Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2007
University of Pittsburgh, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2003
New York, 2020
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2008
Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 2007
New Jersey, 2007
Bethany Nikitenko represents individuals and families who
have been catastrophically injured by medical malpractice, auto and motor
vehicle accidents, unsafe buildings, defective products and sexual abuse. She
has secured many significant verdicts and settlements in Pennsylvania and New
Jersey that have provided her clients with financial security and the resources
for future medical care.
Bethany joined Feldman Shepherd in August 2019, after
establishing a well-earned reputation as a formidable trial attorney. She has
been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2013. Bethany
additionally was honored as a Lawyer on the Fast Track by The Legal
Intelligencer in 2017. She is a prolific writer and lecturer for legal
publications and seminars.
Bethany’s commitment to helping people in need has led her
to engage in numerous volunteer activities. She is a volunteer attorney for
Philadelphia VIP, an organization that helps low-income Philadelphians access
free legal services. She serves as a member of the Development Committee for
Women Against Abuse, an organization which advocates for victims of domestic
violence in Philadelphia. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Philadelphia
Chapter of the American Jewish Committee (AJC). Bethany received the AJC’s 2017
Murray Friedman Emerging Leader Award for demonstrating integrity, creativity
and leadership in her service to others. For all her volunteer work, Bethany
was the recipient of the 2018 Craig M. Perry Service Award from the
Philadelphia Bar Association.
Bethany serves on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Board of Governors and is Vice Chair of the association’s Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee.
When she is not practicing law, serving her community,
writing, lecturing or taking on leadership positions, Bethany can be found
hitting the gym and competing annually in the 10-mile Broad Street Run.
Bethany earned a B.A. in Political Science magna cum laude from the University of
Pittsburgh, where she received the John P. Bracken Undergraduate Political
Science Award for academic achievement and commitment to public service. She
earned her J.D. cum laude from Temple
University Beasley School of Law, where she was a member of the Temple Law
Review and earned numerous Oral Advocacy and Distinguished Class Performance
Bethany is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She has also been admitted pro hac vice to represent clients in Massachusetts, Virginia and Florida.
Philadelphia Bar Association
Board of Governors, Appointed February 2021
Vice Chair of the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee, 2021 – Present
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers
Committee Chair, Small and Solo Committee, 2018 – Present
American Jewish Committee, Philadelphia Chapter
Executive Board, 2015 – Present
Women Against Abuse
Development Committee Member, 2015 – Present
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
Certified Arbitrator, 2014 – Present
Super Lawyers Rising Star,Thomson Reuters, 2013 – Present
Craig M. Perry Service Award, Philadelphia Bar Association, 2018
Lawyer on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer, 2017
Murray Friedman Emerging Leader Award, Philadelphia Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, 2017
Pro Bono Honor Roll for the First Judicial District of Philadelphia, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Volunteer of the Month, Philadelphia VIP, September 2016
Editorial Board Member, Young Lawyer Supplement, The Legal Intelligencer, 2016 – Present
7 Reasons Not to Fear Virtual Depositions in Medical Malpractice Cases, The Legal Intelligencer, 2021
7 Doable (Yes, Doable) New Year’s Resolutions That Will Advance a Young Lawyer’s Career, The Legal Intelligencer, 2019
Litigation Strategies for the Personal Injury Plaintiff Who Declines Opioids, The Legal Intelligencer, 2019
Drafting Demand Letters That Get Results, The Verdict, Volume 2018-2019, Issue 2
Child Abuse Bill: A First Step. But Debate Must Continue, The Legal Intelligencer, 2016
Don’t Panic: Effective Trial Techniques for Young Lawyers, Feldman Shepherd CLE, 2019
Quantifying Damages, National Business Institute, 2018
Handling Lien Claims and Subrogation Issues, National Business Institute, 2018
Civil Damages: Considerations for Law Clerks, First Judicial District CLE, 2018
Maximizing Pain and Suffering and Loss of Earnings, National Business Institute, 2018
Drafting Demand Letters, National Business Institute, 2018
Handling Lien Claims, National Business Institute, 2017
Quantifying Pain and Suffering Damages, National Business Institute, 2017
Winning Medical Malpractice Cases, Pennsylvania Association for Justice Annual Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2017
Legislative Case Law and Regulatory Trends, National Business Institute, 2017
Practical Life Lessons from a Litigator, Union League of Philadelphia, 2017
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