Paul G. Lees: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Paul G. Lees

Paul G. Lees is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. His practice is devoted largely do employment law, civil rights and municipality liability, construction defect and premise liability, and general liability matters.
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Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Civil Rights and Municipal Liability
  • School Leaders' Liability
  • Construction Defect
  • Premises Liability - Defense
University Kutztown University, B.S., 1990
Law SchoolWidener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware, J.D., cum laude, 1993
Admitted1993, Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania

Associations & Memberships

•Lehigh County Bar Association
•Northampton County Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Bar Association


Paul concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law, civil rights, municipal liability, and private educational institutions and universities concerning police practices and securities issues. Paul also represents municipal and public entity clients, in the defense of construction defect, premises liability, and general liability matters.

Paul has defended clients in hundreds of litigated matters involving charter schools, municipalities and public entities, in areas that include employment, civil rights/constitutional law, and claims under the Pennsylvania Tort Claims Act. As well, Paul represents clients in all stages of employment proceedings, including matters pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and, thereafter, within state trial courts and federal district courts.

In 1990 Paul graduated from Kutztown University where he attained a Bachelor of Science degree from the college of business. Following college he attended Widener University School of Law in Delaware, from which he graduated cum laude with a juris doctor in 1993.

While attending law school, Paul began his legal career with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as a law clerk in the firm's Norristown, Pennsylvania, office. While holding that position, he worked for John R. Warner, Esq., assisting him with his defense of medical malpractice cases, and Joseph J. Santarone, Esq., who concentrated his practice on municipal liability cases. Following graduation, Paul continued with the firm as an associate, and in 1994 he returned to his native area - the Lehigh Valley.

Classes/Seminars Taught

• But We Had a Contract! Understanding Contractual Risk Transfer and Drafting Effective (and Enforceable) Indemnification Clauses, University Risk Management & Insurance Association (URMIA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, May 7, 2015

Published Works

• Technically Deficient Return of Service Does Not Void Service Itself, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, Vol. XXI, No. 8, 1998

• Surface Waters: A 'Common Enemy' to Both Property Owners and Pedestrians, Pittsburgh Legal Journal, Vol. 123, No. 43, 1999

Year Joined Organization



Damage cap under the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act is constitutional and does not violate the equal protection rights of injured parties.
Law Alerts • January 6, 2015
The plaintiff sustained severe and permanent injuries, including a crushed pelvis and the amputation of her left leg above the knee, when a school bus, owned and operated by an employee of the appellee School District, accelerated out of control..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2015

Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act bars claims sustained due to accident with vehicle stolen from local agency. Motor vehicle exception to governmental immunity applies only where agent of local agency actually operated vehicle in question.
Law Alerts • July 1, 2014
The tortfeasor in this matter was taken into custody by the Philadelphia Police Department, handcuffed and placed in the back of a police cruiser. Notwithstanding his restraints, he somehow managed to commandeer the police cruiser. The plaintiff was..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2014

Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act provides immunity to county and county nursing home for wrongful discharge of one of its employees.
Law Alerts • July 1, 2014
The plaintiff worked for the county as a nurse's aide for eight years, until she was terminated due to drug testing results. Prior to her discharge, the plaintiff had injured her neck and back at work while assisting a co-worker in lifting a..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2014

Police owe no duty of care to occupants of fleeing vehicle to terminate high-speed chase. Duty of care owed by police to innocent third parties unconnected with wrongdoer or pursued vehicle does not extend to passengers within fleeing vehicle itself.
Law Alerts • July 1, 2013
The plaintiffs' decedent was a passenger in a vehicle that was fleeing from a police vehicle. During the course of the pursuit, the operator of the fleeing vehicle lost control, left the road and struck a house, resulting in injuries causing the..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter 2013

Public school has no constitutional duty to protect students from abuse by fellow students under conditions alleged. School has no special relationship with students giving rise to constitutional duty to protect them from harm from other students.
Law Alerts • July 1, 2013
High school students Brittany and Emily Morrow and their parents Bradley and Diedre Morrow brought this action against Blackhawk School District and Blackhawk High School's Assistant Principal, Barry Balaski, claiming Brittany and Emily were..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter 2013

Motorcycle operator, as member of general population using city streets, injured in collision with pedestrian crossing the street, did not assert valid constitutional claim against City under state-created danger theory.
Law Alerts • July 1, 2013
The plaintiff was injured driving his motorcycle in Philadelphia when he collided with a woman who was attempting to traverse a twelve-lane boulevard after dismounting a bus that had been operated by defendant, Southeastern Pennsylvania..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter 2013

A community college, as a local agency, is not immune under the Pennsylvania Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act for alleged statutory violations Of Consumer Protection Law statute.
Law Alerts • January 1, 2012
Before the students completed the defendant college's police technology program, the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission suspended the Academy's Act 120 certification. The Training Commission based..., Case Law Alert - 1st Qtr 2012

Court rejects mechanical approach to application of immunity exceptions under PA Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, holds that claim against county register for failure to require posting of bond by estates administrator, gives rise to statutory ca
Law Alerts • July 1, 2011
This case involved a claim by an estate against the County Register and which asserted a claim for losses arising out of the first administrator's handling of the estate. The Probate, Estates and Fiduciaries Code, 20 Pa.C.S. 3172 is a..., Case Law Alert - 3rd Qtr 2011

Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects Commonwealth Courts extension of Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act to all statutory claims and limits the scope of the Act to claims sounding in tort.
Law Alerts • October 1, 2010
The impact of a pair of decisions issued by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in 2008, which vastly expanded the scope of governmental immunity to all claims, tort or contract, has been short lived. In Meyer, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in a..., Case Law Alert - 4t Qtr 2010

Reported CasesSignificant Representative Matters; Successfully defended whistleblower claims against a school district where the employee was disciplined following reports of loss and theft of district property. Successfully defended First Amendment claims arising out of township zoning practices and denial of business license to gentleman's club. Successfully defended wrongful discharge claim brought by multiple family members involving whistle blower allegations and workplace safety and with compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $1 million and which resulted in dismissal of all claims. Successfully defended extension of application of Pennsylvania Hills and Ridges defense to snow removal contractors in case involving admitted notice of icy conditions but ambiguous contractual responsibilities.

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Damage Cap under Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act Applies to Each Local Agency Defendant, Not in the Aggregate, when there is More than One Local Agency Found Liable
Paul G. Lees, July 13, 2015
The plaintiff homeowner association, owner of a pond created by an earthen embankment dam, brought claims of negligence and violations of the Storm Water Management Act (SWMA), 32 P.S. §§680.1-680.17 against the defendant township and school district. The school district built a sports...

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Paul G. Lees

4905 W. Tilghman Street, Suite 300
AllentownPA 18104


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