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Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin

Est. 1962

Unparalleled Growth
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, a professional corporation, was founded in 1962. We are very gratified that our growth, much of which has been client-driven, enables us to make available to our clients 500 lawyers working out of 20 offices throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Florida and New York.

Exclusively Defense
We are exclusively a defense litigation firm with our professional practices encompassing a broad spectrum of litigation matters.

Complex Litigation Experience
Members of our firm have considerable experience handling high-profile and complex litigation, including class actions and mass tort matters.

Regional Presence
The regional presence of our firm affords many advantages to our clients. One client detailed some of these advantages in the publication Of Counsel, where he expressed appreciation of our firm's strategic locations in areas where his company has stores. He praised our ability to handle a wide variety of claims, ranging from fall downs and car damage claims to complex product liability matters. In addition to the six states in which we maintain our offices, we have handled many litigation matters in neighboring states including West Virginia, Connecticut, Maryland and Kentucky.

Regional Office Statistics
Nearly 60 percent of our attorneys work in our 19 satellite offices. This statistic underscores the importance of our regional offices to our clients, as well as to our firm. Clients report to us that they are comfortable entering into region-wide arrangements for our representation knowing that we are well staffed in these offices. The attorneys at these locations are native to the area, have a good rapport with and knowledge of local judges and opposing attorneys, and are familiar with the population of potential jurors.

Attorneys Selected by Clients
With 500 attorneys on staff, clients have a great deal of legal talent from which to choose. As one of the firm's clients said in Of Counsel, "Their attitude is tremendous. If I say I want a particular attorney on a matter, I have that attorney. If I say I want a conference with the attorney, a conference is arranged."

Minority Hiring
In surveys conducted by The National Law Journal and The Legal Intelligencer, our firm was identified, both on a national and a regional level, as one of the leading large law firms in the categories of minority hiring and advancement. We are especially proud of our minority shareholders and their vitally important roles in the management of our firm.

Peer Ratings
The experience of our firm and our attorneys has been recognized by our peers. At the present time, we have a significantly large number of peer-review rated attorneys as recognized by Martindale-Hubbell. The lawyers of our firm are also recognized in BEST'S Directories of Recommended Insurance Attorneys, as published by the A.M. Best Company, and in Chambers USA. We also have in our ranks lawyers who have been elected as Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Litigation Counsel of America and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. In addition, many of our lawyers appear in the Super Lawyers publications in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, New York and Florida. As well, our firm and dozens of our lawyers have been recognized in Best Law Firms in America and Best Lawyers in America.

Regional & National Coordinating Counsel
We are privileged to serve as Regional Coordinating Counsel and National Coordinating Counsel for a number of major corporations.

Alternative Risk Transfer
Our firm is very familiar with the unique needs of the members of the alternative risk transfer communities, including risk retention groups, captives and specialized insurance and reinsurance programs.

Internal Stability
We are very proud of the remarkable level of our internal stability. Many of the attorneys among our shareholders have been with us for a considerable number of years. In numerous instances, this is the only law firm for which these men and women have chosen to work.

Recognized for Service and Leadership
Our firm's commitment to leadership and client service has been recognized by the Delaware Valley Total Quality Consortium. Other recipients of this award include such companies as Ametek, Bell Atlantic, Boeing, Independence Blue Cross, Lockheed Martin and Subaru of America, Inc.

Internal Auditing
In 1985, the firm started an internal auditing program that draws upon the expertise of former claims managers and senior attorneys. This program received national attention in an article about innovative law firm management practices appearing in The National Law Journal.

Successful Business Model
In an article appearing in The Legal Intelligencer dealing with the challenges and opportunities for insurance defense firms, it was stated that our firm has clearly dominated the Philadelphia marketplace. In support of that statement, it was noted that the firm has grown dramatically in the past decade and has maintained a healthy shareholder-associate ratio. It was further discussed that major insurance carriers are attracted to our firm through its extensive use of technology as well as the numerous offices we have established throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and Florida.

Central Diary System
All of the litigation files entrusted to us are on an electronic diary system that is designed to ensure that action has been taken by the handling attorney on all of his or her files within the past 90 days. Our monthly monitoring of this program discloses a 97-percent compliance rate, and any need for updated attorney reporting or action is immediately addressed. We have further refined this system to provide alerts to our attorneys when a certain percentage of the agreed-to litigation budget has been reached, affording the client and the handling attorney the opportunity to consider the options open to them at that juncture.

