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Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin

425 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 302, Roseland, New Jersey 07068

Established: 1993

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
  • 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
  • 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.

The Roseland, New Jersey office of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin opened in February of 1993. Since that time, it has realized substantial growth in response to client demand for our professional services. Roseland is in Essex County, home to Newark, New Jersey's largest city, and is within 30 minutes of New York City. The office services the densely populated counties of the northern part of the state. The attorneys practicing in our Roseland office have easy access to all of the federal and state courts of northern New Jersey, which counties include Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.

Our Roseland office, like all of the firm's offices, provides the advantages of the personal attention of a small firm with the advantages that come from the intellectual property and broad-based experience of a large firm. The office is staffed by native and longtime residents of New Jersey who handle professional liability, product liability, employment, property and casualty and workman's compensation defense litigation. The office is linked to the rest of the firm with a state-of-the-art computer and communications system.

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 800 Westchester Avenue, Suite C-700
  • Rye Brook, New York 10573
    • 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


Justin F. Johnson, Managing Attorney

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Health Care Liability
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Additional Biographical Details:

Classes/Seminars Taught: "Risk Management Rounds in Anesthesia," MDAdvantage, March 17, 2015

Memberships:
  • American, New Jersey State (Medical Malpractice Committee) and Essex County (Joint Committee of Medical Association) Bar Associations
  • American Society for Pharmacy Law
  • Central Illinois Pharmaceutical Association
Education:
  • Drake University, B.S., 1986
  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., 1989

Born: 1963

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Special Counsel



Eric L. Grogan

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Liability
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Education:
  • Princeton University, B.S.E. (magna cum laude), 1988
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, J.D., 1992

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Debra M. Marcus

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Health Care Liability
  • Dental Malpractice
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Additional Biographical Details:

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®

Memberships:
  • New Jersey State and Union County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Boston University, B.S., 1985
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 1988

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Pauline F. Tutelo

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Construction Defect
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1996
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Publications:
  • Author: "Construction Defect Litigation Begins With Authority To Sue," The Legal Intelligencer, August 6, 2013
Education:
  • Brandeis University, B.A. English (cum laude), 1992
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1996

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Jonathan G. Williams

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Fraud/Special Investigation
  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Disputes
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Litigation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Memberships:
  • American Arbitration Association (No-Fault Advisory Council, 2002-2003)
Education:
  • Hobart College, B.A., 1973
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D., 1980

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Senior Counsel



George P. Helfrich, Jr.

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • General Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Accidents
  • Hospitality
  • Liquor Liability
  • Trucking and Transportation Litigation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:

Appointed Civil Arbitrator, Morris County; AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; New Jersey Super Lawyer (2006-2009); Classes/Seminars Taught: Issues Involving all Aspects of Civil Litigation Including but not Limited to Pleading Practice, Discovery Devices, Motion Practice and Litigation Strategy; Issues Involving Indemnification, Governmental Immunities, Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverages

Memberships:
  • New Jersey State, Morris County and Essex County Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "How Wise Are You Concerning the Admissibility of Medical Expenses Collectible Under PIP?," Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 3, September 2012
Education:
  • Georgetown University, B.A., 1974
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1977
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Hon. Marshall Selikoff, Presiding Judge, Civil, Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County, 1977-1978

Born: 1952

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Resident Shareholders



Dario J. Badalamenti

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1999
Additional Biographical Details:

Classes/Seminars Taught: "Defense Counsel Wish List," Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 27, 2016; "Workers' Compensation 101," New Jersey Self Insurers' Association Spring Conference, May 7, 2015; "IME's, Case Management and Peer Review," CEU Institute, November 13, 2013; "Tri-State Workers' Compensation Legal Update," Roadmap to Success - Understanding Workers' Compensation, Marshall Dennehey Seminar, October 24, 2013

