Michele P. Frisbie

Special Counsel

Michele defends a wide variety of cases and has a special interest in working closely with professionals to achieve the successful, cost-effective defense of suits against specialists such as those involved in the sale, appraisal and management of real estate; insurers and insurance brokers and agents; attorneys; mental health service providers and municipal entities. Michele also has extensive experience involving personal injury such as premises liability, dog bites, automobile accidents, dram shop and hotel, restaurant and store security.

In 1992, she joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as a file clerk. Michele graduated cum laude from St. Joseph's University in 1993. She attended Villanova University School of Law in 1993 and served as a law clerk until her graduation in 1996, when she joined Marshall Dennehey as an attorney. During her free time, Michele is an ACE certified group fitness instructor and enjoys teaching classes.

Significant Representative Matters

Defense verdict for a real estate seller's agent in a claim of misrepresentation of the condition of the property.

Defense verdict in a coverage claim arising out of wind damage to a mobile home.

Motion to dismiss granted in a case claiming appraisers conspired with the builder of a residential development to conceal the presence of a Superfund site adjacent to the development.

Motion to dismiss granted in a case against attorneys who allegedly failed to timely file a legal malpractice cause of action arising from an underlying toxic tort claim.

Secured the voluntary withdrawal of a case against a local sewer authority which allegedly improperly removed trees from the easement that ran over the plaintiff's property.

Secured the dismissal of a claim that an insurance broker allegedly failed to secure a binder for a homeowners' policy which resulted in no coverage after a fire.

Secured the dismissal of a mental health institution in a case where the plaintiff, a convicted murderer, claimed that if the institution had not negligently treated him for his drug and alcohol addictions, he would not have committed the crime.

Published Works

“Please Release Me? Gym Releases and Other Agreements with Exculpatory Clauses,” Defense Digest, September 2018, Vol. 24, No. 3

"The 'Deciders' on Preemptive Strikes," Defense Digest, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2007

"Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clearing Paths for Municipal Tort Plaintiffs," Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 1, 1999

Pro Bono Activities

Board of Directors, Central Bucks Family YMCA

Admissions
Pennsylvania
1996
Education
Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 1996)
St. Joseph's University (B.A., cum laude, 1993)
Honors & awards
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star
2005-2006
Associations & memberships
Bucks County Bar Association, Chair of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee (2009-2012)
Bucks County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2002-2004)
Bucks County Bar Association, Chair Member Services Committee (2004-2007)
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Year joined
1996