Legal Research Supervision
We have a very focused and cost-efficient approach to legal research. Our Director of Legal Research and Legal Information Services is a practicing attorney well-versed in law firm technology, e-discovery and efficient research techniques.

Measured Performance
It is significant to note that our firm's Case Disposition Program enables us to develop statistics reflecting levels of performance in such areas as case cycle times, indemnity payments made, litigation expenses and case outcomes, which can be broken down by law type and jurisdiction.

Breaking Legal Developments
Since 1992, we have provided our clients with our firm's comprehensive newsletter, Defense Digest. During that time, we have never missed a deadline, ensuring that our clients can consistently rely upon us for advice about legal developments, as well as giving them the benefit of our analysis and practical recommendations. We also advise our clients of breaking legal developments through our quarterly electronic newsletter and Law Alerts. We provide our workers' compensation clients with a monthly updateWhat's Hot in Workers' Comp

ADR Commitment
We are strongly committed to alternative dispute resolution vehicles. We are an original signatory to the Law Firm Policy Statement of the Center for Public Resources, Inc.'s Initiatives on Alternatives to Litigation.

Published Works
Our attorneys demonstrate their professional knowledge by publishing articles in national and regional publications on an ongoing basis. Outlets in which our attorneys regularly author articles include: The Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, New Jersey Law Journal, New York Law Journal, Daily Business Review, For The Defense, CLM Magazine, Claims, Claims Journal, National Underwriter Property & Casualty, Best's Review and PLUS Journal, among others. Additionally, our attorneys share their subject matter expertise with sector publications such as the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management, Western PA Healthcare News, Compliance Today, Workers' Compensation, Travel Agent magazine, REP magazine, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Bulletin, Law Enforcement Technology, Multi-Housing News, and many more. Articles may be accessed via our Publications page.

Community Dedication
Marshall Dennehey is dedicated to numerous civic and charitable causes in the communities where our offices are located. Annual, firmwide support to the United Way provides a collective way for our attorneys and staff to make an impact on local and state levels. The firm additionally supports the charitable arms of state and local bar associations in many of the regions where we have offices. In our headquarters city of Philadelphia, for example, we partner with the Philadelphia Bar Foundation in its fundraising mission to support local public interest work.  We are additionally active in the Philadelphia Bar Association's "Save Our Schools" initiative to help improve the Philadelphia Public School System. Our attorneys' pro bono activities include the Veteran's Law Clinic of Widener University School of Law, Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia, Legal Clinic for the Disabled and Wills for Heroes, to name a few. Many lawyers also serve on the boards of non-profit organizations such as the Breath Believe Foundation, Philadelphia VIP, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Northside Common Ministries in Pittsburgh, the Humane Society of Broward County, FL and many more.

Alternative Fee Arrangements
Significantly, the several large annual contract fee and global contract fee arrangements into which we have entered with some of our larger clients have been renewed on an annual basis, clearly evidencing that these arrangements are beneficial to our clients and sufficiently profitable for our firm. Other forms of alternative pricing are also available.

We at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin maintain a steadfast commitment to providing our clients with a consistently high level of defense representation and service.

Our firm is committed to providing our clients with professional, responsive and courteous treatment from all of our staff members.

The attorneys of our law firm continue to strive for excellence in their professional work, client relations and personal growth.

We will continue our history of providing a work culture where equal opportunity and advancement is available to all of our employees regardless of sex, race, age, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.

The firm remains competitive in the constantly changing market for defense legal services by creating and implementing innovative and effective methods of providing cost-effective, quality representation and services for our clients.

We will continue to meet and strive to exceed the expectations of our valued clients.

Marshall Dennehey is greatly committed to racial and gender diversity and has internal and external programs in place to attract and retain minority and women attorneys. Respect for the dignity and worth of each individual is one of our basic tenets. Each individual has the right to work in an environment that is conducive to equal opportunity and free from discriminatory practices. Our firm is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and it is our policy—from recruitment through employment and promotion—to provide equal employment opportunity at all times without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other personal characteristics.

