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 Allentown office is staffed with civil defense litigation attorneys who devote their complete professional attention to servicing clients in the Lehigh Valley region and surrounding areas including Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton and Schuylkill Counties. These experienced attorneys have varied practices and focus on matters across the firm's four main departments: casualty, professional liability, health care and workers' compensation.
Led by office managing attorney, Jaon Banonis, the Allentown office provides our clients with an effective defense litigation team of professionals backed by the intellectual property and broad-based experience of the entire firm, permitting localized and economical representation of insurers and self-insured clients.
Lower Saucon Township Zoning Hearing Board; Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (2007-2008); 2020 Pennsylvania Trailblazer, The Legal Intelligencer; Pennsylvania Defense Institute Defense Attorney of the Year, 2020; Classes/Seminars Taught: "How to Represent Your Client in Virtual Mediation," Webinar Presented by Northampton County Bar Association, May 21, 2020; "An Overview of Pennsylvania Law and Effective Litigation Management Strategies," Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, June 2015; "An Overview of Pennsylvania Automobile Liability," Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, April 2015; "Issues and Defenses in Pennsylvania Premises Liability Cases," American National Red Cross' Dedicated Liability Unit, July 2011; "Pennsylvania Liability Seminar," Crawford & Company; "Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Liability Seminar," Laidlaw Transit, Inc.; "Persuasion, Civility and How Jurors Make Decisions," Panelist and Moderator, Pennsylvania Defense Institute North Region Ethics CLE Program; "Advanced General Liability Seminar," Organizer and Moderator, PDI East with Federal and State Judges
Certificate of Achievement in Insurance Law and Equitable Remedies, Widener University School of Law
Delta Theta Phi
Staff Member, Ohio Northern University Law Review
Law Clerk, Hon. Robert M. Kemp, Tioga County Court of Common Pleas (1988-1989)
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2012-2018); U.S. Dept. of Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms - Service Recognition Award (1995); Classes/Seminars Taught: "Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave: How the Internet Can Make or Break the Medical Professional Negligence Case," 63rd Annual Joint Meeting of the Lehigh County Bar Association and Lehigh County Medical Society, September 9, 2014; "Highlights in Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Law," 2013 Trends in Health Care and Health Law Seminar, Marshall Dennehey, November 7, 2013; "Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Patients," Sacred Heart Hospital of Allentown's Family Practice Residency Program, January 2010; "Closing Arguments," CLE Trial Advocacy Seminar, 2008; "Anatomy of a Lawsuit," Sacred Heart Hospital, 2007; CLE Seminar on Fraud and Abuse, Insurance Society of Philadelphia, 2006; "Mitigation and Litigation," Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, 2006; "Tort Reform and The Impact Upon Medical Practitioners," Presentation for Physicians at Sacred Heart Hospital, 2005; "Disclosure and Reporting of Medical Errors," Presentation for Physicians at Pocono Medical Center, 2005; "Patient Safety and Risk Management Seminar," Presentation for Physicians at Easton Hospital, 2005; "M-Care Act, Re: Expert Witness," 2003; "Death Penalty Litigation," 2001; "Cross-Examination," 1997; "Expert Witnesses," 1995; Lectures: "Re: Closing Argument," Widener University and University of Pennsylvania Law School
Business Editor, American Criminal Law Review, 1989-1990
Classes/Seminars Taught: "But We Had a Contract! Understanding Contractual Risk Transfer and Drafting Effective (and Enforceable) Indemnification Clauses," University Risk Management & Insurance Association (URMIA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, May 7, 2015
