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  • $109 Million
    Largest Verdict in a Personal Injury case
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    Medical Malpractice
    Largest-ever compensatory verdict
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    Then-second largest Product
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Tom Kline

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In more than three decades of practicing personal injury law, Thomas R. Kline has forged an incomparable record of courtroom victories — some with remarkable results against seemingly incredible odds. Beginning with a jury verdict of $5.1 million in the early 1980s, Kline has since achieved hundreds of seven- and eight-figure jury verdicts and settlements. As a result, he has received a litany of accolades and recognition, including his position as past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, described by The Washington Post as "a select group of 100 of the nation's most celebrated trial lawyers."

Kline also has been honored for 11 consecutive years, 2004-2014, as the No. 1 attorney in Pennsylvania by the independent rating service Super Lawyers, an accomplishment unmatched by any lawyer across the nation. He was also chosen by Best Lawyers as its Philadelphia Medical Malpractice "Lawyer of the Year" for 2013 and as among the nation's best lawyers every year since 1995. And, of the more than 1.2 million lawyers in the United States, Kline was named as among “The 500 Leading Lawyers in America” and the leading personal injury plaintiffs' lawyer in Pennsylvania by the independent review organization Lawdragon, which describes Kline as an "ever influential and zealous advocate." Lawdragon previously featured Kline as "one of Philadelphia's legendary litigators." 
  
Kline is named to the National Law Journal's "Winning Hall of Fame" as one of fewer than 100 lawyers selected for compiling “significant bench or jury trial verdicts and who has a record of success over many years.” And he was referred to by the Editorial Board of the The Philadelphia Inquirer as "the high-powered plaintiffs' attorney... who has won a number of eight-figure awards for clients injured or killed due to negligence or incompetence by businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit health-care providers." In 2014, Kline was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Legal Intelligencer, a recognition representing "the figures who have helped to shape the law in Pennsylvania ... and who have had a distinct impact on the legal profession in the state." Kline is the recipient of the 2014 United Cerebral Palsy Life Without Limits Award.

On Sept. 17, 2014 Kline announced a $50 million personal gift to the law school at Drexel University, now named the Thomas R. Kline School of Law. The donation included the former Benefical Savings Fund Society building in Center City, which will become the Thomas R. Kline Institute for Trial Advocacy. (See news coverage)  

Yet Kline, a former sixth grade school teacher from Hazleton, Pa., counts among his greatest honors the letters of thanks he has received from people and families he has represented, clients who suffered severe injuries or the loss of a loved one, clients for whom he was able to obtain a measure of justice. One of them was Linda McAlister, the mother of a baby rendered an invalid for life because of a hospital medication error in 1991 and for whom Kline obtained a substantial settlement. Twenty years later she wrote:

 Tom,  please always remember that, because of you we were able to spend every day with Johnathan. We were able to take him to any doctor anywhere. Had the money to take the very best of care of him. We are forever grateful. When having a bad day, know that and feel proud.
                                                                                            Love, Linda

Kline has appeared on more than 1,000 television news programs and every major national TV network, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, ESPN, MSNBC and shows such as World News Tonight, Nightline, the Today show, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360 and Piers Morgan Tonight. He has been featured or quoted in hundreds more newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek and People.

In a cover story, the Philadelphia Daily News summarized Kline’s career in a profile titled "Wheels of Justice: The lawyer who beat SEPTA," an article in which Kline was described as "the Babe Ruth of personal injury litigation." The newspaper story followed the celebrated Hall v. SEPTA case, which resulted in a $51 million verdict for a four-year-old boy whose foot was torn off in a subway escalator. The 1999 case against the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority also resulted in Kline's selection by The National Law Journal as among "Ten of America's Top Litigators." 


