About Max Kennerly

I’m a trial lawyer for people who have been seriously hurt. I’m listed in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America and I have an “Excellent” rating from Avvo. I have a B.A. in History with Honors from Yale University and a J.D. from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. For the past ten years, my law practice has been devoted to representing injured plaintiffs.

Attorney Max Kennerly

I’ve had the freedom throughout the course of my career to choose the cases that speak to me. Most of my cases involve either (a) a serious injury or wrongful death caused by someone else’s negligence, which I handle through my own firm, Kennerly Loutey LLC, or (b) nationwide litigation over defective medications and medical devices, which I handle as of counsel to Tor Hoerman Law. Many of our cases at both firms come from other lawyers who realize that, when it comes to a catastrophically injured client, big corporations and insurers will stop at nothing to avoid paying their fair share.

I have litigated and successfully settled cases involving Pradaxa (a blood thinner), Actos (a diabetes drug), DePuy ASR (hip implants), medical malpractice (including failure to diagnose, surgical errors, and labor and delivery mistakes), automobile accidents, trucking accidents, civil rights violations, and improper airplane maintenance. I’ve settled cases for multi-million dollar amounts. I have also taken to trial and jury verdict a wide variety of cases, from automotive product liability, to medical malpractice, to workplace safety. In the past few years, the cases I’ve tried have included:

  • A five-week trial that resulted in the largest punitive damages ever awarded in a Pennsylvania medical malpractice case ($15 million), an award which was upheld on appeal; and,
  • A two-week trial on behalf of a shareholder of a business who was wrongly forced out, resulting in a $4.2 million award.

 I was recently appointed by the United States District Court for the Southern District of California to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for the In Re: Incretin-Based Therapies Products Liability Litigation, which revolves around a group of diabetes drugs that cause pancreatic cancer. I am co-chair of the “Law & Briefing Committee,” which develops legal strategies and arguments on behalf of all the plaintiffs. I am also actively litigating product liability cases over a variety of other defective drugs and implants.

I like the law, and I like to write about the law. I’m the co-author of the LexisNexis Practice Guide Pennsylvania Civil Discovery (5th edition, 2015). I’m also the author of Litigation & Trial, which you’re reading right now, one of the ABA Journal’s top 100 legal blogs every year since 2012. One of my greatest accomplishments as a legal writer was to see my blog cited by law review articles, including an article by Chancellor Leo Strine of the Delaware Court of Chancery, the preeminent business dispute court in the country. (You can see the post and article here.)

Because of my legal writing, I’m often called by publications and reporters to comment on recent legal issues; you can read more on my media mentions page. I’ve also written pieces for specialty professional publications like Emergency Physicians Monthly. Sometimes I lecture on the law, or take the plaintiffs’ side in debates. In October 2012, I spoke on a panel about deposition and discovery misconduct at the American Bar Association’s Torts and Insurance Practice Section Leadership Meeting. In February 2016, I took the plaintiffs’ side in a debate on Capitol Hill to Congressional staffers about the role the FDA plays in dangerous drug lawsuits. You can watch the video here.

I’m married with three kids. I’ve had several cases that resulted in me arguing against more than a dozen defense lawyers at once, and that was nothing compared to trying to convince a Kindergartener to go to bed.

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I’m a licensed attorney and do provide legal advice, but I only provide legal advice to my clients — people who have a written agreement with me — and I don’t provide legal advice through this site. Please don’t take anything you read on the internet to be legal advice.

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