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Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice

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."

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)

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.


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...



Defense Digest Article June 1, 2010
Audrey Copeland (King of Prussia, PA) procured the Pennsylvania Superior Court's affirmance of the dismissal by judgment on the pleadings of an action based upon the statute of limitations. The Superior Court reasoned that the trial court..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 2, June 2010
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2010
Chuck Craven (Philadelphia, PA) succeeded in obtaining an affirmance of a defense medical malpractice judgment in favor of a defendant emergency room physician from a unanimous three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court (Judges Musmanno..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 1, March 2010
Defense Digest Article December 1, 2009
John Hare (Philadelphia, PA) succeeded in having the Pennsylvania Supreme Court take the unusual step of granting reargument of its own decision. The Court had previously overruled well-settled Pennsylvania law holding that a nurse is not permitted..., Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 4, December 2009
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2009
Chuck Craven (Philadelphia, PA) succeeded in persuading the Pennsylvania Superior Court to unanimously affirm the dismissal of the plaintiffs' complaint on preliminary objections in Baker v. Pocono Mountain Chamber of Commerce (No. 1636 EDA 2008..., Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 3, September 2009
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2009
Chuck Craven (Philadelphia, PA) and Audrey Copeland (King of Prussia, PA), who wrote the Brief of Appellant and argued the appeal, respectively, convinced the Commonwealth Court to vacate a Philadelphia jury's verdict of $550,000 against our..., Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2009



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....


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...


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

Additional Contacts

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

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