  Tom Kline during the Sandusky trial                                        

 

 

Kline is known for his expertise in a courtroom, particularly his examination of witnesses and his moving opening and closing arguments. More than anything, he is known for getting results. In his most recent case, in December 2013, he won a $42.9 million verdict -- one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Pennsylvania history – for a child born with cerebral palsy after she received substandard medical treatment at a Philadelphia hospital. (News coverage) A month earlier, he won an $11.6 million settlement for a former University of Pennsylvania student who fell through a raised skylight/ventilation opening at an off-campus residence and was rendered a parplegic. (News coverage) Among a few of Kline's other better-known cases are:

  • A $33.1 million jury award by a Lehigh County jury in Welteroth v. Spectrascan to the estate of a woman late diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • The Sears case in which $15.2 million was awarded to a child who suffered brain injury during heart surgery.
  • The Borkowski case in which a jury awarded $15 million to a Downs Syndrome child injured during heart surgery.
  • A $19 million verdict for a baby born with disabilities in a drug product liability case. (Read more)
  • A $10.5 million settlement for the family of a teenager killed while being restrained at a treatment center. (Leach)   
  • A $6 million verdict, the largest medical-malpractice verdict in Indiana County, in the Chichy case for a baby injured during delivery.
  • A Montgomery County jury’s multi-million dollar verdict for the estate of a woman who died of breast cancer after a doctor misread her mammogram. The Lackman case was featured on ABC's Nightline.
  • A $40.5 million settlement for six people killed and others injured in an explosion and fire at the Village Green apartment complex in Hatboro, Pa
  • The $36.4 million settlement with Motiva Enterprises for the death of a worker in an oil refinery explosion. The settlement was believed to be the largest-ever in the nation for a single worker death.
  • A $29.6 million settlement for three women who were killed and others who were injured in the collapse of Pier 34 on the Delaware River, a case in which Kline was co-lead counsel.
  • A $10 million agreement in the highly publicized Cozzolino case in which a kindergarten student was killed when a lunch table collapsed on him in the school cafeteria.
  • The Keen case, in which Kline won an $18.5 million jury verdict for a 12-year-old girl who suffered heart damage due to a medical error.
  • A $14 million verdict, reportedly the largest-ever in Bucks County, Pa., for teenager Ashley Zauflik, whose leg was amputated after she was run over by a school bus.
  Tom Kline at his desk         Photo by Eve Zausner

Kline has prominently represented Victim No. 5 in the Pennsylvania State University child sexual abuse matter and has become a national spokesman for the victims, appearing in numerous newspaper stories and featured in television coverage that has reached a cumulative audience of more than 100 million. (View coverage)

The Sandusky case was not Kline's first in the arena of protecting victims of child sexual abuse. In 2011, he obtained a settlement against an unlicensed psychotherapist who had sex with a teenage patient. The agreement came with a mandated public admission and apology in open court by the Allentown therapist. The settlement with two of the therapist’s employers was for $1.8 million but the actual payment was expected to reach as much as $3.8 million pending further litigation with insurance companies. (See The Thatcher Case).

As he did inumerable times since his first seven-figure verdict in the early 1980s, Kline in 2013 reached one of the largest verdicts for an undocumented worker in obtaining a $5 million award for a man crushed to death by a collapsing excavation site. (Arana

In 2010, he secured a $5.2 million jury verdict for the family of a Philadelphia woman who developed internal bleeding following a routine procedure and died after doctors failed to treat the condition in time. (See The Sacks Case)

In the same year, Kline obtained the $10.5 million settlement in the federal case of a teenager who died at a Tennessee treatment center after he was placed in a restraint hold. The case was one of many civil rights cases handled by Kline, who currently represents the family of a young girl victimized in a highly publicized kidnap and sexual assault case in Philadelphia after she was abducted from her school. (See Abduction Case) Kline also advocated publicly for improved school policies and procedures in testimony before City Council regarding the case.

Kline appeared previously before Council's Public Health and Human Services Committee in 2010 concerning the case of Joaquin Rivera, who died -- and was robbed -- while he waited for assistance at a hospital emergency room. Kline represented the Rivera family and obtained a confidential settlement in the civil case. (Rivera)    

In 2009, Kline achieved a $3.2 million settlement for the husband of a Wayne County woman who was killed when her car struck a piece of farming equipment that broke loose from an oncoming truck. The settlement was believed to be the largest ever in the rural northeastern Pennsylvania county. (See Curtis)

In 2008, Kline won a $5.5 million jury verdict for the family of an 18-year-old man fatally shot while working as a parking lot attendant at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. The hospital had failed to improve safety and security after an armed robbery at the same exit booth only 12 days earlier. (See Palmer) After the case, Kline publicly sought to improve safety in parking facilities both in the region and nationally. 

