Timothy D. Rau: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Timothy D. Rau

Timothy Rau is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. He concentrates much of his practice on toxic and mass torts matters. He also maintains a part of his practice representing defendants in a number of premises liability, motor vehicle, and bad faith matters.
Phone(215) 575-2623

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Asbestos
  • Mass Tort
  • General Liability
  • Maritime Law
University James Madison University, B.A., cum laude, 1996
Law SchoolRutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Camden, Camden, New Jersey, J.D., 1999
Admitted1999, Pennsylvania; 1999, New Jersey; 1999, U.S. District Court District of New Jersey; 2000, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania; 2001, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Associations & Memberships

• Maritime Law Association of the United States

• Philadelphia Bar Association


Tim concentrates his practice on litigation of personal injury and commercial matters. While much of his practice has focused on the litigation of mass/toxic tort matters, product liability and premises liability, Tim has also handled cases arising out of maritime and port operations. He has tried a number of cases to verdict in Philadelphia, in addition to litigating cases in the surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Since joining Marshall Dennehey in 2003, Tim has litigated and managed cases related to mass and toxic tort matters arising out of exposure to asbestos, silica and benzene. He has also defended a significant number of cases filed against land owners and managers for injuries which occurred on the premises. The litigation of these cases has involved all aspects of litigation, including discovery, expert witness development and preparation, and trial.

For the last several years, Tim has also developed a practice related to maritime and port operations. The cases, mostly venued in United States District Court, have involved commercial and contractual disputes, as well as claims for personal injury arising out of port operations in Philadelphia.

Prior to attending law school, Tim attended James Madison University where he was a member of the school's cross country and track teams. Still an avid runner, Tim regularly competes in long distance races and has completed several marathons.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Harris Martin's Pennsylvania Asbestos Litigation Conference, Co-Chair, April 2009

• CLE Seminar: What Constitutes an Injury Under PA Law, Presented to Resolute Management, Inc., 2007

Honors & Awards

• Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2008

Year Joined Organization: 2003

Reported CasesSignificant Representative Matters: Defense verdict in wrongful death case in Philadelphia County which it was alleged that Plaintiff/decedent's esophageal cancer and subsequent death was caused by his exposure to asbestos; Defense verdict after two phases of a reverse bifurcated trial in Philadelphia County where Plaintiff was found by the jury to have asbestosis but that Tim's client's product did not cause Plaintiff's disease; Defense verdicts in two cases tried simultaneously where Plaintiffs each alleged they had contracted symptomatic asbestosis as a result of exposure to asbestos; Premises liability verdict in Philadelphia where Plaintiff alleged permanent injury and total disability from work after a fall on property owned and managed by Tim's client. After demanding in excess of $2.5 million prior to trial and alleging over $1 million in past and future wage loss, the jury awarded the Plaintiff less than $100,000.; Published Works: No Special Exception to PA Statute of Repose for Asbestos Exposure, Defense Digest, 2011-09, Vol. 17, No. 3; Pennsylvania Superior Court Affirms Economic Loss Doctrine, Defense Digest, 2004-09, Vol. 10, No. 3

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Delaware Supreme Court Reverses $2.8 Million Verdict
Armand J. Della Porta,Paul C. Johnson,Timothy D. Rau, August 22, 2014
The Delaware Supreme Court reversed a verdict in favor of the Plaintiff, the Estate of Michael Galliher, on the grounds that the trial court failed to instruct the jury as to the responsibility of the employer and because the Plaintiff's expert, Dr. Barry Castleman, gave inflammatory testimony. The...

Jury Finds in Favor of Defense in Philly Benzene Case
Timothy D. Rau, August 22, 2014
In the case of Estate of David Butler v. Sunoco, March Term 2012, No. 1641, tried before Judge Rosalyn Robinson in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the defendant, Sunoco, where it was alleged that use of the defendant's gasoline caused the...

NJ Supreme Court Asked to Consider Bare Metal Defense
Armand J. Della Porta,Paul C. Johnson,Timothy D. Rau, August 22, 2014
As a follow up to the case of Hughes v. A.W. Chesterton, 2014 N.J. Super. LEXIS 54 (App. Div. 2014), which was reported in the May issue of Legal Update for Toxic Torts, the Plaintiff has petitioned to New Jersey to consider the issue of "whether a manufacturer, which has a duty to warn of the...
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Timothy D. Rau

2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
PhiladelphiaPA 19103


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