Elizabeth Crawford’s career as trial lawyer started at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as a clerk for a justice for a year before beginning at Kline & Specter. Five and a half years later, Crawford was promoted as partner at Kline & Specter after winning hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients and obtaining a record verdict as lead counsel. 

Crawford, along with the late prominent trial attorney Andy Stern, also a partner at Kline & Specter, won more than $250 million in verdicts and settlements in her career, including $95.6 million, the largest personal injury award for a single plaintiff in Pennsylvania history; $10.1 million (and over $11 million with delay damages), the largest reported verdict against the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; one of the largest medical malpractice settlements in Camden and Middlesex counties (eight-digit settlements), N.J.; a $7.4 million jury verdict in Delaware County, Pa.; the largest civil rights action settlement in 2016; one of the top medical malpractice settlements in Monroe County, Pa.; and an eight-figure settlement for a medical malpractice case in Philadelphia involving a brain-injured baby. Crawford was one of the lead lawyers in the Market Street Building Collapse case against the Salvation Army involved in obtaining a record $227 million global settlement. 

Crawford, as lead counsel, won a $4.7 million medical malpractice verdict, one of the largest malpractice verdicts in Montgomery County, Pa.. This was a rare victory for a plaintiff in a hotly contested case involving the credibility of a patient’s word versus a physician’s word. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Crawford, as lead counsel, obtained multi-million-dollar settlements for clients against the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Hershey Medical Center, and Geisinger Medical center in challenging medical malpractice cases. 

Crawford also was co-counsel on achieving a $7 million settlement in Delaware County, a $5 million settlement in Monroe County, and she obtained a $5 million settlement on behalf of a young woman who died as a result of a Philadelphia hospital’s negligence.

Crawford was also involved in a record settlement against the City of Philadelphia in 2016 for violation of the 14th Amendment (State-Created Danger) and intentional infliction of emotional distress for an action against the city and police for arrest and release of a young woman in a high crime area leading to sexual assault and rape. In a published decision in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the court denied summary judgment on the 14th Amendment claim, the qualified immunity claim, and the claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Crawford is currently involved as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for victims who died aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. 

In that Boeing Max 8 litigation, Crawford, along with Shanin Specter, represents the estates of a United States physician and a United Nations environmentalist who suffered and perished in the crash. Crawford has also successfully litigated helicopter crash cases and is currently counsel in two cases with Tom Kline involving a tragic helicopter crash in western Pennsylvania that caused the suffering and death of two young linemen.

Crawford also currently represents several families of babies who sustained severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy secondary to obstetrician and gynecologist negligence and has obtained eight-digit settlements on behalf of these brain-injured babies. 

Crawford was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2019 and 2020, designating her among the top 2.5 percent of attorneys 40 years or younger in the state. She is also a member of the National Trial Lawyers “Pennsylvania Top 40 Under 40.” In 2021, she was featured in the Thomas R. Kline School of Law’s ‘Alumnae Rising’ series.

Crawford is also a member of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Future Leaders Committee, and the executive committee of the Young Lawyer Division as a liaison from the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. Crawford is obtaining training to become a volunteer lawyer for the Support Center for Child Advocates and participates and donates to the annual toy drive.

While in law school, Crawford obtained the award for the Best Student Performance in trial advocacy, criminal law, and contract law. Crawford completed her undergraduate degree at Loyola College, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Elizabeth Crawford in the news: