Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 1981
Yeshiva University, B.A., 1978
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1982
U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, 1982
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1983
Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 1982
New Jersey, 1983
New York, 1997
For now 37 years, co-founding partner Ezra Wohlgelernter has maintained a diverse practice portfolio including a successful history of motor vehicle and truck litigation, premises liability claims, medical negligence litigation, and significant personal injury claims. Ezra has represented victims of unsafe working environments, drunk driving and trucking accidents, operating room neglect, and civil rights violations. Wohlgelernter has successfully litigated cases against major amusement parks in Pennsylvania and New Jersey arising from significant skiing and amusement ride injuries.
Decades before it was on the public radar, Ezra successfully litigated cases holding municipal police departments and their officers accountable for violations of police practices and civil rights. Ezra has pursued claims brought by innocent victims injured and killed while in the path of vehicular police pursuits involving high-speed chases in densely populated communities. Ezra has pursued claims in federal courts for citizens injured and killed from injuries arising from the use by police of excessive force and represented incarcerated victims of deliberate indifference of their medical needs.
Ezra was the firm’s lead counsel in a landmark Pennsylvania decision, Lipsky v. State Farm, where the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that State Farm Insurance Company must compensate victims of negligent infliction of emotional distress in claims for underinsured motorist benefits and could not treat these claims under a “per accident” liability limit. The victory brought closure to many more victims throughout Pennsylvania whose claims for these damages had been denied, pending the court’s resolution in Lipsky.
Ezra has handled an array of significant medical negligence cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Working with members of the firm, he is the consummate team player, working on cases involving botched spinal surgery, anesthesia mishaps resulting in catastrophic injuries and traumatic brain injuries.
Ezra has been selected for inclusion since 2013 in the Best Lawyers in America list by U.S. News & World Report. He has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 Super Lawyer in Philadelphia every year since 2011. In addition, he was named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since 2009.
Ezra is a past president of The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and has served on its board of directors since 2001. As a member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, he continues to be active in advocating the cause for all Pennsylvanians to have open and unfettered access to our courts.
For over a decade, he has also served on the board of directors and as former vice chair of the SeniorLAW Center, which provides pro bono legal services for the state’s underserved and growing indigent elderly residents.
Ezra is passionately involved in the Jewish community of Philadelphia and has served as a trustee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education, President of Politz Hebrew Academy, President of the Philadelphia Community Kollel and now President of the Northeast Community Kollel. He has been an active member of his community leading his synagogue for now over 40 years. Ezra’s scholarship in Jewish law has made him a most sought-after speaker on topics of comparative law. He has authored articles including “Talmudic Sources for Contemporary Tort Law Principles.” His passion is the study of the law; helping people has always been his mission.
Ezra, a Temple University Beasley School of Law graduate, is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident, 2017Board of Directors, 2001 – Present
Pennsylvania Association for JusticeBoard of Governors, 2017 – Present
Committee for a Better TomorrowTrustee, 2015 – Present
SeniorLAW CenterBoard of Directors, 2018 – PresentBoard of Directors and Vice Chair, 2006 – 2015
Philadelphia Community KollelPresident, 2005 – 2007
The VerdictEditor, 2005 – Present
Philadelphia Bar AssociationCompulsory Arbitration Committee, 1988 – PresentCivil Litigation Committee, 1988 – PresentCo-Chair Medical Malpractice Sub-Committee
New York Trial Lawyers AssociationMember, 1997 – Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember, 1997 – Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMember
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember
New Jersey Bar AssociationMember
New Jersey Trial Lawyers AssociationMember
Super LawyersThomson Reuters 2005, 2009 – PresentTop 100 Super Lawyer in Philadelphia, 2009 – Present
Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News and World Report, 2013 – PresentMass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – PlaintiffsMedical Malpractice Law – PlaintiffsPersonal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
President’s AwardPhiladelphia Trial Lawyers Association, 2010
Trial of a Civil Case: Practical Tips and DemonstrationsModerator, Feldman Shepherd CLE, 2019
Strategies for Developing the Blockbuster CaseModerator, Feldman Shepherd CLE, 2018
Supersize Your Verdicts: Creative Tips for Maximizing Jury VerdictsModerator, Feldman Shepherd CLE, 2018
Musmanno Award 2017 SpeechIntroducing Alan M. FeldmanClick here to view video
Personal Injury Practicum SeminarDispute Resolution Institute, 2016
Creative Lawyering: Innovative Strategies to Enhance the Value of Your CaseFeldman Shepherd CLE, 2015
Maximizing Your Client’s Recovery in Personal Injury Cases from Investigation Through TrialFeldman Shepherd CLE, 2015
A Whole New World? Product Liability Law in Pennsylvania After TincherFeldman Shepherd CLE, 2014
Creative Lawyering from Investigation Through Verdict: Part 2Feldman Shepherd CLE, 2012
Creative Lawyering from Investigation to VerdictFeldman Shepherd CLE, 2011
Northeast Community KollelPresident 2018 – Present
Jewish Federation of Greater PhiladelphiaTrustee, 1989 – 1995
Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish EducationTrustee, 1990 – 1993
Politz Hebrew AcademyPresident, 1989-1993
Congregation B’nai IsraelPresident 2004 – 2008
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