Kline & Specter Eletter – July 2010

  • inner circleShanin Specter has been selected as a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, a group described by The Washington Post as "a select group of 100 of the nation's most celebrated trial lawyers." Founded in 1972, the Inner Circle chooses members based on courtroom victories and also their “excellent character and integrity." Tom Kline is also a member and was the president in 2008-2009. Learn more about the Inner Circle.
  • Tom Kline, Mark A. Hoffman and David K. Inscho reached a $10.5 million settlement for the family of a Philadelphia teenager who was strangled after being placed in a restraint hold at a Tennessee treatment center. Click here to read The Philadelphia Inquirer story on the case.
  • Michael Trunk, Gary Zakeosian and Shanin Specter won an $11.7 million settlement for a 12-year-old girl left brain damaged after she suffered an asthma attack caused by mold in a government-subsidized house. The Philadelphia Housing Authority, through its insurance carrier, paid the bulk of the settlement for its role in approving the home and then delaying the family’s move to a safe location. Click here for more on the story.
  • Tom Kline for the seventh consecutive year was named in 2010 as Pennsylvania’s No. 1 attorney by Super Lawyers, while Shanin Specter for the fifth time was named to the Top 10 in the state. Also named as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers were Lee B. Balefsky, Jonathan M. Cohen, Andrew J. Stern and Andrew S. Youman. The selections were made following balloting by lawyers throughout Pennsylvania and a review by a Super Lawyers blue-ribbon committee. Both Kline and Specter were also again selected to the prestigious Lawdragon peer-selected nation’s Top 500 Lawyers comprising all areas of concentrations, including judiciary, in America. 
  • At the request of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Shanin Specter conducted seminars for lawyers in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in June. The seminars, titled "Winning in 2010," focused on the use of technology in the courtroom, jury selection in a recession and other current issues in trial practice.
  • A Kline & Specter case made national news as the ESPN show E:60 aired a segment on Michael Trunk and Shanin Specter’s $7.5 million settlement with LaSalle University for a brain-injured football player. The show included interviews with the player, Preston Plevretes, and Specter. Click here to watch the show.
  • Tom Kline secured a $1.945 million settlement, despite only a $1.2M compensatory jury verdict, in the case of a woman killed at an Allegheny County, Pa., amusement park. Stephanie Wilkerson, 29, was killed when a roof covering The Whip ride at Kennywood Park collapsed during a storm. Kennywood also agreed to regularly hire a structural engineer to inspect all buildings at the park to ensure they can withstand high winds. Kline's co-trial counsel was Jonathan Cohen. Click here to see TV and newspaper coverage.
  • The University of Pennsylvania School of Law is building a courtroom as part of a $40 million new building project. The “Kline & Specter Courtroom” will be used to teach trial and appellate advocacy and is expected to be the situs of Pennsylvania Superior Court arguments.
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