Memberships:
  • American and New Jersey State Bar Associations
  • Justice James H. Coleman Jr. New Jersey Workers' Compensation American Inn of Court (Pupilage Leader, Essex/Union; Executive Committee on Education)
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
Publications:
  • Author: "Navigate Through The Intentional Tort Exception To The New Jersey Workers' Compensation Act," New Jersey Law Journal, Vol. 202 No. 5, November 1, 2010
  • "The Motion for Emergent Medical Care and a Swifter, Stronger Division of Workers' Compensation," Defense Digest, 2009, Vol. 15, No. 1
  • What's Hot in Workers' Comp, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Department Newsletter
  • Regular Contributor, Case Law Alerts, 2010-Present
Education:
  • New York University, B.A., 1988
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, J.D., 1998
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, New Jersey Division of Workers' Compensation, Newark, NJ

Born: 1966

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Gregory C. Bartley

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1990
Additional Biographical Details:

Classes/Seminars Taught: Presentation on Permanent Total Disability, Law Practices and Methods, and Ethics Covering Rules of Professional Conduct, Mt. Arlington Workers’ Compensation Court Law Day, April 2019; "New Jersey Workers' Compensation," North Jersey Claims Association, Spring 2014

Memberships:
  • West Hudson Bar Association (Vice-President, 1998-1999; President, 1999-2000)
Education:
  • Eastern New Mexico University, B.S., 1985
  • Creighton University School of Law, J.D., 1990
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Hon. John A. McLaughlin, J.S.C. of N.J. (1990-1991)

Born: 1961

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Christopher B. Block

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • General Liability
  • Liquor Liability
  • Dram Shop
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • Amusements, Sports and Recreation Liability
  • Insurance Agents & Brokers Liability
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1996
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Additional Biographical Details:

Classes/Seminars Taught: "Defending Real Estate Agents, Title Agents and Home Inspectors," PLDF Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, October 2018; "Expert Witnesses - Using New Jersey Court Rules To Your Advantage," National Business Institute, Newark, NJ, November 2015; "Top Ten Ways to Keep Your PL Claims Professional Happy," PLDF Annual Conference and CLE/CLU Presentation, Washington, DC, September 2014; "Ethical Claim Negotiations," CEU Institute, Parsippany, NJ, January 2014; "Primer on Claims and Risk Management Issues for Real Estate Agents and Home Inspectors," PLDF Annual Conference and CLE/CEU Presentation, Chicago, IL, October 2013; "Liabilities and Obligations for Real Estate Professionals," Lorman Education Services, September 2012

Memberships:
  • American, New Jersey State, New York State and Essex County Bar Associations
  • Professional Liability Defense Foundation (Director of Membership Development)
Publications:
  • Author: "Playing Outside: NJ Landowners' Liability Act Protects Personal Injury Defendants," New Jersey Law Journal, September 18, 2014
Education:
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.S., 1993
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1996

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Arthur D. Bromberg

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Asbestos
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1979
  • New York, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Third Circuits
Additional Biographical Details:

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®

Memberships:
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, B.A., 1972
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1979

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Alicia L. Calaf

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • General Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Retail Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2005
Additional Biographical Details:

New Jersey Super Lawyer Rising Star (2009-2019); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Bad Faith Litigation," Client Seminar CE Course, 2015

Publications:
  • Author: "Indemnification and Contribution: Avoiding The Expense Of An Affidavit Of Merit In Third Party Actions," Defense Digest, 2010-03, Vol. 16, No. 1
Reported Cases:
Studio 45 Discotheque, Inc. v. City of Union City, 2008 WL 583795 (App. Div. 2008)
Education:
  • Lehigh University, B.A. (with honors), 2001
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2004
Clerkship:
Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Alexander Waugh, Jr. and Hon. Hector Rodriguez, NJ Superior Court, Middlesex County, Civil Division
Language:
  • Spanish

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Robert T. Evers

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Medical, Dental, Nursing and Nursing Home Liability Defense
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:

Classes/Seminars Taught: "Mock Trial: A Continuing Education Program for Physicians and Trial Attorneys," MDAdvantage Insurance Company of New Jersey, presented to medical malpractice defense attorneys, April 2018; "Risk Management Rounds in Anesthesia," MDAdvantage, March 17, 2015; "Mock Trial: A Continuing Education Program for Physicians and Trial Attorneys," MDAdvantage Insurance Company of New Jersey, Presented to Medical Malpractice Defense Attorneys, March 2013; Presentation to incoming residents at UMDNJ/Strafford, New Jersey Regarding Responsibilities to Patients, Pitfalls of the Medical Legal System and Tips for Avoiding Medical/Legal Issues, Strafford, NJ, 2009-2012; "The Medical Malpractice Case: The Not So Bad Basics," MDAdvantage Insurance Company of New Jersey, Presented to Medical Malpractice Defense Attorneys, November 2011; "Fundamentals of Pre-Trial Practice (Defense of Medical Negligence Cases), MDAdvantage Insurance Company of New Jersey, Presented to Medical Malpractice Defense Attorneys, May 2009

