Kline & Specter Affiliation
Gil Shelsby and Rob Leoni are associated with the Philadelphia-based law firm Kline & Specter, a personal injury firm with some 30 attorneys (seven of whom are also doctors) and a staff of more than 100. Kline & Specter is one of the most highly regarded personal injury and whistleblower firms in the nation. Both Gil Shelsby and Rob Leoni are Of Counsel at Kline & Specter while maintaining their own firm, as well.
Shelsby & Leoni has the backing and benefit of Kline & Specter’s expertise and vast resources. For example, Kline & Specter was able to spend $750,000 investigating a single case – including examining some 40,000 documents, conducting 39 depositions and hiring 14 experts – that resulted in a $36.4 million settlement for a worker killed at a Delaware City, Del., refinery. (See Motiva)
Such assets are critical in litigation against large and formidable opponents such as government agencies or major corporations. In one such case, Kline & Specter was able to persevere in a case against Ford Motor Co. that lasted more than a decade and resulted in verdicts of $153 million and $52 million before settling out of court.
In another notable case, Kline & Specter won a $19.9 million verdict for a patient who was assaulted while in a Delaware hospital. That outcome represented a record at the time for a personal injury verdict in the state First State.
Catastrophic Injury and Whistleblower Cases
The firm has won national acclaim, including being named among the BEST LAW FIRMS in the United States for 2011-2012 by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. In addition to winning a litany of seven- and eight-figure personal injury verdicts in practice areas including medical malpractice, workplace, auto accident, premises and product liability, Kline & Specter also assists with government whistleblower cases. It also has a Mass Tort Department that litigates product and pharmaceutical cases, including its key role in the $4.85 billion Vioxx settlement and current denture cream and transvaginal mesh injury cases.
The firm is headed by attorneys Tom Kline and Shanin Specter, both named among the “Best Lawyers in America,” Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, and as members of the Inner Circle of Advocates, a select group limited to 100 of the best plaintiffs attorneys in the United States.
Large Legal Settlements
Many of Kline & Specter’s legal victories have made news, with hundreds of stories in newspapers and on television, including nationally on ABC’s Nightline and 20/20 and ESPN’s E:60. The firm and its lawyers have obtained verdicts and settlements that were among the largest ever in Pennsylvania, Delaware and across the United States. (See Major Victories)
For more information about Kline & Specter, visit the firm’s website.