Thomas R. Kline

Thomas R. Kline
Status: Active
Kline & Specter, PC
1525 Locust St., 19th Fl.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 772-1000

Tom Kline is a founding partner of Kline & Specter along with Shanin Specter, also a member of the Inner Circle, In over 36 years, Kline has forged an incomparable record of courtroom victories in all kinds of personal injury cases on behalf of catastrophically injured clients and in death cases. As a result of this and many other professional accomplishments, he has been honored in the peer survey of Super Lawyers for eleven consecutive years, 2004 through 2014, as the No. 1 ranked attorney of 43,000 Pennsylvania lawyers. He has been chosen since its inception, including 2014, as one the top 500 "Leading Lawyers in America" and as 'the leading personal injury plaintiffs lawyer in Pennsylvania' by Lawdragon, which describes him as 'one of Philadelphia's legendary litigators'. The publication Best Lawyers selected him among the nation's best lawyers every year since 1995. He was named to the National Law Journal's Winners Hall of Fame. The Editorial Board of the Philadelphia Inquirer called Kline '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. His verdicts include $51M against a municipal transit authority and a long list seven and eight figure jury verdicts. In late 2011, he obtained a $14M verdict on behalf of an amputee in a suburban Pennsylvania county, a case in which the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania challenge the municipal cap in Pennsylvania. Tom Kline was nationally prominent as the leading civil lawyer in the highly publicized Penn State/Sandusky scandal, and during 2012 was featured in 1000 television appearances, including every major network and cable outlet in the country reaching over 100 million viewers. On December 20, 2013 he obtained a $42 million jury verdict in a birth injury case, thirty years to the day after obtaining his first seven figure jury verdict of $5.3 million. Many of Kline's results have resulted in governmental, institutional, and corporate changes and reform. Kline has handled some of them most important and celebrated cases in Pennsylvania and nationally. Kline has received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Legal Intelligencier in 2014, awarded to a select few of the most accomplished Pennsylvania lawyers and judges for contributions to the practice and development of the law.
In September 2014 Drexel University named its law school the Thomas R. Kline School of Law and established the Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy.
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