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Thomas R. Kline

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

A founding partner of Kline & Specter, P.C., along with fellow Inner Circle member Shanin Specter, Tom Kline is one of America's most respected and influential lawyers. His many groundbreaking cases have helped shape the law and have resulted in corporate, institutional and governmental change and justice for his clients.

Among a litany of accolades in recognition of his achievements, Mr. Kline has been selected every year as the attorney ranked first among 65,000 active Pennsylvania lawyers by Super Lawyers since its inception in 2004. Lawdragon, listing Mr. Kline as one of the top 500 lawyers among 1.3 million active lawyers in America, has described him as "the leading personal injury plaintiffs' lawyer in Pennsylvania."

Mr. Kline achieved many landmark jury verdicts in product liability and medical malpractice dating back to the 1980's with seven- and eight-figure jury verdicts in each of four decades.

A jury verdict in 1983 by Mr. Kline was the then largest compensatory jury verdict in the then Dalkon Shield litigation. In 2015 he obtained the first jury verdict in the Risperdal litigation, which was featured in Steven Brill's 15-part docuserial titled "America's Most Admired Lawbreaker." In 2016 he obtained a multimillion dollar jury verdict in a transvaginal mesh trial.

Mr. Kline's recent work in the Penn State/Sandusky and in the Piazza fraternity hazing tragedies have gained national attention. In the national Vioxx litigation which resulted in a $4.6 billion settlement, Mr. Kline was described by The Wall Street Journal as "a key player." He served as the Chair of the Plaintiffs' Management Committee of the Amtrak 188 Derailment litigation in the record $265,000 million settlement.

A graduate and recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award of Albright College, Mr. Kline earned his MA from Lehigh University and his JD from Duquesne University School of Law, where he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Mr. Kline clerked for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Thomas W. Pomeroy.

The Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University is named in recognition of his achievements as a lawyer and his $50 million gift in 2014, also establishing the Thomas R. Kline Institute for Trial Advocacy. Mr. Kline serves as a Drexel University trustee.

In 2017, the Thomas R. Kline Center for Judicial Education was established at Duquesne University School of Law, creating a new model for judicial education in the United States.

Mr Kline has been interviewed and quoted thousands of times in national and local television and publications. He is one of the most recognized legal figures in America.

He is the past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, which The Washington Post has described as "a select group of 100 of the nation's most celebrated trial lawyers."
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