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General Liability

The General Liability Practice Group of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin regularly litigates in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Florida and New York, defending insureds, insurance companies and self-insured entities.
The general liability practice area includes such diverse types of defense litigation as:

  • Owners and contractors protective liability
  • Owners, landlords and tenants coverage
  • Bailor/bailee
  • Premises liability
  • Assault and battery
  • Security
  • Commercial liability
  • Advertising injuries
  • Defamation
  • Privacy
  • Elevator incidents
  • False arrest
  • Malicious prosecution cases
  • First-party and third-party property damage cases
  • Fire legal liability litigation

We understand that every client is concerned with the extent of legal fees and costs incurred. Savings are achieved in a number of ways. With offices situated within a six-state region, we are able to provide our clients with defense attorneys who are close to and very familiar with the litigation forum. Secondly, we are cognizant of the need to deliver legal services in a prompt and efficient manner, coupled with considerable emphasis on being results-oriented.
We would welcome the opportunity to work with you in handling your general liability litigation and we are available to give presentations or conduct training seminars on general liability topics. We are also on the cutting edge of alternative fee arrangements in order to provide our clients with the highest level of services in the most cost-efficient and predictable manner possible.


Dec 1, 2017
Obtained a defense verdict in a Bucks County jury trial. ​The plaintiff and defendant, both high school seniors, were participating in the annual spirit event in the school gym. Two student athletes were called to compete against each other in the...
May 11, 2017
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an international hotel chain in a premises liability slip-and-fall action. ​A patron sued the hotel after he allegedly slipped and fell while walking over a wet carpet mat situated in a hallway leading to the...
May 11, 2017
Obtained summary judgment in favor of a snow removal company in a case involving an alleged fall on snow and ice in a parking lot at JFK Airport. ​Our client was hired to remove snow in various locations at the airport. The plaintiff alleged that...
Dec 6, 2016
The defense prevailed on a motion to dismiss on behalf of a distinguished Roman Catholic university. The plaintiff, a temporary staffing worker assigned to work at the university, alleged personal injuries as a result of a slip and fall in the...
Dec 6, 2016
A young girl was bitten in the face by a pit bull. The plaintiff sued the dog owner, a tenant in a house, and the property owner. We represented the landlord and argued that a landlord out of possession has no duty to a tenant’s invitee,...
Dec 6, 2016
The plaintiff had four surgeries to a severely broken ankle after a fall on ice and snow. The plaintiff sued the landlord, PSDC and the snow removal company. Demands were in excess of the policy for $2.6 million. We represented the landlord and...
Aug 25, 2016
Marshall Dennehey attorneys successfully defended a family-owned funeral home in New Jersey. The plaintiff, a 46-year-old woman whose father was tragically killed, called the funeral home per her father’s express last wishes to have an open-...
Aug 25, 2016
Obtained a defense verdict in favor of a Jacksonville apartment complex following a three-day jury trial. The plaintiff alleged that on a rainy day, when exiting the apartment complex’s leasing office, she slipped on the top step of the...
Jul 27, 2016
Marshall Dennehey attorneys obtained a defense verdict on behalf of the largest superspeedway in Pennsylvania after a two-week trial in Philadelphia.  The trial involved consolidated claims by three different sets of plaintiffs for serious...
Apr 21, 2016
Obtained a defense verdict at arbitration on behalf of a tenant renting a single family home. As part of a Memorial Day picnic at his rented home, the defendant set up an inflatable water slip-n-slide in the middle of the back yard for the use and...



