Matthew P. Keris

Matthew P. Keris: Attorney with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.
  • Shareholder at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.
  • 50 Glenmaura National Boulevard, Moosic, PA 18507
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  • Matthew Keris is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin and has an extensive medical practice defense practice, representing doctors, physician groups, hospitals and regional health centers.
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Biography

Matthew has extensive experience in medical practice defense, having represented doctors, physician groups, hospitals and regional health centers for nearly two decades. He is a shareholder in the firm's Health Care Department, and concentrates his practice in medical malpractice, medical device and general liability work.

An experienced speaker and author, Matt lectures and writes extensively on topics including health risk management, legal ethics and trial preparation. He is nationally recognized in the field of health record issues and recently authored a book on the subject, Electronic Medical Records and Litigation, for Thomson Reuters.

Matt is actively involved in the health care and legal communities on a statewide level. He served as the president of the Pennsylvania Association for Health Care Risk Management in 2016, having previously served in the same role in 2012. He is also a former president of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute. Matt was elected to serve on the Defense Research Institute's Board of Directors as the Atlantic Region Director (PA, NY, DE & NJ) from 2019-2021. Matt is also a contributing member of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance and American Society for Health Care Risk Management.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Back to the Future: What the Proposed Venue Changes Mean for Health Care Provider Defendants, Co-Presenter, Pennsylvania Defense Institute Webinar, February 6, 2019

Enough is Enough: Turning the Tables on EMR Discovery, 2018 ASHRM Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, October 2018

The EMR and What to do to Avoid Scrutiny, James S. Jordan, M.D. & Stanley W. Boland, Sr., M.D. Memorial Eyecare Conference, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Scranton, PA, March 2018

Risk Management and Legal Issues in Health Care, guest speaker for Health Law course, Penn State Master of Health Administration program, December 10, 2017

CRNA Documentation Issues: Practices to Embrace, Habits to Break, Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists' annual meeting, October 21, 2017, Bedford, Pennsylvania

The EMR, Audit Trails and Mobile Devices: How to Narrow Your Professional Liability Exposure, Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT, September 20, 2017

New Technologies for the Defense: In and Out of the Courtroom, Pennsylvania Defense Institute’s 2017 Annual Conference, July 14, 2017

Want to Avoid a Lawsuit? Document & Disclose, Regional Hospital of Scranton, Scranton, PA, May 12, 2017

EMR Discovery - Practices to Avoid and Lessons to Be Learned, New England Regional Healthcare Risk Management Conference (NERHRMC), Mystic, CT, May 5, 2017

Be Careful What You Wish For: The Fair Share Act and Hospital Liability, Pennsylvania Association for Health Care Risk Management Spring Conference, Williamsport, PA, April 21, 2017

Legally Yours: Legal Implications in the Delivery of Anesthesia, Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists Conference, October 2016

Make Mine a Double - Why EMRs Keep us Awake at Night, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, June 2016

Legal Ramifications of the Electronic Medical Record, meeting of the American College of Healthcare Trustees, Philadelphia, PA, June 2016

Electronic Medical Records - Litigation Nightmares, Association for Healthcare Risk Management of New York Fall Educational Conference, New York, NY, December 11, 2015

Electronic Medical Records: Update on Litigation Issues, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminars, July 2015

EMR Litigation Issues: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going, 2014 American Society for Healthcare Risk Management’s Annual Conference & Exhibition, Anaheim, CA, October 26, 2014

The Results Are In: An Overview of the Initial Court Decisions Regarding Electronic Medical Records, Northeast Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association Regional Meeting, June 11, 2014

Insurance and the Tripartite Relationship: Conflicts of Interests and Right to Independent Counsel, co-presenter, Strafford webinar, February 12, 2014

It’s Okay to Say I’m Sorry: The How-To Workshop for Apology and Disclosure, co-presenter, The Hospital and Healthcare Association of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA, January 29, 2014

Economic Damages in the Catastrophic Case, Panelist, CLM Professional Liability Committee Meeting, Boston, MA, July 25, 2013

The Ex-Employee: Discovery/Privilege Issues When Plaintiff's Lawyer Comes Knockin', Moderator/Co-Presenter, Claim & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, April 11, 2013

Deposition Issues Pertaining to the EMR, Co-Presenter, Lehigh Valley Health Network Annual Risk Symposium, Allentown, PA, April 12, 2013

Working with Experts post-Barrick and Cooper, Panelist, PDI/NEPATLA Regional CLE, Mohegan Sun Casino, Wilkes-Barre, PA November 14, 2012