In addition to his full catastrophic injury practice, Kline has been, as stated by The Wall Street Journal, a “key player” in the litigation over Vioxx, the pain medication removed from the market in late 2004. He is a member of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee directing the federal MDL proceedings against Merck & Co. Kline took the testimony of top Merck executives and independent scientists which became key evidence at trial in numerous multi-million dollar awards against Merck and helped lead to a $4.85 billion settlement in which hundreds of Kline & Specter clients will benefit.

Tom Kline grew up in the Pennsylvania anthracite coal region, son of a dress factory manager, and graduated from Albright College, where he has been honored with the school's Distinguished Alumni award. Kline began his professional career not as a lawyer but as a middle school teacher, teaching sixth grade social studies. He attended Lehigh University, where he earned a master's degree in American History and completed all of the Ph.D. course work and examinations. Kline then attended Duquesne University School of Law, where he graduated with the school's Distinguished Student Award and just this year received its Distinguished Alumni Award (see more). He went on to work as law clerk to Pennsylvania Supreme Court for Justice Thomas W. Pomeroy.

Kline's private legal career quickly blossomed, first at The Beasley Firm in Philadelphia and later, when he joined forces with Shanin Specter to open their own firm in 1995.

In the early 1980s Kline won a $5.1 million verdict against the makers of the Dalkon Shield, at the time the largest compensatory verdict in the United States against the maker of the defective birth control device.(See Reif) Later, in an epic legal struggle that spanned 16 years against a drug manufacturer, Kline won multi-million dollar punitive damage awards twice against Merrell Dow for its manufacture and sale of a prescription drug. (See Blum.)

Kline has been a prolific teacher of continuing Legal Education. Recent CLE's include: “A Conversation with Tom Kline,” a major event at the PaTLA July 2011 annual meeting, and his program “Tom Kline’s Real World in the Courtroom: Real Testimony, Real Trials" at Drexel University. He delivered the keynote address at the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association in Atlantic City in October 2011. Atlantic City in 2011. Kline starred in the latest version of his Trial as Theatre series, this one titled "Bob Dylan: Music, Lyrics and the Law" and performed at the Wilma Theater, in November 2011. (more ...)

Kline is a frequent lecturer at law schools, medical schools and continuing legal education programs. He currently is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he teaches "Introduction to Trial Advocacy," and has taught classes at many institutions from Temple University Beasley School of Law to Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. In 2013, he delivered the Edward J. Ross Memorial Lecture in Litigation at Temple Law School. Kline has taught complex litigation at The National Judicial College in Reno, Nev., and addressed the Conference of State Trial Judges at its annual meeting in 2010 and 2013 on Medical Malpractice. Kline has been featured in the acclaimed Masters on Trial seminar. And he is the producer, director, writer and performer in the acclaimed one-man show "Trial As Theatre (TM)" as well as The Modern Trial and Tom Kline on Technology. Kline is the author of "Robert C. Grier: Jacksonian Unionist" and is the author of numerous other published articles. He wrote an Op-Ed piece for The Philadelphia Inquirer titled "Immunity Is Bad Medicine."

Kline served U.S. Senators Specter, Heinz, Santorum and Casey on the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the United States District Court for federal courts in Pennsylvania from 1989 through 2011. The 14-member citizen merit selection panel has screened applicants for the federal bench and made recommendations to the two senators from Pennsylvania, who in turn recommended candidates to the President of the United States. Kline served as Chairman of the Eastern District panel from 1998 to 2010. As of 2011, every active member of the USDC ED Pa. was screened and recommended by the Commission. (read article)

Kline is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New York. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and other federal courts.

Kline is listed in Best Lawyers in America and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He is AV-rated in Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which limits membership to 500 attorneys in the United States recommended by their peers and trial judges for outstanding skills and abilities as well as character and integrity. Kline was also selected for the 2007 edition of the World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers. Kline has earned respect across many divides. Even the U. S. Chamber of Commerce lists Kline as one of the most "highly respected plaintiff's lawyers" in their October 2013 report "The New Lawsuit Ecosystem." 

