Patricia concentrates a portion of her practice on insurance coverage, special insurance investigations and bad faith disputes. She regularly provides guidance to insurance carriers concerning coverage issues, and litigates coverage and bad faith claims brought against them. Patricia has tried several bad faith lawsuits in state and federal court, and has substantial experience in handling complex discovery issues presented in bad faith lawsuits.
In the field of employment law, Patricia also maintains an extensive law practice, and routinely defends public entities and private employers from discrimination and retaliation claims, based on race, sex, religion, age, disability, and FMLA entitlement. She also defends public entities and private employers from state whistleblower suits, along with employment claims filed under Section 1983, such as those arising under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
Patricia has represented employers before the National Labor Relations Board, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the EEOC, various county courts of common pleas, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Superior Court of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Patricia has tried numerous employment cases to verdict, and given that the Western Distinct Court of Pennsylvania has a mandatory alternative dispute resolution program, she is also regularly involved in counseling employers and assisting with resolution of employment claims.
Further, Patricia's experience also includes the defense of a wide range of claims for intentional torts, civil rights violations, and any claim that may fall under a public entity's errors and omissions policy, employment policy, or general liability policy. She has tried numerous civil rights cases to verdict, including claims arising out of police pursuits, false arrests, excessive use of force, denial of due process, and zoning matters.
In 1986, Patricia received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida, and in 1990, she achieved her juris doctor from the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout her legal career, Patricia has been an active trial lawyer and was elected as a shareholder with Marshall Dennehey in 1999. Her past experience also includes service in the role of solicitor to local municipalities. Patricia is a frequent speaker on employment and insurance coverage topics and has authored several articles for the firm's Defense Digest. She has received an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
•Employment Liability in the Cyber Age, Marshall Dennehey / AIG Employment Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2, 2013
•Speaker on various topics including employment claims, civil rights litigation, federal practice and insurance bad faith
• When is an Accident Not an Accident? Life, Health & Disability, the newsletter of the DRI's Life, Health & Disability Committee, November 21, 2014
• Pennsylvania Superior Court Is the First State Appellate Court To Address the Unfair Insurance Practices Act Protection for Victims of Abuse, Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 3, September 2013
• Pennsylvania Superior Court Panel Has Found That an Insured's Conduct Is Not Subject to Scrutiny in a Subsequent Bad Faith Law Suit, Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 3, September 2011
• Are Damages For Emotional Distress Recoverable In a Pennsylvania Bad Faith Lawsuit Even Though the Bad Faith Statute Does Not Provide For Such Damages?, Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 1, March 2010
• Top Court Limits The Scope of a Public Employee's First Amendment Retaliation Claim, Defense Digest, Vol. 12, No. 3, September 2006
• The First Amendment's Rising Popularity in Municipal Employment Litigation, Defense Digest, Vol. 10, No. 2, June 2004
• Is Every Worker With a Physical Impairment Afforded Protection Under the ADA?, Defense Digest, Vol. 8, No. 1, March 2002-
• The Anatomy of a Civil Rights Malicious Prosecution Claim, Co-Author, Defense Digest, Vol. 8, No. 1, March 2002
• Pennsylvania Supreme Court Limits Employment At-Will, Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 1, 1999
Honors & Awards
•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Year Joined Organization
Employment Liability in the Cyber Age
May 2, 2013
Join us for this unique presentation on cutting edge employment issues. The seminar will feature a mock trial Social Media on Trial - How Social Media Affects Employers and a panel discussion Cyber Data Breach - The Latest...
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Hot Topics in Long Term Care Litigation
Mar 7, 2014
Join members of the long term care community at this informative presentation on important issues facing today's health care providers. Marshall Dennehey attorneys Michele Primis, Tony Williott and Patricia Monahan will present The Good,...
When Is an Accident Not an Accident?
November 21, 2014
Pennsylvania Superior Court Is the First State Appellate Court To Address the Unfair Insurance Practices Act Protection for Victims of Abuse
Defense Digest Article
September 1, 2013
By Patricia A. Monahan, Esq.*Key Points:The Pennsylvania Superior Court has enforced the Unfair Insurance Practices Act protection for an innocent co-insured property damage claimant who is also a victim of..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 3, September 2013Defense 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...
Pennsylvania Superior Court Panel Has Found That an Insureds Conduct Is Not Subject to Scrutiny in a Subsequent Bad Faith Law Suit
Defense Digest Article
September 1, 2011
Pennsylvania - Bad Faith, Key Points:Although the work product doctrine does not attach to an attorney's file after the subject litigation concludes, an insurer defending a bad faith action must make a showing of relevancy in order to discover plaintiff's..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 3, September 2011
Are Damages for Emotional Distress Recoverable in a Pennsylvania Bad Faith Lawsuit Even Though the Bad Faith Statute Does Not Provide for Such Damages?
Defense Digest Article
March 1, 2010
Pennsylvania - Bad Faith, Key Points:Compensatory damages are available in lawsuit for bad faith arising out of insurer's defense of an insured in third party action.Federal courts have permitted plaintiffs to plead..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 1, March 2010
Defense Victorious in Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Case
Apr 21, 2016
Marshall Dennehey attorneys were victorious in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in an insurance coverage and bad faith case. The case involved claims by an insured for coverage under a Business Owners and Technology Professional Liability policy...
Insurance Carrier Prevails in Bad Faith Case
Jun 8, 2015
The defense succeeded on a motion for judgment on the pleadings in a breach of contract/bad faith claim against an insurance carrier in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The Judge agreed with the defense that the...