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Paul David Brandes

Paul David Brandes

also known as Paul D. Brandes, Paul Brandes

About me

I am a partner and senior trial attorney at Villari, Brandes & Giannone.  For more than 20 years, I have dedicated my career to representing clients who are the victims of permanent injury caused by medical malpractice, defective products and catastrophic tractor-trailer and motor vehicle collisions. Among my clients in medical negligence cases are the parents of infants and children who were the victims of birth trauma or who were the victims of medical or nursing negligence during their newborn, toddler or adolescent years.

I was instrumental in establishing national legal precedent on behalf of the injured victims of tractor-trailer wrecks. In that regard, I was counsel for the Estates of two people killed in a motor vehicle wreck caused by a negligent tractor-trailer driver and trucking company in the land mark New Jersey Supreme Court ruling in Puckrein vs. ATI Transport, Inc. (establishing that a shipper of goods can be held liable for hiring an incompetent independent contractor trucking company/motor carrier which is involved in a subsequent motor vehicle collision).

My litigation successes include many multi-million dollar recoveries for clients in medical malpractice cases and tractor-trailer/motor vehicle collision cases throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including in each state’s most highly conservative counties.

My practice also includes representing victims of environmental disasters and toxic torts. From 2009-2014, I prosecuted a mass toxic tort/environmental pollution lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority regarding the devastating December 22, 2008, coal fly ash spill disaster at TVA’s coal-fired electricity generation plant in Kingston, Tennessee.  It was the largest environmental disaster ever on U.S. soil (even larger than the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico).  I was one of the lead attorneys in the case. In the liability phase of the trial, I and the other members of the trial team secured a verdict in favor of the victims of the disaster. Subsequently, after an extensive, year-long mediation, we secured from TVA a $27.8 million settlement for over 800 property owners.

I have also designed and taught courses on behalf of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute regarding tractor-trailer and motor vehicle collision cases, and medical malpractice/birth trauma.

I am a member of:

  • The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, which works to secure the exoneration, release from imprisonment, and restoration to society of people who are innocent and have been wrongly convicted, and to prevent innocent people from being convicted.

  • The Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the oldest trial lawyer organization in Pennsylvania.

I am also an Investigator in the Investigative Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, and am a member of the Philadelphia County Bar Association, and the nationally recognized American Association for Justice, including its Birth Trauma Litigation Group and its Interstate Trucking Group.

My firm has represented thousands of injured clients and their families throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and other areas of the country.


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 35%
  2. Birth Injury: 25%
  3. Trucking Accident: 25%
  4. Car Accidents: 15%

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  • David M. Hollar

    Mr. Brandes is highly recommended. Throughout pre-litigation investigation, discovery, trial or appeal, Paul's diligence, creativity and attention to detail is rarely matched. Mr. Brandes' professionalism benefits all of his clients and their claims.


    David Hollar Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Villari, Brandes & Giannone, P.C.

- suburban Philadelphia office -
161 Washington Street, Suite 400
Conshohocken, PA, 19428

Villari, Brandes & Giannone, P.C.

10000 Lincoln Drive East
Suite 201
Marlton, NJ, 08053



DCActive 200705/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2009
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial Lawyer and ShareholderVillari, Brandes & Giannone, P.C.1999 - Present
Trial LawyerVillari, Golomb & Honik, P.C.1998 - 1999
Trial LawyerLevy, Angstreich, Finney, Baldante, Rubenstein & Coren, P.C.1990 - 1998
National Security Research AssociateCouncil on Economic Priorities1985 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers AssociationAsst. Secretary, Executive Board of Directors2014 - Present
Pennsylvania Innocence ProjectMember of Board of Directors2013 - Present
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers AssociationLegal Education Coordinator2011 - 2014
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember of Board of Directors2007 - Present
Philadelphia County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sample of results in medical malpractice / negligence cases (click here):Many multi-million dollar recoveries for my clients
Sample of results in tractor-trailer collision cases (click here):Many multi-million dollar recoveries for my clients
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Publication nameTitleDate
CEP Publications[Book]: Banning Nuclear Tests: Verification, Compliance and Savings (co-authored book with Betty Goetz-Lall)1987
CEP Publications[Book]: Security without Star Wars: Verifying a Ban on Ballistic Missile Defense (co-authored book with Betty Goetz-Lall and Rosy Nimroody)1986
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University School of Law in PhiladelphiaLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Clark University in Worcester, MassachusettsAmerican GovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture SeriesLitigating Tractor Trailer Accidents2014
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association Lecture SeriesDangers in Discovery re. Social Media2013
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association Lecture SeriesTruck Wrecks: Rules, Regulations and Reptiles2012
Temple University Beasley School of Law Career Planning SeminarLawyer Career Planning: “What is a Trial Lawyer?"2011
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association Lecture SeriesWinning Your Case Before Trial – Discovery Strategy in Personal Injury and Environmental Tort Litigation2011
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture SeriesLitigating Tractor Trailer Accidents2011
American Association for Justice Annual ConferenceCurrent Public Policy Issues Affecting Growing Minority Populations: “Evaluating the Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Case in Light of Public Sentiment and Racial Bias”2011
HB Litigation Conferences, National TeleconferenceCoal Ash & Slurry Contamination2010
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture SeriesDiscovery - Where Most Cases Are Won or Lost2009
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture SeriesLitigating Tractor Trailer Accidents2007
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture SeriesLitigating Tractor Trailer Accidents2005
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture SeriesBirth Trauma - Medical Malpractice2004