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Slade McLaughlin is a Founding Shareholder and CEO of McLaughlin & Lauricella. He attended Ursinus College,graduating with a B.A. degree in 1979, and thereafter attended the Villanova University School of Law, graduating in the top 15% of his class with a J.D. degree in 1982. In June, 2004, Mr. McLaughlin successfully completed Harvard Law School’sMediation Training Program for Lawyers.

Mr. McLaughlin was admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania in 1982, in New Jersey in 1983, in the District of Columbia in 1985, and in New York in 1988. For the first ten years of his practice, Mr. McLaughlin worked as an attorney for one of Philadelphia’s larger medical malpractice defense firms representing physicians, dentists, hospitals, and other healthcare providers in professional liability claims. Since 1992, Mr. McLaughlin has focused his practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured in accidents, because of sexual molestation, or because of substandard medical care. Before starting his own firm in February of 2011, Mr. McLaughlin worked at The Beasley Firm in Philadelphia for 17 years, having trained under, and become partners with, the legendary trial lawyer, Jim Beasley, Sr.

In February, 2003, Mr. McLaughlin was trial counsel in the first World Trade Center lawsuit claiming that the Republic of Iraq and Saddam Hussein conspired with Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on The World Trade Center. That lawsuit resulted in a $104 million judgment.

Mr. McLaughlin is a member of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, and currently represents Victim No. 1 from the Grand Jury Presentment in the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse matter. Mr. McLaughlin has worked in tandem with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in civil representation of victims of sexual abuse by priests and teachers of the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia (See 2003 and 2011 Grand Jury Reports). A copy of the Complaint in the case of “Billy Doe” vs. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, et al. is attached here.

Slade McLaughlin has been listed in each edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 2003, has been honored as a repeat “Top 10″ Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” in Philadelphia Magazine’s “Super Lawyers” Supplement, is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (with special competence in medical professional liability), and has been admitted to membership by the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. McLaughlin was recently recognized as “Professional of the Year for Personal Injury Law” by Strathmore’s Who’s Who for Outstanding Professionals.

In addition to being listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Mr. McLaughlin is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, is a member of The American College of Legal Medicine, is an invited member of The College of Master Advocates and Barristers, is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, and has earned an A-V rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available for both professional competence and ethical integrity. He has co-authored a number of publications including a Medico-Legal Chapter in two editions of Anesthesia for Ambulatory Surgery (a text for practicing anesthesiologists) and two separate supplements for the Handbook of Civil Practice in the State and Federal Courts of Pennsylvania. Mr. McLaughlin was appointed by the Pennsylvania Association For Justice to membership on the Medical Malpractice Legislative Committee and received a similar appointment to the Oversight Committee for PAJ’s statewide Medical Malpractice List Serv.

Mr. McLaughlin is a member of the Mensa Society, but also enjoys non-intellectual pursuits, such as riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and other adventurous activities such as running the New York Marathon, skydiving, scuba diving, bungee cord jumping, “Running the Bulls” in Pamplona, Spain, and climbing to Mount Everest’s Base Camp


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  1. Personal Injury: 100%



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  • David A. Moscow

    By far the best plaintiff attorney in Pennsylvania if not the country. Slade zealously fights for his clients and is never afraid to go to trial. His verdicts speak for themselves. I wholeheartedly endorse Slade and his firm.


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    Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Mclaughlin & Lauricella, P.C.

One Commerce Square
2005 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA, 19103


NYCurrently registered 198807/10/2016
DCActive 198507/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Professional of the Year in Personal InjuryStrathmore's Who's Who2012
memberNational Crime Victim Bar Association2009
memberamerican board of professional liability attorneys2006
Board Certification--Civil Trial AttorneyNational Board of Trial Certification2005
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2003
memberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerMcLaughlin & Lauricella, P.C.2011 - Present
PartnerThe Beasley Firm1994 - 2011
AssociateAdler & Kops1992 - 1994
AssociateGriffith & Burr, P.C.1982 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
College of Master Advocates and BarristersMaster2007 - Present
Litigation Counsel of AmericaMember2007 - Present
American College of Legal MedicineAttorney Member2006 - Present
Lawyers in MENSALifetime Member2005 - Present
American Board of Trial Advocates FoundationMember2002 - Present
National Board of Trial AdvocacyAttorney Member2001 - Present
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
$16.25 Million for Worker Run Over by BulldozerSettled for $16.25 million after 3 weeks of trial.
18 year old girl dies after liposuctioin in doc's officeJury awarded $20.5 Million, including punitive damages
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Publication nameTitleDate
WB SaundersMedical Legal Aspects of Ambulatory Anesthesia1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawMediation Certification2005
Villanova University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Ursinus CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lunchtime Lecture SeriesTrial Tactics in Catastrophic Injury Cases2010