Memberships:
  • New Jersey State (Medical Malpractice Committee) and Essex County Bar Associations
  • Arthur T. Vanderbilt Inn of Court
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Education:
  • Monmouth College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1987
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1990
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Hon. Nicholas G. Mandak, Assignment Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Passaic County

Born: 1965

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Ryan T. Gannon

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Malpractice
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2008
  • New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2008
Additional Biographical Details:

New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014-2019; Classes/Seminars Taught: "New Jersey Case Law Update," Health Care Law Seminar, Marshall Dennehey, November 9, 2016

Memberships:
  • New Jersey State and Passaic County Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "New Jersey’s Appellate Division Alters the Landscape of Nursing Home Litigation,” Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2015
Education:
  • University of Maryland, B.A., 2005
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2008

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Rosalind B. Herschthal

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Health Care
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Long-Term Care Liability
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1981
  • Florida
Additional Biographical Details:

Classes/Seminars Taught: "New Jersey Case Law Update," Health Care Law Seminar, Marshall Dennehey, November 9, 2016; "Avoiding and Defending Nursing Home Litigation," American College of Health Care Administrators 50th Annual Convocation & Exposition, April 20, 2016; "Long-Term Care," Hospicomm, April 4, 2012; "Nursing Home Litigation," New Jersey ATLA; ICLE; "Hospital and Health Care Liability," for Area Hospitals in Florida, 1985-1990; "Medico Legal Seminar," American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, 1989

Memberships:
  • American and Dade County Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Education:
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S. (cum laude), 1977
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1981

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Timothy J. Jaeger

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • General Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Law
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Memberships:
  • American and New Jersey State Bar Associations
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • New Jersey Defense Association
Publications:
  • Author: "Nielsen v. Walmart Continues Expansion of Commercial Landowner's Duty of Care in Premises Liability Cases," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 3, September 2013
Education:
  • University of Delaware, B.A., 1985
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1988

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Julia A. Klubenspies

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • General Litigation
  • Hospital Malpractice Defense
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Additional Biographical Details:

BV Distinguished® by Martindale-Hubbell®; Classes/Seminars Taught: "In a Case With Multiple Defendants, What Issues Arise in Dealing With a Settling Co-Defendant?," New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 22nd Annual Medical Malpractice Seminar, New Brunswick, NJ, November 3, 2018; "Civil Implications of Sexual Contact with a Patient,: Marshall Dennehey Health Care and Health Law Seminar, November 9, 2017; "The Use of Medical Literature at Trial," New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education 21st Annual Medical Malpractice Update, New Brunskwick, NJ, November 4, 2017; "Analyzing Medical Records," NJICLE, NJ Law Center, March 21, 2017; "Analyzing Medical Records," NJICLE, Fairfield, NJ, January 22, 2015; "How to Obtain, Offer and Exclude Evidence," MD Advantage Insurance Company, October 2010; "Fundamentals of Trial Techniques (Defense of Medical Malpractice Cases), Presented to Medical Malpractice Defense Attorneys, Hyatt Regency, New Jersey 2008

Memberships:
  • New Jersey State and Union County Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Co-Author: "Civil Implications for Medical Practitioner of Sexual Contact with Patient," New Jersey Law Journal, May 15, 2017
  • Author: "Prescribing High Potency Medication To A Known Drug Abuser: Is The Doctor Liable For Resulting Injuries?," Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 1, March 2014 and New Jersey Defense Association Digest, Fall 2015
Education:
  • The University of North Carolina, B.S. (cum laude), 1987
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1994

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Frank P. Leanza

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Municipal Liability
  • Long-Term Care Liability
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1980
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1990
Additional Biographical Details:

