Charlene S. Seibert

Charlene S. Seibert: Attorney with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.
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  • Charlene is an associate with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. Charlene provides legal counsel to attorneys in both a claims avoidance capacity and with regard to ripened legal malpractice actions.
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Biography

Charlene is a member of the Professional Liability Department, where she dedicates her practice to the defense of attorneys and other professionals. Charlene defends attorneys in legal malpractice actions in a wide range of practice areas, including medical and dental malpractice, real estate and title insurance, estate and probate matters, divorce and support, complex business transactions and commercial litigation. Additionally, Charlene represents attorneys sued for intentional conduct arising from their representation of a client, including claims of defamation, abuse of process and statutory claims for wrongful use of civil proceedings. In cases where a lawsuit has not yet been filed, Charlene has served in a claims avoidance capacity, including navigating through conflicts of interest that may arise through the course of a lawyer's representation. As well, Charlene has assisted counsel in responding to disciplinary complaints made against them with the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board.

In 2002 Charlene graduated from John Carroll University, magna cum laude, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She was inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and awarded the Kathy L. Barber Outstanding Scholar Award in Political Science for graduating seniors. Also during her time at John Carroll, Charlene served as an intern for the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Cleveland, Ohio, a division of the United States Department of Commerce, where she assisted small and medium-sized businesses with regulatory compliance issues and market research relating to the exportation of goods.

Charlene subsequently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she graduated with honors in 2006. Through law school, Charlene served on the executive board for the Pittsburgh Tax Review as the articles editor where she ensured the accuracy of legal propositions asserted by tax professionals and improved the authors' writing techniques. Also while in law school in 2004, Charlene joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as a law clerk and upon graduation continued with the firm in the Professional Liability Department.

Honors & Awards

•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2018

Year Joined Organization: 2004

News

Marshall Dennehey Announces New Shareholders and Special Counsel
January 4, 2016
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce that 14 attorneys were elected shareholders of the firm at the annual shareholders' meeting held December 8 in Philadelphia. The new shareholders, listed by office, are as follows. Philadelphia, PA: Jason W. Bialker, member of...

Publication

Pennsylvania Legal Malpractice Handbook 2017 Edition
Articles • October 2, 2017
Please feel free to download the PA Legal Malpractice Handbook - 2017 Edition, found at the below link.

Another Crack In the Dam: “Narrow” Class of Beneficiaries Who May Sue Attorney Without an Attorney-Client Relationship Not So Narrow After All
Defense Digest Article • June 1, 2015
Key Points: Intended third-party beneficiary theory is a limited exception to the strict privity requirement in suits for attorney legal malpractice in Pennsylvania. The Superior Court of Pennsylvania in Estate of Robert Agnew v. Ross..., Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 2, June 2015 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 legal...

Plaintiffs in legal malpractice actions premised upon breach of contract may recover all actual damages incurred, including consequential damages.
Law Alerts • April 11, 2013
In this legal malpractice action, the plaintiffs set forth a claim for breach of contract arising from an underlying stock purchase agreement, wherein the plaintiffs erroneously believed, based upon attorney-defendants' advice, that the sale..., Case Law Alerts - 2nd Quarter 2013

Attorney's assurances to client that a Master's recommendation in divorce proceedings was incorrect served to toll the statute of limitations of legal malpractice action under the equitable tolling doctrine.
Law Alerts • April 11, 2013
In this legal malpractice action, the attorney-defendant appealed a jury verdict entered against her in favor of the plaintiff, her former client in underlying divorce and support proceedings. The plaintiff alleged that the attorney-defendant failed..., Case Law Alerts - 2nd Quarter 2013

Major Victories

Summary Judgment in High-Stakes Legal Malpractice Case
Apr 21, 2016
Obtained summary judgment in a legal malpractice case seeking in excess of $2 million stemming from a trial court judge’s determination in underlying litigation that our lawyer-clients had waived, on behalf of their former clients, challenges...

Dismissal of Legal Malpractice Case
Jun 8, 2015
Won dismissal of our lawyer-clients in a legal malpractice lawsuit arising from improper advice given in underlying bankruptcy proceedings. Our clients represented the plaintiffs, an individual and her limited liability company, in connection with...

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Professional Liability
  • Commercial Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(412) 803-2442  Phone
(412) 803-1188  Fax
www.marshalldennehey.com
University Attended:
John Carroll University, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, Kathy L. Barber Outstanding Scholar Award in Political Science, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, 2002
Law School Attended:
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, Herman L. Foreman Award in Labor Law, 2006
Year of First Admission:
2006
Admission:
2006, U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania; 2006, Pennsylvania
Memberships:

Associations & Memberships

•Allegheny County Bar Association
•Allegheny County Bar Association, Lawyer Insurance Committee
•Allegheny County Bar Association, Amicus Curiae Brief Committee
•American Bar Association
•Defense Research Institute
•Pennsylvania Bar Association, Professional Liability Committee

Reported Cases:
Significant Representative Matters: Summary Judgment granted in favor of lawyer-client after successfully arguing that plaintiff would have lost his underlying case due to certain immunities and privileges contained in Pennsylvania's Mental Health Procedures Act.; Successfully defended an attorney in an arbitration trial arising from attorney's representation of plaintiff in child support proceedings, after arguing that plaintiff's expert be precluded from testifying at the hearing and that plaintiff otherwise failed to establish actual loss or harm.; Assisted in successfully obtaining a complete dismissal of a lawyer-client on a Petition for Judgment of Non Pros where plaintiff's Certificate of Merit was based upon an incorrect standard of actual loss under Pennsylvania law of legal malpractice.; Assisted in successfully obtaining a complete dismissal of claims against attorneys accused of failing to disclose to the other side an alleged conflict of interest pertaining to a court-appointed receiver, where it was successfully argued on Preliminary Objections that such communications fall under the umbrella of the absolute judicial privilege afforded to attorneys in the representation of their clients.; Motion to Dismiss granted to defendant in a legal malpractice case arising from alleged improper advice provided to plaintiff in bankruptcy proceedings, resulting in plaintiff's denial of discharge. Assisted in successfully arguing for the application of collateral estoppel on the basis of the bankruptcy court's prior rejection of plaintiff's reliance on the advice of counsel defense.; Assisted in successfully obtaining summary judgment in defamation lawsuit against attorney representing Board of Directors following termination of employees on the basis of the fair comment privilege, an often under-utilized defense in Pennsylvania defamation cases.; Published Works: Pennsylvania Legal Malpractice Handbook, 2017 Edition, Published by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, Co-author; Another Crack In the Dam: Narrow Class of Beneficiaries Who May Sue Attorney Without an Attorney-Client Relationship Not So Narrow After All, Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 2, June 2015
ISLN:
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