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Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin

200 West Forsyth Street, Suite 1400, Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Established: 2004

Practice Areas

  • Affordable Care Act
  • Amusements, Sports and Recreation Liability
  • Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice
  • Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation
  • Asbestos and Mass Tort Litigation
  • Automobile Liability
  • Aviation and Complex Litigation
  • Behavioral Health Risk and Liability
  • Birth & Catastrophic Injury Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Injury Litigation
  • Consumer Financial Services Litigation & Compliance
  • COVID-19/Coronavirus
  • Electronic Medical Record and Audit Trail Litigation
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental & Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Fraud/Special Investigation
  • General Liability
  • Health Care Liability
  • Hospitality and Liquor Liability
  • Insurance Agents & Brokers Liability
  • Insurance Services
  • Intellectual Property, Technology and Media Litigation
  • Long-Term Care Liability
  • Maritime Litigation
  • Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Liability
  • Medicare Set-Aside
  • New York Construction and Labor Law
  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Litigation
  • Premises and Retail Liability
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property Litigation
  • Public Entity and Civil Rights Litigation
  • Real Estate E&O Liability
  • School Leaders' Liability
  • Securities and Investments Professional Liability
  • Social Services & Human Services Liability
  • Telehealth and Telemedicine
  • Trucking & Transportation Liability
  • White Collar Crime
  • Workers' Compensation

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About Us

Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is a leading civil defense litigation law firm that represents and advises insurers, self-insured entities, and professionals in a wide range of professional liability, casualty, health law, employment, and workers' compensation matters. With more than 470 attorneys in some 30 distinct practice groups, located in 20 offices throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Florida and New York, Marshall Dennehey is uniquely positioned to assist their clients in both avoiding damaging litigation as well as providing them with a vigorous defense in the event of claims and suits made against them.

As part of its continuing strategic expansion into Florida, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin's newest regional office in Jacksonville was opened in 2004.

The Jacksonville office practices aggressive, well-prepared defense litigation by lawyers who are accessible, practical and highly experienced. The attorneys in the Jacksonville office have a corporate, commercial and civil litigation practice. The litigation practice focuses on civil trials, administrative, appellate, commercial and constitutional law. The trial practice includes personal injury litigation, medical and other professional malpractice, construction litigation, products liability, coverage and bad faith litigation.

As a regional office of Marshall Dennehey, the Jacksonville office is backed by the resources of a 470-lawyer firm. It stands ready to assist every client—be they individuals, small businesses, large corporations or insurance carriers—by providing high-quality, result-oriented legal representation that is both innovative and cost-effective.

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Additional Locations

  • Westport, Connecticut
  • 191 Post Road West
  • Westport, Connecticut 06880
    • Telephone: 203-221-2785
    • Fax: 203-221-2665
  • Wilmington, Delaware
  • Nemours Building
  • 1007 North Orange Street, Suite 600
  • Wilmington, Delaware 19801
    • Telephone: 302-552-4300
    • Fax: 302-552-4340
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 100 Northeast 3rd Avenue, Suite 1100
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
    • Telephone: 954-847-4920
    • Fax: 954-627-6640
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Landmark Center One
  • 315 East Robinson Street, Suite 550
  • Orlando, Florida 32801-1948
    • Telephone: 407-420-4380
    • Fax: 407-839-3008
  • Tampa, Florida
  • 201 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1100
  • Tampa, Florida 33602
    • Telephone: 813-898-1800
    • Fax: 813-221-5026
  • Mount Laurel, New Jersey
  • 15000 Midlantic Drive, Suite 200
  • P.O. Box 5429 (08054)
  • Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054
    • Telephone: 856-414-6000
    • Fax: 856-414-6077
  • Roseland, New Jersey
  • 425 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 302
  • Roseland, New Jersey 07068
    • Telephone: 973-618-4100
    • Fax: 973-618-0685
  • Melville, New York
  • 105 Maxess Road, Suite 303
  • Melville, New York 11747
    • Telephone: 631-232-6130
    • Fax: 631-232-6184
  • New York, New York
  • Wall Street Plaza
  • 88 Pine Street, 21st Floor
  • New York, New York 10005-1801
    • Telephone: 212-376-6400
    • Fax: 212-376-6490
  • Westchester, New York
  • 287 Bowman Avenue, Suite 404
  • Purchase, New York 10577
    • Telephone: 914-977-7300
    • Fax: 914-977-7301
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 312 Elm Street, Suite 1850
  • Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
    • Telephone: 513-372-6800
    • Fax: 513-372-6801
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • 127 Public Square, Suite 3510
  • Cleveland, Ohio 44114-1291
    • Telephone: 216-912-3800
    • Fax: 216-344-9006
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 4905 West Tilghman Street, Suite 300
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104
    • Telephone: 484-895-2300
    • Fax: 484-895-2303
  • Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • 10 North Main Street, 2nd Floor
  • Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901-4318
    • Telephone: 267-880-2020
    • Fax: 215-348-5439
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 717 State Street, Suite 701
  • Erie, Pennsylvania 16501
    • Telephone: 814-480-7800
    • Fax: 814-455-3603
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 100 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 201
  • Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 17011
    • Telephone: 717-651-3500
    • Fax: 717-651-9630
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • The Union Trust Building
  • 501 Grant Street, Suite 700
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219
    • Telephone: 412-803-1140
    • Fax: 412-803-1188
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 50 Glenmaura National Boulevard
  • Moosic, Pennsylvania 18507
    • Telephone: 570-496-4600
    • Fax: 570-496-0567

