Tom Kline has been our number one rated attorney in Pennsylvania every year since 2004, when we first started rating attorneys in the state. He was our first cover subject and is a founding and current member of the Super Lawyers national advisory board.
And now he'll have a law school named after him.
In September, after Kline made a $50 million donation to Drexel University, it announced it renamed its law school the Thomas R. Kline School of Law . Kline's donation includes a landmark building which will become the Thomas R. Kline Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Kline, originally from Hazleton, Pa. and a big Bob Dylan fan, has lifelong ties to both Philadelphia and the state. He has seven and eight figures jury verdicts and settlements spanning 35 years in catastrophic injury and mass tort cases. He was nationally known for his advocacy role for victims in the Sandusky/ Penn State civil claims, and was a prominent lawyer in the national Vioxx case which resulted in a $4.85 billion settlement . He is currently immersed in transvaginal mesh, Risperdal and many pending catastrophic injury and death cases.
Kline said of the law school now bearing his name: "It is a great honor to have my name on law school at a world class University in city with a long tradition of the finest lawyers in America. We will strive to build the strongest and best trial advocacy program in an inspiring, iconic building to train lawyers for generations to come."
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Super Lawyers recently completed its 2014 Advisory Board Retreat, held October 17-19 in Rancho Mirage, California. Attendees included 18 members of the National Advisory Board along with Super Lawyers and FindLaw management.
The Super Lawyers Advisory Board is composed of attorneys who embody excellence in practice. The board, which provides counsel, feedback and editorial ideas, includes lawyers from across the country and of varied firm sizes, who have consistently appeared at the top of the Super Lawyers lists.
Notable attorneys including Thomas Girardi, Laurel Bellows and David Keltner brought their ideas to bolster the Super Lawyers mission of "raising the visibility of attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice."
Under the theme of "Shared Excellence," the retreat was a chance for a diverse set of voices who shared a passion for the law to come together and give their perspectives on the current status of the legal world. "These attorneys were not afraid of sharing their opinions with us at all," said Cindy Larson, Super Lawyers Publisher.
Through small breakouts and broad sessions, the group discussed the challenges faced by firms today. For instance, young lawyers are in need of education and support when it comes to business development skills and how to manage their practice.
The retreat also helped ensure accuracy and completeness in the delivery of Super Lawyers products and services. The attorneys' candid feedback and participation will fuel new Super Lawyers solutions to meet the challenges many other attorneys face.
Overall, the retreat was an excellent opportunity to show customers that Super Lawyers and FindLaw were listening and holding themselves accountable for what they do. We'd like to thank all the National Advisory Board Members who were able to join us along with the Super Lawyers and FindLaw staff who helped make this possible. We're looking forward to next year!