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Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin

201 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1100, Tampa, Florida 33602

Established: 2000

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.

Our firm established its first office in Florida in Tampa in April 2000. Since that time, the office has experienced consistent growth. Currently, the ten attorneys in our Tampa office handle professional liability, product liability, and property and casualty claims.

Our office is located in the heart of downtown Tampa, within walking distance of the Hillsborough County and federal courthouses. From this location, we are able to provide legal services to our clients in the Northern, Middle, and Southern Federal District Courts, as well as the counties of Citrus, Sumter, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Hardee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Highlands, Glades, Charlotte and Lee.

The attorneys in the Tampa office are committed to providing quality and efficient legal work. The Tampa office looks forward to serving existing clients of the firm, as well as new clients.

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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
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • 200 West Forsyth Street, Suite 1400
  • Jacksonville, Florida 32202
    • Telephone: 904-358-4200
    • Fax: 904-355-0019
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Landmark Center One
  • 315 East Robinson Street, Suite 550
  • Orlando, Florida 32801-1948
    • Telephone: 407-420-4380
    • Fax: 407-839-3008
  • 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


Michael G. Archibald

Managing Attorney

Tampa, FL

Practice Areas
  • General Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Hospitality
  • Liquor Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Retail Liability
  • Trucking and Transportation Liability
Admitted
  • Florida, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2004
Additional Biographical Details:

Classes/Seminars Taught: "Using Crime Grids in Negligent Security Claims," Marshall Dennehey Florida Claims Symposium - "The Best Defense is a Good Offense," Orlando, FL, September 17, 2014

Memberships:
  • National and Hillsborough County Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
Publications:
  • Author: “Negligent Security Claims In Florida: the “Victim-Targeted” Defense,” Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2017
  • "Florida's Proposals for Settlement in Dangerous Instrumentality Cases," Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 2, June 2010
Education:
  • Florida A&M University, B.S./B.C.J. (magna cum laude, Dean's List), 1995
  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1998
Honors:
White and Gold Honor Society

Born: 1967

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Senior Counsel


Terrance A. Bostic

Tampa, FL

Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Securities and Investments Professional Liability
  • White Collar Crime
  • Insurance Agents & Brokers Liability
Admitted
  • Florida, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1986
Additional Biographical Details:

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®

Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "New Year's Rsolutions? For Financial Firms and Advisors, Cybersecurity Should Top the List," Aon Advisor Solutions newsletter, Winter 2015
Education:
  • Our Lady of the Lake University, B.S., 1975
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1980
Honors:
Benton Beck Award for Outstanding Trial Advocate, University of Miami School of Law

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Resident Shareholders


Michael J. Bradford

Tampa, FL

Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • General Liability
  • Maritime Litigation
  • Property Litigation
  • Insurance Services
  • Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation
Admitted
  • Florida, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida, 2006
Additional Biographical Details:

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Named to Florida Trend’s Up & Coming Legal Elite; Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite - Civil Trial, 2019; Florida Super Lawyers: 2016-2019; Rising Star, 2009; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Crew | Longshore Harbors Workers’ Compensation Act | State Worker’s Comp Liabilities," Tampa Bay Mariner’s Club 2019 Annual Maritime Industry Marine Insurance Seminar, Tampa Bay, FL, May 22, 2019; “Property Insurance Law Update,” Ft. Lauderdale 10th Annual CE Seminar, Coral Springs, FL, March 2, 2018

Memberships:
  • American (Litigation and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Sections) and Hillsborough County Bar Associations
  • Tampa Bay Inn of Court
  • Tampa Bay Mariners Club
  • The Propeller Club - Port of Tampa
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Publications:
  • Author: "Property Insurance Law Update," Ft. Lauderdale 10th Annual CE Seminar, Coral Springs, FL, March 2, 2018
Certifications:
  • Board Certified Specialist, Civil Trial, The Florida Bar
Education:
  • University of South Florida, B.A. (cum laude), 1995
  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1999

Alicia M. Caridi-Smith

Co-Chair, Amusements, Sports and Recreation Practice Group

Tampa, FL

Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • General Liability
  • Amusements, Sports and Recreation Liability
  • Property Litigation
Admitted
  • Florida, 1999
  • New Jersey, 2001
  • Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:

Volunteer Instructor, Florida State University, College of Law Undergraduate Program; Guest Lecturer, University of Delaware, College of Business; Classes/Seminars Taught: Presented seminars on ADA Accessibility, Social Media Discovery and Managing a Crisis in Social Media, Roller Skating Legal Updates State By State, Amusement Legal Updates State by State to Organizations such as WWA, IAAPA, PDI, RSA and Other Legal and Amusement Entities

Memberships:
  • Pike County and Lackawanna Bar Associations
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (Voting Member ASTM F24)
  • International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association
  • Outdoor Amusement Business Association
Publications:
  • Regular Contributor: Case Law Alerts, 2014-Present
  • Author: "Clean Air Act; Mobile Emissions," Florida Senate Interim Report
Reported Cases:
Andrews v. Stefano, 71 Pa.D.&C. 4th (2005)
Education:
  • Shippensburg University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1994
  • Florida State College of Law, M.A. (with distinction), 1999
  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1999
Clerkship:
Judicial Law Clerk, President Judge Harold Thomson, Pike County, Pennsylvania
Honors:
Moot Court Team, Intercollegiate Chair

John W. Heilman

Tampa, FL

Practice Areas
  • Premises Liability
  • Retail Liability
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Hospitality
  • Liquor Liability
  • Fraud/Special Investigation
  • Trucking and Transportation Liability
  • Long-Term Care Liability
  • Property Litigation
Admitted
  • Florida, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Additional Biographical Details:

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Classes/Seminars Taught: “SIU Data Analytics: A Sword and Shield for Florida Law,” Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC) 23rd Annual Conference, June 11, 2015; "’Boardable’ Damages and Pre-Trial/Post-Trial Set Offs,” Marshall Dennehey Florida Claims Symposium - The Best Defense is a Good Offense, Orlando, FL, September 17, 2014; “Outsmarting Smart Technology: Legal Ramifications in the Assisted Living Setting,” Florida Assisted Living Association (FALA) Annual Conference and Tradeshow, August 11, 2014; "’Boardable’ Damages and Pre-Trial/Post-Trial Set Offs,” Client Seminar, Tampa, FL, July 10, 2014; “Managing and Investigating Billing Misrepresentations Under the New PIP Statute,” Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC) 22nd Annual Conference, June 12, 2014; “Ten Ways to Avoid and Fight a Lawsuit Against Your Assisted Living Facility,” Florida Assisted Living Association (FALA), Hillsborough Chapter, January 28, 2014

Memberships:
  • Hillsborough County and Lakeland Bar Associations
  • Florida Assisted Living Association
Publications:
  • Author: "Board of Contributors: Florida Supreme Court Sets Settlement Ground Rules," Daily Business Review, April 23, 2015
  • "Board of Contributors: Partial Proposals May Run Afoul of Supreme Court,” Daily Business Review, January 29, 2014
  • “Ten Ways to Avoid and Fight a Lawsuit Against Your Assisted Living Facility,” Orlando Medical News, August 2013 and Tampa Bay Medical News, August 2013
  • “Two Seldom Noted Traits of Florida Statutory Proposals for Settlement,” Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2011
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1996
  • University of Florida Warrington Graduate School of Business, M.B.A., 2000
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, J.D. (with honors), 2000
Language:
  • Spanish

Samuel C. Higginbottom

Tampa, FL

Practice Areas
  • Premises Liability
  • Retail Liability
  • General Liability
  • Trucking and Transportation Liability
  • Maritime Litigation
Admitted
  • Florida, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
Additional Biographical Details:

Classes/Seminars Taught: "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

Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (2010-2014, Board of Directors for the Port of Tampa)
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Publications:
  • Regular Contributor: Case Law Alerts, 2017-Present
  • Author: "I’m Being Sued for What?!? Analyzing the Florida Supreme Court’s Opinions Applying the Foreseeable Zone of Risk Test To Determine if a Legal Duty Is Owed," Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 4, December 2014
  • "An Overview of the Death on the High Seas Act for the Aviation Attorney," Defense Research Institute, July 2, 2012
Education:
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy, B.S., 2005
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 2010
Military:
Lt., U.S. Navy, 2005-2013