Diversity & Inclusion
Managed and overseen by Butler Buchanan, III, managing attorney of the Philadelphia office, hiring attorney, and chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, we have implemented a mentoring system where our minority shareholders reach out to our younger minority associates to provide them with the support, counsel and encouragement, which can make a very significant difference in their professional progression. We also participate in minority job fairs and strive to identify minority attorneys and law students interested in a career in litigation, and we invite them to apply to our firm.

In addition to mentorship, the firm has established dinner events specifically for African-American, Asian-American and other ethnic attorneys of the firm. With a focus on socialization, camaraderie, and fellowship, diverse attorneys from the firm’s 20 offices attend these events. These events are held annually in Philadelphia and are attended by the Executive Committee.

With the firm’s support, our minority attorneys are active in numerous organizations, including the National Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc. (membership primarily made up of African-American attorneys practicing in the Philadelphia region), South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia, Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley (membership is primarily made up of Asian American attorneys practicing in the Philadelphia region), Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, T.J. Reddick Bar Association, and the Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association, among others.

Devotion to Women in the Profession
Marshall Dennehey is gratified to be recognized for the firm's efforts in hiring, supporting, advancing and retaining women in the profession. Most recently, we were recognized in Law360's 2019 Glass Ceiling Report as one of the "Best Law Firms for Female Partners," ranking #2 among law firms with 300-599 attorneys. (This follows previous recognition in Law360's 2018 and 2017 Glass Ceiling Reports.) Additionally, we ranked highly on the National Law Journal's 2019 "Women's Scorecard," where we placed in the top 12% of law firms recognized. This follows our 2014 recognition by the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) when we were named to the "Honor Roll of Legal Organizations Welcoming to Women Professionals." Presented by the PBA's Commission on Women in the Profession, the firm received this recognition for its dedication to advancing and retaining women attorneys, and its programs designed to aid this cause including annual office dinners for women, as well as annual dinners for female clients of the firm. Niki T. Ingram, Director of the Workers' Compensation Department and member of the firm's Board of Directors, spearheads many gender diversity initiatives with great support from Wendy Bracaglia, the firm's first female shareholder and managing attorney of the King of Prussia office, and Robin Snyder, Assistant Director of the Health Care Department. 

Diversity & Inclusion in Action

Niki T. Ingram received the Philadelphia Business Journal's 2019 Minority Business Leader Award.

Jennie Philip authored the article, "Sari, Not Sorry: Understanding The Value of Diversity," in the September 2019 issue of NU Claims

Elizabeth Ferguson was selected a 2019 "Ultimate Attorney" in the area of construction law by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Niki Ingram spoke at the Smith College 2018 Women of Color Conference on the topic, Finding Your Place at the Table, on April 14, 2018.

Rachel A. Ramsay-Lowe was selected to The Network Journal's 2018 List of "40 Under Forty" Dynamic Achievers. The Network Journal (TNJ) is a quarterly publication focused on Black professionals, executives and small business owners. Each year TNJ recognizes outstanding young African-Americans who are “reaching for higher goals” in their careers while remaining committed to their community’s development.

Niki Ingram gave the presentation, “Shifting a Male-Dominated Work Culture,” at Smith College’s Women’s Leadership Conference on April 1, 2017. She also presented “Work/Life Balance: How Do You Achieve It in the Private Sector?” to the National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division in Philadelphia on November 10, 2016.

Colleen Bannon has been appointed the 2017 Co-Chair of the Federal Courts Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Colleen also served as Vice-Chair of the committee in 2016. ‚ÄčThe Federal Courts Committee serves as an informational liaison between the federal courts covering the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and members of the bar, and organizes the Federal Bench/Bar Conference held each spring. Their terms became effective on January 1, 2017.

Kimberly Boyer-Cohen and Angela DeMary have been recognized at 2016 “Top Women in Law” by The Legal Intelligencer and The New Jersey Law Journal, respectively.

Niki Ingram participated in “Sisters in Success: Leaning In and On,” as part of a series of quarterly roundtable discussions hosted by The National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter.

Niki Ingram‘s article “Confronting Unconscious Biases in Litigation” was published in the May 6, 2016, edition of Diversity Insider, newsletter of the DRI’s Diversity Committee, and The Resource, newsletter of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys.

Sang Woo Lee, and Mohamed Bakry were contributors to the article, “Five Diverse Viewpoints, One Common Goal: Increased Diversity in the Legal Community,” to the April 2016 issue of the DRI monthly magazine, For The Defense.

