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Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin

4905 West Tilghman Street, Suite 300, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104

Established: 1990

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.

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.

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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
  • 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
  • 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


Jason Banonis

Managing Attorney

Allentown, PA

Practice Areas
  • General Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Retail Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Hospitality
  • Liquor Liability
  • Health Care Liability
  • Trucking and Transportation Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 2000
  • New Jersey
Additional Biographical Details:

Lower Saucon Township Zoning Hearing Board; Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (2007-2008); Classes/Seminars Taught: "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

Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania, Lehigh County and Northampton County Bar Associations
  • Temple American Inn of Court (2000-2001)
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute (Board of Directors, 2011-Present; Secretary, 2015-2016; Treasurer, 2016-2017; Executive Vice President, 2017-2018; President, 2019)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Social Media: the Discoverable Window to the Trust," LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, September 21, 2011 and Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 3, September 2011
Education:
  • Bucknell University, B.S., 1994
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1999
Honors:
Certificate of Achievement in Insurance Law and Equitable Remedies, Widener University School of Law

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Senior Counsel


William Z. Scott, Jr.

Allentown, PA

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1977
Additional Biographical Details:

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Chief Justice John P. Flaherty Award, 2009; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Using Return to Work as Leverage in Litigation, Mediation and For Cost Control of Your Workers’ Compensation Claim," 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; "Civil Practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Bar Institute; "Civil Practice in Carbon County," Carbon County Bar Association; "Advanced Workers' Compensation," Carbon County Bar Association and National Bar Institute

Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania (Past Member, Board of Governors; House of Delegates; Committee on Judicial Independence) and Carbon County (Chancellor, 2001-2002) Bar Associations
  • Pennsylvania Bar Foundation (Board of Directors)
  • Pennsylvania Conference of County Bar Leaders (Past President and Lifetime Member)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Past President and Lifetime Member of Board of Governors)
Publications:
  • Author: "Commonwealth Court Clarifies Use Of Surveillance Video," Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 2, June 2012
  • "Supreme Court Clarifies When Petition Needed to Review NCP," Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 4, December 2009
Education:
  • Lafayette College, B.A., 1974
  • Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1977
Honors:
American Jurisprudence Award, Evidence (1977)

Born: 1952

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Resident Shareholders


Brent A. Green

Allentown, PA

Practice Areas
  • General Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Fraud/Special Investigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1989
Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania and Lehigh County Bar Associations
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Publications:
  • Author: "Are the Federal Courts Starting a Trend to Preclude Experts on Bad Faith Issues?," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 3, September 2013
  • "Plaintiff's Failure to Name an Indisensable Party Results in Dismissal of Entire Case," Defense Digest, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2000
  • "Failure to Name Indispensable Party Results in Case Dismissal," Lawyers Journal, October 6, 2000
Education:
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1985
  • Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law, J.D., 1988
Fraternity Information:
Delta Theta Phi
Law Review:
Staff Member, Ohio Northern University Law Review
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Hon. Robert M. Kemp, Tioga County Court of Common Pleas (1988-1989)

Born: 1962


Paul F. Laughlin

Co-Chair, Behavioral Health Risk and Liability Practice Group

Allentown, PA

Practice Areas
  • Health Care Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Commercial Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Long-Term Care Defense
  • Behavioral Health Risk and Liability
  • Public Entity and Civil Rights Litigation
  • Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation
  • White Collar Crime
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1990
Additional Biographical Details:

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

Publications:
  • Author: "Ethics in Government Act," American Criminal Law Review, 5th Survey of White Collar Crime, Vol. 26, No. 3, 1989
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1987
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1990
Law Review:
Business Editor, American Criminal Law Review, 1989-1990

Paul G. Lees

Allentown, PA

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Premises Liability
  • Retail Liability
  • Public Entity and Civil Rights Litigation
  • Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation
  • School Leaders’ Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
Additional Biographical Details:

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

Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania, Lehigh County and Northampton County Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Regular Contributor: Case Law Alerts, 2010-Present
  • Author: "Surface Waters: A 'Common Enemy' to Both Property Owners and Pedestrians," Pittsburgh Legal Journal, Vol. 123, No. 43, 1999
  • "Technically Deficient Return of Service Does Not Void Service Itself," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, Vol. XXI, No. 8, 1998
Education:
  • Kutztown University, B.S., 1990
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1993

Born: 1967


Wendy R.S. O'Connor

Allentown, PA

Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • General Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Retail Liability
  • Hospitality
  • Liquor Liability
  • Health Care Liability
  • Long-Term Care Defense
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1989
  • New Jersey, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2019
Additional Biographical Details:

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

Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania, Lehigh County and Northampton County Bar Associations
  • American Veterinary Medical Law Association (2011)
Publications:
  • Author: "Winning The ‘Safety Sweep-Stakes’: The Impact of Inspection Protocols on Retailer Slip-and-Fall Litigation", Counterpoint, Newsletter of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, January 2020
  • "The 21st Century Litigator: You're Only As Good As Your Technology," Network Magazine, October 12, 2018
  • "May I Finish? The Case Against Interrupting," ABA Journal, September 11, 2018
  • "Avoiding Arbitration Panel Fatigue: Tips For Keeping Your Arbitrators' Full Attention," The Pennsylvania Lawyer, September/October 2018
  • "Mentors Teach Young Lawyers How to Be Lawyers," The Legal Intelligencer, April 20, 2017
  • "You Don't Have to be a Jerk: The Case for Civility in the Profession," Pennsylvania Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Civil Litigation Update, Winter/Spring 2017
  • "Every Dog Has Its Day...In Court - Things to Keep in Mind When the Fur Starts to Fly," Network Magazine, Summer 2016
  • "Does Your 'Bedside Manner' Need a Checkup?," The Pennsylvania Lawyer, July/August 2016
  • "The Peer Review Protection Act ('PRPA'): Looking Back, Looking Ahead," The Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, April 2016
  • "Informed Consent: What Every Pennsylvania Physician Needs to Know," Physician's News Digest, October 19, 2015
  • "Medical Professional Negligence – What’s In A Name? If You’re The Plaintiff, It Doesn’t Matter," Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2014
Education:
  • Mount Holyoke College, A.B. (magna cum laude), 1986
  • Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1989
Honors:
Helen Blyth Hazen Music Award (1986), Mount Holyoke College; Merit Scholar and Abel Klaw Advocacy Prize (1989), The Dickinson School of Law

David A. Williams

Allentown, PA

Practice Areas
  • General Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Health Care Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Retail Liability
  • Trucking and Transportation Liability
  • Property Litigation
  • Public Entity and Civil Rights Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1988
Additional Biographical Details:

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

Memberships:
  • American, Pennsylvania, Lehigh County and Northampton County (Co-Chair, Civil Rules Committee) Bar Associations
  • Donald E. Wieand American Inn of Court
Publications:
  • Author: "A Victory For The Uninsured Motorist In Pennsylvania?," Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 2, June
Education:
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1983
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1988
Law Review:
Case Note Editor, Delaware Law Forum (1987-1988)

Born: 1960


A. Judd Woytek

Allentown, PA

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Federal Black Lung
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Classes/Seminars Taught: "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

Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Lehigh County (Workers' Compensation Committee) Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: “Protz – One Year Later,” Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018
  • "It 'Payes' to Be Abnormal - Is The Law Really Changing for Mental/Mental Claims in PA Workers' Comp?" Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2014
  • "That 70's Show: Obamacare Takes Federal Blick Lung Claims Back in Time," Carrier Management, December 2013 and Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 1, March 2014
Education:
  • Ursinus College, B.A., 1992
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1995

Born: 1970

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  • Stephen G. Keim

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