Carolyn M. Chopko

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP
 | 1845 Walnut Street, 21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-309-8667
Fax: 215-567-8333
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2016
Selected To Rising Stars: 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2012
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

A partner at Philadelphia-based Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP, Carolyn M. Chopko focuses her practice exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, with a heavy emphasis on neonatal and pediatric errors and other forms of medical malpractice. She has been instrumental in obtaining numerous multimillion-dollar settlements and jury awards of behalf of her clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Some of Ms. Chopko's representative results have included a $78.5 million jury verdict in a case where an infant suffered spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy due to a lengthy delay in performing an emergency cesarean section, a $16.05 million settlement for a family whose baby suffered brain damage at birth due to health care negligence and a $12 million settlement on behalf of a family whose child developed cerebral palsy due to the negligence of neonatologists and pediatricians during his first week of life. In these cases, she was part of a team of attorneys from her firm. Ms. Chopko's fellow professionals have taken note of these and other successes as well as of her high degree of ethics, and they have awarded her a "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

As an undergraduate, Ms. Chopko attended Villanova University and obtained a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1997. After serving as a registered nurse with the United States Navy, she pursued her legal education at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and was awarded the Arthur J. Kania Prize in Professional Ethics at her graduation in 2004. Admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Ms. Chopko's professional affiliations include the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (80%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Personal Injury - General (20%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2016 Rising Stars: 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2012

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About Carolyn Chopko

Admitted: 2005, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://feldmanshepherd.com/professionals/carolyn-chopko/

Honors/Awards:

  • Arthur J. Kania Award for Professional Ethics, Villanova University School of Law, 2004 
  • Recognized as Pennsylvania Rising Star, 2007 - 2012
  • Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007 – 2008, 2010 – 2016
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, every year 2013

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Association for Justice, Member, 2006 - Present
  • Young Lawyers Division, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Young Lawyers Division, Executive Committee, 2007 - 2008
  • Young Lawyers Division, Chair, 2011 - 2012
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Member, Officer Positions 2005 – 2011
  • New Jersey, 2005
  • Young Lawyers Division, Chair-Elect, 2010 - 2011
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Member, 2006 - Present
  • Pennsylvania, 2005
  • Young Lawyers Division, Treasurer, 2009 - 2010

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Developing and Supporting Theories of Hospital Liability in Catastrophic Injury Cases, Co-author with Daniel S. Weinstock, Esq., 2008
  • The Paralegals Guide to Proficient Medical Records Translation, Institute for Paralegal Education, a division of National Business Institute, Inc., 2008
  • My First Trial Seminar, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2007
  • Medical Records Review for Paralegals, Institute for Paralegal Education, a division of National Business Institute, Inc., 2007
  • Northern District of California Delivers “Sound” Judgment in Protection of Marine Wildlife Under the MMPA, Restricting Navy’s Use of Sonar, 15 Villanova Environmental Law Journal, 393-413, Staff Editor, 2004
  • Naturalization Ceremony, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Speaker, 2008, 2009
  • My First Philadelphia Common Pleas Trial, Philadelphia Bar Association, Bench Bar, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 2008

Videos:

  • Carolyn M. Chopko, a medical malpractice attorney with Philadelphia personal injury law firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP, discusses a discrimination case at a hospital in California.    Various attorneys from Feldman Shepherd presented a free continuing legal education (CLE) program in conjunction with The Legal Intelligencer in April 2011. The sold-out Philadelphia CLE, "Creative Lawyering from Investigation to Verdict," encompassed topics such as developing theories to maximize recoveries; advancing those theories during discovery and at trial; questions, answers and advice; and ethics for trial lawyers.    The attorneys covered in detail such topics as discovering "non-obvious" theories of liability, securing the plaintiff's chosen venue, creative approaches to medical malpractice cases, strategies in police pursuit matters, component manufacturer liability in product liability cases, discovery and recovery techniques for auto accident and trucking cases, overcoming the defense of intoxication and using mock juries to evaluate cases., Feldman Shepherd Attorney Carolyn M. Chopko Discusses a Discrimination Case, 2011

Educational Background:

  • Villanova University, BSN, Major: Nursing, Honors: Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society, Member of Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, 1997
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Office Location for Carolyn M. Chopko

1845 Walnut Street
21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 215-309-8667

Fax: 215-567-8333

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