|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2010|
|James J. Manderino Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy||Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association||2005|
|Partner||Feeney & Gurwitz LLC||2006 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||Chair Elect||2010 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association, Board of Governors||Member||2010 - Present|
|Berks County Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Berks County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||Member||2006 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||Member||2006 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||Zone 2 Coordinator||2007 - 2010|
|Pennsylvania Association for Justice||Member||2006 - 2009|
|University of Pennsylvania Law School||(trial advocacy and criminal law focus)||juris doctor||2005|
|University of Texas System, Dallas||Government and Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2000|
|University of Pennsylvania Law School Mock Trial Teams||Evidence Seminar for the Penn Law Mock Trial Teams||2010|
|University of Pennsylvania Law School Mock Trial Teams||Evidence Seminar for the Penn Law Mock Trial Teams||2009|
Posted by anonymous
After being charged with theft for what seemed like a harmless college prank, I turned to Mr. Gurwitz with not only my reputation but future career on the line. Mr. Gurwitz suggested we go to trial and I took his advice. Thank God, because Mr. Gurwitz was extremely knowledgeable and professional and got me the verdict we all want to hear. NOT GUILTY!!!
Posted by Jon
I had an issue with a local PD. A newer officer was assaulting a mentally unstable handcuffed man. I assaulted the officer and was facing felony charges. My bondsman told me Jacob was the best honest lawyer around. I also have a friend who I graduated college with who spoke highly of him. There were no hidden fees. One price if it lasted months or years. I got probation for one year. My goal was to avoid jail time and Jacob met my goal. It was all very smooth .
Posted by anonymous
I had a yearlong nightmare finding myself falsely accused of domestic violence by a vindictive ex-girlfriend. I was charged with aggravated assault (felony), simple assault (M2), reckless endangerment (M3), and harassment. If convicted I stood to lose my house, career, everything! It was mortifying. I have never experienced such betrayal or agonizing fear in my life. I turned to Jacob Gurwitz on the bail bondsman’s enthusiastic recommendation as well as my being wholly impressed with his bio. Our consultation on a Sunday night convinced me he was the man for the job.
Through the entire process Mr. Gurwitz has shown me that he is Strategic, Competent, Charismatic, Honest, Captivating, Personable, Humble, Thorough, Funny (when appropriate), and Radiantly Intelligent. A true artist in the dwindling yet elite crowd of real trial lawyers; and an all-around good person. He is honest and frank - after all he is your lawyer, not your therapist. Regardless of my own legal research or hopes, all happened exactly the way Mr. Gurwitz casually and directly said it would. Leading up to trial every single move he makes, information he seeks or releases, questions he asks at the preliminary hearing, subpoenas he issues, motions he files, and the timing of it all is strategically done for the single purpose of making his case on your behalf, at the only time it matters – trial. He executes everything thinking 3 moves ahead like a true chess master, which he coincidentally is.
During the jury trial, Mr. Gurwitz had a commanding presence. Whether he was citing applicable case law from memory, impeaching a witness, proving a difficult motive to prove; he made things crystal clear to the jury as he is a brilliant wordsmith and a magnificent communicator. Quick thinking and reacting to all developments in the trial coupled with his photographic memory (I thought he had a stenographer in his head!) and thorough preparation make him very powerful in that courtroom. Mr. Gurwitz also applies the human factor with emotional intelligence; adjusting tone, body language, empathy, and directness of questions based on the witness. My accuser’s self-contradicting and ever changing story would have made it easy for a lawyer to point in her face and shout, "liar!" Mr. Gurwitz did not do that. He flawlessly blew her fabrications wide open and showed her dishonesty in a gentle, factual, and elegant manner as to not garnish any sympathy from the jury. He represented me with class, dignity, and integrity.
The DA’s office offered me plea deals but I refused to plead guilty to anything that I didn’t do. As a result we went to trial 50 weeks after I was charged. It lasted two days. I was acquitted on both aggravated and simple assault, and then the DA withdrew reckless endangerment and harassment. About 20 of my family and friends were present at the trial for my support. All of them were duly impressed with Jacob’s performance. Specifically my uncle, who has decades of experience as a translator/interpreter. He interpreted several felony trials in Federal and State Courts in NYC with some big shot lawyers involved, some of these trials lasted months. My uncle was extremely impressed with Jacob’s caliber and trial prowess. My family and I cannot recommend him enough!
I truly hope nobody finds themselves in a position to witness this master in action, but if you do take comfort in the fact that you are represented by the best.
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