Denise Brinker Bense


West Conshohocken

(610) 832-8351

(610) 941-0711

Denise has gained extensive civil litigation experience over the past four decades before state and federal courts in California, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Denise defends corporations in high exposure and high profile catastrophic casualty and property claims, often becoming involved at the initial claim stage and continuing through trial and appeals.   She focuses her practice on complex tort litigation, including product liability, construction law, claims based on defamation, consumer fraud and unfair trade practices, and environmental and occupational exposure claims. Denise has prepared, argued, and won hundreds of discovery, pretrial, and trial motions on a wide range of topics including the exclusion of expert testimony, spoliation, strict product liability, and civil procedure.

Denise serves as lead counsel in the investigation and pre-litigation stages of major construction casualty matters, some of which involve alleged construction product defects, human factor, and OSHA safety issues. Denise also has significant and recognized experience handling product liability cases involving life-science matters for medical device, pharmaceutical and tissue processing companies, and hospitals. She authored a section on “Medical Device Approvals” in DRI’s FDA Basics for the Drug and Medical Device Lawyer. The book is designed to be a go-to reference guide for drug and device litigators, with straightforward explanations of the FDA’s regulation of the drug and medical device industry, including approval applications and processes, labeling, advertising and promotion, manufacturing, and post-approval commitments.

Denise is a member of the Defense Research Institute and is involved in the Steering Committee and the Consumer and Office Goods group. She lectures and writes extensively on litigation, mass tort, multi-district, and regulatory issues. She has presented continuing legal education seminars before the DRI, the firm, and to clients on various topics.

Drawing on her previous experience as a public defender, Denise has an active pro bono practice, handling matters for Child Advocacy programs and the Innocence Project of Pennsylvania.




Takeaways From FDA's Relaxed Rules For Making Face Masks

April 13, 2020

Denise Bense and Karl Neumann published an article to Law360 discussing the FDA's guidance policy for face masks and respirators during the coronavirus pandemic.

FDA Basics for the Drug and Medical Device Lawyer [DRI]

July 22, 2015

Denise Bense authored a section on “Medical Device Approvals” in DRI’s recently published “FDA Basics for the Drug and Medical Device Lawyer.”

Winter 2009 [Insurance Coverage Observer]

January 29, 2009

In this issue, we identify key coverage developments from the year 2008. We summarize recent court decisions dealing with coverage for toxic torts, environmental losses, construction defect and property losses. We also address new decisions in the areas of insolvency and reinsurance.

Summer 2008 [Insurance Coverage Observer]

August 30, 2008

We take pride at Cozen O’Connor in addressing new developments that will affect our clients. In this issue, we include a special report on two new decisions from New Jersey on bad faith in the UM/UIM context.

Multiple Claimants And Insufficient Policy Limits — Slicing Up The Pizza Pie Without Getting Burned! [Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith]

May 06, 2008

Unique problems arise when an insured is facing multiple claims, liability is clear and the policy limits may be insufficient to settle all claims. How is the claims professional to handle this?

Events & Seminars

Past Events

DRI: Product Liability Conference

February 08, 2017 - Las Vegas, NV

DRI Product Liability Conference 2016

February 03, 2016 - New Orleans, LA

DRI's 2015 Product Liability Conference

February 06, 2015 - Las Vegas, NV

DRI Product Liability Conference

April 11, 2014 - Phoenix, AZ


  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1981
  • Florida State University, B.S., 1977
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • Defense Research Institute (Products Liability, Mass Torts, and Insurance Committees)
  • Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association