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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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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...
Dec 16, 2010
Attorney received a favorable decision from the state Supreme Court. The attorney had successfully argued a Motion to Dismiss before the state Superior Court seeking dismissal of plaintiff’s filing of an identical action to a prior Complaint which...

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Law Alerts July 6, 2015
The district court granted partial summary judgment to Lehman Bros., stating in its opinion that Gateway had abandoned its argument on one aspect of the case during a telephonic oral argument. Gateway appealed, and asserted that: (a) the district..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2015 Case Law Alerts 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 July 6, 2015
The plaintiff Administratrix of the estate of the deceased surgical patient sued, among others, the anesthesiologist, whom she alleged was intoxicated during the surgery. On the assertion that the anesthesiologist had a history of alcohol abuse, the..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2015 Case Law Alerts 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, 2015
Carol VanderWoude (Philadelphia, PA) and Shane Haselbarth (Philadelphia, PA) succeeded in obtaining an affirmance by the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit of a judgment as a matter of law for Marshall Dennehey’s client, an insurance..., Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 2, June 2015 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 April 1, 2015
Mrs. Varner-Mort was in a car accident in early May of 2009 and sought treatment within days. She was diagnosed with back sprain with paresthesia of a lower extremity, but she did not file suit until more than two years later, in late June of 2011...., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2015 Case Law Alerts 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 April 1, 2015
After the plaintiff was struck by an uninsured motorist, he filed a UM claim against his auto insurer and that of his employer, which proceeded to arbitration. The insurers were ordered to split equally an award in the plaintiff’s favor. The..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2015 Case Law Alerts 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, 2015
Carol Vanderwoude and John Hare (Philadelphia, PA) succeeded in obtaining an affirmance by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court of a judgment as matter of law for Marshall Dennehey’s clients, a Pennsylvania police department and its officers. Voting..., Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015 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 29, 2015
Edited by: Timothy D. Rau, Esquire   En Banc PA Superior Court Vacates $14.5 Million Asbestos Verdict and Remands for New Trial By Carol Vanderwoude, Esq. An en banc Superior Court recently affirmed a 2013 split decision by a three-judge..., 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 January 6, 2015
The decedent was killed on the job, and his Estate entered into a workers’ compensation settlement with Zenith, the employer’s workers’ compensation and employer liability insurer. The settlement contained a release by which the..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2015
Law Alerts January 6, 2015
The Seneca Nation, a federally recognized sovereign tribe, chartered corporations under its own laws and were wholly owned by the Nation. The plaintiff entered into a contract with one such corporation to construct a golf course. Relations soured,..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2015
Law Alerts January 6, 2015
The plaintiff, a 12-year-old lacrosse player, was in possession of the ball with 20 seconds left on the clock and his team up by one. The defendant, an 11-year-old player, tore across the field and blindsided the plaintiff in a disallowed so-called..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2015

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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...
May 17, 2013
John J. Hare, Shareholder and Chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post Trial Practice Group, presented oral arguments earlier this month in Vanderhoff v. Harleysville Insurance in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. This is the second time that Vanderhoff has been considered by the Supreme Court. R....

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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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