Thomas P. Birris: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Thomas P. Birris

Thomas P. Birris is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. He has practiced exclusively in all areas relating to insurance defense since his admission to the Bar. Tom's areas of expertise include premises liability, liquor liability, professional liability, products liability, motor vehicle, and municipal liability.
Phone(412) 803-1168

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Practice Areas

  • Premises Liability - Defense
  • Products Liability
  • Retail Liability
  • Liquor Liability
  • Construction Accidents
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Sports and Recreational Accidents
  • Municipal Liability
University University of Pittsburgh, B.A., magna cum laude, 1984
Law SchoolDuquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, J.D., 1987 Member, Duquesne Law Review, 1985 - 1986, Executive Editorial Board, Duquesne Law Review, 1986 - 1987
Admitted1987, Pennsylvania

Associations & Memberships

Allegheny County Bar Association

•Pennsylvania Bar Association


Tom has practiced exclusively in areas relating to insurance defense since his admission to the bar. He has handled multiple matters in the areas of premises liability, liquor liability, professional liability, product liability, motor vehicle and municipal liability. Tom has extensive jury trial experience and has taken a great number of cases to verdict.

Tom has also developed a practice in the representation of various sports facilities and teams, sports associations, ski resorts and other outdoor outfitters in sports and recreation. Additionally, he has represented national organizations in liquor liability claims.

Tom has been selected by his peers to be included in Best Lawyers in America (2010 - Present.)

Tom is a 1984 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. After graduation from college, he attended the Duquesne University School of Law. There he served as a member of the Duquesne Law Review during his second year and the Executive Editorial Board during his third year. Tom received his juris doctor in 1987.

Prior to entering college, Tom served four years of active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, being honorably discharged in 1980.

Honors & Awards
• AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
• Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America - Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, 2010-Present

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Reported CasesSignificant Representative Matters: Handled a $40 million fire case. We reversed bifurcated this matter and tried the damage part of the case first for two weeks. The damages came in at less than had been evaluated; therefore, it was an excellent result. As a result, the case settled at mediation. The details of the settlement are confidential; Have handled cases involving large industrial facilities, such as steel mills, condo complexes, warehouses, dormitory construction, etc; Handled a construction case involving an amputation arising out of an accident that occurred during the construction of high end condos in Pittsburgh. Represented the general contractor. Plaintiff was an employee of the electrical subcontractor. As the result of our filing a Motion for Summary Judgment based upon statutory employer defense, we settled the case for $10,000 at mediation while the motion was pending; Successfully defended a number of high-exposure cases, including multi-million dollar construction and fire cases.

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Thomas P. Birris

600 Grant Street, Suite 2900
PittsburghPA 15219


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