Carol A. VanderWoude: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Carol A. VanderWoude

Carol VanderWoude is a shareholder and a research and writing specialist in the Casualty Department of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. Her areas of practice include products liability, premises liability, personal injury defense and toxic tort. The focus of Carol's practice is conducting research and drafting substantive motions and briefs for senior attorneys throughout the firm on a variety of legal issues at various stages of litigation.
Phone(215) 575-2643

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Premises Liability
  • Toxic Tort
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
University California State University, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 1997
Law SchoolAmerican University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia, J.D., cum laude, 2001 Legal Methods Deans Fellow, American University Law Review
Admitted2002, New Jersey; 2005, Pennsylvania; 2005, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Associations & Memberships

•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•Philadelphia Bar Association


Carol is a member of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group in the Professional Liability Department. She focuses her practice on drafting concise, forceful briefs and delivering persuasive oral arguments in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Carol handles appeals across a wide range of subject areas which include, among others, products liability, toxic torts, medical malpractice, insurance coverage, civil rights, professional liability and premises liability. As part of her practice, Carol regularly handles emergency matters which arise throughout the course of litigation and assists trial counsel with development of legal strategies, preparation of pre-trial motions, trial briefs, and post-trial motions. She also performs appellate monitoring of high-exposure trials to assist trial counsel in preserving issues for appeal. This assistance includes handling and arguing legal issues before the trial court so trial counsel can focus on witnesses and the presentation of evidence.

In addition to her practice, Carol is actively involved in Pennsylvania defense organizations and informing members of the defense bar about notable legal developments. Currently, Carol serves as co-editor of Counterpoint, the well-regarded magazine of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute. She has also hosted statewide teleconferences of defense counsel regarding new legal developments.

Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey in 2005, Carol worked for five years as a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit where she drafted memoranda of law and opinions on a variety of subjects including civil rights, employment, bankruptcy, immigration, securities and tax law.

Carol graduated from California State University, San Marcos, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. She subsequently attended American University, Washington College of Law, where she obtained her juris doctor, cum laude, in 2001. While attending law school, Carol taught legal research and writing and served as a member of the American University Law Review.

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Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin Elects New Shareholders

December 14, 2012

Philadelphia, PA - Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce that the following 13 attorneys were elected shareholders at the Annual Shareholders' Meeting on December 11, 2012: Christopher Boyle, Esq.; James Lare, Esq.; Thomas Marcoz, Esq.; Brian McNulty, Esq.; Raymond...


Legal Updates for Toxic Torts Litigation

Law Alerts • January 29, 2015

Edited by: Timothy D. Rau, Esquire En Banc PA Superior Court Vacates $14.5 Million Asbestos Verdict and Remands for New TrialBy Carol Vanderwoude, Esq.An en banc Superior Court recently affirmed a 2013 split decision by a three-judge..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...

Addressing Malfunction Theory for First Time in 20 Years: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies Burden of Proof in Product Liability Case Based Upon Malfunction Theory

Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2010

Pennsylvania -- Product Liability, Key Points:To make out a prima facie case under the malfunction theory where a product has performed successfully in the years leading up to the alleged malfunction, a plaintiff must adduce some..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 1, March 2010

Reported CasesPublished Works: Addressing Malfunction Theory for First Time in 20 Years: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies Burden of Proof in Product Liability Case Based Upon Malfunction Theory, Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 1, March 2010
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Carol A. VanderWoude

2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
PhiladelphiaPA 19103


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