Defending the Electronic Medical Record Deposition, ASHRM Annual Conference & Exhibition, National Harbor, MD, October 9, 2012

The Impact of Social Media on the Tripartite Relationship, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance 2012 Pennsylvania Event, Philadelphia, PA, September 20, 2012

OMG?!-The Impact of Social Media on the Tripartite Relationship, Moderator/Co-Presenter, Claim & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 27, 2012

Electronic Medical Records 101: What Claims Professionals Need to Know, co-presenter, Council on Litigation Management Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 24, 2011

E-Discovery Update, panelist/speaker, Pennsylvania Defense Institute Annual Conference, Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford, Pennsylvania, September 30, 2010

•Faculty, Lorman Education Services, Progressive Business Publications, National Constitution Center

Honors & Awards

•Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
•Martindale-Hubbell BV Distinguished Rating
• Exceptional Performance Citation by the Defense Research Institute, July 2015

Year Joined Organization: 2005

Media Commentary

• Philly or Not - Victims Face Long Odds in PA Med-Mal Cases, Law360, March 1, 2019

News

Matthew Keris Elected Atlantic Regional Director of the Defense Research Institute
October 29, 2018
Matthew P. Keris, shareholder in the Scranton office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been elected the Atlantic Regional Director of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the country's leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. Mr. Keris previously was the...

Matthew P. Keris Appointed State Representative to the DRI by the Pennsylvania Defense Institute
April 19, 2017
Matthew P. Keris, shareholder in the Scranton office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been appointed state representative to the Defense Research Institute (DRI) by the Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI). In this capacity, he will act as the official liaison between the two...

Matthew Keris Elected President of the Pennsylvania Association for Health Care Risk Management
January 8, 2016
Matthew P. Keris, shareholder in Marshall Dennehey's Scranton office, has been elected President of the Pennsylvania Association for Health Care Risk Management (PAHCRM). Mr. Keris took office on January 1 and will serve a one-year term. An affiliate of the American Society for Healthcare Risk...

Marshall Dennehey Receives Distinguished Defense Firm Award From the Pennsylvania Defense Institute
July 24, 2015
Marshall Dennehey received the Distinguished Defense Firm Award at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI) on Thursday, July 16 in Bedford, PA. The inaugural award honors a civil defense firm devoted to professionalism, dedication to the practice of law, promotion of the...

Matthew Keris Authors Book, Electronic Medical Records and Litigation
September 12, 2014
Matthew P. Keris, shareholder in our Scranton office, has authored the book, Electronic Medical Records and Litigation, published this month by Thomson Reuters Legal. The book is a brand new offering from the legal publisher that provides attorneys, physicians, health care claims professionals,...

Matthew Keris and Jason Banonis Elected Leaders of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute
August 8, 2014
Matthew P. Keris, shareholder in the Scranton office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, was elected President of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI) at the organization's recent annual conference. Additionally, Jason Banonis, shareholder in the firm's Bethlehem office, was...

Matthew P. Keris, Esq., Elected President of Central PA Association of Health Care
June 4, 2012
Matthew P. Keris, Esquire, a shareholder with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, was elected president of the Central Pennsylvania Association of Health Care Risk Management for the 2012 term. Keris has been involved with the association since 2009. As president, Keris is responsible...

Events

CLM - 2012 Pennsylvania Event
Sep 20, 2012
Listen to amazing speakers and then network over cocktails and appetizers. Presentation topics include: The Impact of Social Media on the Tripartite Relationship Mediating Complex Disputes with Increasingly Sophisticated Parties...

Defending the Electronic Medical Record Deposition
Conference • Oct 9, 2012
Matthew Keris and Robin Snyder are presenting a concurrent session at the ASHRM 2012 Annual Conference and Exhibition. Defending the Electronic Medical Record Deposition addresses issues germane to medical malpractice depositions based...

The Ex-Employee: Discovery/Privilege Issues When the Plaintiff's Lawyer Comes Knockin'
Conference • Apr 11, 2013
Matthew Keris is a featured speaker at this year's CLM Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. He joins Marla Bigeleisen from Hamlin & Burton Liability Management, Frank Brier from Geisinger System Services, and Christopher Greene from...

Economic Damages in the Catastrophic Product Liability Claim for Risk
Seminar • Jul 25, 2013
Join members of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance for an informative presentation and then network over cocktails and appetizers on a boat cruise around Boston. Economic Damages in the Catastrophic Product Liability Claim for Risk...

