On the Pulse…Other Notable Achievements

Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 4, December 2017


Tom Wagner (Philadelphia, PA) has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America organization as the Philadelphia region’s 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Personal Injury Litigation, Defendants.

Teresa Ficken Sachs (Philadelphia, PA), Vice-Chair of our Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group, was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL) at the Academy’s 2017 Fall Meeting. The AAAL was founded in 1990 to recognize outstanding appellate lawyers and to promote the improvement of appellate advocacy and the administration of the appellate courts. Membership is limited to 500 lawyers in the United States and is reserved for accomplished appellate advocates who have demonstrated the highest levels of skill and integrity.

Marshall Dennehey is pleased to announce that the firm has been named a Best Law Firm for Female Attorneys by Law360 and its 2017 Glass Ceiling Report. Law360 grouped firms based on U.S. attorney headcount in order to evaluate them with similar-sized peers. They excluded any firm that had below-average female representation at even a single level of the firm. They then ranked the rest based on their percentage of female attorneys both at the non-partner and partner level. Marshall Dennehey ranked number eight on the top ten list for firms with 300-599 attorneys.


Alan C. (A.C.) Nash (Fort Lauderdale, FL) has been appointed to the 17th Judicial Circuit Professionalism Panel by Judge Jack Tuter, Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit. ​Florida’s Professionalism Panels are charged with receiving, screening and acting upon complaints of unprofessional conduct by attorneys practicing in their respective Circuit. While they are not a disciplinary body intended to address violations of the rules regulating the Florida Bar, they do play an integral role in improving professionalism in the legal community by providing an informal educational process to address conduct inconsistent with the Standards of Professionalism and Civility.


Janice L. Merrill and Chanel A. Mosley (Orlando, FL) presented “EDs & EMRs & E-Discovery, Oh My! How to Stay on the ‘Yellow Brick Road’ When the Threat of Litigation Arises” at the Florida Assisted Living Association 2017 Annual Conference & Tradeshow.

​Additionally, Janice and Chanel presented “The Defense Bar Strikes Back: EMRs & eDiscovery Risk Management” at the Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety Annual Meeting & Education Conference.

Christopher Conrad (Harrisburg, PA) was a guest lecturer at Dickinson Law School, where he presented “An Introduction to Age Discrimination in the Employment Act” to law students as part of the law school’s 1st year Problem Solving course.

Kacey Wiedt (Harrisburg, PA) presented at SEAK’s 36th Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference. ​In “How Employers, Insurers and Self-Insurers Can Save Money,” Kacey explained how to judge the compensability of workers’ compensation claims and determine which ones to accept or defend. He discussed how to partner with defense counsel to create accountability and reduce overall costs on litigated claims, as well as providing practical suggestions for deciding how and when to settle claims and resolve difficult legacy claims.

David Oberly (Cincinnati, OH) presented to the Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association on the topic of “Wage Discrimination Update.” ​Approximately 60 HR professionals attended the presentation, which focused on the major laws prohibiting wage discrimination, salary history inquiry bans, EEOC directives and best practices for minimizing wage discrimination claims.


​Congratulations to John Hare and Mohamed Bakry (Philadelphia, PA), who contributed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling in Commonwealth v. Muniz, which held that the retroactive registration of sex offenders under Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law is unconstitutional. On behalf of 22 university-based experts on sex crimes, John and Mohamed filed an amicus curiae brief demonstrating that Megan’s Law registries actually suppress the reporting and prosecution of sex crimes.

Doug Kent (King of Prussia, PA) co-authored the cover story article appearing in the summer issue of the CLM Magazine, Construction Claims. Titled “360 Degrees Hot: A Drone Can Collect More Data More Safely and in More Situations Than Can Traditional Collection Methods,” the article discusses how the insurance industry is recognizing the value of drones for inspection and investigation purposes following property and casualty losses.

Tony Natale (Philadelphia, PA) was published in the August edition of the national CLM Magazine. ​Tony’s article, titled “If You See Something Say Something—The Importance of Identifying and Reporting Workers’ Compensation Fraud,” discusses the implications of ignoring fraud and how reporting fraud can benefit the entire community. 


Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 4, December 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.