- Professional Liability
- Construction Injury Litigation
- Municipal Liability
- Construction Defects
- Product Liability
|University ||Dickinson College, B.A., International Studies / History, magna cum laude, 1998 Sigma Iota Rho, National Honor Society for International Studies|
|Law School||Boston College Law School, Newton, Massachusetts, J.D., 2002|
|Admitted||2002, Massachusetts; 2003, New Jersey; 2003, Pennsylvania; 2003, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania|
Associations & Memberships
• Pennsylvania Bar Association
• Philadelphia Bar Association
Michael is a member of the Professional Liability Department where he has successfully defended clients in numerous professional liability and casualty matters. Michael's past and present clients include construction companies, tour operators, travel agents, resorts, local municipalities, governmental transportation agencies, medical device manufacturers, and numerous other individuals and entities. He has also successfully defended entities and individuals in commercial and breach of contract disputes.
In his career, Michael has obtained numerous defense verdicts and summary judgments in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His extensive experience with both professional liability and casualty matters provide an invaluable advantage in representing clients in those matters which require a firm grasp of both practice backgrounds.
Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Michael was Assistant City Solicitor with the City of Philadelphia Law Department for two years. He defended police officers, corrections officers and various City of Philadelphia employees and agencies in civil lawsuits.
Michael graduated magna cum laude from Dickinson College in 1998 and from Boston College Law School in 2002. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
•Legal Issues for Internet Travel Sellers and Travel Insurance for Industry and Consumers, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) Travel Law Seminar, Philadelphia, May 1, 2014
•Insurance Agents and Brokers Best Claims Practices in Claims Administration and Underwriting, Liberty Mutual Insurance, December 2013
• Top Legal Considerations for Independent Contractors, Travel Agent magazine, September 2014
•The Motor Vehicle Black Box, Dispute Resolution Institute: Annual Personal Injury Potpourri 2007, Co-Authored with Ralph P. Bocchino, Esq.
Honors & Awards
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2007-2008, 2010-2014
Year Joined Organization: 2005
Attorney Cites Considerations for Agents Operating as Independent Contractors
Articles • September 1, 2014
Seminar • May 1, 2014 Michael Detweiler, shareholder in our Professional Liability Department, will be a featured speaker at the PBI Travel Law seminar, to be held May 1 in Philadelphia. Michael and other panelists will discuss hot topics in the field of travel law,...
|Reported Cases||Significant Representative Matters: Successfully drafted and argued Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings on behalf of international tour operator in a federal court case in which plaintiff (a 35 year old man) drowned while on a fishing excursion near the coast of Costa Rica. (The fishing excursion was booked through the tour operator). The underlying motion was predicated on applicable tour operator liability law, maritime law, and the Death on the High Seas Act; Served as lead trial counsel and successfully obtained a compulsory non-suit, for construction subcontractor client, in a three week trial in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. Plaintiff alleged that he suffered a significant arm injury and resulting brachial plexopathy as the result of an injury at the underlying construction site. Plaintiff alleged that he suffers debilitating pain and that he is permanently disabled. His economist estimated his life care plan, lost past earnings, and loss of future earning capacity, to be in excess of $6 million; Successfully drafted Motion to Dismiss on jurisdictional grounds on behalf of internationally renowned California golf resort that was sued by plaintiff for severe head and cognitive injuries; Obtained voluntary dismissal of all claims as to tour operator sued by plaintiff for personal injuries as a result of alleged injuries stemming from an accident in a resort in Jamaica; Obtained voluntary dismissal of all breach of contract claims as to local non-profit financial institution in a breach of contract civil action involving close to $1 million in disputed monies; Obtained numerous defense verdicts as lead trial counsel on behalf of clients in federal court in which plaintiff alleged false arrest, excessive force, and other civil rights violations; Obtained multiple summary judgments on behalf of clients in general casualty and products liability matters.; Published Works: Top Legal Considerations for Independent Contractors, Travel Agent magazine, September 2014; The Motor Vehicle Black Box, Dispute Resolution Institute: Annual Personal Injury Potpourri 2007, Co-Authored with Ralph P. Bocchino, Esq.|
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