Philadelphia has a long and storied legal tradition. The two guiding documents of American law, the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States, were drafted and approved at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia, now know as Independence Hall.
The reputation of the “Philadelphia lawyer” has waxed and waned over the years. In colonial times, a “Philadelphia lawyer” was “a lawyer knowledgeable in the most minute aspects of the law,” owing to the reputation of Andrew Hamilton and his successful defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735, the defamation lawsuit that established truth as an absolute defense to libel. By 1937, Woodie Guthrie sang Philadelphia Lawyer over the old folk ballad, The Jealous Lover, describing us in much lower terms.
These days, Philadelphia should be synonymous with efficient and fair court systems: the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, the formal name for our courts, is one of the few urban court systems in the nation without a severe backlog of cases. Its Complex Litigation Center for mass torts cases has an unparalleled reputation for moving cases to a speedy, but fair, settlement or trial. Nonetheless, corporate and insurance-funded public relations specialists have spent millions of dollars to tarnish the City’s reputation, attacking judges and polluting the jury pool with misconceptions about Philadelphia personal injury lawyers and accident lawsuits.
Below are some of the more popular law blog posts on my site about Philadelphia lawyers and lawsuits in Philadelphia:
- Massive Emergency Room Malpractice Award For Noncompliant Patient
- Philadelphia Judicial Primary Candidates 2011 – A Short Guide
- Junk Science: Court Wrongly Holds Vinyl Chloride Can’t Cause Cancer
- Philadelphia Wins First IRS Tax Fraud Whistleblower Award
- DiDonato vs. Ung, or Vice Versa? Civil Lawsuits After A Criminal Acquittal
- Another Falsified Logbook, Another Preventable Truck Accident Death
- Jury Awards Law Professors $5 Million Against West Publishing For Defamatory Pocket Part
- Why Philadelphia Is The Worst Judicial Hellhole In The United States
- A Look Behind The Scenes Of A Multi-Million Dollar Personal Injury Verdict
- Pennsylvania Superior Court Decides What It Would Have Decided (Kanter v. Epstein v. Saul Ewing)
- Can Philadelphia Sue Pennsylvania For More Court Funding?
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