Eighteen Kline & Specter lawyers were named as 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers or "Rising Stars," with Tom Kline selected as the state’s No. 1 attorney a nationally unprecedented 17th straight years and Shanin Specter selected for the 17th 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 2020 are Lee B. Balefsky, head of the firm's Mass Tort Department and also a 17-year selection, Charles L. Becker, head of the firm’s Appellate Division, who was again 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 17th straight year was a first for any lawyer in any state. He has been recognized over the years for myriad legal victories, including his $8 billion punitive damages verdict in October 2019 against Johnson & Johnson in a Risperdal case. A past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, Kline in 2019 also won jury verdicts of $80 million and $41 million in cases against Johnson &Johnson in transvaginal mesh cases. 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 and also a $109 million verdict for the family of a woman killed by a fallen power line, a case that later settled for $105 million. Specter has also won verdicts of $12.5 million and $13.5 million for women injured by surgically implanted vaginal mesh products.
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 2020, 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, Ben Present and Elia Robertson.
Additionally, Jordan Merson, who heads the firm's New York City office, was named a New York Super Lawyer and Gilbert Shelsby and Robert Leoni, members of the firm's Delaware office, were named Super Lawyers in that state.
Tom Kline featured in "Where are they now?", Super Lawyers 2011
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