Seth J. Schwartz: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Seth J. Schwartz

Seth J. Schwartz is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin in the firm's Casualty Department. He provides legal counsel to commercial property owners/commercial property managers, amusement parks and recreational facilities, and insurance companies in Pennsylvania.
Phone(215) 575-2720

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Construction Accidents
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Premises Liability - Defense
  • Amusement
University The American University, B.S., Finance, cum laude, 1988
Law SchoolTemple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, J.D., 1992
Admitted1992, Pennsylvania; 1994, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Associations & Memberships

International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association

•Pennsylvania Amusement Park Association

•Pennsylvania Bar Association


A shareholder with the highest rating, AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell in the firm's Casualty Department, Seth provides legal counsel to commercial property owners/commercial property managers, amusement parks and recreational facilities, and insurance companies in Pennsylvania. He handles a wide array of serious loss cases where there is often catastrophic injury or death in the areas of premises liability, construction accidents, construction defects, sports, amusement and entertainment litigation. As an experienced trial attorney, Seth has tried numerous casualty cases to a jury verdict.

Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Seth was a staff trial attorney for seven years at Nationwide Insurance. He handled general defense litigation including automobile liability, construction matters, and premises liability. Before joining Nationwide Insurance, Seth entered private practice at a small civil litigation firm in Philadelphia, where he handled a range of civil litigation from premises liability to complex product liability matters.

Seth was appointed to judge pro tem for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and to the Investigative Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.

Seth graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1992. He attended college at The American University where he graduated in 1988 with honors.

Significant Representative Matters

•Defense verdict in automobile rear-end collision with negligence stipulation involving surgery and significant wage loss claim. Negligence was admitted to the jury. Significant credibility issues developed during the case, including Plaintiff's vocational expert admitting in front of the jury of failing to produce all discoverable documents. After hearing the evidence, jury returned a defense verdict, although negligence was admitted.

•Defense verdict in rear-end motor vehicle accident case. Negligence was admitted. Plaintiff alleged surgery and a significant vocational claim. Numerous inconsistencies were developed during trial involving the Plaintiff's reporting of the incident to the doctor. After deliberation, jury awarded a defense verdict.

•Defense verdict in rear-end collision with negligence stipulation involving two personal injury claims of multiple herniations and permanency. During trial, evidence was developed which revealed that Plaintiffs provided varying medical histories to different doctors. After hearing the evidence, jury returned a defense verdict.

•Defense verdict in premises liability case whereby the plaintiff, a pizza delivery person, allegedly fell on ice while delivering a pizza. During trial Plaintiff admitted on cross examination to observing alternative pathways and that he did not maintain a vigilant look out. The jury returned a defense verdict in favor of the homeowners.

•Summary judgment on behalf of a national sports association. Plaintiff was playing in a league-sponsored game when he fell. Plaintiff sued claiming association was negligent. The court granted the Motion for Summary Judgment in light of certain technical provisions in the By-Laws, despite evidence of a negligent condition.

•Secured numerous tender acceptances in construction, amusement and sports industry matters.

Classes/Seminars Taught

•Numerous presentations to property managers and insurance companies regarding effective claims handling and tender issues

•Guest Speaker at 2007 Annual Pennsylvania Amusement Park Association Conference

Honors & Awards

•AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

Year Joined Organization: 2003


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Office Information

Seth J. Schwartz

2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
PhiladelphiaPA 19103


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