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Michelle D. Coburn Partner

Co-Chair, Construction and Surety Practice Group
Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.6355Fax 215.789.7516
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Michelle Coburn is a litigator with 30 years of experience. She represents construction companies, product manufacturers, premises owners and trucking companies in the defense of large personal injury matters. She also has experience representing tavern owners in liquor liability and has extensive experience defending general negligence claims for insurance companies.

Michelle’s approach toward litigation is early assessment and aggressive representation. Early case assessment and strategizing allows Michelle and her clients to collectively decide the best course of action for each matter. She will aggressively pursue all avenues of investigation and discovery to develop defenses and ultimately successfully resolve each matter through settlement, mediation, arbitration or trial.

Michelle has served as both lead and associate trial counsel in jury and non-jury trials and has handled more than 175 arbitrations in federal and state court.

Michelle is a member of the firm's Marketing, Diversity, and Hiring Committees. She is also a member of the Women's Initiative Committee and chaired the Virginia Barton Wallace Award Committee in 2008 and 2010.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a property insurance company for claims of coverage and bad faith under the “hidden decay”/collapse coverage on the policy
  • Negotiated the dismissal of an action, without cost to the client-manufacturer, of a flammable fabrics matter involving burns to a child
  • Negotiated successful resolution of a dram shop action involving the death of a pedestrian with an alleged blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit following a significant investigation into the laboratory and science behind the blood alcohol content
  • Obtained a successful verdict in the defense of a large convenience store against allegations that a store manager sexually assaulted a young boy during a frisk for shoplifting
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of international clothing manufacturer in a flammable fabrics case in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
  • Negotiated favorable settlement on behalf of national shoe and boot manufacturer defending electric hazard rated work boots when decedent stepped on a downed power line and was electrocuted


Bar and Court Admissions


New Jersey


Rutgers University School of Law, JD, summa cum laude, 1991

Trenton State College, BS, 1988

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