James H. Cole: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

James H. Cole

James H. Cole is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. He focuses his practice on both the investigation and litigation of Special Investigative Unit claims and property damage claims, including arson claims, mold claims, and automobile thefts. Within his areas of practice, James is experienced in the bad faith and coverage issues inherent in first party/SIU investigations and litigation.
Shareholder; Chair, Fraud/Special Investigation Practice Group; Chair, Property Litigation Practice Group
Doylestown,  PA  U.S.A.
Phone(267) 880-2026

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Practice Areas

  • SIU Investigation and Litigation
  • Property Litigation
  • Premises Liability - Defense
  • Mold Litigation
  • Bad Faith
University Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.S., Finance, cum laude, 1990
Law SchoolTemple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, J.D., cum laude, 1999
Admitted1999, Pennsylvania; 1999, New Jersey

Associations & Memberships

•Bucks County Bar Association
•International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU)
•Insurance Committee for Arson Control
•Pennsylvania Bar Association


James focuses his practice on the investigation and litigation of Special Investigative Unit and Property Damage claims, including arson, burglaries, public adjuster represented claims, mold/ pollution and automobile thefts. Within his areas of practice, James is experienced in the bad faith and coverage issues inherent in first party/SIU investigations and litigation. Throughout his career, James has assisted with hundred's of SIU investigations; litigated hundreds of first party property lawsuits; and consulted on hundreds of property coverage issues. He is frequently asked by clients and industry organizations to lecture on a variety of topics concerning property damage, insurance fraud and bad faith.

James is a 1990 graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Immediately following graduation, he worked as a claims representative with a large insurance carrier, where for eight years he was involved in the investigation and resolution of property and casualty claims. In 1995, he entered Temple University School of Law while continuing to work full time. James graduated from Temple University in 1999 with a degree of juris doctor. Thereafter, he joined Marshall Dennehey and is currently chair of the firm's SIU Litigation and Property Litigation Practice Groups. His first hand property background, insurance industry knowledge and familiarity with property policies allows him to effectively, efficiently and practically counsel clients on Property and SIU issues, and when necessary provide a vigorous and common sense defense tailored to the needs of a particular carrier.

Honors & Awards

•National Insurance Crime Bureau, Certificate of Appreciation, 2010
•Associate in Claims (AIC), The Insurance Institute of America
•Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Co-Chair of Property Committee
•Litigation Management Institute, Graduate 2014 (CLMP)
•School of Property - Instructor, Claims College, CLM

Year Joined Organization


Classes/Seminars Taught

Cooperation with Law Enforcement, ICAC Webinar, November 2015

Appraisal and Recent Trends in Bad Faith Law, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, April, 2015

Property Overview: 3Ms - Marring, Matching, Misrepresentation, New Jersey Special Investigators Association (NJSIA) Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, October 2014

Property Overview: 3Ms - Marring, Matching, Misrepresentation, Marshall Dennehey Insurance Fraud 360 Seminar, Lafayette Hill, PA, June, 2014

Coverage C : Tools to Ensure Payment of Legitimate Content Claims, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, May, 2014

Cooperative Investigations-The Necessity and Pitfalls of Information Sharing, 2014 Pennsylvania Fraud Insurance Fraud Conference, Hershey, PA, April, 2014

Streamlining the Process and Controlling the Cost of Large-Scale Ring Cases, IFM - 2014 Insurance Fraud Management Conference, Amelia Island, FL, March 2014

Auto Repair Fraud, Moderator, New Jersey Special Investigators Association (NJSIA) Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, October 2013

Towing and Auto Body Fraud, IASIU's 28th Annual Seminar and Expo on Insurance Fraud, Atlanta, GA, September 2013

Investigating Suspicious Wind and Hail Claims, Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (PAMIC) Annual Claims Summit, Gettysburg, PA, April 3, 2013

Body Shop and Towing Fraud, Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority Annual Conference, Hershey, PA, April 1-2, 2013

Effectively Managing Complex and Emerging Issues, 2012 NJSIA 22nd Annual Fraud Seminar, Atlantic City, NJ

The Importance of a Complete and Thorough Investigation, 2012Marshall Dennehey Insurance Fraud Perspectives Seminar, Cleveland, OH

Recent Trends in Auto Body & Towing Fraud - Enhanced Damage and Reconstructed Titles, 2012Marshall Dennehey Insurance Fraud Perspectives Seminar, Lafayette Hill, PA

Managing Public Adjuster Issues, 2012 IFMC - Insurance Fraud Management Conference, Phoenix, AZ

Proper Interaction and the Role of the Public Adjuster During an Arson Investigation, 2012 ICAC - National Arson Training Seminar, Las Vegas, NV

Insurance Fraud, 2011 ACFE Conference, San Diego, CA

Litigation Strategies for Combating Fraudulent Hail Claims, 2011 Pennsylvania Fraud Conference, Hershey, PA

Managing the Public Adjuster Process, 2011 IFM Conference, Amelia Island, FL

Homeowner Fraud, 2010 NJSIA Conference, Atlantic City, NJ

Civil Litigation Strategies for Combating Fraudulent Hail Claims, 2010 NICB Hail Fraud Awareness Conference, West Deptford, NJ

