Best Lawyers has named Tom Kline its Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year, including for 2019, and Shanin Specter as Philadelphia Product Liability Lawyer of the Year while also selecting eight Kline & Specter attorneys among its Best Lawyers in America. Kline & Specter has also been named among the nation's Best Law Firms for Medical Malpractice, Product Liability and Mass Tort Litigation.

Kline, Specter, Lee Balefsky, Charles L. Becker, James Waldenberger, Priscilla JimenezNadeem Bezar and Jordan Merson have been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers guide to legal excellence in the United States, including the 2021 edition. 

Best Lawyers has featured Tom Kline and Shanin Specter individually in cover stories and together in 2012 with an article about their charitable giving. (See the article) Tom Kline has twice been named as Best Lawyers' top medical malpractice attorney in Philadelphia and as Philadelphia Personal Injury Litigator of the Year and Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Litigator of the Year. Specter was selected as Philadelphia Product Liability Lawyer of the Year for 2016.

Best Lawyers decided for the first time in 2009 to name Lawyers of the Year in six high-profile practice areas and in certain large legal communities, with Kline becoming the first in Philadelphia to win for the Personal Injury category. The selections are based on “a particularly high level of recognition from fellow attorneys."

In addition, Kline & Specter has been selected as the nation’s No. 1 law firm for Product Liability plaintiff representation and for the “Tier 1” group – the top classification – among all firms in the United States for Medical Malpractice, Product Liability and Mass Tort litigation and also among the top firms in Philadelphia for general Personal Injury litigation. More than 10,000 firms were considered as part of the survey by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers.

Best Lawyers has for more than 25 years helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. The publication compiles lists of outstanding attorneys in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

* Best Lawyers is not recognized under the criteria established in the state of New Jersey. 


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