Where most trial lawyers spend their entire career without winning
significant verdicts or, for that matter, seven figure verdicts, James
E. Foerstner has won several. Some of those million dollar plus verdicts
include $3.5 million dollars for the death of an infant (Top 50
Verdicts in Pennsylvania for 2004); $3.25 millions dollars for
compromised sight in one eye; $3.0 million dollars for failure to
diagnose lung cancer resulting in death (Top 50 Verdicts in Pennsylvania
for 2008); $1.88 million dollars for the failure to diagnose bladder
cancer resulting in death (highest verdict in Lackawanna, Pa in 2009)
(during that trial, and in addition to the verdict, one of the named
defendants settled its case for $2.0 million dollars); $1.45 million
dollars for the failure to diagnose and treat a perforated bowel
resulting in death); $1.25 million dollars for the loss of a kidney; and
$1.0 million dollars for a spinal cord injury. In addition to these
multiple seven figure verdicts, he has consistently tried and won many
other cases that have resulted in successful outcomes for his clients.
trial victories, Jim has been responsible for multiple six and seven
figure settlements related to medical malpractice, products liability,
and premise liability. Those include settlements for spinal cord injury,
partial blindness, loss of organs, misdiagnosis of cancer, death, and
other injuries. Among those settlements, he represented ten of the
thirty-nine people injured in the infamous Pier 34 collapse on the
Delaware River. Jim’s work was instrumental in obtaining a significant
portion of the $29.6 million dollar settlement.
Jim did not take a traditional path to trial practice and the law.
His preparation for a career in medical malpractice litigation began
during a successful medical instrument sales career. While working full
time as a medical instrument sales professional, Jim went to law school
and graduated in the upper third of his class. In 1989, legendary
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Prosecuting Attorney, John E. Corrigan offered him
a position as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. As a newly minted
lawyer and prosecutor, Jim tried his first case involving a man who
ritualistically raped and sodomized two of his three children in a
basement lair decorated with pentagons and other symbols of satanic
worship. Jim sent the man to jail to serve ten consecutive life
sentences. During his five years as a prosecutor, Jim tried and
convicted dozens of other criminals in major felony cases involving
rape, robbery, homicide, fraud and drugs.
After he left the prosecutor’s office, Jim moved to Philadelphia and
joined a major defense firm where the bulk of his work involved
representing doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice actions. His
practice also included the representation of small businesses and major
corporations in a variety of civil matters.
In 1998, Jim was handling a medical malpractice case against Beasley
Firm attorney, Slade H. McLaughlin. During that case, Slade introduced
Jim to McLaughlin’s boss, the formidable James E. Beasley, Sr. Mr.
Beasley immediately offered him a job.
Since joining The Beasley Firm, Jim has vigorously represented the
rights of the injured.
Jim’s philosophy is simple; you have to
outwork your opponents. “The best lawyer in the courtroom is not the
smartest guy, but the best prepared one”, he said.
Jim is also a
member of multiple professional organizations, he has been asked to
speak on various legal topics including trial tactics, mediation in
medical malpractice cases, and developments in the law of medical
malpractice, among others. In his spare time he designs and builds high
quality reproduction 18th century furniture. He is also involved in
competitive shooting sports and is an active scuba diver and fly
fisherman. He and his wife, Georgia, live with their daughter,
Augustine, in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Top 50 Verdicts in Pennsylvania||VerdictSearch||2008|
|Top 50 Verdicts in Pennsylvania||VerdictSearch||2004|
|Owner||James E. Foerstner, Attorney at law, LLC||2011 - Present|
|Attorney||The Beasley Firm, LLC||1998 - 2011|
|Attorney||Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin||1996 - 1998|
|Attorney||Jacobson, Maynard, Tuschman & Kalur Co. Lpa||1994 - 1996|
|Prosecuting Attorney||Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Prosecutor's Office||1989 - 1994|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania||Member||1999 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||1997 - Present|
|Ohio State Bar Association||Member||1989 - Present|
|The Scranton Times Tribune||Dunmore Woman Gets $1.88 Million in Medical Malpractice Case||2009|
|Legal Intelligencer||Foerstner and Lauricella Tag Team a $3 Million Verdict in Philadelphia Med-Mal Case||2008|
|Delaware Law Weekly||$1.45 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict Awarded in Delaware||2007|
|Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|Saint Francis College||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1980|
|The Dispute Resolution Institute CLE||Med Mal Mediation...and Arbitration||2004|
|Lecturer, Adjunct Faculty||Trial Advocacy (cross-examination)||1995|