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With well over 160 million dollars in verdicts and settlements to his credit, Rick Jurewicz handles Galfand Berger’s catastrophic product liability,construction accidents and automobile cases.   As a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since 2004, Rick is recognized by his adversaries and opponents as an extremely skilled trial attorney who zealously represents his clients’ rights. Rick has been selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Top 100 lawyer’s list, an honor limited to only 100 out of Pennsylvania’s nearly 34,000 lawyers! So, it comes as no surprise that Rick was also selected to the category of top 100 Philadelphia attorneys.


Rick has been responsible for achieving some of the largest recoveries and verdicts in Galfand Berger’s history. Such notable results include a confidential $36 million dollar settlement for three workers in a furnace explosion, $12 and $8 million dollar settlements for two paraplegic construction workers, and $10 million and $5 million dollar recoveries for burn injury victims, a 6 million dollar recovery for an ATV accident that left a child blind and a 5 million dollar recovery for a steelworker crushed to death


Rick is a Senior Partner having been with Galfand Berger since 1984. He graduated with distinction from Penn State University and received his Juris Doctorate from Temple University School of Law in 1983. Following graduation, he started his legal career serving a judicial clerkship with the Honorable James T. McDermott of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. After finishing his judicial clerkship, Rick came to Galfand Berger to begin a career as a trial attorney in the firm’s litigation department.


Rick is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also one of 100 Pennsylvania attorneys inducted into the Outstanding Lawyers of America. And, in 2011 and 2012, Rick was included in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers – Pennsylvania.  Rick is also listed in Best Lawyers in America, an honor given to only 55,000 of the nearly 1.3 million lawyers in the United States. He is a Lifetime Charter Member in the Best Attorneys of America


Rick has received an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating an attorney can receive. Rick is a fellow member of the American Academy of Trial Counsel, which membership is comprised of less than 1% of all attorneys in the United States. He has been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He has served as an Arbitrator for both the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Rick is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association, Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PaAJ), American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Jagiellonian Law Society. Additionally, Rick is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for Product Liability.


Rick has had numerous published opinions on cases he has handled. He is the author of several articles on product liability, product safety and construction litigation and has lectured on such topics as products liability,  construction litigation and hand injury cases . He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum having obtained numerous million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients.


Rick is co-founder and was past President of Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to children.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Defective Products: 75%
    32 years
  2. Car Accident: 15%
  3. Litigation: 10%

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  • Peter N Munsing

    Rick is an extremely inventive, knowledgeable product liability litigator, skilled in the courtroom and in the courts of appeals. He has a wealth of experience at all stages of litigation, and is a sharp, aggressive representative for his clients!

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    Peter Munsing Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Vincent J. Quatrini Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Rick was a presenter for me in a Medicine for Lawyers seminar. His presentation was articulate, precise, and informative. Rick is a zealous advocate for his clients. He does his homework. He is always prepared. He has a very affable personality which, I believe contributes to his success in the courtroom.

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    Vincent Quatrini Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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Galfand Berger ,LLP

1835 Market Street
Suite 2710
Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
PAActive198304/02/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Membership by NominationLawyers of Distinction2016
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2016
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2016
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2015
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2014
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2012
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2011
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Super Lawyer- Top 100Law & Politics Magazine2009
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
Super lawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
Super lawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Super lawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Super lawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2005
Super lawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2004
Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and AdvocacyNational Board of Trial Advocacy.1999
Invited MemberMillion Dollar Advocates ForumN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judge Pro TemPhiladelphia Court of Common Pleas2005 - Present
Law ClerkPennsylvania Supreme Court1983 - 1984
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Trial CounselMember2007 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1984 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1984 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jacobini v V & O Press CompanyN/A
Petree v Victor Fluid PowerN/A
Jack and Tammie Zimmerman v Baker-Perkins, IncN/A
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
ABA Medical-Legal GuideTraumatic Brain Injury - A Plaintiff's Perspective2016
Trial Journal of the Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaEffective Discovery in Construction Litigation2001
The BarristerOverview of a Products Case1999
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationThe Statutory Employer Defense in Pennsylvania Third Party Actions1997
The Philadelphia LawyerA license To Kill1997
PhilaposhDesigning Machines Safely1992
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Pennsylvania State University, University Park (main campus)Adminstration of JusticeOther - Bachelors1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Philadelphia Bar AssociationLitigating the Upper Extremity Injury Case2006
Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers AssociationSafeguarding Industrial Products2001
Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers AssociationDefeating the Statutory Employer Defense in Pennsylvania1997