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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

Tom Kline is one of America's most respected and influential lawyers. He is a founding partner of Kline & Specter, P.C., described by The Philadelphia Inquirer as "one of the country's leading personal injury law firms." His many groundbreaking cases have helped shape the law and have resulted in corporate, institutional and governmental change and justice for his clients.

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

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. Recent accomplishments include his groundbreaking jury verdicts in the national Risperdal litigation, and in the transvaginal mesh device litigation and his leadership as Chair of the Plaintiffs Management Committee in achieving the historic Amtrak 188 settlement.

Mr. Kline's work in the Penn State/Sandusky litigation and the Piazza fraternity hazing case have gained national attention. In the national Vioxx litigation, Mr. Kline was described by The Wall Street Journal as "a key player." Along with Inner Circle member Jason Itkin, in 2019 Kline secured an $8 billion jury verdict in a punitive damages trial involving the prescription medication Risperdal. The same year Kline obtained jury verdicts of $45 million and $80 million on behalf of women insured by transvaginal medical devices.

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 Student Award in 1978 and Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2008. Mr. Kline clerked for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Thomas W. Pomeroy.

The Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University was named in his honor in 2014, also establishing the Thomas R. Kline Institute for Trial Advocacy. The Thomas R. Kline Center for Judicial Education at Duquesne Law School was established in 2017, and the Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University was named in his honor in 2022.

Mr. Kline is regarded universally as the consummate trial lawyer of his generation.
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