Attorney Profile:

Thomas A. Specht

Thomas A. Specht: Attorney with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Biography

Thomas concentrates his practice on insurance coverage disputes, defense of insurance bad faith claims, post-trial matters and appeals. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

In 1993, Thomas graduated magna cum laude from the University of Scranton. He then went on to attend Villanova University School of Law, receiving his jurid doctor in 1996.

Thomas is a member of the Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association, the Lackawanna County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute, where he is currently the Third Circuit reporter for DRI's Certworthy publication. Thomas is also the current editor in chief of Defense Digest--Marshall Dennehey's quarterly newsletter that updates its clients on important legal cases and issues.

Honors & Awards

•BV Distinguished by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

Year Joined Organization

2004

News

Marshall Dennehey Announces New Shareholders and Special Counsel

January 3, 2017

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce that 10 attorneys were elected Shareholders of the firm and three were elevated to Special Counsel at the firm's annual December shareholders' meeting. The new Shareholders, listed by office, are as follows.Philadelphia, PA:. ..

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Appellate
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(570) 496-4612  Phone
(570) 496-0567  Fax
www.marshalldennehey.com
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 3118, Scranton, PA 18505-3118
University Attended:
University of Scranton, B.A., 1993 Honors: magna cum laude Honors: Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society Honors: Delta Tau Kappa Honors: Pi Gamma Mu Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha Honors: All-American Scholar Honors: Presidential Scholarship recipient Major: History Minor: Political Science
Law School Attended:
Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania, J.D., 1996
Admission:
1996, Pennsylvania; 2001, U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania; 2010, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Memberships:

Associations & Memberships

• Defense Research Institute

• Lackawanna County Bar Association

• Pennsylvania Bar Association

• Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association

Reported Cases:
Significant Representative Matters: Achieved dismissal, and affirmance of dismissal on appeal, of an insurance bad faith/UTPCPL/breach of contract action seeking $1, 000, 000 in permanent total disability benefits and extra-contractual damages, where court agreed that the Plaintiff's Complaint did not allege facts sufficient to come within the Policy's terms of coverage, and was not ambiguous.; Won summary judgment for insurer in an excess verdict bad faith case, where the underlying verdict came in at 14 times the last offer made by insurer, and subsequently achieved affirmance of summary judgment on appeal.; Obtained favorable coverage decision, that resulted in the dismissal of Luzerne County UIM case, in which the Claimant sought UIM policy limits of $200, 000.00, and had contended that her status as a driver listed on her former boyfriend's automobile policy, and payment of premiums for that status, entitled her to UIM coverage for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.; Won motion for summary judgment that resulted in dismissal of coverage matter in which insured sought recovery for rain-damaged property, alternative living expenses and depreciation holdback, where wind during storm had blown tarp off of house during renovation project.; Obtained reversal of $700, 000 trial court award on appeal, where the Pennsylvania Supreme Court determined that dam owner was not responsible for flooding of downstream property owners and was not negligent as a matter of law.; In a case dealing with a novel issue in Pennsylvania insurance bad faith practice, convinced district court to grant a motion to dismiss portion of bad faith claim relating to denial of first party medical benefits, on the basis of PA MVFRL preemption, even though insurer had not utilized PRO process, but an IME, in which doctor had opined that Plaintiff had reached maximum medical improvement.; Attained dismissal of a UIM action on Preliminary Objections, where the trial court held that the plaintiff was not entitled to UIM coverage under his employer's commercial automobile policy, on the basis that the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act precluded an action against the co-employee/tortfeasor directly.; Accomplished dismissal of breach of contract/insurance bad faith claim, and affirmance of dismissal on appeal, where the plaintiff sought coverage under Businessowners Coverage Form and Cargo Endorsement for spoilage of frozen veal product, convincing the courts that the Cargo Endorsement superseded, and did not conflict with, the language of the Coverage Form, and did not provide coverage for the loss.; Persuaded U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to affirm dismissal of civil rights lawsuit alleging that local police officer engaged in a conspiracy to violate civil rights of plaintiff through an allegedly wrongful citation that lead to an adverse employment action being taken against the plaintiff.; In an action alleging that School District Defendants had defamed Plaintiff Charter School, convinced the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to affirm dismissal of the defendants on the basis that the defendants were protected by high official immunity for defamation claims made against them in their official capacities, and because the charter school, as a governmental entity, was barred by the First Amendment from asserting a defamation claim against the defendants in their individual capacities.; Representative Cases: Shamnoski v. PG Energy, 858 A.2d 589 (Pa. 2004)
ISLN:
917961579

Peer Reviews

  • 4.3/5.0 7 reviews
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Unknown on 10/29/08 in Appellate Practice

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  • 4.8/5.0 by a Unknown on 12/08/08 in Insurance Coverage

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  • 4.8/5.0 by a Unknown on 11/06/08 in Insurance Coverage

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  • 4.6/5.0 by a Unknown on 11/07/08 in Appellate Practice

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  • 4.0/5.0 by a Unknown on 10/29/08 in Insurance Coverage

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  • 3.2/5.0 by a Unknown on 12/08/08 in Insurance Coverage

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  • 2.6/5.0 by a Unknown on 10/29/08 in Insurance Coverage

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