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; New Jersey Super Lawyer (2010-2011); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Aspects of Medical Malpractice Litigation," Conventus and Omni Eye Services, May 2012; "The Doctor's Deposition - Likely the Most Important Day of the Case," MD Advantage Insurance Company, October 2010

Memberships:
  • New Jersey State and Morris County Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "New Jersey's Appellate Division Alters the Landscape of Nursing Home Litigation," Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2015
Education:
  • Rutgers University, B.A. Political Science, 1977
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 1980

Born: 1955

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Howard Mankoff

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Employment Law
  • Public Entity and Civil Rights Litigation
  • Directors & Officers
  • Fair Debt Collection Defense
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Insurance Agents & Brokers Liability
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1985
Additional Biographical Details:

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; New Jersey Super Lawyer (2006, 2008); Classes/Seminars Taught: "What Insurance Claims Professionals Need in Order to Make the Process More Effective," December 2011; "Risk Management Seminar," CNA, 2003; "School Bully Laws"; "Trends in Directors and Officers Litigation"; "Counsel Fee Exposure in Employment Litigation"; "Electronic Discovery Issues"; "Mock Trial of Employment Suits"

Memberships:
  • American and New Jersey State Bar Associations
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society
  • Richard J. Hughes Inn of Court
Publications:
  • Author: “Land Use Litigation – Trends, Exposures and Moral Hazards,” Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2016
  • "Electronic Discovery: The Final Frontier," Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2005
  • "Revised Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Create New Problems for Defendants," Defense Digest, Fall 1994
Education:
  • American University, B.A. (cum laude), 1978
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, J.D., 1981

Born: 1956

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Patricia M. McDonagh

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
  • Toxic Torts
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Professional Liability
  • Premises Liability
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1993
Memberships:
  • New Jersey State and Essex County Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "New Jersey Supreme Court Holds that Evidence of an Insured’s Uncompensated Medical Expenses Falling Between the Insured’s Selected PIP Coverage and the Statutory Maximum PIP Coverage of $250,000 Is Inadmissible," Legal Updates for Coverage and Bad Faith, March 28, 2019
  • "New Jersey Environmental Insurance Law: The Battle Over Coverage Between Insurers and Policyholders, Arising from 'Owned Property Exclusion' Clauses in CGL Policies," Defense Digest, Fall 2004
  • "Are E Mails Privileged?," For The Defense, November 2000
Education:
  • Fairfield University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1990
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1993

Born: 1968

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Matthew S. Schorr, Assistant Director, Casualty Department

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Subrogation
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Retail Liability
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • Restaurant/Bar Liability
  • Admiralty and Maritime Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Litigation
  • Condominium/Community Association Law
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1991
  • New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:

Litigation Management Institute, Graduate 2013 (CLMP); New Jersey Super Lawyer (2011); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Impact of Long Shore and New York Labor Law, the Jones Act and McBride Decision on Punitive Damages Under Maritime Law," Navigators Insurance Marine Department, April 2015; "New Jersey Contractual Indemnity and Additional Insured Issues," Zurich Insurance, April 2015; "Advanced Trial Strategies," National Business Institute, Newark, NJ, December 2014; "Know Before You Go," CLM Claims College - Property School, Faculty, Philadelphia, PA, September 2014; "Transportation Claims and Recovery," Travelers Insurance, April 2013; CLE Seminar: "Settlements and Releases," June 5, 2009

Memberships:
  • New Jersey State and New York State Bar Associations
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Certifications:
  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court (2005)
  • Certified Proctor in Admiralty (1996)
Education:
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.A. (cum laude, Dean's List), 1988
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1991
Honors:
Leonard F. Manning Scholar

Born: 1966

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Wendy H. Smith

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Construction Defect
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Environmental Law
  • Casualty
  • Premises Liability
  • Negligent Security
  • Architects & Engineer Litigation
  • Microbial Contamination
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Additional Biographical Details:

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; New Jersey Super Lawyer (2006-2009, 2018); New Jersey Top Rated Lawyer (2012-2013); New Jersey's Women Leaders in the Law (2013)

