Automobile Liability

Serving our clients' needs in the automobile field is one of the oldest practice areas at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. Our attorneys have a wide range of experience in this dynamic field, and they assist our clients in remaining current with applicable case law updates. From the inception of our firm, we have serviced the insurance industry by both representing its insureds in third party cases as well as the carriers directly in first party and PIP matters.

Specifically, in each of our firm's offices throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Florida and New York, our automobile liability defense attorneys are adept at representing insureds in third party work, and carriers in UM/UIM and PIP work.

Robert E. Smith, Esq. of our Scranton, Pennsylvania office heads our Pennsylvania UM/UIM subsection and practices solely in this field. Mr. Smith is not only knowledgeable about UM/UIM law, he also is intimately familiar with the protocols and nuances of each county's local procedures and practices, factors that can have a substantial impact on the final result of a claim.

In addition, the Automobile Liability Practice Group works closely with members of the firm's Coverage/Bad Faith, Fraud and Warranty Practice Groups as these three areas have a substantial amount of overlap. James H. Cole, Esq. of our Doylestown, Pennsylvania office heads our Special Investigation Group and is a valuable resource for our attorneys handling PIP, third party and UM/UIM claims.

The Automobile Liability Practice Group also is well experienced and established in third party auto liability cases, including the specific nuances with limited insurance policies and joint and several liability. James Hilly, Esq. of our Philadelphia office, heads our Trucking and Transportation Group and has focused his practice in the representation of self-insured and insurers in complex tort and insurance coverage litigation involving various common carriers and private transportation fleets, such as interstate trucking, railroads, waste haulers, taxicabs, shuttle and bus operators, rental vehicle fleets, Para transit and ambulance services.

We are aware of today's focus on securing sound legal services at reasonable fees. Our firm has grown because of our sensitivity in this area. Our liability defense trial lawyers take a practical, result-oriented approach to the cases which they are entrusted.  Cases are assigned to the firm's more senior attorneys, who, in turn, oversee tasks completed by their team of younger associates and paralegals. The firm is able to offer competitive rates through this task-appropriate delegation. Our attorneys are keenly aware that these types of matters require responsiveness to the claims professionals, as well as consistent file updating as the matters progress in their respective forums.

Since there are areas in which some automobile litigation can be streamlined, we are also willing to discuss, develop and implement alternative billing formats wherever possible. We would be pleased to work with you in the handling of your automobile liability matters.

Our defense attorneys frequently give presentations and conduct training seminars for our automobile clients as case law is updated or when a client has the need to refresh their employees on the current areas of the automobile law. We can conduct these seminars at your location or at a mutually convenient location.

The Automobile Liability Practice Group of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin serves clients 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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