Robert E. Smith joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in 2001 and became a shareholder in 2008. He handles a wide variety of casualty matters but focuses primarily in the areas of motor vehicle law, uninsured/underinsured motorist claims, insurance disputes and premises liability. Throughout his career, Robert has successfully resolved hundreds of casualty matters through trial, arbitration or mediation.
Prior to joining our firm, Robert was an associate with Murphy & O'Connor in Philadelphia for eight years. His practice was devoted to general civil defense litigation including, but not limited to, premises liability, professional liability motor vehicle law and employment law.
Clients and professional organizations have asked Robert to lecture on a variety of topics regarding the handling of uninsured and underinsured motorist claims.
Robert is admitted to practice in all courts in Pennsylvania as well as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Luzerne County Bar Association and Lackawanna County Bar Association.
In 1989 Robert graduated with honors (magna cum laude) from Kings College with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology. He received his juris doctor from The Dickinson School of Law in 1993.
Robert has received a BV Distinguished rating by the Martindale Hubbell.
•Regular Use Exclusions in Pennsylvania -- Coverage Issues and Practical Applications, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, June 2015
•Pennsylvania UM/UIM Law: 2014 Updates, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, December 2014
•“Should the Underinsured Motorist Carrier Be Identified at the Time of Trial?, ” Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2016
• Insurer's Conduct when No Bad Faith Is Pleaded, The Legal Intelligencer, Auto Law Supplement, June 17, 2014
Should the Underinsured Motorist Carrier Be Identified at the Time of Trial?
Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2016
By Robert E. Smith, Esq.*Key Points:Superior Court has yet to specifically address the argument of whether “due process” requires the UIM carrier to be identified.Court reiterates that a jury's lack of knowledge..., Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 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...
Insurer's Conduct When No Bad Faith Is Pleaded
Articles • June 17, 2014