Michael A. Karaffa: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Michael A. Karaffa

Michael A. Karaffa is a shareholder in the Casualty Department of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. He represents clients in a wide variety of matters, including trucking liability, product liability, fire loss litigation, motor vehicle liability, general litigation, and appeals.
Phone(412) 803-1141

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Practice Areas

  • Construction Litigation
  • SIU Investigation and Litigation
  • Trucking & Transportation Liability
  • General Liability
  • Motor Vehicle Liability
  • Fire Loss
  • Product Liability
University University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, B.S., magna cum laude, 1978
Law SchoolDuquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, J.D., 1981 Moot Court Board
Admitted1981, Pennsylvania; 1981, U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania; 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit; 1985, U.S. Tax Court; 1990, U.S. Supreme Court; 1999, U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania; 2002, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Associations & Memberships

Allegheny County Bar Association

•American Bar Association

•Pennsylvania Bar Association


Michael joined Marshall Dennehey in 2002, and practices in the firm's Casualty Department. Michael represents clients in a wide variety of matters, including trucking and transportation liability, motor vehicle liability, SIU investigation and liability, construction litigation, fire loss litigation and product liability. Over the course of his career, he has handled dozens of trucking accident cases, hundreds of asbestos claims, and multiple fire loss cases. He litigated and reached a successful settlement in a $10 million property fire loss claim allegedly caused by a defective product.

Michael's experience with multi-party litigation includes the handling of several class action matters, including one case involving the constitutionality of the creation of a Rails to Trails linear park, and one case involving the constitutionality of a large corporation changing medical and health benefits for its retirees. He has also handled multi-party litigation arising from trucking loss claims, including cases involving a 90 vehicle accident, a 42 vehicle accident, a 22 vehicle accident and a 14 vehicle accident.

Michael is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and economics. He attended Duquesne University School of Law where he served as a member of the Moot Court Board and received his juris doctor in 1981.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Advanced Torts, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, May 2015

Honors & Awards

•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2014-2015

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•Kappa Kappa Psi
•Omicron Delta Epsilon


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Michael A. Karaffa

600 Grant Street, Suite 2900
PittsburghPA 15219


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