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Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice

Recognized
In September 2016, Marshall Dennehey's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group was recognized as the Pennsylvania "Litigation Department of the Year" for Appellate Law by The Legal Intelligencer. The practice group was selected for its focused approach and responsiveness to clients. Read The Legal Intelligencer's article, "Ready to Roll:  Marshall Dennehey Puts Clients' Needs First."

Pioneering
Established more than a quarter-century ago, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group began as a pioneer in its field and continues its leadership in providing fully cooperative, innovative, objectively thorough and technologically advanced services to help clients achieve their litigation goals as early and economically as possible.
 
Experienced
Our Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group attorneys have been involved in more than 2,000 cases, and they continue to provide solid and efficient litigation support through sound advice and guidance and zealous hard work in the evaluation, development and promotion of clients' interests in the pre-trial, trial and post-trial phases of their cases.
 
Effective
Our Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group attorneys work closely with clients and trial counsel. They impart the unique perspectives of the post-trial and appellate courts in the execution of their dual mission: to augment the depth and effectiveness of pre-trial and trial teams and to prosecute and defend post-trial motions and appeals.
 
Thorough
The work of our firm's appellate attorneys includes front-line responsibility for conducting necessary legal research, writing required briefs. and preparing and presenting oral arguments in post-trial motions and appeals.  By undertaking the execution of these tasks, our appellate team enables our clients' trial attorneys to meet the demands of the trial courts free from the radically different, deceptively intricate and time-consuming regimens of the post-trial and appellate courts.
 
Strategic
In addition, our appellate attorneys employ the unique insights gained from their interactions with the appellate courts to support trial counsel in the development and prosecution of dispositive pre-trial motions, in the strategic legal research and analysis of complex and first-impression issues and in the development of effective trial strategies and tactics.
 
High Standards
Our appellate attorneys are dedicated to their professional mission.  They adhere to high standards of excellence, efficiency and client-oriented service.  Their cumulative experience encompasses hundreds of cases and spans all areas of our firm's wide-ranging litigation fields.
 
State-of-the-Art
Our appellate attorneys employ state-of-the-art word-processing, computer-assisted legal research programs and in-house publishing facilities to enhance productivity, quality control and cost efficiencies.
 
Involved
To enhance their skills, the quality of appellate practice and the relationship between the appellate courts and appellate practitioners, the attorneys in this group participate in professional associations such as:

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association's Post-Trial and Appellate Practice Committee (founding co-chair and members)
  • DRI's Appellate Advocacy Committee (leadership, case reporter and seminar roles)
  • ABA's Council of Appellate Lawyers (leadership and case reporter roles)
  • Appellate Practice Committees of the ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance and Litigation Sections (case reporter)

 
Instructive
Our appellate attorneys also provide instructive seminars and other presentations to enhance clients' understandings of the complexities and intricacies of post-trial and appellate practice.
 
The Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group serves clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Florida and New York.

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Aug 30, 2017
Our attorneys obtained a unanimous, precedential decision in the Third Circuit reversing a federal district court’s denial of qualified immunity for their police officer clients.  The plaintiff was a passenger in a car struck by a bullet...
Apr 21, 2016
Marshall Dennehey’s appellate and workers’ compensation team successfully defended a major Pennsylvania transportation authority in the four-year litigation of a claim petition arising out of an altercation between the claimant, a bus...
Jan 22, 2016
Marshall Dennehey's appellate attorneys filed an amicus curiae brief for the Pennsylvania Defense Institute in a case in which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously upheld the reversal of a multimillion dollar verdict against an electric...
Sep 21, 2015
Successfully represented a Maryland government agency before the Delaware Supreme Court. The matter had been dismissed at the trial court level based on lack of personal jurisdiction. On appeal, the plaintiffs reasserted personal jurisdiction...
Dec 30, 2014
In a case handled by Marshall Dennehey's appellate attorneys, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court voted 6 -0 to affirm a judgment as a matter of law for our clients, a Pennsylvania police department and its officers, and held that police owe neither...
Sep 29, 2014
Successfully defended an appeal on behalf of a police officer before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  In this civil rights case, the plaintiff alleged malicious prosecution, a violation of §1983, in connection with his arrest in a...
Jun 10, 2014
Won a unanimous victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a case involving the standard for prejudice that an insurer must meet to deny coverage based upon late notice of a "phantom vehicle" claim.  The Supreme Court upheld the...
Jun 10, 2014
Won a unanimous victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court whereby the Court reinstated a long-standing statutory employer defense for general contractors and others who are sued in tort for injuries to subcontractors' employees. Representing...
Nov 18, 2013
Marshall Dennehey's appellate attorneys convinced the Pennsylvania Superior Court to reverse a multimillion-dollar asbestos verdict on two bases and remand for a new trial on liability and damages. In its 2-1 panel decision, the Superior...
Mar 1, 2011
Attorney obtained a dismissal of an appeal in a case involving an issue of appellate procedure in which the attorney was able to convince the Appellate Division on an Order to Show Cause because the proper representative was not in place to pursue...

