Twenty Kline & Specter lawyers were named as 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers or "Rising Stars," with Tom Kline selected as the state’s No. 1 attorney a nationally unprecedented 16th straight years and Shanin Specter selected for the 16th year among the state's Top 10. Super Lawyers includes 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 2019 are Lee B. Balefsky, head of the firm's Mass Tort Department and also a 16-year selection, Andrew J. Stern, Charles L. Becker, head of the firm’s Appellate Division, who was named in Super Lawyers Top 100 list, Michael A. Trunk, Dominic Guerrini, Nadeem Bezar, Christopher Gomez and Kila B. Baldwin.
For Kline, becoming Pennsylvania Super Lawyers’ Top Point Getter for the 16th straight year was a first for any lawyer in any state. He has been recognized over the years for myriad legal victories. A past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, Kline in January 2019 won a $41 million jury verdict for a Pennsylvania woman for injuries she suffered from three vaginal mesh devices designed and marketed by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. The verdict, which came after a five-week trial in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, included $25 million in punitive damages. Kline was a leader in litigation involving victims of the Amtrak 188 derailment that resulted in a $265 million settlement.
Specter won a $153 million verdict against Ford Motor Company for the family of a young boy who was run over and killed when a parking brake failed in an F-series truck. More recently, he won verdicts of $12.5 million and $13.5 million for women injured 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 15th in a row. Stern has won a long list of major legal victories, including 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 20198, 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 Priscilla Jimenez, David C. Williams, Braden Lepisto, Patrick Fitzgerald, Emily Marks, Tracie Palmer, Mark S. Polin, Christine Clarke, Elizabeth Crawford and Elia Robertson.
Additionaly, Jordan Merson, who heads the firm's New York City office, was named a New York Super Lawyer and Gilbert Shelsby, a member of the firm's Delaware office, was named a Super Lawyer in that state.
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