Gary H. Kaplan: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Gary H. Kaplan

Gary H. Kaplan is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. Since the commencement of his legal career, Gary has developed expertise in several areas of civil litigation. He has successfully defended clients ni the areas of premises liability, medical liability, mold and asbestos litigation, motor vehicle liability, eminent domain, as well as civil rights.
Phone(302) 552-4321

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Practice Areas

  • Toxic Tort
  • Motor Vehicle Liability
  • Premises Liability
University Albright College, B.A., 1976, International Honor Society in Economics
Law SchoolTemple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, J.D., 1979
Admitted1979, Pennsylvania; 1983, U.S District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania; 1986, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit; 1991, Delaware; 1991, District Court District of Delaware

Associations & Memberships

• Pennsylvania Bar Association

• Delaware Bar Association


With more than 30 years of practicing law, Gary has developed extensive experience in several areas of civil litigation. He has successfully defended clients in areas of premises liability, medical liability, mold and asbestos litigation, motor vehicle liability, eminent domain, as well as civil rights. Over the course of his career, he has handled thousands of toxic tort matters, hundreds of personal injury (non-toxic tort) matters, and numerous real estate tax appeals. In addition to the hundreds of asbestos cases, trials, and arbitrations with which he has been involved since 1979, Gary has taken approximately 50 cases to trial before juries. His commercial clients have included manufacturers of asbestos containing products, construction companies, commercial businesses, and owners of vehicles in personal injury matters.

Throughout Gary's career, he has routinely used experts in the fields of medicine, vocational rehabilitation, construction, accident reconstruction, and hydraulic engineering. He has been successful in negotiating settlements in a multitude of cases based on the testimony of these experts.

He graduated cum laude from Albright College in 1976, at which time he was admitted in Omicron Delta Epsilon, an International Honor Society in Economics. He attended Hebrew University Mount Scopus Campus in 1977 and graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1979.

Outside of his practice, Gary is active in the preparation and distribution of foodstuffs to the impoverished through the Jewish Relief Agency.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Overview of Delaware Law PIP and UM Coverage in Delaware Landowner Liability in Delaware

Past Employment Positions

•City Solicitor's Office, City of Philadelphia

Honors & Awards
• AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

Year Joined Organization: 2007

Reported CasesSignificant Representative Matters: Defense verdict in a claim for personal injury arising out of a motor vehicle accident. Plaintiff, a sleeping passenger in a car, claimed that his facial fractures, emergency tracheotomy, and eight day hospital stay that amounted to a sum of $362,000 in medical bills were caused by our truck driver's negligence. Through the use of medical experts, the defense was able to prove the plaintiff's medical bills were unreasonable.One of our witnesses, a state police officer, was able to testify as to the cause and nature of the accident in support of the defense. Under Delaware joint and several liability doctrine, plaintiff only sought a 1% finding of liability against our client as the driver of plaintiff's vehicle had only a $25,000 policy. Upon bifurcating the trial, a jury determined that our tractor trailer was not a cause of the accident and that the testimony of the co-defendant driver of plaintiff's vehicle was not credible; Successful resolution of a personal injury claim involving an illegal immigrant falling from the rooftop of a house while installing siding and rendering him a paraplegic in which the alleged damages sought were in excess of $3 million; Successful resolution of a personal injury lawsuit brought by a cardiac surgeon seeking over $2 million in damages for permanent injuries to his hand which allegedly prevented him from performing surgical procedures necessitating a career change; Jury defense verdict against a plaintiff who claimed he was the innocent victim of a hit-and-run accident resulting in a claim for in excess of $50,000 in boardable damages; Arranged for the buy back of a plaintiff purchaser's allegedly mold-infested house on terms very favorable to the defendant seller and thereby preventing the existence of publicity which might have damaged the marketability of defendant's other properties; Received a defense verdict representing the manufacturer and retailer of an allegedly defective mop. Plaintiffs, a mother and her eleven-year-old daughter, contended that the thumb of the plaintiff minor's dominant hand was severed at the first knuckle due to the allegedly defective design of the mop. Although plaintiff minor's thumb was severed at the first knuckle and the plaintiff minor had an abdominal scar as a result of the insertion of the remainder of the thumb into an abdominal flap for two weeks to facilitate healing, the jury was not moved by the emotional presentation of the plaintiff minor and found that the defendants' mop was not defectively designed.

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Gary H. Kaplan

1007 N. Orange Street, 6th Floor
WilmingtonDE 19801


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