Patricia A. Monahan, Attorney

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Employment, Civil Rights, Bad Faith Insurance, Personal Injury, General Practice


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Patricia defends public entities and private employers from discrimination claims based on race, sex, religion, age, and disability. She defends employers from state whistleblower claims and public entities from these claims, as well as any employment claims brought under Section 1983, such as those arising under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Patricia has represented employers before the National Labor Relations Board and has successfully tried many cases before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the EEOC, various county courts of common pleas, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Further, Patricia's experience also includes the defense of a wide range of claims including claims for intentional torts, civil rights violations, and any claim that may fall under a public entity's errors and omissions policy, employment policy, and general liability policy. She has tried numerous civil rights cases to verdict, including claims arising out of police pursuits, false arrests, excessive use of force, denial of due process, and zoning matters. As well, Patricia has substantial experience in representing insurance carriers in bad faith litigation. She is familiar with the complex discovery issues presented in bad faith lawsuits and has tried many cases to verdict in both federal and state court

Patricia received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1986, and in 1990, she achieved her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been an active trial lawyer since 1990 and employed with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin since 1995. She was elected shareholder in 1999. Her past experience also includes service in the role of solicitor to local municipalities. She is a frequent speaker on employment matters and has authored several articles for Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin's Defense Digest.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Defense verdict for a Pennsylvania county against a former employee's claim that she was subjected to race discrimination, racial harassment, and retaliation.

  • Summary judgment secured for employer law firm against a part-time attorney's claim that she was discriminated against, subjected to hostile work environment, and retaliated against based on her status as a working mother.

  • Defense verdict for insurance carrier in a bad faith trial arising out of the carrier's coverage position taken on an automobile stacking issue.

  • Successfully defended insurance broker in a claim for alleged negligence in failing to cancel a policy binder.

  • Defense verdict for municipal employer against a former employee's claim that he was terminated in violation of the state whistleblower law.

  • Defense verdict for municipality whose snowplow hit an oncoming vehicle head-on against claim for personal injuries of vehicle occupant.

  • Summary judgment secured for municipal employer against first amendment claims of several police officers claiming to have been defamed and subjected to a retaliatory investigation.

  • Summary judgment secured for Pennsylvania school district against former school board secretary's claim that she was terminated in violation of her first amendment rights and state whistleblower law.

  • Summary judgment secured for publicly traded company against former employee's claim that the company unevenly applied sales quotas to older workers, resulting in dismissal of the employee.
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    University of Pittsburgh School of Law Law SchoolN/A  
    University of Florida
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    Pennsylvania1990
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    Update Date: 2020-09-16

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    2020-10-06Phone+1 4128031140
    2020-10-06Address600 Grant Street U.S. Steel Tower, Suite 2900 Pittsburgh PA 15219 US
    Patricia A. Monahan
    501 Grant St
    Suite 700
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
    40.4397355,-79.9971547

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