Margaret M. Jenks: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Margaret M. Jenks

Phone(215) 575-2670

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Practice Areas

  • Property Litigation
  • Bad Faith
  • Fraud/Special Investigation
  • Premises Liability - Defense
  • UM / UIM
 
University University of Scranton (B.S., Business Management; B.A., Philosophy, magna cum laude); Outstanding Oral Advocacy Awards (Civil/Criminal)
 
Law SchoolTemple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, J.D., 2011
 
Admitted2011, Pennsylvania; 2011, New Jersey
 
Biography

Margaret (Peg) Jenks devotes a large portion of her practice to defending claims and suits brought against insurance carriers involving insurance coverage matters, bad faith litigation and first-party property defense litigation. She assists insurance carriers in all issues arising out of property damage claims, including coverage analyses and bad faith consultations.

Additionally, Peg handles casualty matters primarily in the areas of motor vehicle law including uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) and bodily injury claims. She has successfully resolved several matters through arbitration and mediation. Peg also has experience defending SIU matters involving fraudulent claims. In her career, she has represented clients in general liability litigation with a focus on premises liability including slip and falls and retail store accidents.

Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Peg served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Timothy R. Rice in Federal District Court.

Peg attended Temple University Beasley School of Law and received her juris doctor in 2011. While at Temple, she gained the distinction of Outstanding Oral Advocacy for her participation in Temple's nationally recognized Integrated Trial Advocacy Program. Peg graduated magna cum laude in 2008 from the University of Scranton where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.

Peg is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Year Joined Organization

2009

Classes/Seminars Taught

SIU Etiquette for Attorney-Client Privilege, Marshall Dennehey Insurance Fraud 360 Seminar, Lafayette Hill, PA, June, 2014

News

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...

Events

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...

Publications

Are Your Rights Reserved?

Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2015

By Margaret M. Jenks, Esq.*Key Points:A reservation of rights letter sent to a named insured will not be adequate to reserve rights against an additional insured.In a timely fashion, a reservation of rights letter must properly and..., Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 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...

Summary judgment entered in favor of the defendant insurer in breach of contract and bad faith claims because the plaintiff did not bring forth any evidence to support either claim after his disability benefits were terminated.

Law Alerts • April 1, 2015

The plaintiff had purchased a disability policy from the defendant. The plaintiff was hospitalized after he suffered damage to his kidneys due to his diabetes. As a result, the plaintiff alleged that he could no longer work as an interstate truck..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, July 2015 Case Law Alerts 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...

A delay in payment of benefits is not in itself a basis for a bad faith claim if the insurer had a reasonable basis for the delay.

Law Alerts • April 1, 2015

The defendant filed a motion to dismiss the plaintiffs' claim for bad faith. The judge granted the motion because the plaintiffs offered no facts to explain why the defendant's delay in settling their claim for property damage benefits..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2015 Case Law Alerts 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...

Flood-related claim is denied because the homeowners policy had expired prior to Superstorm Sandy.

Law Alerts • April 1, 2015

The plaintiffs sought to recover flood-related damages to their residence from Superstorm Sandy pursuant to the Standard Flood Insurance Policy issued by the defendant. However, the plaintiffs had failed to timely renew their homeowners policy, and..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2015 Case Law Alerts 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...

There is no liability insurance coverage for tenants of a property as they did not meet the definition of insured under the policy.

Law Alerts • April 1, 2015

This action arose from the drowning death of a two-year-old child in a swimming pool at a home that was being rented by plaintiffs Shawn and Tanya Moon. Plaintiff Tanya Moon was babysitting the child at the time of accident. The property was owned..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2015 Case Law Alerts 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...

Summary judgment on stacking issue denied where the policy number for the policy in effect at the time of the accident was different than the policy number for the policy in effect at inception.

Law Alerts • April 1, 2015

The defendants sought dismissal of the plaintiff's claim for stacked underinsured motorist “UIM” benefits, dismissal of the plaintiff's statutory bad faith claim, and dismissal of all claims against Progressive Casualty..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2015 Case Law Alerts 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...

One of the defendants was inappropriately named in a declaratory judgment action where the underlying negligence action had been settled within policy limits and no excess judgment had been entered against her.

Law Alerts • April 1, 2015

GEICO appealed from the district court's order granting the defendant's motion for summary judgment in a declaratory judgment action stemming from a 2008 motor vehicle accident. At the time of the accident, the defendant, Sara Farag, was..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2015 Case Law Alerts 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...

A policyholder bears the initial burden of showing that the insurance contract covers the loss.

Law Alerts • April 1, 2014

This insurance coverage dispute involved property damage during Hurricane Sandy to a generator installed in the basement of One Manhattan Plaza. Under New York law, “a policyholder bears the initial burden of showing that the insurance..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2014

There is no legal requirement that insurance companies conduct perfect investigations.

Law Alerts • April 1, 2014

The defendant claimed that a reasonable jury could not conclude that the defendant acted in bad faith, thereby violating its duties under the contract of insurance or Pennsylvania's bad faith statute, 42 Pa.C.S. 8371. This case arises..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2014

An insurance company's due process rights to sue for a declaration rescinding an insurance agreement are to be protected.

Law Alerts • April 1, 2014

This lawsuit was an action for injunctive relief in which the plaintiff, a commercial insurance carrier, sought rescission of a property and liability insurance policies issued by it to the defendant, a New Jersey partnership that owns and operates..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2014

 
Reported CasesSignificant Representative Matters: Obtained a defense verdict through federal arbitration for a property damage claim stemming from an electrical surge resulting in intermittent power loss to the plaintiffs' home for over a year. The Plaintiffs claimed that the entire home needed to be rewired due to the loss. Peg successfully argued that the Plaintiffs did not show that the home suffered a direct physical loss and was awarded a defense verdict.; Obtained defense verdicts in property damage claims where Plaintiffs sought replacement of undamaged property in order to match repaired damaged property. By relying on policy language and Pennsylvania case law, Peg has successfully maintained that repair is limited to the portions of the property found to have suffered damage and an insurer is not required to replace or repair undamaged property to match a damaged repair.; Obtained a dismissal of an underinsured motorists' claim by motion for summary judgment based on the fact that the extent of Plaintiffs' injuries did not exceed the $100, 000 underlying policy limits. The federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld summary judgment. The case drew amicus support from the Pennsylvania Association for Justice in support of Plaintiff.; Published Works: Case Law Alerts, regular contributor, 2013-present; Are Your Rights Reserved?, Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2015
 
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Are Your Rights Reserved?
Margaret M. Jenks, August 14, 2015
On April 15, 2015, in the case of Erie Ins Exch. v. Lobenthal, 114 A.3d 832 (Pa. Super. 2015), the Pennsylvania Superior Court addressed the validity of a reservation of rights letter issued by the insurer. The Superior Court found that two separate reservation of rights letters were both...
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Margaret M. Jenks

2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
PhiladelphiaPA 19103




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