The Importance of a Complete Investigation, 2010 Combating Insurance Fraud Conference, Conshohocken, PA

Public Adjusters an SIU Perspective, 2010 IASIU Conference, Orlando, FL

Public Adjusters An SIU Perspective, 2010 Pennsylvania Fraud Conference, Gettysburg, PA

SIU and the Public Adjuster Represented, 2009 IASIU Conference, Palm Desert, CA

Cooperative Arson Investigations, 2009 PLRB Conference, Seattle, WA

Property Claims Overview, 2008 PAMIC Conference, Harrisburg, PA

Investigating Fraudulent Claims and Reporting Requirements, 2006 IASIU Conference, La Quinta, CA

Application Fraud; PIP Fraud; Automobile Theft Fraud; Medical Fraud; Special Disaster Fraud; Arson Investigations and Bad Faith, local and national presentations to clients

Major Victories

Unanimous Defense Verdict in Bucks County Property Litigation Case Jun 8, 2015

Obtained a unanimous jury verdict after a four-week trial in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs' demand never moved from $9 million throughout the trial. The plaintiff family (mother, father and adult daughter) claimed that their house...


Five Marshall Dennehey Attorneys to Serve as Faculty at CLM Claims College

August 24, 2015

Attorneys James H. Cole, Andrew W. Davitt, Eric A. Fitzgerald, Edward J. McGinn, Jr. and Matthew S. Schorr, all shareholders at civil defense litigation firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, will serve as faculty at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance's (CLM) annual Claims...

Marshall Dennehey to Present Insurance Fraud Seminar

May 16, 2014

The Casualty Department of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin will hold a complimentary seminar, Insurance Fraud 360, on Thursday, June 5, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the ACE Conference Center in Lafayette Hill. Designed for insurance fraud professionals, SIU investigators and...

James H. Cole (Doylestown, PA) addressed the topic of Property Insurance Fraud

January 12, 2012

James H. Cole (Doylestown, PA) addressed the topic of Property Insurance Fraud as the guest speaker for an audio conference presented by Lorman Education Services. With the current financial crisis, property insurance fraud is gaining prominence, as insureds, contractors and body shops are faced...


Insurance Fraud Perspectives - Ohio 2012
Conference • Nov 14, 2012

Join our distinguished panel for lunch and a discussion on issues relating to fraud.

Insurance Fraud 360
Seminar • Jun 5, 2014

Insurance Fraud 360Marshall Dennehey 2014 SIU Fraud Seminar June 5th - 12:30p.m. - 4:30p.m. Registration and Lunch begin at 11:30Cocktail reception following ACE Conference Center800 Ridge Pike Latayette...

2015 Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Conference
Conference • Apr 27, 2015

The Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority (IFPA), Delaware Valley and Greater Pittsburgh Chapters of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) will host the 2015 Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Conference on April...


Much Ado About Marring

Case Study • January 2, 2014

On the Pulse...Profile of Property Litigation Practice Group

Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2012

The endless claims scenarios, coupled with face-to-face contact and helping insureds through difficult times, are part of what makes property claims so challenging and rewarding. Unfortunately, more and more insureds and their representatives view..., Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 3, September 2012

On The Pulse...Special Investigative Unit Practice Group Profile

Defense Digest Article • June 1, 2009

The economic slowdown has effected the entire nation and has brought with it sharp increases in the unemployment rate, foreclosures, repossessions, and bankruptcies. The financial hardships many are experiencing have correlated to an increase in..., Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2009

Reported CasesSignificant Representative Matters: Obtained a Breach of Contract/Bad Faith/ Unfair Trade Practices defense verdict after a four week jury trial. The Plaintiffs refused to move off of a $9 million demand prior to and during trial. The plaintiff family claimed that their house was contaminated by a common disinfectant solution that was applied during a water mitigation by a contractor referred by their homeowners' insurance company. The family not only claimed the house had to be razed and all the personal property disposed of; they also claimed a myriad of personal injuries. Ultimately, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict on the breach of contract claim and the judge entered a verdict in favor of the defense on the bad faith and UTPCPL claims.; Obtained a Defense jury verdict in a Breach of Contract claim involving matching continuous tile and paint.; Obtained a $4.1 million judgment against a contractor who was suspected and later proven to be fraudulently fabricating hail damage to thousands of area homes and convincing the unwitting homeowner to file claims with their insurance carrier.; Published Works: Much Ado About Marring, co-written with Hillary Dean, Litigation Management, Winter 2014; Game, Set, Match The Pennsylvania Superior Court Clarifies Whether An Insurance Company Owes To Match, Defense Digest, Vol. 14, No. 1, March 2008; When an Insured Fires a Public Adjuster: The Sequel, Defense Digest, Vol. 12, No. 4, December 2006; 'Direct Physical Loss Does Not Equal Direct Physical Damage: The Third Circuit Expands the Scope of Property Insurance Coverage, Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 4, December 2005; When The Insured Fires A Public Adjuster, Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2005; Pennsylvania Superior Court Clarifies Application of Depreciation in Homeowners Policies, Defense Digest, Vol. 10, No. 1, June 2004

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James H. Cole

10 N. Main Street, 2nd Floor
DoylestownPA 18901


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