Timothy D. Rau


    Since joining Marshall Dennehey in 2003, Tim has litigated and managed cases related to mass and toxic tort matters arising out of exposure to asbestos, silica and benzene. He has also defended a significant number personal injury and premises liability cases filed against land owners and managers for injuries which occurred on the premises. Tim handles all aspects of litigation, from discovery and expert witness development/preparation, to trial. More recently, he has handled maritime cases arising out of vessel and port operation. In this arena, he defends matters related to the operation of and loading/unloading of vessels, with claims based on the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and general maritime negligence claims. He has tried a number of cases to verdict in Philadelphia, in addition to litigating cases in the surrounding Pennsylvania and New Jersey counties.

    Tim has volunteered with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas as a Judge Pro Tempore (JPT) working to mediate and settle cases being handled by other attorneys prior to trial. Through the JPT program, Tim works on behalf of the court to assist in the resolution of cases prior to trial.  He also sits as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on a regular basis.

    While in law school, Tim volunteered his time at the Rutgers Civil Practice Clinic which provided pro bono legal services to people in the City of Camden. As a result of his pro bono work, Tim was awarded the Molly and Phillip Gleicher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Elder Law. 

    Tim is the co-founder and sits on the Board of Directors of the Ironbridge Charity Group, a non-profit organization that provides fundraising services and advocacy to other non-profit organizations and persons in need in the Perkiomen Valley.  

    Prior to attending law school, Tim attended James Madison University where he was a member of the school's cross country and track teams.  Still an avid runner, Tim competes in races in the Philadelphia area.


    Significant Representative Matters

    Defense verdict in wrongful death case in Philadelphia County which it was alleged that the plaintiff/decedent's esophageal cancer and subsequent death was caused by his exposure to asbestos.

    Defense verdict after two phases of a reverse bifurcated trial in Philadelphia County where the plaintiff was found by the jury to have asbestosis, but Tim's client's product was found to have not caused the plaintiff's disease.

    Defense verdicts in two cases tried simultaneously where the plaintiffs each alleged they had contracted symptomatic asbestosis as a result of exposure to asbestos.

    Marine vessel negligence verdict affirmed on appeal: Kindermann v. Cunningham, 2015 Pa. Super 30

    Premises liability verdict in Philadelphia where the plaintiff alleged permanent injury and total disability from work after a fall on the property owned and managed by Tim's client. After demanding in excess of $2.5 million prior to trial and alleging over $1 million in past and future wage loss, the jury awarded the plaintiff less than $100,000. 

    Classes/Seminars Taught

    Harris Martin's Pennsylvania Asbestos Litigation Conference, Co-Chair, April 2009 

    What Constitutes an Injury Under PA Law, Resolute Management, Inc., 2007 

    Published Works

    "Liability for Replacement Parts in a Post-Tincher World," The Legal Intelligencer, Products Liability Supplement (page 6), January 26, 2016

    Legal Updates for Asbestos and Mass Tort Litigation, editor

    "No Special Exception to PA Statute of Repose for Asbestos Exposure," Defense Digest, 2011-09, Vol. 17, No. 3

    "Pennsylvania Superior Court Affirms Economic Loss Doctrine," Defense Digest, 2004-09, Vol. 10, No. 3

    New Jersey
    U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
    U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law-Camden (J.D., 1999)
    James Madison University (B.A., cum laude, 1996)
    Honors & awards
    Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star
    Associations & memberships
    Maritime Law Association of the United States
    Philadelphia Bar Association
    Year joined