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and serves as chair of the Board of Advisors of the Drexel University School of Law and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Drexel University. Kline previously served as a member of the Board of Advisors of WXPN, the University of Pennsylvania public radio station. In 2014, Kline was honored by United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia & Vicinity with its Life Without Limits Award.

Kline is an avid Philadelphia sports fan who is often found behind home plate at Phillies games (read the article) and courtside at Sixers games (read the articles: 1, 2). He is also a recreational squash player and continues to bowl since his teenage years as a league bowler.

 

Tom Kline on TV and Radio

The Cozzolini Case -  Child killed when school table collapses 

The Davis Motiva Case - Worker dies in refinery explosion

The Ebel Case - Doctor dies as result of care by colleagues

The Eskin Case - Radio host settles defamation suit

The Hall V. SEPTA Case - Tot's foot torn off in subway escalator

The Lackman Case - Negligence found in breast cancer case

The Leach Case - Negligence found after death at facility

The Little Case - Settlement reached in boxers death

The Palmer Case - Jury award in parking lot shooting

The Pier 34 Case - Pier collapse kills three, injures dozens

The Rivera Case - Man dies in Philadelphia ER waiting room waiting for care

The Ryan Case - Penn student dies after wrong diagnosis

The Seidel Case - Prison death case settled for $4 million

The Slaughter Case - Boy drowns in pool at summer camp

The Thatcher Case - Settlement reached in psychotherapist sex case

The Village Green Case - Six killed in explosion at apartment complex

The Welteroth Case - Record $33.1 million verdict in breast cancer case

The Wilkerson Case -  A woman died when ride pavilion collapsed

The Zauflik Case - Teen badly injured in "runaway bus" accident

 

View all TV coverage of Tom Kline cases

 

Most recent TV/Radio appearances (2012-2014)

 

 

Newspaper/Print Coverage:

  • Kline and Specter take on Philly's plaintiff-friendly rep, Law 360, 12/17/14
  • Drexel’s Kline School of Law opens free community legal clinic, CBS News 10/3/14
  • Law firm’s success is behind $50M gift to Drexel, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/19/14
  • Philadelphian gives Drexel $50 Million: Business of Law, Bloomberg, 9/19/14
  • Drexel renames law school after Thomas R. Kline, Philadelphia Magazine, 9/18/14
  • City native pledges $50M to Drexel law school, Hazleton Standard Speaker, 9/18/14
  • $50M gift to Drexel Law School-Trial lawyer Thomas R. Kline’s grant includes the Beneficial Bank building, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/18/14
  • Drexel renames law school after Kline donates $50 Mil., The Legal Intelligencer, 9/18/14
  • Thomas R. Kline gifts $50 Million to Drexel University’s School of Law, Maine News, 9/18/14
  • Drexel Law gets $50 Million from Philadelphia Trial Lawyer, The Wall Street Journal, 9/18/14
  • Drexel Law gets $50M gift, the largest ever for the university, Philadelphia Business Journal, 9/17/14
  • Drexel’s School of Law receives unprecedented $50 Million gift from Thomas R. Kline, DrexelNOW, 9/17/14
  • Trial lawyer gives $50M to Drexel law school, Fairfield Citizen, 9/17/14
  • Lawyer Tom Kline to give $50M to Drexel Law School, NBC 10, 9/17/14
  • Injury pics rattle jurors in child-abduction case, The Philadelphia Daily News, 8/28/14
  • Trial of alleged Byant school kidnapper begins, Philadelphia Daily News, 8/27/14
  • Cop testifies to chaos after girl's abduction from school, Philadelphia Daily News, 8/26/14
  • Trial continues of Philly woman in child abduction case, ABC 27, 8/26/14
  • Pelvic Mesh Mass Tort Filings Continue to Rise, The Legal Intelligencer, 8/19/14
  • Tom Kline comments on trial starting in child abduction case, CSN Philly, 8/18/14
  • Tom Kline on Objections in filed in hospital case, Huntingdon Daily News, 7/25/14
  • Tom Kline comments on Risperdal punitive damages ruling, The Legal Intelligencer, 7/22/14
  • Tom Kline comments on suit filed against doctor, hospital, Philadelphia Daily News, 7/3/14
  • Report changed few opinions in PSU community, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/25/14
  • ‘Motor Cars' event raises money for United Cerebral Palsy at Phoenixville Foundry, The Pheonix Reporter, 6/24/14
  • Two more victims in child sexual abuse case, PennLive, 6/23/14
  • UCP brings ‘Motor Cars Under the Stars' to Phoenixville. Tom Kline honored, The Phoenix Reporter, 6/13/14
  • Tom Kline comments on E. Steven Collins case, CBS 3 Philly, 6/8/14
  • Family of Lafayette College freshman struck by Jeep sues school, crew coaches, Times-Express, 6/2/14
  • Legal Journal honors city natives, Hazleton Standard Speaker, 6/2/14
  • Tom Kline addresses Drexel University School of Law graduation, UWIRE 5/20/14
  • Tom kline files suit in NJ House Explosion: Comcast Sports Network 4/25/14NBC 10 Local 4/24/14
  • Pa. Municipal Tort Cap Violates Constitution, Court Told, Law 360 5/7/14
  • Statutory Damages Cap Tops Supreme Court Arguments, The Legal Intelligencer, 5/6/14PennLive 5/6/14
  • Should local governments an dschool districts enjoy limited immunity from lawsuits? The Philadelphia Inquirer, 5/5/14
  • Pa. school bus victim challenging $500k damage cap, ABC 27.com, 5/5/14
  • Tom Kline comments on Low Turnout for 'Low T' Drug Lawsuit Filings, The Legal Intelligencer, 4/23/14
  • Tom Kline comments on death of disabled woman, The Philadelphia Daily News, 4/16/14
  • Baby's CP due to docs' failure to administer steroids, Verdict Search, March 2014
  • Tom Kline hired by family in fatal NJ gas explosion, The Times of Trenton, NJ 3/27/14The Trentonian 3/27/14; The Colorado Gazette, 3/27/14
  • Tom Kline interviewed on suit filed by family of abducted girl in Cobbs Creek, The Pennsylvania Record, 3/28/14The Philadelphia Daily News 3/27/14
  • Sandusky's wife defends him on national TV, Tom Kline comments, The Philadelphia Inquirer 3/31/14
  • Tom Kline files suit in death of radio personality E. Steven Collins: The Philadelphia Daily News, 3/18/14; The Philadelphia Inquirer 3/18/14Comcast Sports Network, 3/18/14; The Philadelphia Business Journal, 3/18/14The Philadelphia Tribune, 3/17/14
