From Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association:
TLA is proud to present the 37th Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award to Thomas R. Kline, a legendary trial lawyer admired widely not only for his skill and achievements in the courtroom but also for his commitment to trial advocacy.
A founding partner of Kline & Specter, PC, along with Shanin Specter, he is one of America’s most respected and influential lawyers. His many groundbreaking cases have helped shape the law and have resulted in corporate, institutional and governmental change and justice for his clients.
Mr. Kline has been selected every year as the attorney ranked first among 65,000 active Pennsylvania lawyers by Super Lawyers since its inception in 2004. Lawdragon, listing Mr. Kline as one of the top 500 lawyers among 1.3 million active lawyers in America, has described him as “the leading personal injury plaintiffs’ lawyer in Pennsylvania.” He is the past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, which The Washington Post described as “a select group of 100 of the nation’s most celebrated trial lawyers.”
Mr. Kline achieved many landmark jury verdicts in product liability and medical
malpractice dating back to the 1980’s with seven- and eight-figure jury verdicts in each of four decades. Recently, his first jury verdict in Risperdal litigation in 2015 was featured in Steven Brill’s 15-part docuserial titled “America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker.”
Mr. Kline’s work in the Penn State/Sandusky litigation gained national attention. In the national Vioxx litigation, Mr. Kline was described by The Wall Street Journal as “a key player.” He is currently the chair of the Plaintiffs’ Management Committee of the Amtrak 188 Derailment litigation.
A graduate and recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award of Albright College, Mr. Kline earned his MA from Lehigh University and his JD from Duquesne University School of Law, where he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Mr. Kline clerked for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Thomas W. Pomeroy.
The Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University is named in recognition of his achievements as a lawyer and his $50 million gift, also establishing the Thomas R. Kline Institute for Trial Advocacy. Mr. Kline serves as a Drexel University trustee.
Mr. Kline is a long-standing member of the PTLA Board, and is the consummate