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Roberta Pichini of Feldman Shepherd Named President of International Academy of Trial Lawyers

May 4, 2011

The Philadelphia personal injury law firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP is proud to announce that personal injury attorney and firm partner Roberta D. Pichini has been named the president of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL). Chartered in 1954 to facilitate the administration of justice and promote the rule of law internationally, IATL limits its invitation-only membership to 500 U.S. fellows, as well as fellows from more than 30 other countries. Prospective fellows undergo a rigorous review that includes legal skills, character, integrity and trial record.

Pichini is the first woman to serve as president of the IATL and was the first woman in Pennsylvania to be invited to join the elite organization. She served as IATL’s secretary-treasurer and dean before being elected vice president in 2009. As president, Pichini will lead the Academy and its members in furthering the organization’s mission of cultivating the science of jurisprudence, promoting legal reform and elevating the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession.

“I am committed to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers’ mission and am extremely honored to have been selected to lead the IATL membership in promoting that mission,” said Pichini. “I am particularly gratified to serve as IATL’s first woman president, and hope that my female colleagues will be inspired to seek the highest leadership positions in this and other professional organizations.”

Pichini has litigated countless cases during her more than 25 years of practice. She represents seriously injured infants, children and adults in medical malpractice matters, such as obstetrical negligence, delayed diagnosis of cancer, emergency room errors and patient abuse by therapists, as well as victims injured by defective products and by catastrophic auto and boating accidents.

“We are privileged to have Bobbie represent our law firm and are extremely proud of all of her achievements,” stated Feldman Shepherd Co-Managing Partner Alan Feldman. “In addition to securing an extensive list of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlement for her clients, Bobbie is dedicated to continuing our firm’s tradition of bar leadership and defining and giving back to the profession.”

In recognition of her outstanding advocacy, Pichini is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship in the College is by invitation only, and is extended to those trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and demonstrated the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality throughout their careers. Most recently, Pichini was named among the 2011 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. The Lawdragon 500 lists the best of the legal profession nationwide based on a combination of written attorney submissions, online votes, comments through online balloting and editorial research by Lawdragon staff members. She is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the elite Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Pichini has been consistently recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® by Thomson Reuters, published annually in Philadelphia magazine. In 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, Pichini was named a Top 50 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer®, and a Top 100 Philadelphia Super Lawyer®. In 2006, Pichini was honored with the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Sandra Day O’Connor Award, which is presented annually to a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent and accomplishments while furthering the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.

About Feldman Shepherd — Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP has handled cases producing some of the largest verdicts and settlements in Pennsylvania. The firm represents plaintiffs in significant personal injury, class action, and other complex civil litigation. Clients include victims of medical malpractice, defective products, unsafe workplaces, motor vehicle accidents, legal malpractice and insurer misconduct.