Elizabeth A. Crawford, a partner in the firm, joined Kline & Specter in 2013 after gaining experience at two other law firms, Philadelphia Family Court and a clerkship with a justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
In a highly publicized trial, Crawford was co-counsel among a group of plaintiffs’ attorneys who won a jury verdict and subsequent $227 million settlement in lawsuits involving the collapse of a Center City building that killed seven people and injured 12 others. With Andy Stern, Crawford in May 2017 helped obtain a $95.6 million recovery — the largest personal injury recovery in Pennsylvania history — for Mariya Plekan, who was catastrophically injured in the building collapse. (Read article)
Most recently, in October 2019, Crawford, as lead counsel, won a $4.7 million verdict against an Abington Hospital doctor for the family of a Glenside man who died because of the delayed diagnosis of a severe bacterial infection. The verdict was a rare victory for a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case in Montgomery County, Pa. (Read article)
In previous litigation, Crawford was co-counsel with Andy Stern in a case that resulted in an eight-figure settlement for a teenager who suffered permanent brain damage after medical providers in New Jersey failed to properly monitor, diagnose and treat him following an orthopedic-related surgery. Details of the settlement were confidential.
Crawford in late 2015 also worked with Stern to win a $10.1 million jury award in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court for a child who suffered deafness and brain-related injuries because of a delay in diagnosing and treating bacterial meningitis at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Legal Intelligencer reported that the verdict, which came at the end of a four-week trial, was among the Top 10 in Pennsylvania for 2015 and was the largest medical malpractice verdict involving a minor for the year. The presiding judge several months later, in April 2016, denied defense post-trial motions and approved delay damages that increased the total award by $1.25 million. (Read article)
Earlier in the same year, Crawford was co-counsel in a Delaware County, Pa., trial that produced a $7.4 million jury verdict for a 61-year-old man who suffered a debilitating stroke after his doctor failed to treat symptoms including elevated blood pressure. (See the Cuff Case) The verdict was in the Top 15 verdicts for the year in Pennsylvania.
In one of her first cases at Kline & Specter, Crawford was co-counsel in litigation which resulted in an eight-figure settlement for the family of an infant who suffered permanent brain injury due to oxygen deprivation during delivery. The lawsuit, settled in April 2014, claimed personnel at a Philadelphia hospital failed to properly monitor and regulate the use of the labor-induction drug Pitocin.
Crawford is a member of The National Trial Lawyers “Pennsylvania Top 40 under 40,” a professional organization comprised of top young trial attorneys.
A graduate of the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, Crawford won awards at the school for Best Student Performance in three areas – trial advocacy, employment discrimination and criminal law – while also being named a Dean Scholar in contracts law. She graduated with honors.
After graduation she held the position of law clerk to a justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, where she conducted research and drafted memoranda for the dispositions of allocatur petitions as well as preparation memos for oral arguments.
Crawford performed pro bono legal work with the Domestic Violence Unit of Philadelphia Family Court. She interviewed victims of domestic violence and worked on petitions filed under the Protection from Abuse Act.
Crawford earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Loyola College, where she graduated magna cum laude and won several honors, including membership in Psi Chi, the International Honor Society for Psychology.
Crawford is a member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice.
Elizabeth Crawford in the news:
- Montco Jury Awards $4.7M for Delayed Diagnosis of Fatal Bacterial Infection, The Legal Intelligencer, 10/15/19
- Philly Hospital Can't Overturn $10.1M Med Mal Verdict, Law360, 2/28/17
- Superior Court Upholds $10M Award Against CHOP, The Legal Intelligencer, 2/28/17
- All defendants found liable in deadly '13 Philly building collapse, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/31/17
- Court won't overturn $10.1M award against against CHOP, The Legal Intelligencer, 4/20/16