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General Defense


Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin

717 State Street, Suite 701, Erie, Pennsylvania 16501

Established: 1997

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.

Erie, strategically located on Lake Erie between New York and Ohio, is Pennsylvania's third largest city and its only Great Lakes port. The firm's Erie Office opened in 1996, and provides strong service to its clients through experienced local attorneys.

The Erie office is conveniently located in downtown Erie near the Erie County Courthouse, the Erie Division of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and state administrative offices. From Erie, we handle cases throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania, including the counties of Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Warren, McKean, Venango, Forest and Elk, in addition to cases assigned to the Erie Division of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

The Erie office provides our clients with an effective defense litigation team of local 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
  • 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
  • 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


G. Jay Habas

Managing Attorney

Erie, PA

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Professional Liability
  • Public Entity and Civil Rights Litigation
  • Insurance Agents & Brokers Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1989
  • New York, 2016
Additional Biographical Details:

Classes/Seminars Taught: "#Me Too & Times Up: The Changing Landscape of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," Human Resource Management Association Northwest Pennsylvania Conference, May 18, 2018; "Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania – Update on the Status of the Law and Its Impact on Employers," Human Resources Management Association of Northwest Pennsylvania, February 22, 2018; "Cyber Liability, PCoRP Loss Control Workshop, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania," April 10, 2015; "Data Breach -- Fighting the Cyber War and Social Media -- Landmine or Goldmine?," AIG, November 6, 2014; "Data Breach -- Fighting the Cyber War and Social Media -- Landmine or Goldmine?," Assurex Global Loss Control and Claims Conference, October 23, 2014; "Hot Topics in Employment," Assurex Loss Control & Claims Conference, October 22, 2014; "Social Media & Cyber Breaches: the Internet's Impact on Your Business," The Graham Company, Co-Presenter, May 2014; "Errors and Omissions: Limiting Your Exposure," Insurance Club of Erie County, January 15, 2014; "Hot Topics in Employment," Marshall Dennehey Employment Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, October 10, 2013; "Workplace Violence," Pennsylvania Association for Health Care Risk Management Fall Education Forum, September 13, 2013; "Best Practices in ADA, FMLA and Workers' Compensation," Lorman Education Services, Erie, PA, August 27, 2013; "Workplace Violence: Liability Issues," Pennsylvania Defense Institute Annual Conference, Bedford Springs, PA, July 18, 2013; "Cyber Data Breach: The Latest Threat to Workplace Security," Human Resource Management Association of Northwest Pennsylvania Annual Conference, Erie, PA, May 30, 2013; "Employment Liability in the Cyber Age," Marshall Dennehey Employment Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2, 2013; "Workplace Violence - Concerns in the Insurance Industry," Insurance Club of Erie, January 16, 2013; "Affordable Care Act," American Inn of Court - Erie, PA, February 19, 2013; "Municipal Liability," Pennsylvania County Commissioners Association, March 4, 2013; "Labor and Employment," Adjunct Faculty, Gannon University; "Act 57 Amendments to the Workers' Compensation Act"; "Impairment Rating Evaluations to Reduce Exposure to Total Disability Benefits"; "Maximizing an Insurance Carrier's Right to Subrogation"; "Employer Liability for Workplace Violence"; "Americans With Disabilities Act and its Interplay with Workers' Compensation"; "Family and Medical Leave Act"; "Employment, Workers' Compensation, Medical Malpractice, Insurance Agent E&O"; "Workers' Compensation Affecting School Districts"; "Pennsylvania and New Jersey Workers' Compensation"

Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Erie County (Vice Chair, Workers' Compensation Section, 2014) Bar Associations
  • Insurance Club of Erie County (President, 2005-2006 [2 Terms])
Publications:
  • Author: "What's Hot in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation," Marshall Dennehey Newsletter, 2002-2013
  • "Natural Gas 'Gold Rush:' Injury and Occupational Exposure in Pennsylvania From the Marcellus Shale Gas Explosion," Energy Law Supplement, The Legal Intelligencer, July 2011
  • "Job Availability in Current Economic Crisis: Is It Time to Reconsider Funded Employment?," Workers' Compensation (PSIA Newsletter), March 2009
  • "Using Causation As A Defense To Negligence," Defense Digest, 2003
  • "Calculation of Average Weekly Wage for Employees on Leave of Absence or Unpaid Illness," Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association Newsletter, May 1998
Education:
  • Gannon University, B.A. (cum laude), 1982
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1985
Law Review:
Notre Dame Journal of Legislation
Honors:
Gannon University Medal of Honor

Born: 1960

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Resident Shareholders


Patrick M. Carey

Erie, PA

Practice Areas
  • Automobile Liability
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Public Entity and Civil Rights Litigation
  • Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1987
  • New York, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1993
Additional Biographical Details:

Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (Former Member); Erie County Assistant District Attorney Association (Former Vice President); Classes/Semianrs Taught: "Criminal Evidence," Gannon University; "Liability for Police Pursuits"; "Municipal Liability for Roadway Dangers"

Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Erie County Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Author: "Pennsylvania Superior Court Further Limits the Limited Tort Defense," Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 2, June 2015
Education:
  • Gannon University, B.S. Business Admin., 1984
  • Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law, J.D., 1987

Born: 1962


Thomas M. Lent

Erie, PA

Practice Areas
  • Health Care Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • General Liability
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1983
  • New York, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
Additional Biographical Details:

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Classes/Seminars Taught: "Medical Jurisprudence," Course Director and Primary Lecturer, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1995-2003; "Employment Law Update," Sterling Educational Services, 2003; Various PBI Sponsored Seminars on Litigation Topics

Memberships:
  • Erie County Bar Association (Chair, Civil Litigation Section, 2014)
  • Northwest Legal Services (Board Member, 1986-Present)
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Reported Cases:
Bearfield v. Hauck, 595 A.2d 1320; Sagala v. Tavares, 533 A.2d 165; Murray v. Corry School District, 566 A.2d 645; Lazar v. RUR Industries Inc., 487 A.2d 29; Altomare v. Zucker, 726 F.Supp 613; Learn v. Hibbard, 19 Pa. D&C 4th, Aff'd 647 A.2d 271; Fandozzi v. Kelly Hotel, 711 A.2d 524; Woodburn v. Consolidated Coal Co., 590 A.2d 1273; Murphy v. Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery, 2 Pa. D&C 4th 273; Emert v. Farrah, 33 Pa. D&C 4th 313; Mosakowski v. Presque Isle Clinical Group, 7 Pa. D&C 4th 165; Williams v. Lemieux, 831 F.2d 286; Gruber v. Hubbard Bert, 675 F.Supp 281; Farkas v. Hustead, 35 D&C 3rd 610
Education:
  • Edinboro State College, B.A., History, 1980
  • Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law, J.D., 1983
Law Review:
Ohio Northern Law Review, Associate Editor (1981-1982); Senior Staff Member (1982-1983)
Honors:
Phi Alpha Theta; Editor's Award, Outstanding Member of Law Review, Ohio Northern University College of Law (1982-1983)

Born: 1956

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Resident Associates


  • Bethany A. Blood
  • G. Michael Garcia II

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