Dan serves as the chair of the Environmental & Toxic Tort Practice Group in the Philadelphia office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. In this capacity he is responsible for the oversight of a group of attorneys who focus on toxic tort litigation. He also supervises the representation of many defendants in asbestos litigation throughout Pennsylvania. Dan also concentrates a portion of his practice to defending insurers in bad faith litigation.
In addition to close to 30 years of trial experience in toxic tort litigation on behalf of asbestos manufacturers, Dan has also developed an extensive involvement in lead paint litigation on behalf of building owners and has also tried auto, premises, exercise equipment and various other product liability claims, representing manufacturers and insurers. As an alternative to litigating matters, Dan has extensive participation in various types of mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
Adding to his law practice, Dan has given lectures and seminars concerning the defense in mass tort litigation with particular emphasis on alternative, cost effective ways for processing large volumes of cases. He has also lectured on the defense of bad faith cases for the Insurance Society of Philadelphia's Continuing Legal Education program as well as to the staffs of insurers.
•Annual presentations to various clients groups regarding the status of asbestos litigation in Pennsylvania involving strategies for defending various types of products such as brakes, tile, caulk, joint compound, boilers, wire, pumps and packing.
•Presented several in-house presentations to various insurers as to how to avoid bad faith litigation in Pennsylvania while handling first party claims.
• Uncloaking Bankruptcy Trust Filings In Asbestos Litigation: Refuting the Myths About Transparency, Mealey's Asbestos Bankruptcy Report and Mealey's Litigation Report Asbestos, April 2016
• Uncloaking Bankruptcy Trust Filings In Asbestos Litigation: A Survey Of Solutions To The Types Of Conduct Exposed In Garlock's Bankruptcy, Mealey's Asbestos Bankrupcty Report, August 28, 2015
• Is Mold The Next Gold For The Plaintiffs' Bar?, Defense Digest, Vol. 8, No. 1, March 2002
• 'Market-Share' Liability Is Rejected In Lead Paint Case in Pennsylvania, Defense Digest, Vol. 2, No. 1, January 1996
• Applying Lessons Learned From the Asbestos Litigation to the Next Mass Tort (Repetitive Stress), Defense Digest, January 1995
• Pennsylvania Superior Court Finally Clarifies What is Bad Faith Conduct Under Section 8371, Defense Digest, Winter 1994
Honors & Awards
•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America - Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, 2009-Present
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2006, 2009-2015
Year Joined Organization
Uncloaking Bankruptcy Trust Filings in Absestos Litigation: Refuting the Myths About Transparency Articles • April 1, 2016
On the Pulse...Our Asbestos and Mass Tort Litigation Practice Group
Defense Digest Article • December 1, 2015
By Daniel J. Ryan, Jr., Esq.*Litigation related to asbestos injuries is one of the longest-running mass torts in United States history. Marshall Dennehey's Asbestos and Mass Tort Litigation Practice Group has been involved since a flood of..., Defense Digest, Vol 21, No. 4, December 2015Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Legal Updates for Toxic Torts Litigation
Law Alerts • September 3, 2015
Edited by Timothy D. Rau, EsquireDouble recoveries in asbestos litigation, from both bankruptcy trusts and tort litigation, are under increased scrutiny by the judicial system. In this special report from Mealey's Asbestos Bankruptcy Report,... , 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...
Uncloaking Bankruptcy Trust Filings in Asbestos Litigation: A Survey of the Solutions to the Types of Conduct Exposed in Garlocks Bankruptcy Articles • August 28, 2015
Asbestos Litigation Case Bites the Dust. Apr 21, 2016
Obtained summary judgment in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in a premises liability case against our client, a manufacturer of forged steel wheels used in the railroad industry. The plaintiff alleged she was exposed to asbestos dust...