When the stakes are at their highest, clients depend on Marshall Dennehey’s experienced team of litigators to defend and protect their interests in state and federal courts across the country.  

    The firm’s Catastrophic Claims Practice Group is dedicated to defending clients facing complex and high-exposure litigation arising from catastrophic events. With decades of experience handling these complex claims, we are well equipped to handle the most challenging and sensitive cases, working with clients to tailor our approach based on their individualized needs. 


    We have a proven track record of successfully defending clients in cases involving catastrophic events such as large-scale accidents, environmental disasters, construction collapse, high-rise fires, product liability claims, mass shootings and other high-exposure claims. Our attorneys have extensive knowledge representing clients in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, construction, hospitality, trucking and transportation, energy and insurance among many others.

    Comprehensive Defense Strategy

    We understand the unique challenges that catastrophic and high-exposure claims present, and we work closely with our clients to develop a comprehensive defense strategy tailored to their specific needs. Our approach includes a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident, in-depth legal analysis and strategic planning to effectively protect our clients’ interests. We employ a proactive and results-driven approach to litigation, with the goal of achieving favorable outcomes through settlement, alternative dispute resolution or trial if necessary.

    Collaborative and Client-Centric Approach

    At Marshall Dennehey, we value close collaboration with our clients. We believe that a strong relationship is essential to achieving success in high-stakes litigation. Our attorneys work directly with clients to understand their goals, concerns and risk tolerance, and we keep our clients informed and involved at every step of the way. We strive to provide prompt and responsive communication and are committed to delivering exceptional service and achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients.

    Cutting-Edge Resources and Technology

    Our firm is at the forefront of using cutting-edge resources and technology to support our practice group’s efforts in defending catastrophic and high-exposure claims. We leverage advanced legal research tools, industry-leading experts and consultants, data analytics, and other state-of-the-art technologies to conduct thorough investigations, analyze complex data and develop compelling legal arguments. This enables us to effectively manage large volumes of information and handle complex cases accurately and efficiently.

    Areas of Expertise

    Our Catastrophic Claims Practice Group handles a wide range of cases, including but not limited to:

    •    Construction accidents, failures and defects
    •    Dram shop and hospitality claims
    •    Entertainment/sports arenas
    •    Environmental contamination and pollution claims
    •    Explosions and industrial fires
    •    High-rise building collapses
    •    Industrial accidents and disasters involving multiple parties
    •    Mass shootings
    •    Mass tort litigation
    •    Negligent security
    •    Product liability claims involving defective products
    •    Sexual abuse/sex trafficking 
    •    Toxic torts and exposure claims
    •    Transportation accidents, including trucking, aviation, maritime and motor vehicle 

    Kristen L. Worley
    Kristen L. Worley, Co-chair
    Thomas P. Wagner,
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