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

• Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

• 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, mold 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 relative to reported vehicle thefts, burglaries and incendiary fires. He is frequently asked by clients and industry organizations to lecture on a variety of topics concerning property damage, insurance fraud and bad faith matters.

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.

Classes/Seminars Taught

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, 2012 Marshall Dennehey Insurance Fraud Perspectives Seminar, Cleveland, OH

Recent Trends in Auto Body & Towing Fraud - Enhanced Damage and Reconstructed Titles, 2012 Marshall 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

Honors & Awards

• National Insurance Crime Bureau, Certificate of Appreciation , 2010

Year Joined Organization: 1999

Reported CasesPublished 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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