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Protecting the rights of the "little guy" from "big guy" corporations can result in a consumer lawyer finding himself squarely in the crosshairs of the rich and powerful. Business-friendly interests and/or  those who come from such backgrounds don't recognize the need for society to hold corporate America accountable even when they break the law or cause injury.  I see the need. Always have, and always will.


What matters most to me? When the best possible resolution to legitimate and often life-altering problems is secured,  It's far more gratifying to swim upstream, than to sit still and not take a stand against injustice.


Here's my bio from our website:


Craig Thor Kimmel is one of the most experienced and respected consumer attorneys in the United States. Along with his partner, Robert M. Silverman, he has been called a pioneer in consumer protection and cost-free legal representation. Beginning in 1989, he has devoted his practice solely to consumer claims, primarily Fair Debt Collection Practice Act (FDCPA) and Automobile Warranty "Lemon Law" claims. In 1997, he served as legal consultant to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and continues to consult when asked with the Consumer Affairs Committee. He is credited with being responsible for the only two amendments to the Pennsylvania Lemon Law and authoring the first Computer Lemon Law bill in the United States, which also served as a model for Illinois, Connecticut and California. Mr. Kimmel has made repeat appearances on national television discussing his cases and consumer law issues, and has given interviews to newspapers, magazines and radio programs. Within the profession, Mr. Kimmel has been a keynote speaker for legal education seminars and has shared his experiences with community groups nationwide.


Mr. Kimmel does not represent businesses or business interests. He instead has chosen to represent individuals and has done so many thousands of times. He has also served as class counsel in cases that have pushed for product improvements and changes in how business responds to customers. He has successfully argued for clients at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on matters having a national impact, that continue to be cited as authority.


In 1986, Mr. Kimmel earned his Bachelor of Arts Degrees from Ursinus College and in 1989 a Juris Doctor Degree from Widener University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts State Courts, as well as several Federal Courts across the United States. He is active in the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the New York Bar Association. Mr. Kimmel is a member in good standing of the American Bar Association.


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Practice areas


  1. Debt Collection: 50%
    6 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Lemon Law: 35%
    24 years, 15 thousand cases
  3. Employment & Labor: 10%
    6 years
  4. Class Action: 5%
    24 years



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  • Sean Cleary

    I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community.


    Sean Cleary Car Accidents Attorney
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  • Amy Lynn Bennecoff

    I have had the pleasure of working with Craig for over seven years. He is an amazing advocate and works exceptionally hard to get his clients the best possible results.


    Amy Bennecoff Lemon Law Attorney
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Contact info

Kimmel & Silverman, P.C.

1001 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY, 10018

Kimmel & Silverman, PC

100 Ross Street, Suite 330
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219



NYCurrently registered 199703/13/2015

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reciprocal Suspension (stayed)
    issued in PA, 2009


    This means that the attorney's misconduct in another state, or jurisdiction, also violated the rules for practicing law in Pennsylvania.

    Craig’s comment: “Another state automatically reciprocated these findings. After 90 days, Maryland reinstated, as did the other state. The MD Court commented that it was confident the problem was unlikely to be repeated. Notably, two other states in which I do practice in, chose not to suspend, one issuing censure only, while the other declined to penalize at all. There never was a problem like that in 16 years of practice beforehand, nor has there been since.”

  2. Reciprocal Censured
    issued in NY, 2009


    This means that the attorney's misconduct in another state, or jurisdiction, also violated the rules for practicing law in New York.

    Craig’s comment: “I do not practice in MD, but my partner and I were her supervisors. It was felt that we should have discovered the associate's actions . We accepted responsibility and fully cooperated, as the clients are always the paramount concern. We identified cases which could have been affected and received authority to compensate each and every client. MD issued a 90 day suspension, while recognizing that I didn’t practice there and the associate took great pains to hide her actions. (more)”

  3. Reciprocal - Suspension
    issued in MA, 2008


    This means that the attorney's misconduct in another state, or jurisdiction, also violated the rules for practicing law in Massachusetts.