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Law Alerts October 1, 2017
The plaintiff had stopped paying his mortgage. He soon found in his mail a letter from a company claiming to be his new mortgage servicer and addressing the non-payment. The letter explained that servicing rights were transferred to the company, and...,   Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Law Alerts October 1, 2017
This suit, on behalf of a class suffering from different kinds of cancer, asserted that the defendants’ facilities permitted harmful radiation to be emitted to the surrounding environment where the class members lived. The Third Circuit affirmed...,   Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2017 In an important victory, Terry Sachs (Philadelphia, PA) persuaded the Superior Court to reverse a $38 million punitive damages award against our client. Terry represented a company that provided..., Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 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...
Law Alerts July 1, 2017
The two plaintiffs, hearing-impaired individuals who treated at the defendants’ hospitals, alleged a violation of the ADA because the hospitals lacked auxiliary aids to ensure effective communication. The District Court entered summary..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts June 21, 2017
by John J. Hare In an important jurisdiction decision issued on June 19, 2017, the US Supreme Court has again limited the right of plaintiffs to sue corporate defendants in foreign states. By a vote of 8-1, the Court ruled in Bristol-Myers Squibb..., This Special Law Alert is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific situation or...
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 2, June 2017 Shane Haselbarth (Philadelphia, PA) succeeded in defending a favorable summary judgment ruling in the Second District Court of Appeal of Florida. The plaintiff was a homeowners association whose members...,   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...
Law Alerts April 1, 2017
As always, this wrongful use of civil proceedings and abuse of process case arises from an underlying suit. In the underlying suit, the defendant filed a counterclaim against the plaintiff’s counsel, joining him as a party to the negligence..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2017 by Courtney B. Shapero, Esquire Key Points: The time to appeal an order must be calculated correctly. The consequences of miscalculating the time within which to appeal are severe..., Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 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 intended to provide legal...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2017 Audrey Copeland (King of Prussia, PA) convinced the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court to affirm the underlying decision denying the claim petition in a workers’ compensation appeal where the claimant..., Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 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 intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts January 3, 2017
A bank’s investment in certain notes lost value, but because of concerns about how a lawsuit would look, the bank was hesitant to sue the investment backer. So, the bank contracted with a Cayman Islands shell company to have the latter take..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2017. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...

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October 13, 2017
Teresa Ficken Sachs, Esq., Vice-Chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL) at the Academy's 2017 Fall Meeting, held October 6 - 8 in San Francisco. The...
April 10, 2017
John J. Hare, Esq., Chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL) at the Academy's 2017 Spring Meeting, held April 6 – 8 in Boston. The AAAL was founded...
September 21, 2016
We are honored to announce that Marshall Dennehey has been selected a winner in two categories of The Legal Intelligencer's 2016 Litigation Departments of the Year contest. The firm has been recognized in the areas of Appellate Law and Professional Liability, which in this particular contest...
September 15, 2016
Two Marshall Dennehey attorneys have been recognized as 2016 "Top Women in Law" by The Legal Intelligencer and The New Jersey Law Journal, respectively. Appellate attorney Kimberly Boyer-Cohen, special counsel in the firm's Philadelphia office, has been recognized by The Legal Intelligencer. The...
April 7, 2016
Kimberly A. Boyer-Cohen, special counsel in the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group in the Philadelphia office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of...
October 23, 2015
John J. Hare, Chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Civil Procedural Rules Committee. He was appointed by Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor and will serve a three-year term...
June 15, 2015
Teresa Ficken Sachs, shareholder and vice chair of Marshall Dennehey's Appellate Advocacy Practice Group, was awarded the William J. O'Brien Distinguished Service Award as "Defense Lawyer of the Year" by the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (PADC). Ms. Sachs was honored at the...
January 14, 2015
Well-known appellate attorney Teresa (Terry) Ficken Sachs has joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as a Shareholder and Vice-Chair of the firm's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group.  In this capacity, she will work closely with practice group chair, John J. Hare, in...
March 28, 2014
Oral arguments presented before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court by John J. Hare, shareholder and chair of Marshall Dennehey's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group, have led to a unanimous decision by the Court to reinstate a long-standing statutory employer defense for general...
November 18, 2013
Obtained summary judgment, affirmed on appeal in the Commonwealth Court, for a police officer, his supervisor and the police department in a case involving police pursuit that ended in a fatal crash. The case changed the law in Pennsylvania, as the court held for the first time, "There is no duty...

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Conference Jul 18, 2013
The Pennsylvania Defense Institute is hosting its 45th annual conference on July 17-19 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. The annual conference is an excellent opportunity to mix business with pleasure while obtaining continuing education credits....
Conference Apr 6, 2017
Rasheen Davis and Teresa Sachs are presenting at the upcoming Personal Injury Potpourri conference, hosted by the Dispute Resolution Institute. Rasheen will discuss how to avoid statute of limitations problems and Teresa will present important case...

Chair

John J. Hare
Chair, Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice
(215) 575-2609
jjhare@mdwcg.com

Additional Contacts

Teresa Ficken Sachs
Vice Chair, Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group
(215) 575-4560
tfsachs@mdwcg.com
Christopher E. Dougherty
Chairman of the Board of Directors; Director, Professional Liability Department
(215) 575-2733
cedougherty@mdwcg.com

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