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management’s Annual Conference & Exhibition
Conference • Oct 26, 2014
Matthew Keris will be speaking at the 2014 American Society for Healthcare Risk Management’s Annual Conference & Exhibition. As a panelist for EMR Litigation Issues: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going, Matt will...

Pennsylvania Defense Institute 47th Annual Conference
Conference • Jul 15, 2015
The Pennsylvania Defense Institute is hosting its 47th annual conference on July 15-17 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. The annual conference is an excellent opportunity to mix business with pleasure while obtaining continuing education credits...

AHRMNY Fall Conference
Conference • Dec 11, 2015
Matt Keris, a shareholder in the Health Care Department, is a featured speaker at the upcoming Association for Healthcare Risk Management of New York fall educational conference. In Electronic Medical Records - Litigation Nightmares,...

ACHT Northeast Corridor Philadelphia Conference
Conference • Jun 10, 2016
Matthew Keris, a shareholder in the firm's Health Care Department, is a speaker at the upcoming Northeast Corridor Conference hosted by the American College of Health Care Trustees Philadelphia. Matt is presenting two sessions during the...

PAHCRM Spring Conference
Seminar • Apr 21, 2017
Matthew Keris, a shareholder in the Health Care Department, is speaking at the PACHRM Spring Conference on April 21. In Be Careful What You Wish For: The Fair Share Act and Hospital Liability, attendees will learn: How jury verdicts...

Pennsylvania Defense Institute 49th Annual Conference
Conference • Jul 12, 2017
Brooks Foland of our Harrisburg office will present Stacking, Sign Downs, and Rejection of Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Making Heads and Tails Out of All the Different Forms and Rules at PDI's 49th Annual Conference...

Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit
Conference • Sep 19, 2017
Matt Keris, a shareholder in the Health Care Department in the firm's Scranton office, is speaking at the 13th Annual Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit. Nearly ten years after the call for the adoption of the electronic medical record (EMR...

PDI Middle District CLE
Seminar • Feb 22, 2018
The Pennsylvania Defense Institute Middle District North is presenting a CLE and its First Corn Hole Tournament at the Susquehanna Brewing Company, 65 S. Main Street, Pittston, PA on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Registration will begin at 5:00...

Senior Care Summit: Advanced Strategies for Managing Risk & Claims
Seminar • Apr 6, 2018
Marshall Dennehey and RCM&D are hosting a complimentary Senior Care Summit on Friday, April 6 at the Woodlands Resort in Wilkes-Barre. Join us for a discussion focused on strategies for managing risks and claims in the senior care arena. Topics...

Publication

Report From the Trenches: Defending Patient Falls in Acute Care Settings
Articles • August 28, 2018

Hoppin' Down the EMR Audit Trail
Articles • April 6, 2018

Negligent Advice of a Class III Medical Device Sales Rep
Articles • April 11, 2017

A Pandora’s Box: The EMR’s Audit Trail
Articles • February 1, 2017

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: Judge Wettick Affirms Practice of Limiting Deposition Opinions of Defendant Physicians
Defense Digest Article • December 1, 2016
Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016 By Matthew P. Keris, Esq.* Key Points: Plaintiffs’ counsel routinely ask defendant doctors for their opinions as to the standard of care in medical malpractice depositions in..., Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...

Wake Me Up!! I’ve Had Enough!! Litigation Nightmares with the Electronic Medical Record
Articles • May 1, 2016

EMRs and Litigation: Issues Decided and What’s Next
Articles • April 12, 2016

OMG?! The Impact of Social Media on the Tripartite Relationship
Articles • March 27, 2013
Litigation Management Magazine, Spring 2013

What's It Worth? Best Practices in Defending Economic Damages in the Catastrophic Accident
Articles • October 8, 2012
Litigation Management Magazine, Fall 2012

Reducing Medical Malpractice E-Discovery Issues and Costs
Articles • February 14, 2012
The Legal Intelligencer, February 14, 2012

Major Victories

Defense Verdict in Nursing Negligence Case.
May 11, 2018
The plaintiff alleged to have suffered a fall in a hospital bathroom three days post-operatively that reinjured his surgically repaired knees. The nurses denied the patient fell to the ground and testified, consistent with their charting, that the...

Jury Sides with Defense in High Stakes Medical Malpractice Case
Dec 6, 2016
Obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice case in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. ?The plaintiff alleged to be permanently disabled and in a wheelchair, requiring home health care for the rest of her life,...

Two-Disease Rule Results in Dismissal of Med/Mal Action
Sep 21, 2015
Obtained dismissal of a medical malpractice action in its entirety based on the Two-Disease Rule. The case involved clear liability for lost breast biopsy samples by a hospital nurse. The complaint did not state that the plaintiff...

