Trucking & Transportation Liability

Trucking and transportation is one of the oldest practice areas at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. Our group handles cases in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio and Florida. The Trucking & Transportation Practice Group represents clients and their carriers in complex tort and coverage litigation involving all types of common and private carriers. The members of this group include shareholders and associates who have handled cases for large common carrier transportation fleets engaged in interstate trucking, railroads, waste hauling, taxicab, shuttle and bus operators, rental vehicle fleets and ambulance services. These attorneys have represented insurers and self-insureds in personal injury, cargo, environmental, hazardous materials, indemnification and insurance coverage issues, and are keenly aware of the impact of the sophisticated issues and interrelationships of the parties.

From the inception of our firm, we have handled complex litigation involving the shipping of goods over waterways, highways and rail. With today's emphasis on the proper handling of hazardous materials during shipment, many of our transportation attorneys have also cross-trained in environmental and toxic tort matters. In addition, we have the full support of our appellate and toxic tort environmental sections to draw upon in the handling of any transportation matter.

In conjunction with the firm's Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith and Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial practice groups, we represent insurance carriers in coverage matters that arise from underlying transportation cases.

The members of the Trucking & Transportation Practice Group are active participants in a number of the major transportation law organizations including the Trucking Industry Defense Association, ATA Litigation Center, ABA Transportation Megaconferences, RIMS, Defense Research Institute and Association of Transportation Practitioners.

We are aware of today's focus on securing sound legal services at reasonable fee levels. Our firm has grown because of our sensitivity in this area. This is especially true in the transportation industry where many of our clients have large self-insured retentions that necessitate close control of legal costs and expenses. Our trial lawyers take a practical, results-oriented approach to their cases. The firm maintains competitive rates through task-appropriate delegation which is consistent with the overall close supervision and client responsiveness required in transportation matters. We are willing to discuss, develop and implement alternative billing formats wherever possible.

Our firm would be pleased to work with you in the handling of your transportation matters. We are also available to give presentations or conduct training seminars on transportation matters at your location or ours.

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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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  3. Vendor Management

    • Does the firm have preferred vendor relationships? Yes
  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 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
    • Does the firm have a standardized protocol to guide processing clients' edata? (i.e. all data produced in PDF, meta data preserved?) Yes
    • 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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  16. Litigation General Best Practices

    • Does the firm have a formalized new associate litigation training/mentoring program? Yes
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  17. Number of Associates who are...

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