Mohamed Bakry serves as Board Chairman of the Nationalities Service Center, Philadelphia’s leading immigrant and refugee service organization.

Mohamed Bakry is the co-editor of Diversity Insider, the newsletter of the DRI’s Diversity Committee.

Mohamed Bakry presented “Understanding the Fifth Amendment,” to the Muslim American Community Association in April 2015.

Scott Dunlop, managing attorney of our Pittsburgh office, was appointed in June 2015 to the Diversity Committee of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. Scott is also a member of the Gender Equality Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

Brigid Alford, shareholder in our Harrisburg office, has been recognized as a 2015 “Woman of Influence” by the Central Penn Business Journal.

Jennie Philip, shareholder in our Philadelphia, office, authored the article, “Working to Advance Your Career While Raising a Family,” published in The Legal Intelligencer on January 22, 2015.

Butler Buchanan, III spoke at the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia Leadership Academy in January 2015, sharing his experiences growing his career as a minority attorney. The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia helps address the needs and development of black lawyers in the greater Philadelphia area.

Terrance Hill, associate in our Fort Lauderdale, Florida office, was president of the TJ Reddick Bar Association from 2014 to 2015. During his presidency, the TJ Reddick Bar Association was honored as the 2015 recipient of the Legal Aid Service Award. 

Alan Carroll (A.C.) Nash, associate in our Fort Lauderdale office, was selected a “2014 Rising Star” in the South Florida legal community by the Daily Business Review.

Sang Lee, associate in Philadelphia, has been named to the Lawyers of Color 2014 “Hot List.” The award program recognizes outstanding, mid-career minority attorneys under the age of 40.

Laurianne Falcone, shareholder in our Casualty Department, wrote the article, “Managing a Litigation Practice From a Woman’s Perspective,” appearing in the July-August 2014 issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer.

Niki Ingram was a featured speaker at the July 10, 2014 meeting of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s (CLM) Diversity Committee. Niki and other panel members discussed, “Winning by Inclusion.”

Marshall Dennehey hosted the June 2014 meeting of the Women’s Rights Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Titled “Your Law Degree: A Passport to Your Future,” the topic of the meeting focused on careers for women attorneys in the field of academia. Niki Ingram is the co-chair of the Women’s Rights Committee.

Butler Buchanan was a participant in The Legal Intelligencer’s “Women in the Profession Roundtable Discussion” in April 2014. The roundtable provided a forum to discuss the state of gender diversity in the legal profession today.



Board of Directors

Christopher E. Dougherty

Director, Professional Liability Department
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 575-2733

Howard P. Dwoskin

Director, Casualty Department
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 575-2664

T. Kevin FitzPatrick

Director, Health Care Department
King of Prussia, PA
(610) 354-8252

Niki T. Ingram

Director, Workers' Compensation Department
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 575-2704

Ronda K. O'Donnell

Chair, Employment Law Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 575-2697

Craig S. Hudson

Regional Managing Attorney, Florida Offices
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(954) 847-4955

Eric A. Fitzgerald CPCU, CLU

Assistant Director, Professional Liability Department
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 575-2688

Chief Operating Officer

Liz Brown

Chief Operating Officer
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 575-2848

Administrative Directors

Colleen Bannon

Director of Human Resources
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 575-2852

Linda F. Barron

Director of Paralegal Services
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 575-2654

Marianne Boyne

Director of Administrative Services
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 575-2647

Pattie Day

Director of Billing and Accounting
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 575-2804

Joseph S. Goldshear

Director of Marketing and Business Development
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 575-3561

Julie I. Kaplan

Director, Legal Information Resources
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 575-2596

Lawrence J. Schempp

Director of Professional Development
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 575-4563

Frank Stransky

Director of Finance
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 575-2764

Karen Y. Swift

Director, Information Technology
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 575-2732


G. Mark Thompson
President & CEO
(215) 575-3570
Christopher E. Dougherty
Director, Professional Liability Department
(215) 575-2733
Howard P. Dwoskin
Director, Casualty Department
(215) 575-2664
Niki T. Ingram
Director, Workers' Compensation Department
(215) 575-2704
T. Kevin FitzPatrick
Director, Health Care Department
(610) 354-8252

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