  • Lawyer plans to file suit on behalf of 5-year-old child abducted from school, Pennsylvania Record 3/4/14
  • Pelvic Mesh Cases Expanding Into Latest Mass Tort, The Legal Intelligencer 2/25/14
  • Tom Kline to receive United Cerebral Palsy Life Without Limits Award, The Pheonix Reporter 3/2/14
  • Abducted girl's family will sue school district, The Philadelphia Daily News 2/24/14
  • Tom Kline comments on anniversary of Cobbs Creek abduction, NBC10.com 2/18/14
  • Tom Kline quoted on PA counties becoming more plaintiff-friendly, The Legal Intelligencer 2/11/14
  • Tom Kline quoted on birth injury case verdicts, The Legal Intelligencer 2/4/14
  • Tom Kline sues Kohl's over boy's display hook injuries, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader 1/28/14
  • Tom Kline in new movie "Happy Valley" about Sandusky scandal, premiered at Sundance,  Associated Press 1/22/14
  • Pa. Supreme Court takes up appeal of injury verdict reduced from $14 million to $500,000 due to damages cap: The Pennsylvania Record 1/21/14
  • Bucks County Newspaper details Zauflik appeal: The Bucks County Courier-times 1/20/14
  • PA Supreme Court to hear Tom Kline appeal on liability cap law: The Legal Intelligencer 1/17/14The Philadelphia Inquirer 1/17/14
  • Kline, Safier, Clarke win $42.9M med-mal verdict -- one of PA's largest: The Legal Intelligencer 12/23/13; The Philadelphia Inquirer 12/23/13
  • Kline, Guerrini, Williams win $11.6M premises liability settlement: The Legal Intelligencer 11/13/13; The Philadelphia Inquirer 11/13/13
  • "Is the Golden Age of Trial Attorneys Over?" The Legal Intelligencer, 11/12/13
  • Delco Dominates Large Suburban Verdicts and Settlements: The Legal Intelligencer 10/29/13
  • PSU agrees to pay $59.7 Mil. to settle child sexual abuse cases: The Legal Intelligencer 10/29/13
  • Penn State Will Pay $60M In Sex Abuse Settlements, Law360 10/28/13
  • Sports-Related Injury Cases on the Rise in Pennsylvania: The Legal Intelligencer 9/24/13
  • Diet supplements to blame in West Chester man's death?, The Philadelphia Daily News 7/26/13
  • Penn State board OKs up to $60 million to settle claims by Sandusky victims, The Philadelphia Inquirer 7/18/13; The Legal Intelligencer 7/18/13; The Citizens' Voice 7/18/13; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 7/18/13; The Morning Call 7/18/13
  • PSU Board Approved $60 Mil. for Settlements, The Legal Intelligencer 7/18/13
  • Tentative PSU settlements with sex-abuse victim, The Philadelphia Inquirer 7/13/13
  • Commonwealth Court Upholds Governmental Damages Cap in Pennsbury school bus accident: The Legal Intelligencer 7/8/13; The Philadelphia Inquirer 7/5/13
  • Building collapse spotlights Trends at L&I, The Philadelphia Inquirer 6/17/13
  • Kline & Specter files suit in Pennsylvania for an Indiana women who sustained injuries after surgical implant of transvaginal mesh, The Pennsylvania Record, 6/6/13
  • Abducted 5-year-old girl's family to sue, The Philadelphia Inquirer 5/22/13
  • Scandal fallout continues as Penn State sues insurer, The Philadelphia Inquirer 3/7/13
  • Questions remain about abduction of girl, The Philadelphia Inquirer 2/17/13
  • Bail set at $4 million in child abduction case, Philly.com 2/15/13
  • Settlement negotiations begin in PSU child sexual abuse case, New York Daily News 2/12/13
  • Paternos' media tour adds to debate, Pittsburg Post-Gazette 2/12/13
  • Commonwealth Court Asked to Overturn Statutory Damage Cap in Zauflik case, The Legal Intelligencer 2/12/13
  • Claimants in Sandusky case could number as high as 30: USA Today 2/11/13; Wall Street Journal 2/11/13
  • Tom Kline comments on Paterno family report, The Patriot-News (PennLIve) 2/10/13
  • "Fighting for Joe," People Magazine February 2013
  • Kline, Inscho file suit in inmate deaths, The Morning Call, 2/1/13
  • Abducted girl's mom hires Tom Kline, Philadelphia Daily News 1/18/13
  • Family Ties reviewed in probe, The Philadelphia Inquirer 1/18/13
  • Attorney for victim says PSU could settle, Altoona Mirror 1/12/13
  • Attorney says settlement talks close to deal in PSU civil suits, The Morning Call 1/11/13
  • Sandusky Insurance Row Is In Wrong Venue, Penn State Says, Law360 1/9/13
  • Settlement talks with Sandusky victims are fraught process, The Philadelphia Inquirer 12/10/12
  • Victims' settlements continue, U.S. Daily News 12/10/12
