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.
Phone(484) 895-2321

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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 and municipal liability, construction defect and premises liability, products and general liability matters. He not only represents municipal/public entity defendants, but also private educational institutions and universities concerning police practices and security issues. Paul has defended hundreds of litigated matters involving municipal and public entity defendants including employment-related matters, civil rights/constitutional law, and claims under the Pennsylvania Tort Claims Act. As well, he represents and defends 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.

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: 1991

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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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
Paul G. Lees, 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 in her vehicle when the police cruiser driven by...

Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act Provides Immunity to County and County Nursing Home for Wrongful Discharge of One of Its Employees
Paul G. Lees, 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 300-pound patient. Lewis filed a claim under the...

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Paul G. Lees

4905 W. Tilghman Street, Suite 300
AllentownPA 18104


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