Martin Sitler: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Martin Sitler

Martin H. Sitler is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. He concetrates his practice in the firm's Casualty Department with an emphasis in the areas of liability, asbestos/toxic tort, medical and nursing home malpractice, and insurance coverage.
Shareholder & Managing Attorney, Jacksonville Office
Jacksonville,  FL  U.S.A.
Phone(904) 358-4234

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Practice Areas

  • General Liability
  • Maritime Litigation
  • Cargo Subrogation
  • Trucking & Transportation Litigation
  • Asbestos/Toxic Tort
  • Retail Liability
  • Automobile Liability
Mailing Address200 W. Forsyth Street, Suite 1400, Jacksonville, Florida, 32202
University The Ohio State University, B.S., Geology, 1983; Sterling Honor Graduate, Top 5%
Law SchoolUniversity of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota, J.D., 1992; Judge Advocate General School-U.S. Army, Charlottesville, Virginia, LL.M., 1997
Admitted1992, South Dakota; 1996, Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; 2004, Ohio; 2004, Pennsylvania; 2010, Florida; 2004, U.S District Court Western District of Pennsylvania; 2005, U.S District Court Northern District of Ohio; 2005, U.S District Court Southern District of Ohio; 2010, U.S District Court Middle District of Florida; 2010, U.S District Court Southern District of Florida; 2012, U.S District Court Northern District of Florida

Associations & Memberships

•Florida Defense Lawyer's Association
•Jacksonville Bar Association
•Jacksonville Claims Association
•Maritime Law Association of the United States
•Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI), 2013


With more than two decades' experience as a litigator, Marty concentrates his practice in the area of casualty law. His practice is focused on maritime law, shipping litigation, cargo subrogation and transportation law. Among his diverse client base, Marty has represented multiple insurance carriers and their insureds in matters involving cargo subrogation, hull recovery and warehouse property damage and recovery. In addition to his maritime practice, he regularly defends retail liability claims including premises liability and product liability cases, as well as auto liability lawsuits.

As managing shareholder of the firm's Jacksonville office, Marty oversees a team of veteran attorneys handling coporate, commercial and civil litigation matters. Additionally, he oversees the Casualty Practice Group for the entire state of Florida, ensuring that client matters are handled promptly, professionally and effectively.

Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Marty served as a combat engineer and judge advocate from 1984 - 2004 in the United States Marine Corps. While in this role, he served as a prosecutor; an associate professor in the Criminal Law Department of The Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army; and as a trial judge in the Piedmont Judicial Circuit, Navy, Marine Corps Trial Judiciary.

Actively involved in the legal community, Marty is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, Jacksonville Claims Association, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Maritime Law Association of the United States, and the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI). He is admitted to practice law in Florida, South Dakota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Classes/Seminars Taught

The Best Defense is a Good Offense, Moderator - Marshall Dennehey Florida Claims Symposium - Orlando, FL, September 17, 2014

•Associate Professor, Criminal Law Department, The Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army, Charlottesville, VA, 1997-2000

Past Employment Positions

•U.S. Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel, (Retired) 1984-2004

Published Works

• The 'Citadel of Privity'-A Fortress in Ohio for a Claim of Breach of Implied Warranty Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, Defense Digest, Vol. 13, No. 4, December 2007

• A Hole in the Make-Whole Doctrine: The Ohio Supreme Court Approves an Insurance Contract that Avoids the Make-Whole Doctrine, Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 1, March, 2005

• The Advocacy Trainer: A Manual For Supervisors, CRIMINAL LAW DEPARTMENT, THE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL'S SCHOOL, U.S. ARMY, Co-Author, 1997-2000

• The Art of Trial Advocacy Note, The Art of Storytelling, THE ARMY LAWYER, October 1999

• 1999 the Art of Trial Advocacy Note, an Approach to Cross Examination, THE ARMY LAWYER, July 1998

Honors & Awards

• Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
•Three Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medals, 1987, 1989, 1995
•Two Meritorious Service Medals, 1996, 2004
•Legion of Merit, 2004

Year Joined Organization



On the Pulse...Our Jacksonville, Florida, Office
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2011
Jacksonville, which is centered on the banks of the St. Johns River in northeast Florida, is the largest city in area in the continental United States and is a rapidly growing metropolitan city with approximately 850,000 residents. The city's..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 1, March 2011


Florida Claims Symposium - The Best Offense is a Good Defense
Seminar • Sep 17, 2014
*Complimentary breakfast begins at 8:00am and lunch will be provided.Join the attorneys of Marshall Dennehey for a comprehensive review of the latest legal trends in Medicare, Bad Faith, Social Media Discovery and more.....Topics include:...

Reported CasesSignificant Representative Matters: Successfully navigated a settlement on behalf of our client in a complex cargo loss lawsuit filed in Florida. The client, a vessel carrier, was sued for theft of cargo, comprised mostly of electronic equipment. The plaintiff (consignee) sought damages in excess of $600,000. The case involved issues of liability limitation and the deviation doctrine. Engagement in motion practice on behalf of the client provided leverage to negotiate a settlement of less than $10,000. Successfully tried a week-long recovery case in federal court against a motor carrier for damages to sensitive medical equipment (laser eye machines). The amount of recovery sought on behalf of the insurer/subrogee was in excess of $500,000. The case included extensive motion practice that involved issues of the preemption doctrine, the Carmack Amendment, limitations of liability and the deviation doctrine. Obtained recovery from a motor carrier for the loss of clothing apparel traveling interstate. The loss occurred when the tractor/trailer transporting the cargo caught fire and destroyed the apparel. The motor carrier initially denied the claim; Marty postured the claim for litigation and was able to settle the matter before filing suit. Successfully recovered 65% of a subrogated loss for damage to contact lenses stored in a warehouse. The damage resulted from water intrusion into the warehouse from bore holes made by an engineering company that was inspecting the warehouse roof. Pursued recovery against the engineering company and resolved the claim without filing suit. On numerous occasions, persuaded both state and federals courts in Florida and Ohio to grant summary judgments in favor of retail and restaurant business that faced premises liability claims. Successfully defended an architect in a jury trial against claims of professional negligence. Caldwell v. Petersburg Stone Co., (Mahoning App. No. 05MA12 Dec 16, 2005) *2005 Ohio App. LEXIS 6119; Church v. Fleishour Homes, Inc., (2007), 172 Ohio App. 3d 205

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Martin Sitler

200 W. Forsyth Street, Suite 1400
JacksonvilleFL 32202


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