Donald L. Carmelite

Donald L. Carmelite: Attorney with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.
  • Shareholder at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C. (504 Attorneys)
  • 100 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 201, Camp Hill, PA 17011
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  • Donald L. Carmelite is a shareholder in the Casualty Department of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. He practices in a wide array of casualty areas such as motor vehicle, transportation litigation, premises liability, product liability, and liquor liability cases.
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Donald focuses his practice on the defense of claims made and suits brought against public entities, municipal authorities and local governments, including the defense of elected officials, police officers, corrections officers, prison wardens and District Attorneys' offices. As well, he handles a wide array of complex litigation involving liability for environmental, liquor/dram shop and professional claims. Donald also has years of experience defending motor vehicle and premises liability suits.

Don is very active in his community. Specifically, he served as a committeeman for the Dauphin County Republican Committee in Harrisburg, 5th Ward, and remains active in local politics. He is the past president of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Harrisburg Chapter. Don serves as a member of Vestry (board of directors) for Saint Andrews Episcopal Church in York, Pennsylvania.

In 1996 Don graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in political science and a minor in business. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and achieved his juris doctor in 1999. After graduation, Don served as law clerk to the Honorable Michael L. Krancer at the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Mobile Devices: Don't Let Good Reception Be Game Over, Dauphin County Bar Association, January 2018 and Cumberland County American Inns of Court, December 2017

•Personal Training For Client on All Aspects of the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, March 2016

Political Subdivision Claims Act, School Claims Services LLC, December 12, 2014

Social Media in Litigation: Reloaded, a Closer Look at Using Social Media in Your Cases, Dauphin County Bar Association, Harrisburg, PA, June 24, 2014

How To Try a Case in State Court, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA, June 16, 2014

Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, Real Property Exception, client seminar, February 2014

Basics of Litigation Involving State and Local Government, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, June 2013

Honors & Awards

•BV Distinguished Rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2011-2014
•Susquehanna Valley Select Lawyers, 2014

Year Joined Organization



Discovering, Authenticating & Utilizing Social Media in Litigation: Strategy Considerations
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2014
By Donald L. Carmelite, Esq. and Allison M. Domday, Esq.*Key Points:Old-fashioned, time consuming detective work is necessary to collect social media evidence.Utilizing social media evidence strategically, whether gathered informally...

Thumbs Up for Qualified Immunity
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2011
Federal - Civil Rights, Key Points:Encouraging police to seek legal advice serves such a salutary purpose as to constitute a thumb on the scale in favor of qualified immunity.There is no clearly established right to..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 1, March 2011

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Public Entity and Civil Rights Litigation
  • Municipal Liability
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Liquor Licensee Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Motor Vehicle

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(717) 651-3504  Phone
(717) 651-3707  Fax
University Attended:
The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., Major: Political Science, Minor: Business, 1996
Law School Attended:
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, J.D., 1999
Year of First Admission:
2002, U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania; 1999, U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania; 1999, Pennsylvania

Associations & Memberships

•American Inns of Court
•Cumberland County Bar Association
•Dauphin County Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Bar Association

Reported Cases:
Significant Representative Matters: Obtained dismissal, in favor of liquor licensee, of all claims in general negligence; reaffirming that the exclusive remedy for an injured person is statutorily found in the Dram Shop Act based upon service of alcohol to a visibly intoxicated patron, January 2018; Obtained summary judgment in favor of a police office and township in excessive use of force and failure to train claim, October 2017; Obtained summary judgment, upheld by the Third Circuit, in favor of County Children and Youth Services Agency its social worker in parental rights claim, August 2017; Obtained discontinuance in favor of county vo-tech for negligence claims precluded by the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, April 2017; Obtained dismissal in favor of District Attorney in a Malicious Prosecution Claim, March 2017; Obtained dismissal from EEOC of Township employee's age discrimination claim, August 2016; Obtained summary judgment in favor of county prison and corrections officers for claims of excessive use of force, October 2016; Obtained discontinuance in favor of regional police department and its officers for claims of illegal search and seizure of personal property, July 2016; No causation jury defense verdict in a claim where plaintiff was determined to be totally disabled by the Social Security Administration, through the use of surveillance video and plaintiff's social media postings, January 2013; Successfully obtained a zero dollar defense verdict in an admitted liability motor vehicle accident and motorcycle case, which had a pretrial demand for policy limits, July 2010; Successfully obtained a zero dollar defense verdict arising from a drunk driving accident with a pretrial demand for policy limits, October 2010; Published Works: Discovering, Authenticating & Utilizing Social Media in Litigation: Strategy Considerations, co-author, Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 1, March 2014; Thumbs Up for Qualified Immunity, co-author, Defense Digest, 2011-03, Vol. 17, No. 1; The Bar Is Set: A Liquor Licensee's Duty to Third Persons in a Civil Suit, Defense Digest, 2008-09, Vol. 14, No. 3

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