Estelle Kokales McGrath

Estelle Kokales McGrath: Attorney with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.
  • Shareholder at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C. (504 Attorneys)
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  • Estelle Kokales McGrath is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. Her practice is devoted largely to the defense of workers' compensation law and Federal black lung litigation.
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Estelle is a member of the Professional Liability Department, where her practice is focused on the defense of police officers and public entities including schools, universities and municipalities. She also concentrates her practice in the area of employment law relative to public entities and private employers, defending discrimination and retaliation claims based on race, sex, religion, age, disability and FMLA entitlement. As well, Estelle defends insurance agents, real estate agents, appraisers, associations and non-profit boards in Director and Officer and Errors and Omission litigation. She practices in both state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Estelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in political science and communications from Juniata College in 1998. While at Juniata, she received the Carroll C. Arnold Award in Communication for outstanding service to the communication field. She was also a member of the women's rugby team.

In 2001, Estelle earned her juris doctor from Widener University School of Law. During law school, she served as Editor-In-Chief of the Widener Law Journal and was elected to the James S. Bowman American Inn of Court. She also worked for a private practitioner in Harrisburg, handling civil rights cases, and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Joseph H. Kleinfelter, President Judge of Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas. Following graduation, Estelle served a one-year appellate clerkship in Media, Pennsylvania with the Honorable Joseph T. Doyle, President Judge Emeritus of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Estelle returned home to Pittsburgh in 2002 and joined the Pittsburgh office of Marshall Dennehey, where she became a shareholder in 2010. Estelle has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2012 through 2016 in the area of Professional Liability.

Honors & Awards

•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2008, Workers Compensation; 2012 -2016, Professional Liability

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•Claims & Litigation Management Alliance

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Major Victories

Defense Verdict for Two Police Officers in Excessive Force Case After 12-day Jury Trial
Dec 1, 2017
The plaintiff brought claims of excessive force against one of two police officers and claims of assault and battery against the other officer. The incident in question occurred during a traffic stop. The plaintiff bore a strong resemblance to, and...

Summary Judgment for a Police Officer Accused of Malicious Prosecution
Jan 22, 2016
A municipal police officer received a complaint that an unknown male attempted to lure a 15-year-old female into his car. A day later, the victim and her mother went to the police department and advised the same officer that the victim saw...

Successful Defense of Police Officer Accused of Malicious Prosecution
Oct 8, 2015
Obtained summary judgment for a police officer accused of malicious prosecution. A municipal police officer received a complaint that an unknown male attempted to lure a 15-year-old female into his car. A day later, the victim and her mother went to...

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Professional Liability
  • Municipal Liability
  • Employment Law - Employer
  • Public Entity Defense and Civil Rights
  • Insurance Agent Errors & Omissions
  • Real Estate E&O Liability
  • Real Estate Appraisers
  • Directors & Officers

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(412) 803-1186  Phone
(412) 803-1188  Fax
University Attended:
Juniata College, B.A., Political Science and Communications, The Carroll C. Arnold Award in Communication, 1998
Law School Attended:
Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, J.D., Widener Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief, 2001
Year of First Admission:
2011, U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania; 2011, U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia; 2001, Pennsylvania; 2011, West Virginia; 2001, New Jersey

Associations & Memberships

•Allegheny County Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) 2013-present
•West Virginia Bar Association

Reported Cases:
Published Works: House Bill No. 88 to be Signed by Governor Rendell, What's Hot in Workers' Comp, Volume 7, No. 12, December 2003; Supreme Court Reverses Caso Decision, What's Hot in Workers' Comp, Volume 7, No. 12, December 2003; Course of Employment Argument Saves Employer, Defense Digest, Volume 9, No. 2, June 2003; Board's Decision Reversed Where Claimant Failed to Present Evidence, Lawyers Journal, The Journal of the Allegheny County Bar Association, June 27, 2003; Borough of Lewistown v. Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board: The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Holds Arbitration Award Final and Binding When Participating Joint Employer Failed to Appeal the Award, 9 WIDENER J. PUB. L 615 (2001).

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