Sara Thomson is an attorney at Kline & Specter who focuses on medical malpractice and product liability litigation.
Thomson has worked, along with Michael Trunk, on some of the firm’s major cases, including vaginal mesh cases that resulted in jury verdicts of $13.5 million and, most recently, $80 million against Johnson & Johnson.
Her prior background was as a litigation associate for 24 years with two Philadelphia-area law firms – McKissock & Hoffman and Post & Post — that concentrated on the legal defense of medical malpractice lawsuits. Thomson did research and writing for trial and appellate courts, evaluated written discovery responses, analyzed medical records, worked on case development and also handled arbitrations and assisted at trial.
Thomson was an excellent student, earning her bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University, where she was on the Dean’s List four straight years, and her law degree from Villanova University School of Law, where she earned 3.3 GPA and graduated in the top fifth of her class.
Thomson is also talented on the clarinet, having been named the best clarinet player in New York state while she was in middle school and continuing on the instrument through high school. (Her father, Robert McGinnis, was the principal clarinetist with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Leopold Stokowski and later for the New York Philharmonic.)
In her earlier years, Thomson also worked as a groom for polo ponies, including for the family of the late H. Allen Jerkens, a racehorse trainer who had horses — Onion and Prove Out – that beat the great Secretariat after his Triple Crown victory.