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
  • General Liability
  • Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(570) 496-4602  Phone
(570) 496-0567  Fax
www.marshalldennehey.com
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 3118, Moosic, PA 18507
University Attended:
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, B.A., Honors: cum laude Honors: Who's Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges Honors: Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Fraternity president Major: History, 1993
Law School Attended:
Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol, Rhode Island, J.D., 1996
Year of First Admission:
1996
Admission:
2000, U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania; 1996, Pennsylvania; 2011, New York
Memberships:

Associations & Memberships

•American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM)
•Claim and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Co-Chair for Pennsylvania Membership Development, 2012
•Defense Research Institute (DRI), Atlantic Region Director, 2019-2021; State Membership Chairman, 2017; State Representative to DRI on behalf of Pennsylvania Defense Institute, 2017
•Lackawanna County Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Association for Health Care Risk Management (PAHCRM), President, 2012, 2016
•Pennsylvania Bar Association, Health Care Law Committee, Secretary, 2010-2012; Health Care Law Subcommittee on Civil Litigation, Chairman, 2011
•Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI), President, 2014; Executive Board, 2009-2013; Board of Directors, 2007-2009, 2015-present; state representative to the Defense Research Institute, 2017

Reported Cases:
Significant Representative Matters: Received defense verdict in a wrongful death and survival medical malpractice arbitration involving a single mother in her twenties from toxic shock syndrome. The plaintiff was admitted to a hospital facility with a provisional diagnosis of anaphylaxis secondary to a medication allergy. The patient deteriorated under the supervision of a nurse practitioner while on a telemetry unit and was eventually transferred to the intensive care unit. The patient succumbed to her condition several days later. There was a substantial future economic damage and pain and suffering component to the case given the plaintiff's young age, rapid decline and extent of necrosis (face, upper and lower extremities).; Obtained a defense verdict in a nursing negligence claim. The plaintiff alleged to have suffered a fall in a hospital bathroom three days post-operatively that re-injured his surgically repaired knees. The nurses denied the patient fell to the ground and testified, consistent with their charting, that the patient lost balance in the bathroom and sat on a commode. There was a significant economic damage claim in that the plaintiff was a young restaurant owner who suffered two distinct orthopedic injuries that required multiple surgeries and additional future care. The jury returned a defense verdict 50 minutes after deliberation began, finding that the nurses were not negligent.; Obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice trial involving a middle-aged mother of two who was allegedly left a quadraparetic and wheelchair-bound as a result of a physician's failure to timely diagnose and treat an infectious process of the cranial nerves and cerebellum. The plaintiff argued that as a result of the alleged negligence, she needed home health care for the rest of her life and submitted expert testimony arguing for the recovery of boardable future medical expenses totaling $4 million and past and future pain and suffering. The last settlement demand was $2 million. No settlement offers were made prior to or during trial.; Published Works: Report From the Trenches: Defending Patient Falls in Acute Care Settings, Becker's Hospital Review, August 28, 2018; Negligent Advice of a Class III Medical Device Sales Rep, The Legal Intelligencer, Medical Malpractice Supplement, April 11, 2017; A Pandora's Box: The EMR's Audit Trail, Counterpoint, newsletter of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, February 2017; It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over: Judge Wettick Affirms Practice of Limiting Deposition Opinions of Defendant Physicians, Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016; Wake Me Up!! I've Had Enough!! Litigation Nightmares With the Electronic Medical Record, The Risk Management Quarterly, newsletter of the Association for Healthcare Risk Management of New York, Inc. (AHRMNY); EMR's and Litigation: Issues Decided and What's Next? The Legal Intelligencer, Medical Malpractice Supplement (page 5), April 12, 2016; Electronic Medical Records and Litigation, published by Thomson Reuters Legal, September 2014; OMG?! The Impact of Social Media on the Tripartite Relationship, Co-Author, Litigation Management Magazine, Spring 2013; What's It Worth? Best Practices in Defending Economic Damages in the Catastrophic Accident, Co-Author, Litigation Management Magazine, Fall 2012; Reducing Medical Malpractice E-Discovery Issues and Costs, The Legal Intelligencer, February 14, 2012; A View From the Trenches: Discovery Issues With Electronic Medical Records, Risk Rx, Special Edition on the Electronic Health Record, University of Florida, Vol. 8, No. 1 January-March, 2011; and Florida Hospital Association's Risk Review, August 23, 2011
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