Since the inception of toxic tort litigation, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has been heavily involved in a wide variety of such matters, with a particular focus on the defense of asbestos claims and suits. Beginning in the mid-1970s, we represented Johns Manville Corporation, the largest manufacturer of asbestos products in North America, in all asbestos litigation in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. When the Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust was established in the late 1980s, we served as Northeast Region Consulting Counsel for the Trust.
The attorneys in our asbestos litigation practice group, residing in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, have defended a significant number of manufacturers, distributors, contractors and premises owners in thousands of asbestos personal injury claims brought against them. The majority of our attorneys who work in this practice group have in excess of 20 years of experience in toxic tort and mass tort litigation. Our trial team has tried hundreds of these claims to verdict and is the most experienced team in Philadelphia. This extensive trial experience has enabled our clients to secure outstanding results through both trials and settlements.
Recently, our asbestos litigation practice has significantly expanded its scope of representation with offices on Long Island, New York. The attorneys in our New York office represent clients in the New York courts, as well as numerous other jurisdictions throughout the country. Several of the newest members of this practice group serve as national counsel for their clients, serve on the New York Supreme Court's Asbestos Litigation Case Management Committee, and were founding members of the Joint Medical Defense Group, a cooperative group that shares responsibility for preparing medical defenses on common cases. Also, several of these attorneys act as liaison counsel in many of the New York City extremis clusters and are called upon by the court and Special Master to resolve disputes and to enable the extremis cases, which are prepared on a very short schedule, to proceed to trial as efficiently as possible.
An understandable concern of every client in significant environmental and toxic tort cases is the extent of legal fees and costs. Our firm began as an insurance defense firm and, although we have expanded our practice areas considerably, we have never lost our sensitivity to our clients' desire to control legal expenses. This is especially true in the environmental and toxic tort areas where multi-party, complex cases make control of expenses all the more important. We always handle cases with a practical, result-oriented approach, balancing strong representation of our clients with realistic cost containment. In addition to our fees being very competitive, we work with our clients to develop innovative, alternative approaches to normal file handling that result in considerable savings to our clients without sacrificing quality legal representation.
We welcome the opportunity to work with you in handling your asbestos litigation matters. We are also available to give presentations or to conduct training seminars on environmental and toxic tort topics at your location or ours.
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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.