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Automobile Liability

Serving our clients' needs in the automobile field is one of the oldest practice areas at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. Our attorneys have a wide range of experience in this dynamic field, and they assist our clients in remaining current with applicable case law updates. From the inception of our firm, we have serviced the insurance industry by both representing its insureds in third party cases as well as the carriers directly in first party and PIP matters.

Specifically, in each of our firm's offices throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Florida and New York, our automobile liability defense attorneys are adept at representing insureds in third party work, and carriers in UM/UIM and PIP work.

Robert E. Smith, Esq. of our Scranton, Pennsylvania office heads our Pennsylvania UM/UIM subsection and practices solely in this field. Mr. Smith is not only knowledgeable about UM/UIM law, he also is intimately familiar with the protocols and nuances of each county's local procedures and practices, factors that can have a substantial impact on the final result of a claim. 

In addition, the Automobile Liability Practice Group works closely with members of the firm's Coverage/Bad Faith, Fraud and Warranty Practice Groups as these three areas have a substantial amount of overlap. James H. Cole, Esq. of our Doylestown, Pennsylvania office heads our Special Investigation Group and is a valuable resource for our attorneys handling PIP, third party and UM/UIM claims. 

The Automobile Liability Practice Group also is well experienced and established in third party auto liability cases, including the specific nuances with limited insurance policies and joint and several liability. James Hilly, Esq. of our Philadelphia office, heads our Trucking and Transportation Group and has focused his practice in the representation of self-insured and insurers in complex tort and insurance coverage litigation involving various common carriers and private transportation fleets, such as interstate trucking, railroads, waste haulers, taxicabs, shuttle and bus operators, rental vehicle fleets, Para transit and ambulance services. 

We are aware of today's focus on securing sound legal services at reasonable fees. Our firm has grown because of our sensitivity in this area. Our liability defense trial lawyers take a practical, result-oriented approach to the cases which they are entrusted.  Cases are assigned to the firm's more senior attorneys, who, in turn, oversee tasks completed by their team of younger associates and paralegals. The firm is able to offer competitive rates through this task-appropriate delegation. Our attorneys are keenly aware that these types of matters require responsiveness to the claims professionals, as well as consistent file updating as the matters progress in their respective forums. 

Since there are areas in which some automobile litigation can be streamlined, we are also willing to discuss, develop and implement alternative billing formats wherever possible. We would be pleased to work with you in the handling of your automobile liability matters.
 
Our defense attorneys frequently give presentations and conduct training seminars for our automobile clients as case law is updated or when a client has the need to refresh their employees on the current areas of the automobile law. We can conduct these seminars at your location or at a mutually convenient location.

The Automobile Liability Practice Group of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin serves clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Florida and New York.

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Sep 29, 2014
Obtained a defense verdict in an automobile liability trial on behalf of an international oilfield services company and its employee.  The employee was operating a semi-trailer truck while hauling 40,000 pounds of hydraulic fracturing drilling...
Jun 10, 2014
Obtained a defense verdict in a case tried in Florida involving a minister from New York who was seriously injured in an auto accident while performing disaster relief work in Florida. The minister plaintiff was allegedly an independent contractor...
Jun 10, 2014
A defense verdict was obtained after a five-day automobile liability trial on behalf of our client, a nationwide marketer and distributor of energy-related products, and its employee. The plaintiff alleged that, while sitting at a red light, he...
May 16, 2013
Won a defense verdict, even though Social Security Administration found plaintiff totally disabled for injuries suffered in accident. Plantiff's physicians noted hints of malingering. Despite sound evidence and surveillance, plaintiff claimed...
May 16, 2013
Achieved a successful defense verdict, in part, through an in limine motion that the jury be given a limiting instruction that the alleged injury is not permenant at all. Plaintiff's expert at trial based her opinions on her colleague's...
Sep 8, 2011
Attorney obtained a defense verdict in an auto negligence trial. The plaintiff alleged that she sustained two lumbar herniations, cervical radiculopathy and knee pain as a result of the chain-reaction rear end accident. The plaintiff underwent five...
Jun 20, 2011
Attorneys' obtained motion for summary judgment. The case involved an automobile accident where the plaintiff allegedly suffered serious injuries and multiple herniations and radiculopathy as a result of being rear-ended by another driver. She...
May 31, 2011
Attorney obtained a unanimous defense verdict. The matter was originally tried in July, 2009, but the plaintiff appealed, and the matter was reversed and remanded. The appellate issue involved the admission into evidence of a prior MRI report that...
May 31, 2011
Attorney obtained a 6:1 defense verdict. The plaintiff alleged neck, back and knee injuries. Her experts testified that she needed cervical fusion. Defense experts, an orthopedic surgeon and aneurosurgeon testified that the plaintiff had...
Dec 16, 2010
Attorney received a Motion for Summary Judgment , dismissing plaintiff’s suit in a fatal motor vehicle accident. The complex case involved whether minor plaintiff’s claims tolled the actions for wrongful death and survival in a fatal 2002 motor...

