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Richard M. Serbin has been representing seriously injured people since 1974. For the last twenty-five (25) years he has devoted himself to representing survivors of sexual abuse. In 1987, he filed his first of many lawsuits against a Diocese and its Bishop for protecting a serial child predator. He was one of only a few attorneys in the country with the courage and interest to undertake the difficult task of going against one of the largest institutions in the world. He was motivated to stop the sexual abuse of children, and to alert the public of the need to be vigilant against sexual predators in trusted positions.


 


Richard M. Serbin is the only attorney to succeed in obtaining a jury verdict in Pennsylvania against a priest for sexually molesting a child, his bishop and the diocese who protected him. His trailblazing work on behalf of victims of sexual abuse has included multiple appearances before the Supreme Court, establishing the law in Pennsylvania, cited by other courts throughout the United States.


 


Through his years of experience Richard M, Serbin has gained the knowledge and experience that few attorneys can replicate. His devotion to his clients and aggressive approach has forced large institutions to address the problem of sexual molestation of children. He enjoys a nationwide reputation for successfully representing sexual abuse victims in their fight for justice.


 


Survivors of abuse need an attorney who not only has experience in this unique and technical field of law, but also someone who is sensitive, compassionate and understanding to their needs. Our current and former clients can attest to the personal and caring approach he provides to each individual.

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  1. Personal Injury: 100%
    41 years

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Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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630 Pleasant Valley Blvd Ste C
Altoona, PA, 16602-4804

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NCActive199606/04/2016
PAActive197404/02/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2013
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Million Dollar AdvoateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2010
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2009
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2008
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2007
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2006
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2005
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2004
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2003
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2002
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2001
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2000
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum1999
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum1998
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Personal Injury AttorneyLaw Offices of Richard M. Serbin2012 - Present
PartnerSerbin Kovacs & Nypaver2002 - 2012
PartnerReese, Serbin, Kovacs & Nypaver1994 - 2002
PartnerLevine, Reese & Serbin1982 - 1994
PartnerMullen, Casanave, Carpenter & Serbin1978 - 1982
AssociateMullen & Casanave1977 - 1980
AssociateBarron & Zimmerman1974 - 1977
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Board of Trial AdvocacyCivil Trial Advocate1989 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1987 - Present
Pennsylvania Association For JusticeMember1987 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hutchison V Luddy, 7242 A.2d 1052 (Pa.,1999) (Supreme 1999)N/A
No. 1175 C.P., 1987 (Blair County) (1994).Plaintiff Verdict $1,880,564
2008 Pa. Super 58, 946 A.2d 744 (2008).Superior Court held victim was entitled to interest on jury verdict
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Trial MagazineWhen Clergy Fail Their Flocks2002
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duquesne University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
University of Pittsburgh School of LawN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SeminarWhat Civil Judges Want You to Know2012
SeminarWhat Civil Judges Want You to Know2011
SeminarWhat Civil Judges Want You to Know2010