Thomas R. Kline was named the Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year for 2010 by Best Lawyers, the peer-review publication in the legal profession.
The honor came one year after Best Lawyers named Kline its Philadelphia Personal Injury Litigator of the Year for 2009. The publication, the oldest of its kind in the nation, has listed Kline as among America’s best lawyers every year since the inception of Kline & Specter, PC in 1995.
Only one lawyer in each specialty in each city was selected as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Best Lawyers, in publication for more than a quarter of a century, in recent years decided to bestow the honor for high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities such as Philadelphia.
The publication compiles its general lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting surveys among thousands of leading lawyers who confidentially evaluate their professional colleagues, with the current issue based on more than 2.8 million detailed evaluations nationwide.
Best Lawyers said those lawyers honored as “Lawyers of the Year” had received “particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity. “
“We continue to believe, as we have believed for more than 25 years, that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession,” said Steven Naifeh, managing editor of Best Lawyers.