Address: 50 Glenmaura National Boulevard, moosic, PA, 18507
Law Firm: Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.
Phone: (570) 496-4664
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|Description||As a member of the Professional Liability Department, Mark focuses his practice on civil rights, constitutional law and municipal liability. Mark received his juris doctor from Michigan State University College of Law in 2010. While in law school, he served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Law and as an associate editor of Res Ipsa Loquitor, the College of Law’s newspaper. Mark was a member of the Student Bar Association and spoke on several panels at the National Conference of Law Reviews relating to successful management of law reviews, budget considerations and leadership. He also interned for the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office.Following law school, Mark served as a law clerk for the Honorable Edwin M. Kosik of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Following his clerkship, Mark began his private legal career with a general civil practice firm in Maryland.Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in business administration and majored in marketing and business management. He also completed a minor in political science. While completing his undergraduate degree at Kutztown University, Mark served as president of the Recreational and Sports Club Council and spent four seasons as a defensive player with the lacrosse team.Honors & awards Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star2019-2020Year joined2012Results Dismissal of lawsuit against a municipal client. Public Entity and Civil Rights LitigationNovember 23, 2020 The plaintiffs contracted with a builder to construct a 5,000 sq. ft. home. In accordance with the Uniform Construction Code, the local township contracted with a privately-owned company to serve as a code enforcement and permit officer. The company issued a building permit, inspected the home at several points during construction, and eventually issued a certificate of occupancy. Summary judgment on behalf of a local municipality and police sergeant. Public Entity and Civil Rights LitigationMay 18, 2020 The plaintiff’s wife reported to police that the plaintiff tried to kill her by firing a shotgun at her while she slept. Following a thorough investigation and witness interviews, police arrested the plaintiff and charged him with attempted murder. The next day, the wife recanted her story and told police that she was the one who fired a shotgun in the couple’s home in an effort to frame her husband for attempted murder. Police immediately had the plaintiff released from prison. The wife was later charged with, and pleaded guilty to, making false statements to authorities. Successful representation of a school district faced with a Pennsylvania Sunshine Act Claim School Leaders LiabilityDecember 30, 2019 The plaintiff, a suspended high school principal, claimed that the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act had been violated when the doors to the administration building had been locked at the start of the first day of her termination hearing. The court considered the issues of whether a plaintiff is denied a right under the Pennsylvania School Code when access to the hearing room by the public is barred, and whether a public hearing qualifies as official action within the meaning of the Sunshine Act. Summary Judgment for Town and Its Police Officers. Public Entity and Civil Rights LitigationApril 11, 2019 We obtained summary judgment in favor of a town and several of its police officers in an excessive force and malicious prosecution case in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff and his family were in Bloomsburg the night before his daughter’s graduation when he got into a fist fight with a bar owner. The owner suffered significant injuries and the plaintiff fled the scene. He was spotted a short time later by one of the defendant officers, pursued and arrested. Obtained Dismissal of Local Planning Commission Based Upon Application of the Pennsylvania Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act Public Entity and Civil Rights LitigationDecember 1, 2017 Our client, a local planning commission, was sued for allegedly taking too long to approve a zoning permit for the establishment of a restaurant. The plaintiffs filed a single-count complaint, seeking damages for willful and intentional conduct on the part of the commission. Following the close of the pleadings, a motion for judgment on the pleadings was filed. The Lackawanna County judge granted the motion, finding the commission was entitled to judgment as a matter of law because the plaintiffs only asserted intentional conduct, not negligence.Load More Thought Leadership Legal Updates for Pennsylvania Municipal Law – September 2019 Scranton Public Entity and Civil Rights Litigation September 1, 2019 Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Overturns City’s Attempt to Collect Maintenance Fee from Public Utility The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. Third Circuit Reaffirms Ripeness Doctrine in Civil Rights Claim and Need to Exhaust State Remedies Before Pursuing a Fifth Amendment Takings Claim Scranton Public Entity and Civil Rights Litigation September 1, 2017 Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2017By Mark J. Kozlowski, Esq.*Key Points: Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2017. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. Continued expansion of corporate liability and punitive damages against managing entities of nursing homes. Health Care Liability January 11, 2013 A jury awarded compensatory damages for injuries the deceased suffered as a result of neglect while a resident at the Philadelphia Nursing Home, which was operated by Episcopal Long Term Care. Case Law Alert – 1st Quarter 2013 Classes/Seminars TaughtEssential Handbook Must-Haves and Updates , National Business Institute, October 18, 2017Workplace Behavior and Privacy Issues, Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now, National Business Institute, December 2016Hiring/Recruiting, Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now, National Business Institute, December 2016Employment Law: Rights, Benefits, and Emerging Issues, Sterling Education Services, August 2, 2016Employment Law: Beyond the Basics, Sterling Education Services, August 4, 2015|
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