Kline & Specter, PC, has five lawyers who are also doctors, the most of any law firm in the United States. This enables us to better litigate cases that involve pharmaceuticals and medical issues, especially complex medical malpractice cases. And our doctors are not just any doctors, but skilled and highly educated physician-attorneys who share decades of quality experience.
Their expertise spans a gamut of fields, from anesthesiology to emergency care to heart surgery. Two of our doctors are OB/GYNs who have assisted on cases involving birth injuries. Our doctors have teamed with other attorneys to produce major victories for the firm, including jury verdicts of $18.5 million, $25 million and $49.6 million for Kline & Specter clients.
Barry G. Magen, M.D., J.D., joined Kline & Specter after six years with law firms that handled medical malpractice defense, work for which has was selected for Pennsylvania Super Lawyers — Rising Stars. Before that, Dr. Magen worked at the Philadelphia law firm Hochberg Napoli Diamond representing patients who were injured due to medical malpractice. His medical career included service as a hospitalist in 1996-97 at the former Mt. Sinai Hospital in South Philadelphia, where he handled emergency room and inpatient care. He did his residency in anesthesia at Thomas Jefferson University and an internship before that at Reading Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Magen attended Temple University School of Law and also earned his medical degree from Temple. He earned his undergraduate degree in vertebrate physiology from Pennsylvania State University.
Garabet “Gary” M. Zakeosian, M.D., J.D., LL.M, F.A.C.L.M., received his undergraduate degree from Franklin & Marshall College, earning a B.A. in physics in 1973. He then attended the Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine of the Pennsylvania State University, graduating with an M.D. in 1977. Dr. Zakeosian completed an internship at the Bryn Mawr Hospital and did residency training in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed post-residency fellowships in pediatric anesthesia and intensive care medicine and in cardiac anesthesia at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Zakeosian obtained his board certification in anesthesiology in 1981. He has practiced at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Frankford Hospital and Paoli Memorial Hospital. He has extensive experience with pain management and was co-director of the Frankford Hospital Pain Management Clinic. Dr. Zakeosian earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he has also completed course work toward a master’s degree in bioethics. In May 2007 he earned an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from the Temple University Beasley School of Law, winning the Faculty Award for courtroom performance skills.
Geary L. Yeisley, M.D., J.D. did his undergraduate studies at Lehigh University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. He earned his medical degree at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia in 1978, and did his general surgical residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital, in Allentown, where he went on to become chief surgical resident. From 1991 to 1997, Dr. Yeisley was director of the Open Heart Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital and was chief of the Division of Cardio-thoracic Surgery. He was affiliated with seven Pennsylvania hospitals in the Harrisburg and Allentown-Bethlehem areas. Dr. Yeisley has also taken special studies in cardiothoracic surgery, micro-vascular surgery and advanced trauma life support. He has held faculty positions at Kings College in Scranton and DeSales University in Allentown. Dr. Yeisley earned his J.D. from Villanova University Law School.
Lisa Dagostino, M.D., J.D., M.Be., LL.M., F.A.C.L.M., a partner at Kline & Specter, is a doctor and award-winning medical researcher who holds dual degrees in law and bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has had a distinguished academic career, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1991 at Princeton University and her M.D. in 1995 at the UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where she completed her residency training through the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences. Dr. Dagostino was managing editor of the inaugural volume of The American Journal of Bioethics produced by Penn's Center for Bioethics. She continues to do research in the complex medical field of bioethics – including topics such as medical errors. She has a special interest in women’s issues as they pertain to health care law.
Mark S. Polin, M.D., J.D., received his undergraduate degree from Penn State and attended the College of William and Mary before attending medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, where he achieved membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, the honorary medical society for top graduates. After completing his residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, Dr. Polin lived in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton region where he had a private practice in obstetrics and gynecology for nearly 20 years. Dr. Polin specialized in advanced vaginal and laparoscopic surgery and was an instructor of laparoscopic surgery techniques at various courses. Dr. Polin joined Kline & Specter in 2010 upon obtaining his J.D. degree from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.
W. Paulette Francois, R.N., B.S.N, J.D. is a nurse-lawyer who earned her law degree from Widener University School of Law, her bachelor's degree from Washington University and her degree in nursing from Alfred University, where she graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. She has represented clients in a wide range of medical malpractice cases, concentrating in plaintiff cases involving birth defects, maternal and fetal care, infectious diseases, internal medicine and cardiac, brain and spinal cord injuries. She also has worked on product liability cases, particularly pharmaceutical mass torts litigation. Francois has been a registered nurse for more than twenty years and has clinical experience in medical surgical nursing, oncology and psychiatric/mental health.