  • Attorneys say settlements in child sexual abuse case by Dec. 31 unlikely, The Philadelphia Inquirer 12/6/12
  • Penn State in settlement talks with 20 Sandusky accusers, The Philadelphia Inquirer 10/13/12
  • Tom Kline comments on Sandusky testifying, Philly.com 10/7/12
  • Sandusky begins grim transition to prison, USA Today 10/7/12
  • Confronting evil: victims get a chance to tell the court how he tarnished their youth, The Morning Call 10/6/12
  • Victims' Attorneys Angered at Release of Names, The Legal Intelligencer 10/2/12
  • Attorneys See Tough Job for Feinberg in PSU Case, The Legal Intelligencer 9/24/12
  • Victims’ reps mixed on PSU plan to settle reaction, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 9/22/12
  • Former Penn State assistant to be sentenced in child sex abuse scandal, The Washington Post 9/17/12
  • Penn State to debate removing Schultz's name from campus building, The Philadelphia Inquirer 9/14/12
  • Second Mile charity seeks to delay transition plan, Centre Daily Times 8/27/12
  • Tom Kline comments on liability caps, Philadelphia Daily News 8/24/12
  • Tom Kline comments on SEPTA's dangerous trap doors, Philadelphia Daily News 8/24/12
  • Penn State’s Next Battle, The Daily Beast 7/17/12
  • Penn State's balancing act, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 7/15/12
  • Questions swirl over what aided Freeh probe, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 7/15/12
  • Let Penn State media legal circus begin, The Athens News 7/15/12
  • Penn State scandal: mounting cost edge toward $100 million, Alaska Dispatch 7/14/12
  • Reaction to Freeh Group's findings on Penn State, Associated Press 7/13/1
  • Penn State report on cover-up a 'treasure trove' for civil lawsuits, The Guardian 7/13/12
  • Freeh Report Faults PSU Leaders in Abuse Case, The Legal Intelligencer 7/13/12
  • Lawyer of victim sees many lawsuits coming against Penn State, New York Daily News 7/13/12
  • Freeh issues scathing report detailing cover-up at Penn State, The Times-Tribune 7/13/12
  • Report slams Penn State's 'total disregard' in Sandusky case, USA Today 7/12/12
  • Abuse Scandal Inquiry Damns Paterno and Penn State, The New York Times 7/12/12
  • Freeh: PSU leaders agreed to hide abuse; their silence failed the victims, The Morning Call 7/12/12
  • ‘It’s just sick,’ says victim’s foster mom on report, The Philadelphia Inquirer 7/12/12
  • Community awaits Freeh report on handling of Penn State scandal, Boston Herald 7/10/12
  • Breaking Their Silence, People Magazine 7/2/12
  • Tom Kline named 2013 Best Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Lawyers Await Freeh Report in Potential Civil Actions Against PSU, The legal Intelligencer 6/26/12
  • After verdict, focus now shifts to Penn State, USA Today 6/25/12
  • Penn State Faces Years in Court, The Wall Street Journal 6/24/12
  • Sandusky faces life in prison after conviction on 45 charges, USA Today 6/22/12
  • Hazleton native becomes advocate for Sandusky accusers, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice, 6/21/12
  • Defense urges jurors to be true to their school, The Washington Post 6/21/12
  • Child Sexual Abuse trial ends without Sandusky taking the stand: The Philadelphia Inquirer 6/21/12; USA Today 6/20/12; The Washington Post 6/20/12; Associated Press 6/20/12
  • Jurors may get child sexual abuse case by week's end, Associated Press 6/19/12
  • Child sexual abuse trial: Old friends say showers with boys routine, harmless, The Washington Post 6/18/12
  • Jury in ex-Penn State assistants sex abuse trial could get case Thursday, judge says, Associated Press 6/18/12
  • A risky question: Will Sandusky take the stand?, The Philadelphia Inquirer 6/17/12
  • Child sexual abuse Trial: The Defense’s Risky Psych Defense, Newsweek 6/17/12
  • Lowlights from Day 3 of sexual abuse trial, The Philadelphia Inquirer 6/15/12
  • Alleged victims take the stand in sexual abuse trial, Altoona Mirror 6/15/12
  • Penn State's balancing act, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 6/15/12
  • Stomach-turning tales alleging molestation by former PSU assistant coach, Associated Press 6/15/12
  • Hearsay rules the day in child sexual abuse trial, Altoona Mirror 6/14/12
  • Sex abuse trial: Alleged victims’ testimonies have ‘a cumulative power’, Centre Daily Times 6/14/12
