Edward F. Chacker

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Gay & Chacker
Edward F. Chacker
Gay & Chacker

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Health Care; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1973

Education: The University of Toledo College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2024
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Gay & Chacker

1731 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130 Visit website

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As senior managing partner and chair of Gay & Chacker Personal Injury Attorneys, a personal injury law firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, attorney Edward F. Chacker has had a long and successful career representing clients across Pennsylvania with their legal needs related to the following practice areas:

  •      Personal injury
  •      Auto accidents
  •      Truck accidents
  •      Civil rights
  •      Slip-and-fall accidents
  •      Pedestrian accidents
  •      Medical malpractice

Mr. Chacker completed his undergraduate studies in 1969 from Temple University, graduating with his Bachelor of Science degree, and went on to study law at the University of Toledo College of Law. Receiving his Juris Doctor in 1973 and admitted to practice in Pennsylvania the same year, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Recognized for his litigation skills in the courtroom as well as his ability to negotiate settlements outside of court, Mr. Chacker has secured substantial awards and verdicts for his clients. Sought for his extensive knowledge and experience regarding trial law as well as mediation and arbitration techniques, Mr. Chacker routinely lectures on these and other legal subjects, and he has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. He is rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell, the organization’s highest rating, and holds a perfect rating of “10.0” on Avvo.

Throughout his illustrious career spanning five decades, many prestigious organizations have given their acknowledgment to Mr. Chacker for his dedication to his clients and bestowed awards such as the Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award by the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the Equal Justice Award by Community Legal Services and the VIP Chancellor’s Award by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation (PBF). Moreover, he was named one of the Pillars of Justice by the PBF for his commitment to justice.

Always dedicated to his profession, Mr. Chacker remains actively involved in many professional organizations, including both the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, just to name a few. He also strives to improve the lives of those who are less fortunate than himself and volunteers his time at the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program in a variety of capacities.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Civil Rights, Health Care, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Dram Shop Laws, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Nursing Home, Personal Injury - Defense, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Police Misconduct, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Race Discrimination, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Toxic Mold, Wrongful Death

