Wendy R.S. O'Connor

Wendy R.S. O'Connor: 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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  • Wendy R.S. O'Connor is an associate with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. She focuses her practice in the defense of health care litigation.
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Wendy is a shareholder in the firm's Casualty Department where she routinely represents national and local clients in matters involving premises liability, product liability, retail and restaurant liability, and trucking accident cases. In her practice, Wendy defends supermarket and department store chains in slip and fall, personal injury, and negligent security claims and represents clients in jury trials, non-jury trials and arbitration hearings.

Wendy has also assisted in the handling of health care liability matters and has a significant background in the defense of veterinary malpractice actions.

Wendy has presented to many different audiences on a variety of topics, with a focus on health care issues, including Pennsylvania's Peer Review Protection Act, informed consent, the challenges posed by electronic medical records, the impact of social media on the health care defense case, and best practices of EMR charting and documentation. Wendy frequently writes about the practice of law from an interpersonal perspective and has authored articles focusing on client relations, collegiality in the profession, and the importance of mentorship. While in law school, she served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Samuel W. Salas, Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County. After graduating from law school, she concentrated her practice in product liability, casualty, and professional liability defense.

Wendy is the former president of the Board of Trustees of The Hillside School and is the school's former solicitor. She is also a former member of the Christkindlmart Council of ArtsQuest.

She is licensed to practice before the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Classes/Seminars Taught

The Whittling Away of Protection Afforded Under the Pennsylvania Peer Review Protection Act, Health Care and Health Law Seminar, Marshall Dennehey, November 5, 2015

Documenting Your Care: Good for You; Good for Your Patient, Pocono Medical Center Nursing Staff, October 2015

Informed Consent After Brady v. Urbas - Taking Another Look, Bar Association of Lehigh County, September 23, 2015

Mock Deposition of a Nurse, Pocono Medical Center Nursing Staff, May 2015

Beyond Barrick v. Holy Spirit: Guidelines for Expert Witness Communications, Northampton County Bar Association, March 2015

Anatomy of a Lawsuit and the Impact of the Internet, October 2014

Grievance or Dispute Resolution Clauses, September 9, 2014

Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave: How the Internet Can Make or Break the Medical Professional Negligence Case, 63rd Annual Joint Meeting of the Lehigh County Bar Association and Lehigh County Medical Society, September 9, 2014

EMR and Electronic Communications with Patients: When is it Okay to Hit Send?, Pocono Medical Center Grand Rounds, December 2013

Litigation Issues Arising From the Use of Electronic Medical Records, Northampton County Medical Society, September 2013

Federal Discovery Abuses: Was That Wrong?

Getting Paid in a Recession Economy: Tips for the Small Business Owner

Documenting the Job: A Guide to AIA Forms for the Construction Manager

The Importance of Patient Communication, Sacred Heart Hospital Family Practice Residents, Winter 2012

Nursing Care Best Practices, Moravian Village of Bethlehem, Spring 2011

Recent Updates from Pennsylvania's Appellate Court: Civil Litigation, 2005

Pro Bono Activities

•Support for Child Advocates, Philadelphia, PA, 1990-1994

Year Joined Organization: 2010


• The 21st Century Litigator: You're Only As Good As Your Technology, Network Magazine, October 12, 2018

• May I Finish? The Case Against Interrupting, ABA Journal, September 11, 2018

• Avoiding Arbitration Panel Fatigue: Tips For Keeping Your Arbitrators' Full Attention, The Pennsylvania Lawyer, September/October 2018

• Mentors Teach Young Lawyers How to Be Lawyers, The Legal Intelligencer, April 20, 2017

• You Don't Have to be a Jerk: The Case for Civility in the Profession, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Civil Litigation Update, Winter/Spring 2017

• Every Dog Has Its Day...In Court - Things to Keep in Mind When the Fur Starts to Fly, Network Magazine, Summer 2016

• Does Your 'Bedside Manner' Need a Checkup? The Pennsylvania Lawyer, July/August 2016

• The Peer Review Protection Act ( PRPA ): Looking Back, Looking Ahead, The Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, April 2016

• Informed Consent: What Every Pennsylvania Physician Needs to Know, Physician's News Digest, October 19, 2015

• Medical Professional Negligence - What’s In A Name? If You’re The Plaintiff, It Doesn’t Matter, Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2014


Marshall Dennehey Announces New Shareholders and Special Counsel
January 4, 2016
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce that 14 attorneys were elected shareholders of the firm at the annual shareholders' meeting held December 8 in Philadelphia. The new shareholders, listed by office, are as follows. Philadelphia, PA: Jason W. Bialker, member of...


Informed Consent after Brady v. Urbas - Taking another Look
Seminar • Sep 23, 2015
This seminar will review the elements of an informed consent cause of action, under what circumstances expert opinion is necessary to support the claim, and under what circumstances, in light of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s recent decision...


Avoiding Arbitration Panel Fatigue: Tips For Keeping Your Arbitrators' Full Attention
Articles • September 30, 2018

May I Finish? The Case Against Interrupting
Articles • September 11, 2018

Mentors Teach Young Lawyers How To Be Lawyers
Articles • April 19, 2017

You Don't Have to Be a Jerk:The Case for Civility in the Profession
Articles • April 12, 2017

Every Dog Has Its Day...In Court
Articles • July 27, 2016

Does Your 'Bedside Manner' Need a Checkup?
Articles • July 1, 2016

The Peer Review Protection Act ( PRPA ): Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Articles • April 1, 2016

Informed Consent: What Every Pennsylvania Physician Needs to Know
Articles • October 1, 2015

Medical Professional Negligence - What’s In A Name? If You’re The Plaintiff, It Doesn’t Matter
Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2014
By Wendy R.S. O’Connor, Esq.* Key Points: A plaintiff may proceed on a claim of medical professional negligence against a corporate health care provider even absent the identification of specific individuals whose conduct is..., Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2014 Defense 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...

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • General Liability
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality and Liquor Liability
  • Long Term Care Defense
  • Veterinary Malpractice Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(484) 895-2304  Phone
(484) 895-2303  Fax
University Attended:
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, A.B., magna cum laude, 1986
Law School Attended:
The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, J.D., 1989
Year of First Admission:
1989, Pennsylvania; 1990, New Jersey; 1990, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania; 2008, U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania; 1990, U.S. District Court District of New Jersey; U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Associations & Memberships

•American Veterinary Medical Law Association (2011)
•Lehigh County Bar Association
•Northampton County Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Bar Association


Peer Reviews

3.7/5.0 (2 reviews)
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