Paul G. Lees

Paul G. Lees: Attorney with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.
  • Shareholder at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C. (504 Attorneys)
  • 4905 W. Tilghman Street, Suite 300, Allentown, PA 18104
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  • 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.
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Biography

Paul concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law, civil rights, municipal liability, private educational institutions and universities concerning police practices and securities issues and the defense of various professionals in errors and omissions cases. Paul also represents municipal and public entity clients, in the defense of construction defect, premises liability, and general liability matters.

Paul has defended clients in hundreds of litigated matters involving charter schools, municipalities and public entities, in areas that include employment, civil rights/constitutional law, and claims under the Pennsylvania Tort Claims Act. As well, Paul represents 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.

Classes/Seminars Taught

But We Had a Contract! Understanding Contractual Risk Transfer and Drafting Effective (and Enforceable) Indemnification Clauses, University Risk Management & Insurance Association (URMIA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, May 7, 2015

Year Joined Organization: 1991

Events

Launching Risk Into the Future, URMIA's 48th Annual Conference
Conference • Sep 23, 2017
Paul Lees, a shareholder in the firm's Allentown office, along with William Dewalt of Lehigh University, will be presenting on the topic But We Had a Contract! Understanding Contractual Risk Transfer and Drafting Effective (and...

Publications

Utility Exception to governmental immunity under Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act applies to dangerous conditions caused by work performed on facilities of local agency and created by agency’s negligent actions/inaction.
Law Alerts • October 1, 2017
The plaintiff, an electrical service provider, brought an action in negligence against the City of Reading to recover damages and costs it incurred in making repairs to its equipment, which it claimed were caused by the city’s negligence. The..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...

Commonwealth Court reaffirms that real property exception to governmental immunity under Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act requires that cause or source of harm be local agency real property and not its personal property.
Law Alerts • April 1, 2017
This case arose out of a trip and fall accident at the Delaware County Recorder of Deeds’ office. The plaintiff visited the County Recorder of Deeds office to conduct title searches. As the plaintiff sat to conduct searches at a County..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...

Police officer didn’t commit willful misconduct and he is entitled to indemnification by the city under PA Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, but it does not absolve him from liability for assault, battery, false imprisonment/arrest claims.
Law Alerts • July 19, 2016
A Philadelphia police officer was sued in state court for assault, battery and false imprisonment arising out of his actions in striking and arresting the plaintiff during an encounter involving the plaintiff’s son. The plaintiff learned his..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2016 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...

The “jerk and jolt doctrine” applies to claims of negligent operation of buses and the failure to present sufficient evidence required verdict against SEPTA to be vacated.
Law Alerts • January 15, 2016
The plaintiff sued SEPTA regarding an injury he claims he sustained on one of the defendant’s buses. Trial resulted in a verdict against SEPTA in the statutory limits of the Sovereign Immunity Act, 42 Pa.C.S.A. 8521, et. seq. SEPTA..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2016 Case Law Alerts 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...

The state and its employees are not amenable to suit under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act
Law Alerts • July 6, 2015
The plaintiff brought a malicious prosecution claim and a claim for violation of the New Jersey Civil Rights Act against three deputy attorney generals, two detectives and the state of New Jersey. The Appellate Division granted the defendants..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2015 Case Law Alerts 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 legal...

Damage cap under Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act applies to each local agency defendant, not in the aggregate, when there is more than one local agency found liable
Law Alerts • July 6, 2015
The plaintiff homeowner association, owner of a pond created by an earthen embankment dam, brought claims of negligence and violations of the Storm Water Management Act (SWMA), 32 P.S. 680.1-680.17 against the defendant township and..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2015 Case Law Alerts 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 legal...

Damage cap under the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act is constitutional and does not violate the equal protection rights of injured parties.
Law Alerts • January 6, 2015
The plaintiff sustained severe and permanent injuries, including a crushed pelvis and the amputation of her left leg above the knee, when a school bus, owned and operated by an employee of the appellee School District, accelerated out of control..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2015

Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act provides immunity to county and county nursing home for wrongful discharge of one of its employees.
Law Alerts • 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..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2014

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.
Law Alerts • 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..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2014

Motorcycle operator, as member of general population using city streets, injured in collision with pedestrian crossing the street, did not assert valid constitutional claim against City under state-created danger theory.
Law Alerts • July 1, 2013
The plaintiff was injured driving his motorcycle in Philadelphia when he collided with a woman who was attempting to traverse a twelve-lane boulevard after dismounting a bus that had been operated by defendant, Southeastern Pennsylvania..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter 2013

Major Victories

Court Dismisses Claims Agains Municipality
May 11, 2017
Obtained summary judgment and the dismissal of all claims against a municipality. ?The case involved a motor vehicle and pedestrian collision on a state road that was within the municipality and was undergoing extensive reconstruction. The plaintiff...

Superspeedway Not Liable for Death Due to Lightning Strike
Jul 27, 2016
Marshall Dennehey attorneys obtained a defense verdict on behalf of the largest superspeedway in Pennsylvania after a two-week trial in Philadelphia. The trial involved consolidated claims by three different sets of plaintiffs for serious...

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Employment Law
  • Civil Rights and Municipal Liability
  • Construction Defect
  • Premises Liability - Defense
  • School Leaders' Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(484) 895-2321  Phone
(484) 895-2303  Fax
www.marshalldennehey.com
University Attended:
Kutztown University, B.S., 1990
Law School Attended:
Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware, J.D., cum laude, 1993
Year of First Admission:
1993
Admission:
U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania; 1993, Pennsylvania
Memberships:

Associations & Memberships

•Lehigh County Bar Association
•Northampton County Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Bar Association

Reported Cases:
Significant 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.; Published Works: Case Law Alerts, regular contributor, 2010-present; Surface Waters: A 'Common Enemy' to Both Property Owners and Pedestrians, Pittsburgh Legal Journal, Vol. 123, No. 43, 1999; Technically Deficient Return of Service Does Not Void Service Itself, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, Vol. XXI, No. 8, 1998
ISLN:
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