Fourteen Kline & Specter lawyers were named as 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers or "Rising Stars," with Tom Kline selected as the state’s No. 1 attorney a nationally unprecedented 13th straight year and Shanin Specter selected for the 13th year and 11th consecutively among the state's Top 10. Super Lawyers include the best 5 percent or less of all lawyers in a state. Additionally, the firm has been selected by the independent rating service as one of the Top 50 in the country with attorneys known for their excellence in litigation. Super Lawyers recommended the firm as one people should seek out for representation in civil matters.
Other Kline & Specter lawyers selected by Super Lawyers 2016 are Andrew J. Stern, Lee B. Balefsky, Charles L. Becker, head of the firm’s Appellate Division, Michael A. Trunk, Dominic Guerrini, Regan S. Safier and Christopher Gomez.
For Kline, becoming Pennsylvania Super Lawyers’ Top Point Getter for the 13th straight year was a first for any lawyer in any state. He has been recognized over the years for a myriad of legal victories. A past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, Kline in 2015 won a $2.5 million verdict for a young Georgia man who developed female breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia, after using the anti-psychotic medication Risperdal. He is currently a leader in litigation involving victims of the Amtrak 188 derailment which resulted in eight deaths and inuries to 200 people. Specter most recently won verdicts of $12.5 million and $13.5 million for women inured by surgically implanted vaginal mesh products made by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary.
For Stern, winner of Pennsylvania’s only $100 million medical malpractice verdict, the selection to Super Lawyers was his 12th in a row. For Balefsky, head of the firm’s Mass Tort Department, it was his 13th straight time named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.
Super Lawyers is an independent service that rates outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who "have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement." The multi-phase selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations in voting across the state, followed by a Blue Ribbon Panel review.
Kline & Specter attorneys also have been named in Pennsylvania Rising Stars, designating them as among the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state who are 40 or younger or practicing 10 years or less. They are Kila B. Baldwin, David K. Inscho, Priscilla Jimenez, David C. Williams and Mark S. Polin, who is one of Kline & Specter’s five doctor/lawyers.
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