Seventeen Kline & Specter lawyers were named as 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers or "Rising Stars," with Tom Kline selected as the state’s No. 1 attorney a nationally unprecedented 14th straight year and Shanin Specter selected for the 14th year and 12th 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 2017 are Lee B. Balefsky, head of the firm's Mass Tort Department and also a 14-year selection, Andrew J. Stern, Charles L. Becker, head of the firm’s Appellate Division, Michael A. Trunk, Dominic Guerrini, Nadeem Bezar and Christopher Gomez.
For Kline, becoming Pennsylvania Super Lawyers’ Top Point Getter for the 14th 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 was a leader in litigation involving victims of the Amtrak 188 derailment that recently resulted in a $265 million settlement. 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 13th in a row. Stern in May 2017 obtained a record $95.6 million recovery for a victim in a Center City Philadelphia building collapse. It was the largest-ever recovery in a personal injury case in Pennsylvania.
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 were named as Pennsylvania Rising Stars for 2017, 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, Braden Lepisto, Patrick Fitzgerald, Mark S. Polin and Geary Yeisley, the last two of whom are among Kline & Specter’s five doctor/lawyers.
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