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July 2017 News From Feldman Shepherd

August 9, 2017

Recent Verdicts & Settlements

Seven Figure Confidential Settlement for Failure To Diagnose Deep Venous Thrombosis/Pulmonary Embolus

Attorneys Carol Nelson Shepherd & Patricia M. Giordano recently recovered a seven-figure confidential settlement from a primary care physician for the death of a 29-year-old New Jersey husband and father of six young children. Read More

$9.75 Million Recovery for Tractor-Trailer Accident Case

Following nearly two weeks of trial in federal court, Attorneys Alan M. Feldman, Daniel J. Mann & Edward S. Goldis secured a $9.75M recovery in favor of their client Gary Williams, who was struck by a tractor-trailer owned and operated by K&B Transportation, Inc. in the early morning hours of March 2, 2012. Read More

$9M Recovery for Hospital’s Failure to Respond to Alarms

Attorneys Bobbie Pichini & Andrew Mitnick represented a 34-year old father who was left severely brain damaged and in a permanent coma when hospital nursing personnel failed to respond to repeated and prolonged alarms signaling his oxygen deprivation. Read more

Seven Figure Confidential Settlement for CESSNA 421 Golden Eagle Aircraft Crash Victim

Attorney G. Scott Vezina, a licensed pilot, and experienced aircraft accident litigator piloted a case that will allow the family of a crash victim of a CESSNA 421 in Louisiana to receive a confidential settlement that will care for their needs for the rest of their lives. Read More

Special Highlight

Feldman Shepherd is delighted to announce that Co-Managing Partner Alan M. Feldman will be presented with the Philadelphia Trial Lawyer Association’s 38th annual Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award on September 19, 2017 at the Bellevue. This Award is given annually to the person who exemplifies the same high integrity, scholarship, imagination, courage, and concern for human rights that was exhibited by the late Justice. The whole firm looks forward to a memorable evening celebrating Alan’s contributions to our civil justice system.

In The Courts

Attorneys Alan M. Feldman, Daniel J. Mann and Edward S. Goldis represent the family of a mother and daughter who sustained fatal burn injuries when a 100 pound propane cylinder in their food truck suddenly exploded.  The lawsuit asserts that the U-Haul locations at which the cylinders were filled should have known, from the specialized training provided to U-Haul employees, that the cylinders were old, unsafe for use and legally prohibited from use.  It is expected that dozens of witnesses will provide deposition testimony about how and why this catastrophic incident occurred.  Trial of the case is expected to take place in early 2018.

Attorneys John M. Dodig and Jason A. Daria recovered $2M for a fire fighter who fell twenty-five to thirty feet through a skylight while combatting a four-alarm fire, sustaining serious and permanent injuries. Notwithstanding the $2 million settlement, the trial court found there was no insurance coverage for the award or for the defendant found responsible.On appeal to the Appellate Division the trial court ruling was reversed, insurance coverage was found to be applicable and the plaintiff was able to recover the full amount of the settlement. 

Pro Bono Corner

On April 6th, 2017, founding partner and Homeless Advocacy Project past president Carol Nelson Shepherd joined the organization in supporting HAP’s Annual Benefit. The event, held at the Sofitel Hotel, raised over $200,000 from sponsorships, individual donations and silent auction contributions. All proceeds directly benefit HAP’s legal service programs which aim to address the unmet legal needs of Philadelphia’s homeless and shelter populations. HAP volunteers have helped more than 42,800 homeless people and have provided more than $57 million worth of free legal services to their clients.

Feldman Shepherd lawyers and staff participated in the 38th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association Run/Walk to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates on May 21st in Fairmount Park. Feldman Shepherd finished 7th in the team competition of more than 40 law firm teams.

Feldman Shepherd was proud to support the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and their 29th Annual Golf and Tennis Classic. The event took place Monday, June 12, 2017 at the Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill.

Feature Update

Feldman Shepherd secures victory for victims everywhere in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Attorneys Mark W. Tanner and Peter M. Newman successfully prosecuted an appeal from a ruling in a Chester County trial court all the way to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, persuading the Supreme Court to reverse the trial court’s ruling that had wrongly found a state statute unconstitutional.  The statute, known as the “Dragonetti Act”, provides remedies to victims of unscrupulous attorneys who file meritless lawsuits against them for improper purposes. 

Tanner and Newman represent a woman who brought such a claim against an attorney, and the trial court dismissed the claim, finding the statute unconstitutional, reasoning it infringed on the exclusive authority of the Supreme Court to regulate the conduct of attorneys.  Tanner argued before the Supreme Court and got the Court to reverse this ruling and reinstate the claim,  arguing that the statute provided an important remedy to victims of attorney misconduct, and attorneys — like everyone else — should be held accountable for their misdeeds.

News & Events

This past May Feldman Shepherd celebrated its 30th anniversary as one of the region’s premier law firms devoted to personal injury litigation. “This is a milestone that very few boutique firms have achieved”, said Co-Managing partner Alan M. Feldman. “We’re particularly proud not just that referring lawyers and clients have continued to trust us with their serious cases, but that the firm is now better and stronger than it ever has been. Thanks to all who helped us to celebrate this special event.”

We are proud to announce that 13 of Feldman Shepherd’s Attorneys were named as 2017 Super Lawyers including the number 2 ranked Super Lawyer In Pennsylvania. The rankings achieved include: 1 ranked number 2 overall in the State of Pennsylvania (Alan M. Feldman), along with 2 in the Top 10 of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (Mark W. Tanner and Feldman), 2 of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania (Carol Nelson Shepherd and Bobbie Pichini), 5 of the top 100 Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania (John M. Dodig, Feldman, Pichini, Shepherd and Tanner) and 8 of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Philadelphia (Jason A. Daria, Daniel J. Mann, Daniel S. Weinstock, Dodig, Feldman, Pichini, Shepherd and Tanner)

Founding Feldman Shepherd shareholder Ezra Wohlgelernter was an invited speaker at the New Jersey Association for Justice’s Boardwalk Seminar held April 26th through 28th in Atlantic City. The annual seminar is attended by lawyers from both the plaintiff and defense bar.  Ezra lectured on the topic of Practical and Ethical Considerations in opening statements and closing arguments. Ezra is admitted to the Bars of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York and has tried complex cases in all three jurisdictions.

Ezra Wohlgelernter is a founding shareholder of Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig, LLP, and is the immediate Past President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

Feldman Shepherd congratulates partner Patricia M. Giordano on her election as secretary of the New Jersey Association for Justice ( NJAJ) for a one year term beginning in June of 2017.  Giordano also co-chaired the 2017 NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar held this past April in Atlantic City. She presented in the Personal Injury Seminar and spoke about a recent case involving the New Jersey joint tortfeasors contribution law and comparative negligence. Trish also spoke in the medical malpractice seminar and discussed the recent trend in NJ federal courts to cap the United States’ damages in Federal Tort Claims Act cases to S250,000 under the NJ Charitable Immunity Statute.

On April 19th, 2017 attorney Alan M. Feldman spoke at the monthly Luncheon Lecture series of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association held at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse. The subject of Alan’s presentation was “The IKEA Tip-Over Cases: Assembly Required.”  

  • Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP attorneys are licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. In addition, our attorneys practice in other states on a pro hac vice basis. Pro hac vice admission is when a lawyer not licensed in a particular state associates with a lawyer who is licensed in that state and obtains the court’s permission to jointly represent a client in a specific matter.