  • Defense Highlights Inconsistent Witness Testimony at sex abuse Trial, The New York Times 6/13/12
  • Accusers: Sandusky employed threats and gifts,  The Washington Post 6/13/12; Associated Press 6/13/12
  • McQueary Testifies He Saw Sexual Encounter, The Legal Intelligencer 6/13/12
  • Child sex abuse trial trial opens, Associated Press 6/11/12
  • Tom Kline comments on naming of victims in Sandusky trial, The Legal Intelligencer 6/4/12
  • Judge backs Tom Kline appeal of Pa. cap on damages, The Legal Intelligencer 5/31/12
  • Kline vows appeal of verdict reduction, The Bucks County Courier Times, 5/25/12
  • The Second Mile charity closing, The Morning Call 5/25/12
  • Tom Kline on court's award reduction, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 5/24/12
  • Tom Kline comments on Second Mile shutdown, The Morning Call, 5/25/12
  • Tom Kline comments on award limit decision in Zauflik case, Bucks County Courier-Times 5/26/12
  • Alleged victims in sex abuse case are faced with reality of revealing their names, The Patriot-News 5/16/12
  • Tom Kline comments on Sandusky attorney subpoenas, The Patriot-News 5/8/12
  • Zauflik attorney ready to take 2007 Pennsbury bus accident case to state Supreme Court, if $500K cap is upheld, The Yardley News 4/22/12
  • Judge Grants Motion to Bring Penn State's Lawsuit to Phila,, The Legal Intelligencer 4/13/12
  • Appeal of state cap could break new legal ground, 4/11/12 - Bucks County Courier Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Kline comments on Supreme Court emotional distress ruling, The Legal Intelligencer 1/3/12
  • Editorial: "Lesson for School Officials," Courier Times, 12/18/1
  • Preliminary Hearing waived in child sexual abuse case, The Legal Intelligencer 12/14/11
  • Bucks jury awards $14Mil. for school bus accident, The Legal Intelligencer 12/7/11; Bucks County Courier Times 12/6/11; The Philadelphia Inquirer 12/6/11; Erie Times-News 12/6/11; The Trentonian 12/6/11
  • Ashley's mom: 'I kept saying 'I'm sorry. I'm sorry. We had to save you.', Bucks County Courier-Times 12/4/11
  • Mom: Amputation in Pa. bus crash 'excruciating', The Lebanon Daily News 12/3/11
  • Testimony ends in Pennsbury crash case, Courier-Times 12/2/11
  • Parents' decision: 'Take her leg off, or she would die', Bucks County Inquirer 12/2/11
  • Expert: Bus crash victim's care could cost $2.5M, Courier-Times 12/2/11
  • Bucks woman tells of personal agony after 2007 accident, The Philadelphia Inquirer 12/2/11
  • Amputee seeks millions from Bucks school district, The Philadelphia Inquirer 12/1/11
  • Bus crash victim seeks at least $3M, Courier-times 12/1/11
  • Civil trial begins in school bus accident, Ch 69 News 11/30/11
  • Pennsbury admits liability in 2007 bus-crash lawsuit, Courier-Times 11/30/11
  • Pa. school: Bus driver hit accelerator, not brake, Associated Press 11/29/11
  • Victim preparing to testify at child sex abuse hearing, attorney says, The Patriot-News 11/29/11
  • Penn State pines for normalcy amid sex abuse scandal, The Patriot-News 11/29/11
  • Joe Paterno's cancer poses legal obstacle in child sexual abuse case, The Patriot-News 11/25/11
  • Statute of limitations one hurdle in sexual abuse cases, The Philadelphia Inquirer 11/24/11
  • Sexual abuse case portends civil liability for PSU, The Morning Call 11/15/11
  • Beyond Criminal Cases, Civil Exposure in the Penn State Scandal, Corporate Counsel 11/15/11
  • The Pulse: Scandal cries out for tougher child-abuse reporting law, Philadelphia Daily News 11/13/11
  • Penn State scandal victim contacts Philadelphia law firm, Philadelphia Business Journal 11/11/11
  • Pa. Superior Court upholds $5.2M Volutza verdict, Reading Eagle 8/20/11, The Legal Intelligencer 8/26/11
  • Tom Kline comments on hospital bed case, The Allentown Morning Call 08/13/11
  • Tom Kline quoted on Pa. legislation. The Legal Intelligencer 7/19/11
  • Jury awards $1.87 million in carbon monoxide death, The Pennsylvania Record 6/1/11
  • Tom Kline featured in "Where are they now?", Super Lawyers 2011
  • Tom Kline comments on medical malpractice climate in PA, The Legal Intelligencer 3/15/11
  • Settlement reached in teacher sex abuse case, The Morning Call 2/1/11
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