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Bryan Patrick Werley

Litigation Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

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Learn Bryan’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    25%
    Aggressive and proven trial practice in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey (as well as various other jurisdictions on a pro hac vice basis).

    17 years, 300 cases

  2. Ethics and professional responsibility
    20%
    I litigate claims involving allegations of professional negligence.

    17 years

  3. Construction and development
    15%

    17 years

  4. Wrongful death
    10%

    17 years

  5. Car accident
    7%

    17 years

  6. Contracts and agreements
    6%
    Litigation of contracts arises routinely in my practice.

    17 years

  7. Brain injury
    5%

    17 years

  8. Insurance
    5%
    Insurance issues arise routinely in my litigation practice.

    17 years

  9. Libel and slander
    3%

    17 years

  10. Defective and dangerous products
    2%

    17 years

  11. Slip and fall accident
    2%

    17 years

Mr. Werley focuses his practice on complex litigation matters. 

Representative matters include cases involving trucking, construction, mass transit, products and premises liability and construction matters where defective design or construction is alleged. He also handles professional liablity matters involving allegations of professional malpractice. He has successfully handled matters dealing with wrongful arrest and detention, corporate litigation and shareholder and partnership disputes.

Many of the matters he handles involve claims of serious and catastrophic damages and oftentimes is called upon to deploy complex strategies and legal theories.  He has handled matters both on the claims side as well as individuals with various business disputes.  

Although he prides himself in being aggressive, the advice he provides to clients is always focused upon achieving their goals and tempered with commonsense approaches to resolve matters to their benefit.  

Mr. Werley lectures his fellow colleagues in matters dealing with the art of trial advocacy and both state and federal practice.

He was lead trial counsel for Griffin Campbell in the historic civil trial arising from the tragic collapse of a four story building and destruction of the adjacent Salvation Army thrift store located in downtown Philadelphia during the summer of 2013. Suit was filed by customers, employees and the estates of customers and employees injured or killed inside the store during the morning hours of June 5, 2013. The trial commenced with jury selection in early September, 2016. The liability verdict in this case, which was bifurcated between liability and damages, was rendered during the waning days of January, 2017. It is believed this was the longest civil jury trial in the history of Philadelphia. Mr. Werley defended Campbell, the demolition contractor hired to perform the demolition of the four story structure which abutted the Salvation Army. Campbell was tried and convicted of six counts of involuntary manslaughter, causing a catastrophe and aggravated assault prior to the commencement of the civil trial. Also sued were the excavator operator, the building’s owners, and an architect that served as the owners’ representative on the project. The Salvation Army was also a named Defendant. Campbell’s liability was predetermined as a matter of law in light of the criminal convictions, but Mr. Werley defended Campbell vigorously at trial as there were still questions of whether Campbell acted extremely and outrageously and what percentage of fault should be assigned to Campbell during the apportionment phase of the jury’s deliberations. The jury determined that Campbell’s co-defendants were primarily liable, assessing him only 1% of the negligence. The case settled during the damages phase of trial.

 

Licensed for 18 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/07/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 10/01/2022
State IN
Status Temporary Admission
Acquired N/A
Updated 09/15/2014

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Zarwin Baum Divito Kaplan Schaer & Toddy
2005 Market St.
16th Floor
Philadelphia, PA, 19103

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Posted by Cody | March 2, 2020
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Great Job
Bryan was exceptional from beginning to end. Worked hard for our company in an accident case that was at the fault of others
Posted by Jonathan | March 1, 2020
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From our initial conversation we found Mr Werley to be very professional, knowledgeable & attentive. Once we secured Mr Werley’s services to represent us, we began to have conversations regularly in reference to the best strategy for representing us. We always Felt he was well informed, approachable & caring during all of our interactions. We would certainly retain Mr Werley’s services in the future if need be & would highly recommend Mr Werley to anyone seeking a skilled, knowledgeable & personable attorney.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer & Toddy
  • 2016 - Present
  • Arbitrator
  • Serves as Arbitrator for Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Zarwin Baum Devito Kaplan Schaer & Toddy
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Partner
  • Chartwell Law Offices, LLP
  • 2004 - 2012
  • Legal Intern
  • City of Philadelphia: Claims Unit
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Legal Intern
  • United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Law Clerk/Associate
  • Kelly, Dubrow & Herron
  • 2003 - 2004
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Education

  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • American University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • Market Street Building Collapse
  • Favorable
  • Doe v. Maintenance Company
  • Defense Verdict for Client
  • Corbitt v. Tipton
  • Favorable
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Associations

  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • THEMIS
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Attorney Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Attorney Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • United States District Court for District of New Jersey
  • Attorney Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Temple Law Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Superlawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Superlawyers.com
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Superlawyers.com
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Superlawyers.com
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Philadelphia Magazine (Super lawyer edition)
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Philadelphia Magazine (Super Lawyers Edition)
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Philadelphia Magazine (Super lawyer edition)
  • 2013
  • Person on the move
  • Philadelphia Business Journal
  • 2011
  • Rising Star (Superlawyer Edition)
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2008
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Publications

  • Civil Trial Manual - NBI Seminar materials
  • Direct, Cross-Examination, Closing Argument
  • 2019
  • Contribution Toward Course Materials for "What Can a Magistrate Judge Do For You?"
  • Course Materials
  • 2011
  • Course Material Contribution for "My First Federal Jury Trial"
  • Course Materials
  • 2010
  • Temple International & Comparative Law Journal
  • Aussie Rules: Universal Jurisdiction Over Internet Defamation
  • 2004
  • Temple International and Comparative Law Journal
  • Aussie Rules: Universal Jurisdiction Over Internet Defamation
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Federal Bench/Bar Conference
  • What Can A Magistrate Judge Do For You?
  • 2011
  • PBI CLE
  • My First Federal Jury Trial
  • 2010

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Commercial real estate Attorney | Nov 13
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Philadelphia Litigation Lawyer Bryan Patrick Werley
Bryan Patrick Werley
Litigation Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 18 years