Memberships:
  • American, New Jersey State, Bergen County and Essex County Bar Associations
  • New Jersey Defense Association
Education:
  • Smith College, A.B., 1978
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1981
Clerkship:
Law Secretary, Hon. Charles R. DiGisi, Superior Court of New Jersey, 1981-1982

Born: 1957

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Sunny Marie Sparano

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Construction Defect
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Environmental Law
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2000
  • New York, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 2001
Additional Biographical Details:

New Jersey Super Lawyer Rising Star (2010-2013); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Statute of Repose and PREDFDA in New Jersey Construction Defect Law," Construction Defect Claims Manager Association, March 2013; "Construction Defect in the State of New Jersey," Construction Defect Claims Managers Association, March 2013

Memberships:
  • New Jersey State, New York State and Essex County Bar Associations
  • Women's Law Caucus (1997-2000; President, 2000)
  • Women's Construction Litigation Alliance (Regional Associate, Northeast Region)
Publications:
  • Regular Contributor, Case Law Alerts, 2011-2012
  • Co-Author: "If You Build It, They Will Sue," New Jersey Law Journal, March 27, 2006
  • "If You Build It, They Will Sue: Construction Defect Litigation In The Garden State And The Trend Of Alternative Dispute Resolution," Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 4, December, 2005
Education:
  • Seton Hall University, B.A. Political Science, 1997
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2000

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Michael R. Speer, Co-Chair, Automobile Liability Practice Group

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Automobile Liability
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • No-Fault Litigation
  • Insurance Fraud Litigation
  • Special Investigative Unit Investigation and Litigation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Additional Biographical Details:

Classes/Seminars Taught: Several Seminars Given to Insurance Claim Professionals in Areas of New Jersey Tort Claims Act, New Jersey No-Fault Act, Ambulatory Surgical Centers and Medical Malpractice Defense

Memberships:
  • New Jersey State, Essex County and Union County Bar Associations
  • American Inns of Court
Publications:
  • Author: "The Relationship Between the Handling Attorney and the Claims Professional in Auto Liability," Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 1, March 2016
  • "New Jersey Supreme Court Ratifies New Medical Judgment Charge," Defense Digest, Apr. Vol. 6, No. 2, 2000
Education:
  • Kean College of New Jersey, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1986
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1989
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Hon. Carol A. Ferentz, Presiding Civil Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Civil Part, Newark, NJ (1989-1990)

Born: 1964

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William F. Waldron, Jr.

Roseland, NJ

Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Construction Defect
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Real Estate Agents, Brokers & Appraisers
  • Home Inspectors
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1993
Additional Biographical Details:

BV Distinguished® by Martindale-Hubbell®; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Protecting Your Practice-Managing Your Risk of Being Sued," New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors, February 4, 2016; "Top 5 Concerns for Design Professionals," Client Seminar, February 3, 2016; "New Jersey Architects, Engineering & Construction Defect Issues," Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, July 2015; "Risk Strategy," Joint Meeting of the NJSPLS North Jersey Chapter and the Engineers and Surveyors Association of Bergen Passaic, May 2015; "Things You Never Learned in School About Working as a Designer: From Social Medical Liability to Site Safety," American Institute of Architects Convention, June 2014; "Minimizing Risk and Avoiding Consequences as a Design Professional in the State of New Jersey," July 2009

Memberships:
  • Essex County and Middlesex County Bar Associations
  • New Jersey Defense Association
Publications:
  • Author: "On 20th Anniversary, Affidavit of Merit Statute Gets New Direction," New Jersey Law Journal, March 28, 2016
  • "Considerations for Collecting Your Fees Without Opening the Flood Gates of Litigation. The Importance of Maintaining Your Professional Liability Coverage," A&E Newsletter: The Marquis Messenger, Autumn 2010
  • "Limitation of Liability: The Message In The Text Of The Trial Court's Holding in West Essex v. CDT is No Laughing Matter," A&E Newsletter: The Marquis Messenger, Summer 2009
Education:
  • University of Scranton, B.A., 1990
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1993
Clerkship:
Clerk, Hon. Lawrence A. Eleuteri, Sr., Presiding Judge Civil Division, Burlington County, New Jersey

Born: 1968

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