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Personnel Information

Managing Shareholder


James P. Hanratty

Managing Attorney; Supervisor, Casualty Practice Group

Jacksonville, FL

Practice Areas
  • Health Care Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Retail Liability
  • General Liability
  • Construction Injury Litigation
Admitted
  • Florida, 2012
Additional Biographical Details:

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Ohio Super Lawyer, 2010; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Top 5 Challenges Relative to Workers' Compensation Claims, Property and Casualty Claims and For Mediators," FCCI Educational Conference, October 2018; "Defending Catastrophic Injury Claims - How to Stack the Deck in Your Favor," Marshall Dennehey Florida Claims Symposium – Casino Royale, Tampa, FL, September 20, 2018; "Courtroom Warriors" Present: "Trying Your Case To A Defense Verdict; Opening Statements; Making A Good First Impression," Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, August 2008; "Use, Selection of Expert Witnesses," and "Insurance Relations Round Table," Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, 2003; "Defense of Wrongful Death Case," Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, 2002; "Law Office Management," University of Akron, 1992, 1995; "Insurance Seminar," Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1992

Memberships:
  • American, Ohio State, West Virginia, Stark County and Jacksonville Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers (1989-1993)
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (Chair: Insurance Relations Committee, 2002-2007; Trial Tactics Committee, 2009-2012)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Publications:
  • Author: "Reducing Workplace Accident Liability," Wholesale & Distribution International, Winter 2014
  • "Benefits of Involving Counsel When An Accident Occurs," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2013
  • "A Defendant's Guide To Approaching Head Injury Cases," Law360.com, February 8, 2013
  • "Benefits of Involving Counsel When an Accident Occurs," Construction Executive, December 2012
  • "Avoiding Headaches in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases," Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 4, December 2012
  • "Opening Statements: You Never Have a Second Chance to Make a First Impression," OACTA Quarterly Review, Vo. 2, Issue 4, Winter 2009-2010
  • "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason In Ohio," Defense Digest, Vol. 14, No. 3, September 2008
  • "Selection, Use, Care And Feeding Of Expert Witnesses," OACTA Review, Winter 2002
  • "Discovery In A Slip.Trip And Fall Case," OACTA Quarterly Review, Vol. 33, No. 2, Spring 1998
Education:
  • Walsh University, B.A., 1986
  • The University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 1989
Military:
U.S. Army Reserve, 1981-1990

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Senior Counsel


Michael J. DeCandio

Jacksonville, FL

Practice Areas
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation
  • Trucking and Transportation Liability
Admitted
  • Florida, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1995
Additional Biographical Details:

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America - Professional Malpractice Law, 2012-Present; Florida Super Lawyers, 2008-2009, 2016-2019; Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite, 2010; Classes/Seminars Taught: Mealey Construction Law Super Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 2007 where issues concerning additional insured status were the topic of discussion; Various American Institute of Architects-sanctioned continued education programs for architects as well as engineers between 1995-2002

Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • American Judicature Society
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Publications:
  • Co-Author: "Contractually Limiting Individual Liability for Design Professionals Using Florida's New Legislation," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 3, December 2013
  • "From Frye to Daubert: What You Need to Know About Admitting Expert Testimony in Florida State Courts," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 3, December 2013
Certifications:
  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator
Education:
  • American University, B.S., 1975
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1982
Fraternity Information:
Phi Alpha Delta
Honors:
Order of the Barristers
Military:
U.S. Army Reserves, 1970-1975

Born: 1949


Michael J. Obringer

Jacksonville, FL

Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Hospitality
  • Liquor Liability
  • Trucking and Transportation Liability
Admitted
  • Florida, 1974
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 1984
Additional Biographical Details:

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America - Jacksonville Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants "Lawyer of the Year," 2013; Jacksonville Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants "Lawyer of the Year," 2014; Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, Professional Malpractice, 2008-Present; Classes/Seminars Taught: Ethics Seminar for Newly-Admitted Members of Florida Bar, 2008; "Search and Seizure Law," University of North Florida, 1998; "Joint and Several Liability," Jacksonville Defense Lawyers, 1990; "Cross-Examination," Florida Defense Lawyers, 1985; "Current Trends In Evidence," Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, 1980; "Trial Testimony," Drug Enforcement Administration, 1976

Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Jacksonville Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
Publications:
  • Author: "The Borrowed Servant Doctrine in Florida: The Legal Implications of Loaning Out Employees," Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015
Certifications:
  • American Board of Trail Advocacy Certification, 2000
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., 1971
  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1973
Military:
Captain, U.S. Army Reserves, 1973-1974

Born: 1949

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Resident Shareholders


Heather Byrer Carbone

Jacksonville, FL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Florida, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2009
Additional Biographical Details:

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2010, 2013-2016; Jacksonville Magazine, "Jacksonville Legal Elite", 2015-2017; American Lawyer Media, Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment, 2013-2014, 2016; Classes/Seminars Taught: "How Medical Marijuana Is Impacting Workers’ Compensation," Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 24, 2019; "Average Weekly Wage and Indemnity Benefits," Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum, April 11, 2019; "Roundtable: Don’t Just Roll the Dice – Hot Topics in Evaluating Personal Injury Claims," Marshall Dennehey Florida Claims Symposium – Casino Royale, Tampa, FL, September 20, 2018; "Average Weekly Wage and Indemnity Benefits (Other than PTD)," 2018 Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum, April 13, 2018; "Stop Work Orders," Association of Builders and Contractors, Jacksonville, FL, August 2017; "Specialty Drugs in Workers' Compensation," The CLM Business and Insurance Workers' Compensation Conference, Chicago, IL, May 2017; "Average Weekly Wage and Indemnity Benefits (Other Than PTD)," The Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum, Orlando, FL, April 2017, April 2016; "Recent Changes to Florida Workers' Compensation Law," The CLM, Jacksonville, FL, November 2016; "Social Security Disability Appeals," Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Jacksonville, FL, November 2014; "Workers' Compensation Overview, Fidelity National Financial Conference, April 2014; "Workers' Compensation In Florida," Guest Instructor for Florida Coastal School of Law, Contruction Law Class, 2012, 2014; "Fundamentals of Workers' Compensation," Sterling Education Seminar, Jacksonville, FL, April 2013; "The Medicare Super Lien and Other Liens Simplified," National Business Institute Seminar, Jacksonville, FL, 2013; "Case Law Update," IARP, Select Medical Workers' Compensation Roundtable, Florida State Collge of Jacksonville, April 2012; "Credit Abuse Resistance Education," Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Seminar, July 2010

Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Jacksonville Bar Association (Co-Chair Workers’ Compensation Section, 2010-2011)
  • Association of Builders & Contractors
  • Jacksonville Claims Association
  • Robert E. Williams, Inns of Court (Executive Committee; Membership Co-Chair)
Publications:
  • Author: "First Responder Benefits In, Attorney Fees Out," Insurance Journal, March 6, 2018
  • "Average Weekly Wage and Indemnity Benefits (Other Than PTD)," The Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum, 2016, 2017
  • "The Florida Workers' Compensation Tight Rope Challenged," ABA/Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Committee Newsletter, 2008
Certifications:
  • Board Certified, Workers' Compensation Law, The Florida Bar
Education:
  • Florida State University, B.A., 1997
  • Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, J.D., 2001
Language:
  • Spanish

Linda Wagner Farrell

Jacksonville, FL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Florida, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2007
Additional Biographical Details:

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2011, 2013-2014; Florida Trend Magazine "Legal Elite Up and Coming," 2007-2008; Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, Woman of the Year, 2008; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Opioids...The Not So New Epidemic," Workers' Compensation Claims Professionals Annual Claims & Leadership Conferece, June 10, 2019; "Opioids in Workers’ Compensation," Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum, April 12, 2019; "Opioids…The not so New Epidemic," Workers' Compensation Claims Professionals Holiday Conference, December 13, 2018; "Top 5 Challenges Relative to Workers' Compensation Claims, Property and Casualty Claims and For Mediators," FCCI Educational Conference, October 2018; "Medical Marijuana in Workers’ Compensation," 2018 Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum, April 13, 2018

Memberships:
  • American and Jacksonville (Workers’ Compensation Section, Co-Chair, 2007-2008) Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • E. Robert Williams Inn of Court (Barrister, 2009-Present)
  • First Coast Manufacturers Association (Workforce Development Committee)
  • Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association (Vice President, 2004-2005)
  • Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals
Publications:
  • Author: “Ex Parte Doctor Conferences Cannot Suggest, Direct or Instruct What Treatment or Care to Recommend,” Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2019
  • Contributor: Case Law Alerts, 2018-Present
  • What's Hot in Workers' Comp, 2018-Present
Education:
  • University of North Florida, B.A., 1997
  • Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D., 2002
Fraternity Information:
Phi Alpha Delta
Honors:
Mock Trial Team

Elizabeth B. Ferguson

Jacksonville, FL

Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation
Admitted
  • Florida, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2005
Additional Biographical Details:

Ultimate Attorney, Jacksonville Business Journal, 2019; AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Florida Trend Magazine: Legal Elite, 2014, 2018, Up and Comer, 2008, 2010-2013; Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star for Construction Litigation, 2009-2017; Florida Super Lawyers, 2018-2019; Classes/Seminars Taught: "The Impact of Altman on Defense and Indemnity Obligations in Florida," CLM Webinar, September 2018

Memberships:
  • American (Forum on the Construction Industry, 2009–Present) and Jacksonville (Board of Governors: 2012-Present; Construction Law Section: 2011-Present) Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar (Construction Law Committee: 2005-Present; Construction Law Certification Review Course Steering Committee: Co-Vice Chair, 2017-Present; RPPTL Section Executive Council: 2017-Present; 2017 Grievance Committee 4A, Vice Chair)
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Chester Bedell Inn of Court
  • Florida Board of Professional Engineers (Board Member)
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Jacksonville Association of Women Lawyers
  • American Arbitration Association
Publications:
  • Author: "Big Impact on Duty to Defend Florida Construction Cases," Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018
  • Contributor: Case Law Alerts, 2018-Present
  • Legal Updates for Construction Litigation, 2017-Present
Certifications:
  • Board Certified, Construction Law, The Florida Bar
Reported Cases:
Welcome v. Arvida, 903 So. 2d 942 (Fla. 1st DCA 2005)
Education:
  • The College of Wooster, B.A., 1999
  • Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, J.D., 2002
Fraternity Information:
Phi Delta Phi

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Resident Associates


  • Kathleen A. Carlson
  • Caitlin A. Polly
  • Sean J. Reeves
  • Avery D. Sander
  • Kelly M. Scifres
  • Corey K. Setterlund
  • Robert E. Williams

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