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Law Alerts April 1, 2017
The plaintiff applied for PIP benefits, alleging her injuries were within the scope of Delaware’s PIP statute. She parked her vehicle, exited, and began to walk away when she fell in a pothole and caught herself with her elbows on her car and..., 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...
Law Alerts April 1, 2017
In consideration of the plaintiff’s medical bills submitted after an auto accident, GEICO, the plaintiff’s PIP carrier, applied a geographic reduction rule which defined a reasonable charge as one that did not exceed the 80th percentile..., 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...
Law Alerts October 3, 2016
This dispute began when administrative law judges, who were reviewing Lyft’s applications to operate in Pennsylvania, ordered the company to provide trip data from a six-month period, beginning at the initiation of its service in Pennsylvania..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2016. 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...
Law Alerts October 3, 2016
A New York federal judge ruled that Axis Insurance Co. did not have to defend or indemnify NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in an underlying wrongful death suit filed by the parents of a race car driver who was struck and killed by Stewart in a 2014..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2016. 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...
Law Alerts October 3, 2016
The plaintiff/insured, injured (along with seven others) while she was a passenger in a third-party’s vehicle, was seeking gap coverage from her own auto policy after exhaustion of the third-party driver’s PIP coverage. Because of the..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2016. 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...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2016
By John T. McGrath, Esq. & Michael R. Speer, Esq.* Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin’s Automobile Liability Practice Group is the oldest and most storied practice area in our firm. It is made up of lawyers from each of our 20..., Defense Digest, Vol 22, No. 1, March 2016 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 15, 2016
The plaintiff’s automobile insurance policy included uninsured motorists (UM) coverage. After an uninsured driver collided with the plaintiff’s vehicle, she submitted a personal injury protection (PIP) application for coverage. Right..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2016 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...
Law Alerts January 15, 2016
The defendant applied for a basic coverage automobile insurance policy with an optional $10,000 coverage limit for third-party bodily injury liability. The insurer required the defendant to list all household residents of driving age, but the..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2016 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...
Law Alerts January 15, 2016
The plaintiff was helping his father-in-law trim branches on his in-laws’ property. The father-in-law improperly used his automobile in the course of their work together, causing the plaintiff to sustain injuries. The father-in-law’s..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2016 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...

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November 15, 2016
Marshall Dennehey announced today that Joseph J. Rava, a veteran of the insurance and defense litigation industries, has joined the firm's Westchester County office as a shareholder in the Casualty Department. Previously, he was regional house counsel for Harleysville/Nationwide Insurance, where he...
November 26, 2013
Diane Magram, shareholder in Marshall Dennehey's Cherry Hill, NJ office, has been elected president of the Southern New Jersey Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Ms. Magram was sworn-in as president on November 21 and will serve a two-year term. ABOTA is a national...

Co-Chair

John T. McGrath Jr.
Co-Chair, Automobile Liability Practice Group
(570) 496-4603
jtmcgrath@mdwcg.com
Michael R. Speer
Co-Chair, Automobile Liability Practice Group
(973) 618-4108
mrspeer@mdwcg.com

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