Amusements, Sports and Recreation Liability

Marshall Dennehey's Amusements, Sports and Recreation Practice Group is nationally recognized. The firm's clients are involved in virtually every aspect of the broad field of amusements, sports and recreation, from theme parks, water parks, and professional sports teams to small carnivals and local skating centers.

Litigators in our practice group have made amusements, sports and recreation a principal focus of their practice for over 20 years. Our litigators publish and lecture frequently in their areas of concentration and provide commentary in the print and broadcast media on breaking legal stories. Our involvement in standards development provides us with advance information on emerging standards and legal requirements for our amusement clients.

Our litigation defense attorneys are members of industry, trade and professional organizations including the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA), the National Association of Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO), the Ice Skating Institute of America (ISIA), the New Jersey Amusement Association (NJAA), the Pennsylvania Amusement Park Association (PAPA), the World Waterpark Association (WWA), the International Recreational Go-Kart Association (IRGA) and the American Society of Testing and Material (ASTM) F24 Committee on Amusement Rides and Devices.

Many of the lawyers in our group have positions of leadership in the amusement, sports and entertainment industry.

  • Counsel to the New Jersey Amusement Association
  • Member of the IAAPA Government Relations Committee
  • State-licensed soccer coaches
  • Counsel to the International Recreational Go-Kart Association
  • Member of the Risk Management Committee of the Roller Skating Association International
  • Member of the editorial board of Inflatable News Magazine
  • Member of the New Jersey Governor's Commission on Amusement Liability


The Amusements, Sports and Recreation Practice Group is unique in many ways that distinguish us from our peers.

  • An important asset to our litigation defense group has been membership in the International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association, Inc. (IALDA), a network of defense counsel and insurance professionals who concentrate their practices in the sports and entertainment field. IALDA members communicate confidentially regarding expert witnesses and other defense resources throughout the United States and Canada.
  • Our litigators have played an innovative role in the development of national insurance programs in the amusement industry. Program administrators have relied on our expertise for drafting risk management guidelines, and designing accident investigation and loss control programs. Most recently, we served as national counsel to the insurance program endorsed by the Roller Skating Association International.
  • Our amusement industry clients have turned to us for advice on compliance with federal and state laws governing the amusement workplace. We have advised clients on compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and developed programs to deal with the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace.

A representative sample of our clients is available upon request.

The Amusements, Sports and Recreation Practice Group serves clients in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, and communities throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Florida and New York.

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Diversity

In surveys conducted by The National Law Journal and The Legal Intelligencer, our firm has been identified, both on a national and regional level, as one of the leading large law firms in the categories of minority hiring and advancement. We highly value our minority shareholders and associates. There are numerous instances of these men and women handling high-exposure and complex litigation, as well as playing vitally important roles in the management of our firm. As an example, our firm is managed via four practice departments that each include a practice department Director and Assistant Director.  Minority attorneys make up 25% of the practice department managers at the firm.  In addition, a minority attorney currently serves on our Board of Directors and another as the firm's Hiring Shareholder.  While we are proud of the rich diversity already existing in our firm, we believe we can do even better and have been initiating additional steps to assure that our actions are commensurate with our expressed deep commitment in this area.

Minority attorneys at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin are members of, and participate in, numerous minority organizations, including the National Bar Association (African-American attorneys), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the National Hispanic Bar Association, the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia (membership primarily made up of African-American attorneys practicing in the Philadelphia region), the South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia, the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley (membership is primarily made up of Asian American attorneys practicing in the Philadelphia region), the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania and the Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association. Additionally, minority attorneys serve on minority and diversity committees and subcommittees of various national and local professional organizations.

Marshall Dennehey recruits minority attorney candidates in a variety of ways. In the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh regions, our Hiring Shareholder has established relationships with career placement officers at each of the local law schools in those regions. Beginning in 2006, we utilized those relationships in order to identify and invite Philadelphia area minority students from each of the six, local law schools to an evening cocktail party that Marshall Dennehey co-sponsored with two other law firms. Invitations were sent to each of the students, various leaders of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and various judges who would be in attendance to show support for the diversity efforts of Marshall Dennehey and the two other participating firms. This placed us on the radar screen of many candidates who were simply not familiar with our firm and who, historically, had not sought employment with our firm. It resulted in a significant increase in the number and quality of minority candidates who have sought interviews with our firm. As a result, we have seen an increase in the number of minorities hired as law clerks or attorneys, in large measure, we believe, as a result of this event.

Our firm also participates in minority job fairs and targets the legal industry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, suburban Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. In addition, as a matter of course, we seek to identify minority attorneys and law students interested in a career in litigation and invite them to apply to our firm.

We have also increased the scope of our minority recruiting efforts to encompass the additional states in which we maintain our offices.

Our firm has also implemented a mentoring system where our minority shareholders reach out to our younger minority associates to provide them with the support, counsel and encouragement that can make a very significant difference in their professional progression.

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  4. Number of Partners who are...

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    • Minority Males 8
    • Non-minority Females 57
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  5. Matter Budgeting and Financial Management

    • Does the firm establish formal budgets for client engagements? Yes
    • Are bills submitted electronically? Yes
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    • Does the firm have an established eDiscovery Committee? Yes
    • Does your firm have any educational programs designed to address the changing federal rules of civil procedure? Yes
    • Does your firm have a standardized protocol to guide client data collection? (i.e. Maintaining chain of custody, utilizing forensically sound procedures) Yes
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    • Does the firm have a standardized approach for document reviews across practice groups (i.e. established protocol for eDiscovery review depending on the needs of the case) Yes
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