Edward J. Tuite

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Ed joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in 2000. He concentrates his practice in special investigation unit/fraud investigation and defense, automobile, construction law, premises liability, and commercial trucking litigation. Over the course of his career, Ed has handled thousands of auto liability cases, hundreds of construction cases, and several hundred fraud cases involving auto and premises liability. He has represented numerous trucking companies and commercial carriers, as well as insurance carriers in project defense work regarding fraudulent and questionable billing practices, claims for personal injury protection, and medical benefit matters.

Ed's recent successful representations have included:
  • Obtaining a defense verdict at trial in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas in a multi-party wrongful death trucking case, where the co­defendant was found solely liable and $3 million damages were awarded.
  • Obtaining a non-suit prior to submission to a jury for a construction defendant joined to a multi-party construction case involving close-head trauma, where the jury ultimately awarded $2,750,000 in damages against the remaining co-defendants.
  • Obtaining a defense verdict for a large trucking concern against claims of product spoliation and product liability, where the co-defendant was found liable for the plaintiff's damages in the amount of $16 million.
  • Successfully defending at trial and at binding arbitration multiple high-exposure fraud cases in which either a defense verdict was obtained and/or claims were voluntary dismissal by the claimants. Ed has argued before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and has set the legal precedent in Pennsylvania that an employer cannot be sued in dual capacity circumstances, such as simultaneous product liability and employer liability. His courtroom experience includes approximately 175 trials or binding arbitrations and 75 jury trials, nearly half of which resulted in defense verdicts, and an equal number in which verdicts or settlements were obtained significantly below the settlement demand.

Ed is a 1978 graduate of St. Joseph's University and Villanova University School of Law, where he received his juris doctor in 1981. After law school, he entered private practice at Goushian, Mooradian & Goldsmith, where he handled a diverse range of civil litigation, from automobile liability to complex product liability matters.

For 14 years, Ed was the managing attorney of AIG Insurance Company's staff counsel for Philadelphia and surrounding counties, where he oversaw a legal staff of 45 and his offices handled general defense litigation, including automobile liability, product liability, professional liability and dram shop litigation. 

Ed has lectured for various insurance claims departments on topics such as automobile litigation, construction litigation, SIU, and professional liability. He serves as a judge pro tempore for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, as well as an arbitrator for Montgomery County, Philadelphia County and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Outside of his practice, Ed is active in multiple coaching positions in local basketball and soccer organizations. 

Representative Cases

Poyser v. Newman, Pa. Supreme Court 

Classes/Seminars Taught

Update on Medical Fraud / Bad Economy and The Plot Thickens, Marshall Dennehey Insurance Fraud Perspectives Seminar, Lafayette Hill, PA, June 2012

Medical Provider Fraud and the 3rd Party Case, Combating Insurance Fraud Seminar, Conshohocken, PA, 2010

Emerging Trends in Fraud Litigation, Annual seminar to Chubb Insurance 

Auto Law Developments, First Acceptance Insurance Company 

Defending the Wrongful Death Case and Damages; Defending High Exposure Cases; and Construction Law Seminar to PAM Claims, on behalf of the PHI 

Published Works

"Uninsured Motorist Benefits Policy Limits - They Ain't What They Used To Be," Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 1, March 2011

Admissions
Pennsylvania
1981
Education
Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 1981)
St. Joseph's University (B.S., 1978)
Honors & awards
Associations & memberships
Chester County Bar Association
Delaware County Bar Association
Montgomery County Arbitrator
Montgomery County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Philadelphia Bar Association
Philadelphia County Arbitrator
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Pro Tem
Temple Inn of Court
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Arbitrator
Year joined
2000