Lindsay G. McCormick

Tampa, FL

Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation
  • Real Estate Errors & Omission Liability
Admitted
  • Florida, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2011
Additional Biographical Details:

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014-2019

Publications:
  • Contributor: Case Law Alerts, 2018
  • Author: "Construction Defect Claims and the Role of the Insurer in Early Proceedings," Insurance Journal - Focus on Florida, November 21, 2016
  • “Chapter 558 Notice and the Duty to Defend ,” Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2015
  • "Use of Case Management Orders in Construction Litigation," Lawyer Magazine, Publication of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, February 2015
Education:
  • Florida Gulf Coast University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2007
  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2010

Janice L. Merrill

Tampa, FL

Practice Areas
  • Health Care Liability
  • Product Liability
  • General Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Long-Term Care Liability
Admitted
  • Florida, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Additional Biographical Details:

Classes/Seminars Taught: "Risky Business: Transitions of Care and Avoidable Hospital Admissions and Readmissions," Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management & Patient Safety Webinar, November 19, 2019; "Case Law Update," Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management & Patient Safety 2019 Conference, Orlando, FL, August 16, 2019; "Looking Under the Hood: Is It Time for an Admission and Arbitration Agreement Tune-Up?," Florida Assisted Living Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, August 7, 2019; "Strategies for Optimizing Risk Management & Patient Safety in Long-Term Care," Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety, Orlando, FL, March 8, 2019; "Risky Business: Transitions of Care and Avoidable Hospital Readmissions," Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management & Patient Safety 2018 Conference, Tampa, Florida, August 16, 2018; "EDs, EMRs & E-Discovery, Oh My! Addressing Related Concerns While Maintaining Optimal Provider Communication," Best Care Practices in the Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Continuum, Lake Buena Vista, FL, October 13, 2017; "EDs & EMRs & E-Discovery, Oh My! How to Stay on the 'Yellow Brick Road' When the Threat of Litigation Arises,: FALA 2017 Annual Conference & Tradeshow, Orlando, Florida, August 15, 2017; "The Defense Bar Strikes Back: EMRs & eDiscovery Risk Management," Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety Annual Meeting & Education Conference, Lake Buena Vista, FL, August 10, 2017; "EMR & eDiscovery: Managing It, Tools to Generate It, and the Most Effective Ways to Fight It," American Conference Institute's 6th Annual Forum on Long-Term Care Litigation & Risk Management Strategies, Miami, FL, January 22, 2016; "You Must Remember This: Memory Care Units and Acuity Creep," DRI Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar, Law Vegas, NV, September 11, 2015; "Lessons Learned: How to Prevent and Minimize Liability in Long Term Care Cases," Clear Choice Health Care Annual Meeting of Directors of Nursing, June 2015; "Outsmarting Smart Technology: Legal Ramifications in the Assisted Living Setting," Florida Assisted Living Association (FALA) Annual Conference and Tradeshow, August 11, 2014; "Documentation in the Age of Corporate Negligence," Lifespace Communities Administrator and Director of Nursing Conference, Celebration, FL, May 2, 2013

Memberships:
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Florida Assisted Living Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Protecting Your Facility From Responsibilty for Unavoidable Pressure Ulcers," South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report, August 2012
  • "Board of Contributors: Florida Supreme Court Invalidates Arbitration Provisions in Nursing Home Admission Agreements," Daily Business Review, December 23, 2011
  • Regular Contributor: Case Law Alerts, 2010-Present
Reported Cases:
Certified Marine Expeditions v. Freeport Shipbuilding, 914 So. 2d 983 (Fla. 1st DCA 2005); Vucinich v. Ross, 893 So. 2d 690 (Fla. 5th DCA 2005); Spindler v. Staton, 827 So. 2d 998 (Fla. 2d DCA 2002); Butterworth v. Assi, 824 So. 2d 224 (Fla. 1st DCA 2002); Lynx Transp. v. Atkinson, 720 So. 2d 600 (Fla. 5th DCA 1998)
Education:
  • University of Southern California, B.A., 1981
  • Loyola Law School, J.D., 1984
Law Review:
International & Comparative Law Journal, 1982-1984
Language:
  • Spanish

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Resident Associates


  • Julie Cunningham Aiello
  • Alina Husain
  • Laura Pinkerton
  • Amara Benitez Rodriguez

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