On the Pulse…Other Notable Achievements

Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 2, June 2017


Colleen Bannon and Diana Cortes (Philadelphia, PA) have been appointed the 2017 Co-Chairs of the Federal Courts Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Colleen also served as Vice-Chair of the committee in 2016. ​The Federal Courts Committee serves as an informational liaison between the federal courts covering the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and members of the bar, and organizes the Federal Bench/Bar Conference held each spring.

Candace Embry (Philadelphia, PA) has been elected to the Board of Directors of Philadelphia VIP, where she will serve as Board Secretary. Philadelphia VIP is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains and supports volunteer lawyers who provide critical legal assistance to low-income Philadelphians.


John “Jack” Slimm (Mt. Laurel, NJ) has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. The induction ceremony was held at the College’s annual Spring Meeting, held March 2-5 in Boca Raton, Florida. The College is composed of outstanding members of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship is extended by invitation only, and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.


Marshall Dennehey is pleased to announce that 10 attorneys were elected Shareholders of the firm and three were elevated to Special Counsel at the firm’s annual December shareholders’ meeting. The new Shareholders, listed by office, are as follows:


Additionally, the following three attorneys have been promoted from Associate to Special Counsel: Jon Cross, Professional Liability Department and Courtney Schulnick, Casualty Department in Philadelphia; and Shannon Voll Poliziani, Health Care Department in Pittsburgh.


Jacqui Canter (Philadelphia, PA) was a featured speaker at the annual NRRDA Conference. ​Her presentation, “THE SPICE IS (NOT SO) RIGHT! Best Practices in Handling Foodborne Illness and Foreign Object Cases,” discussed the best practices for handling these claims, what works and what to avoid. Attendees learned how to gather and preserve vital evidence needed to successfully defend these types of cases.

David Shannon (Philadelphia, PA) spoke at SIM Philadelphia to an audience of mostly chief information officers and vice presidents of information technology. ​He discussed the topic of cyber security and how it is being viewed as less of an IT/ technical problem, and more of a fiduciary and enterprise challenge.

Wilhelm Dingler (Philadelphia, PA) was part of a panel at the 7th Annual Q&A with Internal Revenue Service Liaison and Federal Tax Update with CPA and Attorney Panel, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. ​Wil was the sole attorney on the panel, which addressed updates in the federal tax law, the potential changes to the Internal Revenue Code by the new administration, the Affordable Care Act, and an update on Individual and Business taxation and the Small Business Relief Act. In addition to current and former IRS agents, stakeholders and CPAs, Wilhelm was joined on the panel by State Rep. Scott Petri, 178th Legis. District.

Brad Remick (Philadelphia, PA) recently spoke at the annual Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association meeting. ​He reviewed the Tincher case and the effect it has had upon Pennsylvania product liability law. Brad discussed what this meant and why it was important even for out of state companies.


Our southern New Jersey office has moved from Cherry Hill to the Laurel Corporate Center in Mount Laurel. The new office address is 15000 Midlantic Drive, Suite 200, P.O. Box 5429, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054. All telephone and fax numbers remain the same.


Marshall Dennehey and three other law firms from across Europe and North America have launched a new multi-jurisdiction legal network to provide a global service to insurance clients. The Insurance Law Global (ILG) network is made up of founding law firms from the UK, Spain, Canada and the USA. The firms will collaborate on a non-exclusive basis to help clients respond to the challenges presented by globalization and the increasingly dynamic political and environmental landscape. In the UK, the network is represented by leading law firm Weightmans, which will work alongside fellow founders Blaney McMurtry of Canada, Spanish firm LC Rodrigo Abogados and the USA’s Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. Collectively ILG has bases in 30 cities across six countries. ILG was launched at a conference in London, which brought together delegates from the UK insurance sector and representatives of the founding firms. ILG discussed the emerging issues affecting global insurance claims, including cyber threats, the impact of climate change on catastrophic loss and the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to transform the claims process. The formation of the network was led by Weightmans. For more information about ILG, please email info@insurancelawglobal.com.


Eleven attorneys from our New Jersey offices have been selected to the 2017 edition of New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, New Jersey Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected as Super Lawyers and no more than 2.5 percent are selected for Super Lawyer Rising Stars. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Marshall Dennehey attorneys selected to the 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyers list include:

  • Richard L. Goldstein, Professional Liability Defense. Rich focuses his practice in the areas of employment law, civil rights defense and school leaders’ liability.
  • John L. Slimm, Professional Liability Defense. Jack has devoted the majority of his 40-year career to the representation of attorneys, accountants, architects and engineers, directors and officers, and investment and insurance professionals in litigation.
  • Lary Zucker, Personal Injury Defense and Entertainment & Sports Defense. Lary chairs the firm’s Amusements, Sports & Recreation Practice Group and has 35 years of litigation experience.


Marshall Dennehey attorneys selected to the 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyer Rising Stars list include:

  • Ariel Brownstein, Insurance Coverage. Ariel focuses his practice on insurance fraud and SIU litigation, with an emphasis on medical provider fraud and large loss fraud.
  • Alicia Calaf, Personal Injury General Defense. Alicia primarily focuses her practice on medical malpractice and nursing home litigation.
  • Monica Fillmore, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice Defense. Monica concentrates on medical malpractice, long-term care and health care litigation.
  • Ryan Gannon, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice Defense. Ryan focuses on medical malpractice and nursing home malpractice litigation.
  • Christopher Gonnella, Construction Litigation, Business. Chris defends architects and engineers in complex construction and construction defect matters.
  • Heather LaBombardi, Medical Malpractice Defense. Heather defends health care practitioners and facilities in medical malpractice and health care liability matters.
  • Nicholas Rimassa, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice Defense. Nick focuses on medical malpractice defense and nursing home malpractice litigation.
  • Kristy Olivo Salvitti, Workers’ Compensation. Kristy devotes the entirety of her practice to the defense of employers in workers’ compensation matters.



Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 2, June 2017. 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 advice for a specific situation or to create an attorney-client relationship. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING pursuant to New York RPC 7.1. © 2017 Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. All Rights Reserved. This article may not be reprinted without the express written permission of our firm. For reprints, contact tamontemuro@mdwcg.com.