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Tom Kline

Tom Kline

Thomas R. Kline is a founding partner with Shanin Specter in the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter, P.C., practicing in the area of catastrophic personal injury and mass tort litigation. Kline is a past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, described by The Washington Post as "a select group of 100 of the nation's most celebrated trial lawyers.” Kline, who has a litany of professional accolades, has been selected as Pennsylvania’s No. 1 lawyer for ten consecutive years (2004-2013) by the independent, peer-review rating service Super Lawyers. He has been described by Lawdragon as "the leading personal injury plaintiffs' lawyer in Pennsylvania" and by the National Law Journal, where he is in the Winners Hall of Fame, as "one of the America’s top litigators." Kline has scores of seven- and eight-figure jury verdicts and settlements, and has been featured in hundreds of national and local TV appearances, magazine and newspaper articles. Kline has become a national spokesperson for the victims of Jerry Sandusky, and has been interviewed on local and national television that has reached over one hundred million viewers. Kline was described by The Wall Street Journal as a “key player” in the $4.85 billion national Vioxx litigation, and by the Philadelphia Inquirer in an editorial as "the high-powered plaintiffs' attorney...who has won a number of eight-figure awards for clients injured or killed due to negligence or incompetence by businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit health-care providers." Kline has been a frequent lecturer at law schools, medical schools and continuing legal education programs. Kline is the producer, director, writer and performer in the acclaimed one-man Continuing Legal Education program “Trial As Theatre (TM)." Kline served as a member the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1989 TO 2010 under three United States Senators, and was its Chair from 1998-2010. Kline is listed in Best Lawyers in America and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He is AV-rated in Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Drexel University and is the chair of its law school advisory board. Kline received an A.B. from Albright College, an M.A. from Lehigh University, and a J.D. degree from Duquesne University School of Law, and has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni award from both his college and law school.

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