Wharton Turns to Feldman Shepherd for Civil Justice Symposium

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Ezra Wohlgelernter and Royce W. Smith discussed civil justice system issues with students at the University of Pennsylvania

It was our hope that by engaging [students] in an open and honest forum, we could shine a light on misconceptions about the civil justice system...

Philadelphia personal injury attorneys Ezra Wohlgelernter and Royce W. Smith led a three hour symposium entitled “Business and the Tort System: Friends or Foes?” at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on March 6, 2014.

The event was organized by Professor William S. Laufer, Ph.D. for students in the Wharton Ethics and Legal Studies Doctoral Program, a program that is designed to prepare graduates for careers in university teaching and research at leading business schools, law schools, and other businesses.

Wohlgelernter and Smith began the dialogue by explaining why they each chose to make a career out of representing people who have been catastrophically injured. They shared stories about successful cases that not only helped ease their clients’ suffering, but also helped reform unsafe business practices and create new safety protocols at local hospitals.

Wohlgelernter and Smith answered questions about how the civil justice system serves as an independent system of checks and balances against corporate malfeasance, tort reform, and whether monetary awards truly make individuals whole after a catastrophic injury or loss.

“These students are the future leaders of the business community,” Wohlgelernter said. “It was our hope that by engaging them in an open and honest forum, we could shine a light on misconceptions about the civil justice system, and identify points of public policy and business ethics upon which all members of society can agree.”

A lawyer with more than 30 years of experience and one of the three founders of Philadelphia-based Feldman Shepherd, Wohlgelernter is a frequent contributor and sought-after speaker for both continuing legal education and community activities. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York and has successfully tried complex cases in each jurisdiction. He concentrates his practice on medical negligence, premises liability, motor vehicle and truck litigation and other significant personal injury claims.

Smith represents plaintiffs in a wide range of legal matters, including wrongful death, medical malpractice, birth injuries, brain injuries, auto accidents, construction accidents, defective drugs and medical devices, and civil rights matters. In the past four years alone, he has helped victims of negligence win more than $62 million in verdicts and settlements.

Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP (http://www.feldmanshepherd.com) has handled cases producing some of the largest verdicts and settlements in Pennsylvania. The firm represents plaintiffs in significant personal injury, class action, and other complex civil litigation. Clients include victims of medical malpractice, defective products, unsafe workplaces, motor vehicle accidents, legal malpractice and insurer misconduct.

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