  • 70% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Civil Rights
  • 10% Health Care
  • 10% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1973, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://gayandchacker.com/about-the-firm/edward-f-chacker/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation, Co-Chair, 200 for the 200th Fund Raiser
  • Charter Member, Andrew Hamilton Circle, Philadelphia Bar Foundation
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation, President, 2004
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation, Vice President
Honors/Awards:
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, VIP Chancellor's Award, 1991 - 1994
  • Community Legal Services, Recognition of Outstanding Service
  • Philadelphia Bar Association Pillar of Justice, 2013
  • Community Legal Services, Equal Justice Award, 1995
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, VIP Chancellor's Award, 2003
  • Indigent Through Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent (VIP) Program, Recognition of the Firm's Professional Leadership and Commitment to Equal Rights for All
  • Tau Epsilon Rho Law Society, For Service to the Bar and to the Community, 1993
  • Pennsylvania Legal Services Ambassador for Justice Award, February 25, 2003
  • Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers, 2012
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $4.5 million settlement for the estate of a 90-year-old man who was struck and killed by a dump truck while grocery shopping with his son. As lead counsel of the client, Edward took on the case others did not believe had value due to the man’s age, and he achieved a successful resolution without the need for a costly jury trial.
  • $900,000 settlement for the family of a man shot through the heart by a police officer who claimed he had gun. Thorough investigation and witness interviews created doubt that the gun belonged to the victim, and the city made an offer to settle.
  • Million-dollar medical malpractice settlement for a five-year-old girl who was injured and required surgery after an IV was placed incorrectly. In addition to the settlement for her injury, the Philadelphia hospital installed a plaque on the wall recognizing their wrongdoing.
  • 9 million verdict for a woman who sustained severe emotional distress after witnessing a truck lose control on a highway and narrowly miss her vehicle at an intersection. Engineers recreated the incident and proved the woman suffered from psychosomatic injury.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Budget Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1995 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1971
  • Pennsylvania
  • Arbitrator, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Finance Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1991 - 1997
  • Development Committee, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP), 1995 - 2002
  • Recruitment of Law Firms to Participate in the Voluntary IOLTA Program, Chair, Justice Michael A. Musmanno Awards Dinner, 1990
  • President, Cheltenham Little League, 1984
  • Chair, Fee Dispute Arbitrations, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1982 - Present
  • Homeless Advocacy Project, Board, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1991 - Present
  • Fund Raising Committee, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP)
  • Arbitrator (Compulsory Arbitrations), U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • PTLA, Annual Sponsorship of the "Breakfast of Champions"
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Business/Chancery Task Force, 1996
  • Subcommittee on Philadelphia Motion Court Practice, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1991 - 1992
  • Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Judge Pro Tem (Day Backward Program), 1993 - Present
  • Hearing Officer, The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1992 - 1996
  • Federal Claims Court, 1990
  • Women in the Profession Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1992 - Present
  • Chair, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1987
  • Mediator, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, 1995 - Present
  • Executive Committee Member, Lawyers for Consumer Rights
  • Secretary, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1994 - 1997
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Public Interest Section, 1994 - Present
  • Coordinator, Mid-Year Bench Bar Conference, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1985 - 1986
  • President-Elect, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, 1990 - 1991
  • Director, Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia
  • Board of Governors, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1987 - 1990
  • Civil Rights Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1988 - 1992
  • Standards and Monitoring Committee, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP), 1993 - 2002
  • IOLTA Coordinator, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, 1991 - 1998
  • Solicitor, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Lawyers Section
  • Fee Dispute Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1979 - Present
  • Charter and Bylaws Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1991 - Present
  • Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP), Community Legal Services
  • Mediator, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • SEPTA Injury Hotline
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Gender Fairness Task Force, 1996
  • Civil Judicial Procedures Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1980 - Present
  • Arbitrator, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, 1974 - Present
  • Chair, Hearing Committee, The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1996 - 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Lawyers Fund for Equal Justice, 1996
  • Compulsory Arbitration Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1980 - Present
  • Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Judge Pro Tem (Day Forward Program), 1996 - Present
  • Board of Governors, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chancellor Elect, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1998
  • Women's Rights Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1992 - Present
  • Annual Conference (Bench Bar) Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1982 - 1991
  • President, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, 1991 - 1992
  • Board of Directors, Tau Epsilon Rho Law Society
  • Member of Cabinet, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1991 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, 1992
  • Board of Directors, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP), 1991 - 2002
  • Board of Directors, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, 1984 - Present
  • Board of Directors, Adath Jeshurun Synagogue
  • Nominating Committee (Ex-Officio), Philadelphia Bar Association, 1994 - Present
  • Joint Bench Bar Civil System Planning Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1991
  • Recruitment Committee, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP), 1994 - 2002
  • Assistant Secretary, Recruitment of Law Firms to Participate in the Voluntary IOLTA Program, 1987 - 1988
  • Membership Committee, Golden Slipper Charities, 1995 - Present
  • Amicus Curiae Subcommittee, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1989 - Present
  • Long Range Planning Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1991 - Present
  • President, Philadelphia Bar Foundation, 2004
  • Federal Prisoner Rights Litigation Panel
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1973
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Chancellor's Century 3 Commission, 1996 - Present
  • Subcommittee on New Judicial Calendar, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1990
  • Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Settlement Master (Day Backward Program), 1992 - Present
  • Member, House of Delegates, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1999
  • Mentor, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1995 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Arbitration Program Criminal Justice Section, 1978 - 1981
  • Volunteer Arbitrator, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, M-PER Program
  • Assistant Secretary, Tau Epsilon Rho Law Society
  • Assistant Secretary, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1991 - 1994
  • Minorities in the Profession Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1992 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Subcommittee on Program Selection, 1987
  • Vice-President, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, 1989 - 1990
  • Master, Temple Inn of Court
Educational Background:
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, B.S., 1969
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Mediation Training Seminar, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, 1995
  • Mediation Training Seminar, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, 1999
  • Mediation Training Seminar, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, 2003
  • Presenter, "Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims", Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1986 - Present
  • Fee Disputes Program, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • New Arbitrators Seminar, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • "Breakfast with the Judges: Update on CCP Major Jury Programs," Moderator Young Lawyer Division Basic Legal Practice Seminar, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • "Hot Tips in Auto Law", Pennsylvania Auto Insurance Law Update, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Speaker, Mid-Year Meeting, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Speakers Bureau, Member, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • "What's It Worth and How to Get It", Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lecturer and Course Planner, "Nuts and Bolts for Young Lawyers", Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lecturer, Luncheon Seminar Series, Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania
  • Implementing the Anti-Fraud Measures of Pennsylvania's New Auto Insurance Law, Roscoe Pound Institute, Temple University
  • Lecturer, Pennsylvania Defense Institute/Philadelphia Area Claims Forum
  • Lecturer, "Insurance Claims Seminar", National Institute of Trial Advocacy

Office location for Edward F. Chacker

1731 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Phone: 215-234-3770

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