Vanderwoude, Esq. The United States Supreme Court weighed in on the bare metal defense in..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts February 5, 2019
edited by Timothy D. Rau, Esq. New Jersey Asbestos Case Review 2018 By Paul C. Johnson, Esq. In 2018, the New Jersey Appellate Division crafted lengthy opinions in two significant asbestos cases, one of which, Whelan v. Armstrong International,..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a...
Law Alerts June 21, 2018
Edited by Timothy D. Rau, Esq. Delaware Jury Awards $40 Million to Asbestos Plaintiff By Ana McCann  In Estate of Knecht v. Ford Motor Co., C.A. No. N14C-08-164ASB, a Delaware jury held Ford Motor Co. liable, based on a failure to warn..., Pennsylvania Business Registration Statute Declared Unconstitutional By Timothy Rau In a matter currently on appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court, Judge Arnold New issued an opinion in which he holds that Pennsylvania’s business..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts May 18, 2018
Edited by Timothy D. Rau, Esq. Aplastic Anemia Not Caused by Benzene Exposure, Philly Jury Says After a two-and-one-half week trial before Judge Theresa Carpenter, a Philadelphia jury concluded that plaintiff's Aplastic Anemia (AA) was not..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts December 29, 2017
Edited by Timothy D. Rau, Esquire PA Juries Required to Allocate Fault Amongst Liable Defendants and Bankrupt Entities Under Fair Share Act   by Timothy Rau In a precedential opinion, the PA Superior Court has ruled that juries in..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts October 20, 2017
Edited by Timothy D. Rau, Esq. Third Circuit Rules Bare Metal Defense Not Available Under Maritime Law and Seeks Advisory Opinion Under PA Law by Timothy D. Rau In two separate opinions, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has addressed the..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts December 1, 2016
Edited by Timothy D. Rau, Esq. Cumulative Exposure Opinions Admissible Under Betz by Carolyn Schweizer On November 22, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an opinion in Rost v.Ford Motor Company in which it declined to expand its..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts June 1, 2016
Edited by Timothy D. Rau, Esquire Bare Metal Defense Applied Under Maritime Law in Eastern District of PA By Timothy Rau, Esq. Judge Eduardo Robreno issued an opinion in DeVries v. General Electric Co., 5:13-00474 (E. D. Pa. May 18, 2016),..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...

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Education

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law-Camden (J.D., 1999)
  • James Madison University (B.A., cum laude, 1996)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1999
  • Pennsylvania, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2001

Associations & Memberships

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2008

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Year Joined Organization: 2003

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