Defense Digest Article June 1, 2010
Ohio -- Premises Liability (Dog Bites) , Key Points: Plaintiff may pursue claims under both R.C. 955.28 and common law negligence for a dog bite cause of action. No language in R.C. 955.28 establishes the statute as the sole remedy..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 2, June 2010
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2010
New York - General Practice , Key Points: CPLR §3101(d)(1), which governs expert disclosure in New York, fails to impose strict deadlines, requiring each handling attorney to be cognizant of any specific deadlines mandated by the court..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 2, June 2010
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2010
Pennsylvania - Premises Liability , Key Points: The owner's removal of an access drawbridge in a steel mill created a dangerous condition, but the buyer of the mill should have known about the danger. The buyer of a steel mill..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 2, June 2010
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2010
Ohio - Damages , Key Points: Ohio Supreme Court upheld constitutionality of caps on non-economic compensatory damages against political subdivisions. In holding that caps on non-economic compensatory damages..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 1, March 2010
Articles January 1, 2010
OACTA Quarterly Review, 2009/2010 - Winter, Volume 2, No. 4
Law Alerts January 1, 2010
The case arose out of a rear-end automobile collision which allegedly caused personal injury to the plaintiff. The defendant engaged an expert to examine the plaintiff and to offer opinions at trial regarding the extent to which the automobile..., Case Law Alert - 1st Qtr 2010
Defense Digest Article December 1, 2009
Pennsylvania - Premises Liability , Key Points: Duty owed to sport participants and spectators The current status of the Doctrines of Assumption and "No-Duty" Rule   The quote "Golf is a good..., Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 4, December 2009
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2009
Pennsylvania - Civil Liability , In a recent Pennsylvania Superior Court case, which can be found at 2009 Pa. Super 73; 971 A.2d 1280, the court ruled that the exclusivity provision of the Workers' Compensation Act ("Act"), 77 P.S. §481(a), does not preclude a..., Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 3, September 2009
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2009
Federal - Premises Liability (Snow & Ice Removal) , In many of the United States, snowfall generally occurs during the winter months. Despite warnings from public safety officials, people travel in snow storms to transact business they deem necessary or desirable. They may slip, fall, and injure..., Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2009
Defense Digest Article
Florida – Civil Practice/Mediation , Key Points: For insurers, the most important thing about mediation is that it requires a representative of the insurance carrier for any insured party who is not such carrier's outside counsel and who has full authority to settle up to the..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 4, December 2011


August 15, 2017
Thomas P. Wagner, shareholder in the Philadelphia office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been named the 2018 Personal Injury Litigation, Defendants, "Lawyer of the Year" in Philadelphia by Best Lawyers in America©. Best Lawyers began designating "Lawyers of the Year" in high-...
March 1, 2017
Steven J. Forry and Stuart H. Sostmann, shareholders in the Pittsburgh office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, have been promoted to supervisory roles in their respective practice areas. Mr. Forry has been named Supervisor of the Pittsburgh office's Health Care Department, and Mr....
Seminar Sep 17, 2014
*Complimentary breakfast begins at 8:00am and lunch will be provided. Join the attorneys of Marshall Dennehey for a comprehensive review of the latest legal trends in Medicare, Bad Faith, Social Media Discovery and more..... Topics include:...
Conference Nov 6, 2014
Jacqueline H. Canter, Esq. will be one of the featured speakers presenting this year at the DRI's 2014 Personal Injury Practicum at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on November 6th. She'll present on the "Evidentiary and Ethical...
Seminar Dec 18, 2014
The Latest Tips and Tactics for Handling Current Challenges in Personal Injury Litigation In complex personal injury cases, you need in-depth insurance coverage knowledge, expert witness strategies, the ability to resolve challenging subrogation...
Conference Mar 25, 2015
Michele Punturi, a shareholder in the Workers' Compensation Practice Group, Jeffrey Rapattoni, a shareholder with the Fraud/Special Investigation Practice Group, and G. Mark Thompson, a member of the executive committee and the firm's board...
Seminar Mar 24, 2016
Slips and Falls in Commercial Establishments Featured speaker, Lisa Only, Esq. will explain when and how the "Mode of Operation Doctrine" applies to slip and fall cases at commercial establishments. The discussion will include store...


Howard P. Dwoskin
Director, Casualty Department
(215) 575-2664

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Matthew S. Schorr
Assistant Director, Casualty Department
(973) 618-4155

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