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Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation

The Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation Practice Group of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin clearly understands the relationship between construction professionals and their respective responsibilities. Our practice group has a considerable number of years of experience in defending construction industry cases. The practice includes representation of owners, developers, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors and design professionals. This group quickly develops an understanding of the project and contract documents in order to identify key issues early, then proceeds to develop those issues into sound defense strategies. Our practice group's litigation experience includes initial negotiations, construction claims, arbitration proceedings and jury trials involving all phases of construction litigation.
 
Our defense approach is aimed at the early identification of key issues and is predicated on developing the earliest possible defense strategies tailored to the individual case and client. The application of this strategy is carried out by a team approach consisting of experienced partners, associates and paralegals capable of handling the basic, as well as the highly sophisticated and complex, construction litigation matters.
 
The Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation Practice Group of Marshall Dennehey consists of a diverse group of professionals with considerable experience handling matters throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, West Virginia, Florida and New York. The group prides itself on its multi-jurisdictional range of experience and substantial number of cases handled.
 
We look forward to your inquiries and remain at your disposal for presentations or seminars which your company may desire.

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Feb 23, 2009
Attorneys obtained summary final judgment in an action by a contractor against our client, a window manufacturer, based on the Economic Loss Rule. Plaintiff, a homebuilder, was not in privity of contract with the manufacture, but rather a...
Jun 26, 2008
Attorney obtained a no cause following a nine day jury trial on behalf of an engineering firm. Plaintiff, an over 55 adult community, brought an action against defendant concerning the design of the wastewater treatment system. Plaintiff claimed...
Jun 10, 2008
Attorney obtained a motion for involuntary dismissal at the conclusion of plaintiff's case for extensive property damage to a hospital's basement level which included offices, equipment and medical records. Plaintiff alleged that defendant site...
Apr 17, 2008
Attorneys obtained dismissal on behalf of an engineering firm who was the design engineer for the renovation of a rest area on an expressway. Plaintiff, a cement truck operator, claimed he was injured when his truck rolled over at the job-site...
Apr 17, 2008
Attorney obtained two summary final judgments in one case, on behalf of a well known architectural firm. The first summary final judgment, based upon the economic loss rule, was obtained against the owner on its claims against the architect for...
Feb 6, 2008
Attorney obtained dismissal of a professional malpractice claim against our defendant engineering firm. Defendant was joined as an additional defendant by the school district in a lawsuit between multiple contractors regarding the installation of...

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Defense Digest Article September 1, 2015
By Lindsay G. McCormick, Esq.* Key Points: The rules of insurance contract interpretation continue to be primary considerations for construction defect claims. A 558 Notice does not constitute a “suit” for Florida insurance..., Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 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...
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2015
By John H. Osorio, Esq.* Marshall Dennehey’s Architectural, Engineering & Construction Defect Litigation Practice Group is focused on defending litigation matters related to the construction industry. Whether it is a basement wall..., Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 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...
Law Alerts July 6, 2015
Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 1042.1 et seq., the “Professional Liability Actions” Chapter of Rules, adopted in 2004, provides for the filing of a Certificate of Merit in support of a professional liability claim. Amendments in..., 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 appellant condominium complex filed suit against various defendants for construction defects. The appellee subcontractor moved to dismiss the appellant’s claims on the basis that they were filed outside the ten-year statute of repose...., 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 April 1, 2015
The architect and the plaintiff entered into a contract whereby the architect agreed to provide architectural services, including structural, mechanical and electrical design, for additions and alterations to an existing four-story building. 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...
Law Alerts April 1, 2015
The defendants—a building owner, a former tenant who was a shareholder in the current tenant, a finance company and the company’s employee—were not entitled to summary judgment in a premises liability action on the issue of duty to..., 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
The developer of a residential project engaged an engineering firm to perform surveys and provide designs for various elements of the project, including design of a retaining wall. The plaintiff, a purchaser of one of the residential lots, requested..., 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
A school board entered into a contract with an architect for the design of a school. The general contractor on the project was terminated prior to the project’s completion and thereafter sued the school board and the architect, alleging that..., 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...

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Chair

John H. Osorio
Chair, Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation Practice Group
(856) 414-6007
jhosorio@mdwcg.com

Additional Contacts

Michael J. DeCandio
Senior Counsel
(904) 358-4203
mjdecandio@mdwcg.com

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