Classes/Seminars Taught: "Hills and Ridges: Defending the Snow and Ice Slip and Fall Case in Pennsylvania," Marshall Dennehey Client Presentation, 2019; "Limited Tort v. Full Tort/Verbal Threshold v. Zero Threshold - Which Option Applies?," Marshall Dennehey Client Presentation, 2018; "A Primer on Legal Malpractice Claims in Pennsylvania," Marshall Dennehey Client Presentation, 2017; "Blitz on Damages: Reducing the Plaintiff's Economic Damages Claim," Marshall Dennehey Client Presentation, 2016; "The Whittling Away of Protection Afforded Under the Pennsylvania Peer Review Protection Act," Health Care and Health Law Seminar, Marshall Dennehey, November 5, 2015; "Documenting Your Care: Good for You; Good for Your Patient," Pocono Medical Center Nursing Staff, October 2015; "Informed Consent After Brady v. Urbas - Taking Another Look," Bar Association of Lehigh County, September 23, 2015: "Mock Deposition of a Nurse," Pocono Medical Center Nursing Staff, May 2015; "Beyond Barrick v. Holy Spirit: Guidelines for Expert Witness Communications," Northampton County Bar Association, March 2015; "Anatomy of a Lawsuit and the Impact of the Internet," October 2014; "Grievance or Dispute Resolution Clauses," September 9, 2014; "Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave: How the Internet Can Make or Break the Medical Professional Negligence Case," 63rd Annual Joint Meeting of the Lehigh County Bar Association and Lehigh County Medical Society, September 9, 2014; "EMR and Electronic Communications with Patients: When is it Okay to Hit Send?," Pocono Medical Center Grand Rounds, December 2013; "Litigation Issues Arising From the Use of Electronic Medical Records," Northampton County Medical Society, September 2013; "Federal Discovery Abuses: Was That Wrong?"; "Getting Paid in a Recession Economy: Tips for the Small Business Owner"; "Documenting the Job: A Guide to AIA Forms for the Construction Manager"; "The Importance of Patient Communication," Sacred Heart Hospital Family Practice Residents, Winter 2012; "Nursing Care Best Practices," Moravian Village of Bethlehem, Spring 2011; "Recent Updates from Pennsylvania's Appellate Court: Civil Litigation," 2005
Helen Blyth Hazen Music Award (1986), Mount Holyoke College; Merit Scholar and Abel Klaw Advocacy Prize (1989), The Dickinson School of Law
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Ethical Considerations of Restoring Civility to Civil Litigation," Northampton County Bar Association, August 2017; "Ethical and Practical Considerations on the Use (and Misuse) of Social Media for the Civil Litigator and Family Practitioner," Northampton County Bar Association, June 2014
Case Note Editor, Delaware Law Forum (1987-1988)
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Are You Coming or Going - Do You Know Your Course and Scope?," Marshall Dennehey Webinar, October 26, 2020; "Mitigating the Risk of Workplace Bullying," Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 24, 2019; "Return to Work: Perfecting Job Offers and the Revival of the Labor Market Survey," Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 18 and 25, 2018; "Ingredients for Successfully Defending Claims for Work Injuries at Home," Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 19, 2017; "Course and Scope," Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminars, October 19 and 27, 2016; "Cover Your Bases: A WCAIS Update," Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 22, 2015; "The Basics of WCAIS," Client Seminar, Parsippany, NJ, November 21, 2014; "Social Media Update," Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, November 6, 2014; "Workers' Compensation: What's the Best Case," The Seltzer Group Workers' Compensation Seminar, Bethlehem, PA, December 6, 2012; "How To Control Your Claim," The Seltzer Group Workers' Compensation Seminar, Bethlehem, PA, December 7, 2011; "Workers' Compensation Hearings: Techniques & Strategies for Success," National Business Institute, Allentown, PA, October 22, 2008; "Advanced Workers' Compensation in Pennsylvania," (Speaker and Course Planner) National Business Institute, Allentown, PA, 2003-2004; "Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Law Seminar, Top 20 Cases of 2001 & 2002," Professional Education Systems Institute, Pittsburgh, 2002; "Workers' Compensation Update Lecture," Institute of Management Accountants, Lehigh Valley Chapter, Holiday Inn Bethlehem, 1998