Anthony J. Williott: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Anthony J. Williott

Anthony Williott is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin and focuses his practice on the defense of physicians, hospitals and extended care facilities, while continuing his representation of insurance carriers and their insureds, as well as automobile and RV manufacturers.
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Practice Areas

  • Health Care Liability
  • Long-Term Care Liability
  • General Liability
  • Personal Injury - Defense
  • Product Liability
University Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, B.S., Finance, 1978; Order of Barristers, Won Gourley Cup, Trial Moot Court, 1985
Law SchoolDuquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, J.D., 1985)
Admitted1985, Pennsylvania; 1985, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania; 1988, U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit

Associations & Memberships

•Allegheny County Bar Association


Tony has spent his entire legal career defending hospitals, physicians, long-term care and ancillary health care facilities, insurance companies and their insureds, pharmacies, and manufacturers in civil lawsuits. As a member of the firm's Health Care Department, Tony focuses on the defense of physicians, hospitals and extended care facilities, while continuing to defend insurance carriers (and their insureds), and automobile and RV manufacturers and dealerships.

Tony has defended hundreds of medical liability claims and more than 1, 000 civil claims, including product liability, breach of warranty, defamation, insurance bad faith, construction accident and complex matters, in addition to his work in the health care field.

Tony secured a defense verdict in his very first jury trial in 1987 (against a prominent plaintiff's personal injury attorney), and has been steadily trying cases to verdict ever since. His extensive courtroom experience includes more than 50 jury trials, 10 non-jury trials, approximately 100 Common Pleas and Federal Court arbitrations, and approximately 15 UM/UIM arbitrations.

In recognition of his work as a trial lawyer, Tony was inducted into the prestigious Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County in 2003, his first year of eligibility. The Academy of Trial Lawyers consists of the best 125 plaintiff and best 125 defense lawyers out of more than 8, 000 lawyers in Allegheny County. Tony was also recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2005, 2013 and 2014, and has achieved an AV Preeminent designation from Martindale-Hubbell for more than 15 years.

Tony was a scholarship member of the football team at Penn State, earning letters in 1976 and 1977. He was on the victorious Duquesne University School of Law trial moot court team at the 1985 Gourley Cup Trial Moot Court competition, where he was also selected runner-up best advocate.

Tony lives in Mount Lebanon with his wife, Dana, whom he met at Penn State. Their daughters, Alexandra and Gabrielle, are also Penn State grads, and their son, Carl, graduated from Yale, where he was member of the varsity football team.

Tony has been a trustee of the Parents Athletic Council of Mount Lebanon since 2008. He served as a board member of The Center for Theater Arts for approximately 10 years, including a two-year term as Chairman of the Board. Tony was also a member of the Mount Lebanon School District Strategic Planning Team in 2000.

Honors & Awards

•Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, fellow, 2003-present
•Allegheny County Bar Foundation, fellow, 2001-present
•AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2005, 2013-2015

Year Joined Organization


Classes/Seminars Taught

The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit, National Business Institute, July 31, 2015

Evidence and Expert Testimony, National Business Institute, April 30, 2014
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Hot Topics in Long Term Care Litigation, Health Executive Institute, March 7, 2014

What to Expect When You're Expecting (A Trial), Health Executive Institute, October 19, 2012

Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy, National Business Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, June 7, 2012

Documentation - It's Really That Important, April 24, 2011

Mechanics of Pennsylvania Civil Procedure, April 21, 2011

Strictly Speaking: An Overview Of Products Liability Law in Pennsylvania, November 13, 2008

New Pennsylvania Suggested Jury Instructions in Medical Malpractice Cases, April 4, 2006

Keys To Successful Pre-Trial Preparation, June 15, 2005

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law in Pennsylvania, August 10, 2004

The Nuts And Bolts Of The Medical Malpractice Case, April 1, 2004

Pennsylvania Personal Injury Practice For Paralegals, May 20, 1998

Insurance Bad Faith In Pennsylvania and West Virginia, 1993


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Hot Topics in Long Term Care Litigation
Seminar • Mar 7, 2014

Join members of the long term care community at this informative presentation on important issues facing today's health care providers. Marshall Dennehey attorneys Michele Primis, Tony Williott and Patricia Monahan will present The Good,...


Plaintiffs Counsel Pies Self in Face

Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2012

Key Points:The proscription against the plaintiff requesting an amount for non-economic damages also precludes the plaintiff from providing the jury with a formula.It is important to raise a timely objection to an improper argument..., Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 3, September 2012

Bar Fellowship: 2001-present

• AV® Preeminent™ by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

• Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2005, 2013

Year Joined Organization: 2010


Plaintiff's Counsel Pies Self in Face
Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2012
Key Points: The proscription against the plaintiff requesting an amount for non-economic damages also precludes the plaintiff from providing the jury with a formula. It is important to raise a timely objection to an improper argument..., Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 3, September 2012

Reported CasesSignificant Representative Matters: Was trial counsel in the landmark case of Griffin v. UPMC Braddock, a case where a jury verdict of $2.2 M was overturned and judgment n.o.v was granted in favor of the defendant based on Tony's cross-examination of plaintiff's expert that revealed his testimony was not given with reasonable medical certainty.; Secured dismissal of a defamation action in the Western District of Pennsylvania in Kelsch v. Ellucian Support, where the client's employee sent a blast email to approximately 3, 000 people accusing a customer's VP of embezzlement, as the employee was being terminated. The District Court Judge agreed with Tony that the client was not vicariously liable for the employee's actions.; Secured a defense verdict in Lapinsky v. Goldberg, et al, a medical malpractice claim arising out of the laceration of the common iliac artery and vein during a laparoscopic procedure.; Successfully defended a hospital in a jury trial involving an elderly patient who fell out of bed, fracturing her nose and eye orbit, in Bennett v. UPMC.; Received a defense verdict in Casey v. Seski, a medical malpractice case in which the plaintiff alleged that the surgeon failed to get proper surgical clearance and plaintiff suffered a stroke immediately prior to surgery.; Successfully defended defamation claims in Black v. Antion and Garmong v. Myers.; Was defense counsel in the seminal case under the Pennsylvania remittitur rule (Vogelsberger v. Magee, et al), persuading both the Trial Court and Superior Court that the verdict was excessive and contrary to the evidence.; Successfully defended Allstate in a Bad Faith case tried before a jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania (Ward v. Allstate). Case arose out of the denial of a UIM claim arising out of a triple fatality accident.; Secured a defense verdict in a jury trial in the Western District of Pa. (Erie Division) in Pearson v. Sears, a product liability case involving a propane torch, persuading the jury that the incident occurred because the plaintiff altered the orifice of the torch.; Secured Summary Judgment in Pounds v. Morrow Motors, where plaintiff claimed that the defendant car dealer negligently permitted plaintiff's brother to test drive a car while drunk, resulting in an accident that left plaintiff a quadriplegic.; Received jury verdicts in favor of automobile manufacturers in Flanders v. Ford Motor Co. and Iskoe v. Subaru. Published Works: Plaintiff's Counsel Pies Self in Face, Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 3, September 2012; Keeping Faith, Best's Review, March 2001; Understanding O'Donnell - When Aggressive Defense Can Lead To Bad Faith, The Lawyers Journal, October 20, 2000; The Pennsylvania Automobile Lemon Law, Pittsburgh Legal Journal, September 5, 1996

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Anthony J. Williott

600 Grant Street, Suite 2900
PittsburghPA 15219


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