Brooks R. Foland

Brooks R. Foland: Attorney with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.
Attorney Awards


Brooks has a varied and busy litigation practice in our Casualty Department representing insurers in claims involving coverage disputes, insurance bad faith, and uninsured and underinsured motorists benefits. He spends a portion of his practice defending claims against product manufacturers, public entities, paramedics and EMTs. Brooks has developed an extensive trial practice, serving as first chair in close to 45 jury trials and has participated as counsel in dozens of arbitrations and mediations. He has also served as arbitration chair in Dauphin County. Brooks is frequently asked by clients and industry organizations to lecture on a variety of topics concerning insurance coverage and bad faith matters.

Brooks currently serves as the president of the Dauphin County Bar Association, and is the recent past vice president. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Pennsylvania Defense Institute and the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council. He is a former “Barrister” of the American Inns of Court, William W. Lipsitt Chapter. He serves on the Board of Directors for Tree 4 Hope, Inc.

Brooks is very active in his community and church. He is a long-time volunteer for Meals on Wheels and works pro bono with veterans on disability appeals. He enjoys travel and takes an annual mission trip to Guatemala to assist with boys and girls’ orphanages.

Classes/Seminars Taught

•“Rancosky and Bad Faith”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), October 30, 2017

•“Staking, Sign Downs, and Rejection of Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Making Heads and Tails Out of All the Different Forms and Rules”, Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI), July, 2017

Proper Handling of UM/UIM Claims: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly , Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, June 17, 2016

EMS Medical-Legal Seminar, Pinnacle Health Systems, September, 2015

Insights Into Civil Litigation Practices and Procedures in Pennsylvania’s Venues, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company Personal Lines Unit, April 2015

Past Employment Positions

•Law Clerk, Vincent A. Cirillo, Superior Court of Pennsylvania

Honors & Awards

•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer - Professional Liability Defense, 2017 - 2018

Year Joined Organization: 2014

Legal Teaching Position

•Widener University School of Law, Adjunct Professor


Pennsylvania's 38th Annual EMS Conference
Conference • Sep 12, 2015
Brooks Foland will speak at Pennsylvania's 38th Annual EMS Conference on Medico-Legal Issues and EMS in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on Saturday September12th, 2015. In his session, Brooks will discuss the changes with Pennsylvania's...

Pennsylvania Defense Institute 49th Annual Conference
Conference • Jul 12, 2017
Brooks Foland of our Harrisburg office will present Stacking, Sign Downs, and Rejection of Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Making Heads and Tails Out of All the Different Forms and Rules at PDI's 49th Annual Conference...


Setting the “Toner” to Grant Allocatur in Pergolese v. The Standard Fire Ins. Co.
Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2017 By Brooks R. Foland, Esq.* Key Points: The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s decision in Sackett II, regarding stacking waivers, has been cited by several subsequent cases, resulting in..., Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2017. 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...

Major Victories

Summary Judgment for Large Insurance Carrier in a Breach of Contract Case.
Dec 31, 2018
The parties had filed cross-motions for summary judgment. The issue for the court was whether the carrier had breached the terms of the policy when it denied the plaintiff’s first-party benefits claim relating to medical bills for PTSD...

Summary Judgment in Class Action Lawsuit On Behalf of Large Insurer.
Aug 24, 2018
We obtained summary judgment in a putative class action lawsuit in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on behalf of a large insurer. The case dealt with a letter the insurance carrier would send to their insureds following a motor vehicle accident...

Defense Prevails in Automobile Liability Case.
May 11, 2018
We secured the dismissal of a declaratory judgment action filed in federal court against a large insurer. This case arose from a motor vehicle accident that occurred in 2015. The plaintiff averred that she had sustained injuries in excess of the...

Defense Verdict in Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Case
Dec 1, 2017
Obtained a defense verdict after a six-day bench trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The plaintiff claimed that our insurance carrier client acted in bad faith in the handling of his underinsured motorist claim that arose from a 2009...

Successful Defense of Bad Faith Case Against Insurer
May 11, 2017
Secured summary judgment in federal court in a bad faith case against a large insurer. ?The case arose from a pedestrian-motor vehicle accident that occurred in 2008 and dealt with the insurer’s handling of the plaintiff’s UIM claim...

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Casualty
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Litigation
  • UM/UIM Litigation
  • Product Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(717) 651-3714  Phone
(717) 651-3707  Fax
University Attended:
Temple University, B.S., cum laude, 1990
Law School Attended:
Widener University School of Law, J.D., Member, Moot Court Team, 1993
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit; 1993, Pennsylvania

Associations & Memberships

•Dauphin County Bar Association, President, 2019
•Dauphin County Bar Association, Vice President, 2018
•Hon. William W. Lipsitt American Inn of Court, Barrister (Former)
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Defense Institute
•Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council, Affiliate Council
•United Way of Pennsylvania, Board of Directors, 2012-2016
•Tree 4 Hope, Inc., Board of Directors, Secretary

Reported Cases:
Significant Representative Matters: Successfully defended a home health nursing agency in a wrongful death case.; Successfully defended a large international paint and coatings manufacturer at trial involving claims of design and manufacturing defects.; Successfully defended fire companies and other public entities at trial involving claims under the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act.; Successfully defended insurers in cases involving coverage disputes and claims of insurance bad faith.; Successfully handled through resolution, arbitration and trial claims made against insurers for uninsured and underinsured motorist benefits.; Successfully defended paramedics and EMTs in numerous trials involving claims of professional liability.; Published Works: Setting the 'Toner' to Grant Allocatur in Pergolese v. The Standard Fire Ins. Co., Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2017

Peer Reviews

4.3/5.0 (1 review)
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