Victoria joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin's Health Care Department in the Scranton office in 2008. She concentrates her practice in medical malpractice, product liability and general liability defense. Victoria is admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Prior to joining the firm, Victoria was a partner in the Boston office of Morrison Mahoney LLP, where she practiced in the areas of medical malpractice and product liability defense.
In 2007, Victoria was listed as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star in Boston Magazine and Massachusetts Super Lawyers Magazine Rising Stars Edition.
Victoria is a 1998 graduate of Suffolk University Law School, where she earned her juris doctor. In 1997, she studied international law in London, England, through the University of Detroit London Law Program. Victoria participated in international legal traineeships and internships in England, Slovenia and Austria. She was the director and co-founder of the Internships & Studies Abroad in International Law at Suffolk University Law School and the international director of European relations for the International Law Students Association (ILSA).
In 1994, Victoria received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island. She was the 1994 student commencement speaker, captain of the University of Rhode Island debate team, president of the Debate Society and vice president of academic affairs of Alpha Delta Pi.
Victoria was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She is a dual citizen of the United States and South Africa. In the summer of 1997, through the American Field Service (AFS) student exchange program, she lived with a family in Finland.
Honors & Awards
•BV Distinguished by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
•International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), 2006 Trial Academy, attendee
•Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2007
Year Joined Organization
•Ostensible Agency and Corporate Liability Claims: What You Need to Know, Health Care and Health Law Seminar, Marshall Dennehey, November 5, 2015
•Mock Trial: Lessons for Psychiatrists From the Bar and Risk Management, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, October 30, 2015
•Peer Review, Charting Pitfalls/Issues and Anticipated Legal Issues Pertaining to the Electronic Medical Record, Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Senior Services, Continuing Education Conference, April 2009
Defense Puts Podiatrist on the Right Foot Feb 16, 2015
Obtained a defense verdict in favor of a podiatrist who was claimed to have made a delayed diagnosis of melanoma of the foot in a 65-year-old male patient, resulting in lymph node involvement and metastasis to the lungs. The defendant treated his...
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin Elects New Shareholders
December 14, 2012
Philadelphia, PA - Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce that the following 13 attorneys were elected shareholders at the Annual Shareholders' Meeting on December 11, 2012: Christopher Boyle, Esq.; James Lare, Esq.; Thomas Marcoz, Esq.; Brian McNulty, Esq.; Raymond...
Enforceability of Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements in Pennsylvania
Defense Digest Article • December 1, 2014
By Victoria C. Scanlon, Esq.*Key Points:Not all executed arbitration agreements are enforceable.An agreement's provisions must not unreasonably favor the drafter.Review an arbitration agreement regularly to confirm that its..., Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 4, December 2014Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Use caution when asking for a jury instruction in a medical battery/lack of consent claim.
Law Alerts • October 1, 2012
The Supreme Court affirmed that the jury charge given in a medical battery/lack-of-consent claim, which included intent to cause harm language, in its entirety, clearly and accurately set forth in the law. However, the Court suggested..., Case Law Alert - 4th Qtr 2012
When must the MCARE Fund defend under Section 715 status?
Law Alerts • July 1, 2012
The Supreme Court held that the MCARE Fund owed a duty to assume the obligations of the primary insurer where the defendant physician and his insurer first received notice of the claim more than four years after the events giving rise to liability...., Case Law Alert - 3rd Qtr 2012
Physician successful in obtaining excess coverage after denial by hearing officer.
Law Alerts • April 1, 2012
The Mcare Fund denied Dr. Wolfson excess coverage because it alleged that he received notice of a claim prior to the Mcare Fund's receipt of his assessment payment for that calendar year. The pivotal issue was what constituted notice of a claim..., Case Law Alert - 2nd Qtr 2012
Plaintiffs expert for certificate of merit purposes must have qualifications such that a trial court would find them sufficient to allow that expert to testify at trial.
Law Alerts • January 1, 2012
If a plaintiff's claim against a medical professional is meritless and the matter is terminated, it may be worthwhile to request from plaintiff's counsel, pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. No. 1042.8, the written statement obtained from the licensed..., Case Law Alert - 1st Qtr 2012
Defendant not responsible for payment of proportionate counsel fees on award of future medical damages pursuant to Mcare Act. Amount owed plaintiffs counsel if plaintiff dies before payment of all future periodic payments remains question of first impres
Law Alerts • July 1, 2011
On January 18, 2008, a jury awarded a medical malpractice plaintiff a gross verdict in the amount of $3, 973, 000, which was molded to $2, 582, 450, taking into account the plaintiff's 35% contributory negligence. The jury awarded future medical..., Case Law Alert - 3rd Qtr 2011
Battle over whether communications between counsel and his testifying expert are discoverable is heating up.
Law Alerts • January 1, 2011
In a case of first impression, on September 16, 2010, Judge Olsen ruled that a party may obtain written communications between counsel and his testifying expert. The court held that a party is entitled to the discovery of information that would..., Case Law Alert - 1st Qtr 2011
After reargument, Pennsylvania Supreme Court reaffirms its decision to permit nurses to offer causation opinions.
Law Alerts • January 1, 2011
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reaffirmed its decision to permit nurses to present expert testimony that a breach in the nursing standard of care caused a plaintiff's condition. In its 2009 decision of the same case, the Supreme Court, sua..., Case Law Alert - 1st Qtr 2011
Case of first impression: take warning-communications between counsel and his testifying expert are discoverable.
Law Alerts • October 1, 2010
In a case of first impression, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that if an expert witness is being called to advance a party's case-in-chief, the expert's opinion and testimony may be impacted by correspondence and communications..., Case Law Alert - 4th Qtr 2010
Pennsylvania Superior Court extends corporate negligence theory to nursing homes.
Law Alerts • October 1, 2010
The Pennsylvania Superior Court held that a nursing home could be found liable under a corporate negligence theory. The court found that a nursing home is analogous to a hospital in the level of its involvement in a patient's overall health care..., Case Law Alert - 4th Qtr 2010