James W. Gicking: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

James W. Gicking

James W. Gicking is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. Her currently devotes all of his practice to the firm's appellate practice group.
Phone(215) 575-2703

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  • Appellate Advocacy
    University West Chester University, B.A., 1973
    Law SchoolCity University of New York School of Law at Queens College, Flushing, New York, J.D., 1986
    Admitted1986, Pennsylvania; 1986, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania; 1987, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit; 2004, U.S. Supreme Court; 2008, U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

    Associations & Memberships

    •American Bar Association
    •Pennsylvania Bar Association
    •Philadelphia Bar Association


    Jim Gicking devotes his practice to the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group, building upon 15 years of varied litigation experience with two prominent Philadelphia firms before joining Marshall Dennehey. Since joining the firm, Jim has handled over 100 appeals in the state and federal courts, most involving full briefing and argument. The appeals have covered the broad range of matters handled by the firm's trial lawyers, including medical, legal and accounting malpractice, civil rights, police and municipal liability, defamation, federal and state wiretap claims, tort, contracts, insurance coverage as well as toxic torts and consumer fraud class actions.

    After a clerkship with Federal Eastern District Court Judge Edmund Ludwig, Jim began his career with Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis in general litigation and as a member of the Environmental Practice Group. While at Schnader Harrison, Jim served on a PRP steering committee for a New Jersey Superfund site and represented clients before state environmental agencies in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. His practice at Schnader included defense of pharmaceutical products liability claims, cases involving groundwater contamination, RCRA closure of a hazardous waste site and enforcement of employee non-compete agreements.

    Before joining Marshall Dennehey, Jim worked up complex tort cases for nine years at Litvin, Blumberg, Matusow & Young. His practice at Litvin covered the full range of plaintiffs' personal injury cases, including vehicle crashworthiness and other product defects, industrial accidents, medical malpractice, defamation, as well as insurance and bad faith.

    Jim's pro bono work has included serving on the Federal Employment Discrimination Panel, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program and Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. For a period of years, Jim was also an on-air reader for Philadelphia's Radio Information Services for the Blind, an area broadcast news service.

    In 1973, Jim graduated from West Chester University and received his juris doctor in 1986 from City University of New York, Law School at Queens College. During the years between college and law school, Jim worked in the production and artist relations departments of A&M, Artists' House and CTI Records. Jim has continued to nurture a passion for music. Since 2007 he has served on the board of directors for the Artists House Music Foundation, New Orleans, LA ( www.artistshousemusic.org ) and in 2013 as a board member for the Main Line Symphony ( www.mlso.org ). Jim is the Principal Trombone for the Main Line Symphony and has played with this group since 2010.

    Past Employment Positions

    •Law Clerk to Honorable Edmund V. Ludwig, U.S.Dist.Ct. - 1986-87

    •Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis - 1987-92

    •Litvin, Blumberg, Matusow & Young - 1992-2001

    Honors & Awards

    •City of New York Urban fellow, for work in Intergovernmental Relations Department of NYCs CEP, 1985
    •AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell


    Class Action Band is Headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

    August 16, 2013

    Class Action, the in-house rock and roll band at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, will perform in the final round of the 13th Annual Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands competition, to take place September 28th at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. After...


    Will The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ever Adopt The Restatement Third Of Torts In Strict Liability Cases? Will Somebody Properly Ask The Question?
    Defense Digest Article June 1, 2012

    Pennsylvania - Product LiabilityKey Points:The Court defines one issue in Pennsylvania's confusing strict liability law: a trial court's threshold risk-utility analysis must consider all intended uses of a multi-use product..., Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 2, June 2012

    Year Joined Organization


    Bar Fellowship: for work in Intergovernmental Relations Department of NYC's CEP, 1985

    •AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

    Year Joined Organization: 2001 Member:

    Associations & Memberships

    American Bar Association

    •Pennsylvania Bar Association

    •Philadelphia Bar Association

    Reported CasesRepresentative Cases: Fazio v. Guardian Life Ins. Co. of Am., 2012 PA Super 273 (Pa. Super. 2012); Huertas v. Galaxy Asset Mgmt., 641 F.3d 28(3d Cir. 2011); Walsh v. Krantz, 386 Fed. Appx. 334 (3d Cir. Pa. 2010) cert. denied 131 S. Ct. 801 (U.S. 2010); Moecker v. Greenspoon, Marder, et al, 346 Fed. Appx. 430 (11th Cir. 2009); Brandow Chrysler Jeep Co. v. DataScan Techs., 2009 U.S.App. LEXIS 22680 (3d Cir. Sept. 25, 2009); Benkoski v. Wasilewski, 584 F.3d 1102 (3d Cir. 2009); Campuzano-Burgos v. Midland Credit Management, Inc., 550 F.3d 294 (3d Cir. Dec. 16, 2008); Wise v. Am. Gen. Life Ins. Co., 459 F.2d 443 (3d Cir. 2006); Vitalo v. Cabot Corp., 399 F.3d 536 (3d Cir. 2005); Ruiz v. New Garden Twp., 376 F.3d 203 (3d Cir. 2004); Egervary v. Young, 366 F.3d 238 (3d Cir. 2004) cert. denied 125 S.Ct. 868 (2005); DeBiec v. Cabot Corp., 352 F.3d 117 (3d Cir. 2003); Tucker v. Phila. Daily News, 848 A.2d 113 (Pa. 2004), cert. denied __ U.S. __, 127 S.Ct. 154 (2006); Tuscarora Wayne Mut. Ins. Co. v. Kadlubosky, 889 A.2d 557 (Pa. Super. 2005); Schweikert v. St. Luke's Hosp. of Bethlehem, 886 A.2d 265 (Pa. Super. 2005); Pulliam v. Fannie, 850 A.2d 636 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2004), rearguement denied 2004 Pa.Super. LEXIS 1479 (2004), appeal denied, 879 A.2d 783 (Pa. 2005); Significant Representative Matters: Obtained Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversal of the Pennsylvania Superior Court in a high-profile defamation case in which plaintiff, a former government official and community leader, claimed that she and her husband were defamed by newspaper story that characterized their multi-count complaints suit against a rap artist and record companies as a suit for harm to sex life based on a cursory loss of consortium claim included in the complaint. Persuaded the Third Circuit to reverse the federal district court's ruling in a subsequent civil rights case that our attorney client, who brought an ex parte motion to a different federal judge under an international child abduction act treaty that resulted in the seizure of a child from his natural father, could not be liable on ground that he negligently misled the district court to order the seizure without the need of a pre-deprivation hearing. Persuaded the Pennsylvania Superior court to affirm a defense verdict in a liquor liability case where the trial court had allowed the admission of records involving juvenile offenses and evidence of other incidents of illegal drug use.

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    James W. Gicking

    2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
    PhiladelphiaPA 19103


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