On The Pulse...Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Office Profile

Founded in 1741, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is a city of nearly 72,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania which is known for its rich colonial and industrial history. Bethlehem sits at the heart of the Lehigh Valley and is approximately equal distance from both Philadelphia and New York. Once the home of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Bethlehem is today experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance with a very bright future.

Since its founding almost two decades ago, the Bethlehem office of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin has effectively represented our clients in all of the surrounding counties, including Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, Carbon, Schuylkill, and Berks Counties. The attorneys in the Bethlehem office also have extensive experience in the federal courts of both the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania. This office is a prime example of Marshall, Dennehey's commitment to providing client representation by local attorneys who are actively involved in both the legal and civic communities.

The Casualty Department of the Bethlehem office is headed by Frank Baker, who has over 25 years experience litigating myriad complex cases involving catastrophic injuries and death, as well as professional liability and construction matters. Working as a team with Frank are Brent Green, Paul Lees, Dave Williams, and Jason Banonis. Brent and Paul concentrate their efforts in defending professional liability matters, including civil rights cases, cases involving educational institutions, and the defense of other professionals such as realtors. Dave and Jason concentrate on products liability, automobile liability, premises liability, and other casualty cases. Together these attorneys bring a wealth of experience litigating both professional liability and casualty cases throughout our regional area.

The Workers' Compensation Department is headed by William Scott, who brings over 30 years experience litigating workers' compensation cases throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. Bill is joined in the department by Judd Woytek, who has over 10 years of experience in workers' compensation. Bill and Judd have practiced their entire careers in the counties served by the Bethlehem office and have gained a high level of respect with the Workers' Compensation Judges before whom they appear. They are well known and well respected by the claimant's bar for their diligent representation of institutional clients, both large and small.

The Healthcare Liability Department is headed by Candy Barr Heimbach, who has 25 years of experience in litigating medical malpractice cases involving physicians, hospitals, nurses, and other healthcare providers. The other members of the medical malpractice team include Paul Laughlin, Michelle Wilson, and Mark Royster. This group has gained the trust and confidence of large scale healthcare institutions, individual physicians, and healthcare providers alike.

In addition to our attorneys, the Bethlehem office owes much of its success to a dedicated and experienced staff of secretaries and paralegals who collectively enhance the smooth and efficient running of the office. A number of our staff members have been here since the inception of the office in the Lehigh Valley over a decade ago. Our paralegals, Bonnie Zemek and Gail Wireman, offer their multiple years of experience and professional assistance to both the Healthcare Group and Casualty Group.

The attorneys in the Bethlehem office of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin present a formidable group who zealously defend their clients and who have earned the respect of the judges before whom they appear, as well as their adversaries. In addition to their legal prowess, these attorneys are also community leaders, being active in local government as well as the boards of local colleges, theaters, historic institutions, and other non-profit organizations. They epitomize what we mean when we say we are a regional law firm.

* Bill, a shareholder, is the managing attorney of our Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, office and can be reached at (484) 895-2306 or wzscott@mdwcg.com.

Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2009