    Craig’s comment: “I take pride in successfully representing consumers without charge for nearly 25 years and remain committed to that ideal every day. My practice has been challenging and rewarding. In 2005, a different challenge arose when I learned that my firms Maryland associate was found to suffer from significant mental lapses and medical problems affecting her ability to represent clients. The situation was reported to the appropriate authorities immediately. (more)”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pennsylvania Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Pennsylvania Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Pennsylvania Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Pennsylvania Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Pennsylvania Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Awesome Attorney -- Lemon LawSJ Magazine2007
Pennsylvania Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2006
IMA Website Award--Best Small to Midize FirmMicah Buchdahl, Internet Marketing Attorney2006
Pennsylvania Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2005
IMA Wesbite Award--Best Small to Midszie FirmMicah Buchdahl, Internet Marketing Attorney2005
Pennsylvania Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2004
Louis M. Brown Award (Meritorious Recognition)American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service2002
Best Lemon Law Firm in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Magazine1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerKimmel & Silverman, PC1991 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1996 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fannie Harrison v. Nissan Motor CoporationAppeal dismissed for lack of appellate jurisdiction.
Santai v. Fred Beans Ford, Inc. et al PAED 10-2367 (2011)$150,000 Judgment for Plaintiff/Client, plus $88,500 in attorney fees and costs
Geoffrey Hannan v. Gary Barbera Chryslerland$38,484.40 in cash damages police officer/consumer, plus all attorneys' fees
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Publication nameTitleDate
Bucks County Courier TimesCrusading For Consumers2013
Philadelphia TribuneWest Philly resident takes debt collectors to court2013
Times HeraldKimmel & Silverman Blazed A Trail In Warranty Law2012
Philadelphia InquirerPregnancy Bias In The Workplace Is Alive & Well2011
Bucks County Courier TimesLawsuit Claims NJ Dealer Pulls Bait & Switch2006
Newark Star LedgerLemon Lawsuits Squeeze State Courts: Jersey Judiciary steers parties into mediation to handle surging caseload2006
Black EnterpriseSour Auto Power2005
DebtSmartLemon list helps consumers avoid a sour experience2004
DebtSmartHow is Your Automotive Aptitude? Take the Car Quiz!2004
DebtSmartVW And Audi Need to Put the Pedal to the Metal Regarding Ignition Coils2004
DebtSmartBreak Through the Mold and Protect Your Rights2004
DebtSmartLemon Car Making Your Life Sour?2004
DebtSmartCar Salesmen: Here Come the Vultures!2004
DebtSmartDealing With A Messed Up Car Lease2003
Inside MagazineClosing Arguments: Not A Lemon of A Law Firm; Kimmel & Silverman Will Help You Avoid Getting Squeezed2002
Pittsburgh Post-GazettePost Your Problems with Yvonne Zanos: Car in shop four months puzzles owner2002
Philadelphia WeeklyCalling All Cars2002
Pittsburgh Post-GazetteState's auto lemon law can relieve a car buyer's sour experience2001
Erie TimesFighting Back2001
Pittsburgh Tribune ReviewPutting The Squeeze On Lemons2001
Kiplinger's Personal Finance MagazineUnload Your Lemon2001
ABA JournalYou Build 'Em, You Back 'Em2001
Philadelphia InquirerA Legal Twist For Those Who Are Sold A Lemon2000
Pittsburgh Post-GazettePost Your Problems with Yvonne Zanos: Is her new computer a lemon? Don't give up2000
Philadelphia InquirerLawyers Build A Sweet Practice Out of Lemon Laws1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Ursinus CollegeEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Germantown AcademyN/AN/A1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Eyewitness News KYW TV, Philadelphia3 On Your Side: Taken For A Ride2014
WDAS FM, PhiladelphiaDealing With Debt Collectors2013
The Union Edge, Labor's Talk RadioThe Dangers of Pension Loans2013
The Philadelphia Agenda with Brad Segall, WOGL FM PhiladelphiaDealing With Debt Collectors--Your Rights Under The FDCPA2013
NBC10 News, PhiladelphiaWhat To Do If You're Being Harassed For Another Person's Debt2013
KYW Newsradio. PhiladelphiaCheyney Students Should Deal With Leaked ID Info2013
KDKA News, PittsburghConsumers Should Know Their Rights When Dealing With Debt Collectors2013
Good Day Philadelphia FOX 29, PhiadelphiaHow To Stop Collection Calls2013
PA Live - WBRE TV Wilkes Barre/Scranton, PAKnow Your Rights When Dealing With Debt Collectors2012
EBRU Today, EBRU TVFighting Back Against Debt Collectors2012
Eyewitness News, KYW TV, Philadelphia3 On Your Side: Stop Debt Collection Harassment2011
Talk Philly, KYW TV PhiladelphiaDealing With Debt Collectors2010
Survive & Thrive, NBC10 PhiladelphiaDealing With Debt Collectors2010
Fox 29 News, PhiladelphiaReal Deal: No Harassing Debt Collectors2010
Fox & Friends, Fox News NetworkWhat's In Her Wallet? Not $286,000,000.2010
Good Day Philadelphia, FOX 29 Philadelphia2009 Car Complaint Index2009
Executive Leaders RadioGreater Philadelphia Leaders: Craig Kimmel2009
KDKA TV, PittsburghHidden Car Problems: A KDKA Consumer Investigation2008
Fox 29, PhiladelphiaFord F-Truck Fire Investigation2008
Comcast NewsmakersPA Lemon Law Rights2008
Comcast NewsmakersEfforts To Include RVs and Motorcycles Under PA Lemon Law2008
Comcast NewsmakersMotorcyclists Rights Under Federal Warranty Law2008
All That & More, NBC10 PhiladelphiaWill Philadelphia Have A Used Car Lemon Law?2008
WBRE TV Wilkes Barre/Scranton, PAWBRE TV 28 On Your Side Lemon Law Clinic2007
The CBS Saturday Early ShowBuying A Car For Teenagers2007
NBC10 Consumer ExpoThe Lemon Law & Your Rights2005
The CBS Early ShowHow To Buy A Car2004
Good Morning America, ABC TVLemons Have Car Buyers Seeing Red2002
American Law Journal TVLemon Laws2002
PA House of RepresentativesPublic Hearings On House Bill 767 Re Improving Pennsylvania's Lemon Law2001
Extra, Warner Brothers TVLemon Laws2001
PA House of Representatives, Consumer Affairs CommitteeComputer Lemon Law Conference2000
Boscov's Department StoreBoscov's Lemon Law Car Clinic2000
Your Morning On CN8, The Comcast NetworkRegular Guest, Consumer Issues (2004-2008)N/A
WNEP TV Wilkes Barre/Scranton, PAMember, Action Army (2000-2002)N/A
The 10! Show, NBC 10 PhiladelphiaRegular Guest, Consumer Issues (2002-2007)N/A
Silicon Spin, ZDTVPanelist (1999-2001)N/A
Real Life with Mary Amoroso, The Comcast NetworkConsumer Issues Correspondent (2001-2008)N/A
Philadelphia Focus with Bill Brosey, Clear Channel RadioRegular Guest, Consumer Issues (1999-2004)N/A
Money Matters with Jerry Heller, WVIA TV Scranton, PARegular Guest, Lemon Law IssuesN/A