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September 26, 2017

Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP is proud to announce that Co-Founding Partner Alan M. Feldman has been selected for the 38th annual Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. Feldman will be presented with the award at the annual Musmanno Award Dinner on September 19th, 2017 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Past award winners have included notable individuals such as Ralph Nader, Morris Dees, Arlen Specter, and our own partners, Carol Shepherd and Bobbie Pichini.

The Musmanno Award is given annually to an outstanding judge, lawyer or citizen who exemplifies the same high integrity, scholarship, imagination, courage and concern for human rights that was exhibited by the late Justice Michael A. Musmanno of the Pennsylvania Supreme court. A lawyer, speaker, statesman, and legislator, Justice Musmanno never stood aside complacently when he believed that cruelty and injustice were being inflicted.

Mark W. Tanner, the firm’s co-managing partner observed “When clients choose Alan as their lawyer, those clients know he will never rest until a wrong is made right, justice is restored, and his clients and their families regain their hope and dignity. Alan founded this firm on those principles, and he lives them every day.” 

A founding partner of Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP, Alan M. Feldman has been a persuasive voice for victims’ rights both in the courtroom and in the legislature for the past 40 years. He has devoted his practice to helping victims of defective products, unsafe cars and trucks, motor vehicle collisions, and other catastrophic accidents. He is a dedicated and seasoned trial attorney who has secured many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in a wide variety of cases. Just recently, he represented families of three toddlers who were fatally injured by unstable IKEA dressers which were prone to tip-over; their cases were instrumental in bringing about the largest product recall in United States’ history.

“Words cannot describe how honored I am to receive the Musmanno Award. As someone who has admired and revered the past honorees, it’s amazing to think of myself in their company. I am hugely grateful to my partners, my colleagues and my family for their support and encouragement throughout my career,” said Feldman.

Alan has been regularly named to the statewide “Top 10” list of Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania and was awarded the number 2 spot in 2017. He is one of a select number of trial lawyers to be certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Alan is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to 500 active lawyers throughout the world and is a past president of The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

As Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2006, Alan served the broader legal community. He created the “Raising the Bar” campaign, which helped gather millions of dollars from Philadelphia law firms to provide free legal services to those in need. More recently, Alan was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to serve on the IOLTA Board, which supports legal services agencies throughout the Commonwealth.

A frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs for other attorneys, Alan has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at his alma mater, Temple University Beasley School of Law, published materials for more than 60 trial skills programs, and co-authored a textbook on premises liability law.

The Justice Musmanno Award Dinner will be held Sept. 19 and begin with cocktails at 6:00 p.m., with dinner to follow. All members of the bench and bar are invited to attend. For more information, contact the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association at 215-732-2256.

To view Alan M. Feldman Musmanno award speech, see video below:

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