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Emmanuel O. Iheukwumere

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Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Emmanuel Law Firm, LLC
Two Penn Center Plaza, Suite 605, 1500 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-567-0493
Fax: 215-567-0491
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2007, 2010
Licensed in Pennsylvania Since: 1995
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (80%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%), Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
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Emmanuel O. Iheukwumere is a prominent personal injury attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Iheukwumere is the founder of Emmanuel Law Firm, LLC, and represents plaintiffs in catastrophic injury actions involving birth injury, brain injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death and other issues.

In 1990, Mr. Iheukwumere graduated summa cum laude from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree. He earned his law degree in 1995 from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he received several academic awards. In 2020, he earned a certificate in conflict resolution from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.  He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

In his more than 25 years as a practicing attorney, Mr. Iheukwumere has secured multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for Pennsylvania residents. He is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an invitation-only organization of attorneys who have obtained recoveries of $1 million or more for each case for their clients. 

Philadelphia magazine has recognized Mr. Iheukwumere as one of the top personal injury attorneys in Pennsylvania. The National Association of Distinguished Counsel,  an invitation-only organization of attorneys, has included him on its “Nation’s Top Once Percent” list of attorneys. He has authored dozens of articles for various legal publications and spoken at continuing legal education seminars. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law for more than a decade at his alma mater, Temple University Beasley School of Law. 

Mr. Iheukwumere is active in his legal community, and belongs to many professional organizations including the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association where he serves on its Board of Directors, the Philadelphia Bar Association where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of its Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine Editorial Board, the Pennsylvania Bar Association where he served on its Board of Governors, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice where he served on its Board of Governors, the D.C. Bar, the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice. 

Practice Areas
  • 80%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Selections

4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2007, 2010

About Emmanuel O. Iheukwumere

First Admitted: 1995, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://www.emmanuellawfirm.com/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  •   PUBLISHED LAW REVIEW, JOURNAL, AND/OR NEWSPAPER ARTICLES: (1). Judicial Independence and the Minority Jurist: The Shining Example of Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix, Jr., 78 Temple. L. Rev. 379 (Summer 2005).(2). Commentary: In Honor of  Late Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix, Jr., The Legal Intelligencer(Philadelphia, PA), August 12, 2005, at 7.  (3). Commentary: Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.: A Primus Inter Pares Among Barristers, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), April 8, 2005, at 9.(4). Commentary: Practicing Law in the Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), January 21, 2005, at 8.(5). Litigation: New Rule 223.3: The Antidote to Carpinet v. Mitchell? The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), October 2, 2004, at 5 and 6.(6). Commentary: Scalia’s ‘Original Intent’ Position is Exclusionary, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), June 16, 2004, at 5 and 8.(7). Guest Commentary: Bill Cosby’s Recent Comments About the Behavior of Some Minorities, The Philadelphia (PA) Sunday Sun, June 13, 2004, at pgs. 4 and 6.(8). Commentary: Brown v. Board of Education: A Legacy for the Ages?, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), May 17, 2004, at 5 and 10.(9). Litigation: The Exception to the Coordinate Jurisdiction Rule is Clarified, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), December 29, 2003, at 5 and 6.(10). Litigation: Handling of Specimen Requires Reasonable Care, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), June 23, 2003, at 5 and 10.(11). Litigation: Limiting the Scope of Recovery Under the Tort Claims Act, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), June 5, 2003, at 5-6.(12). Litigation: High Court Marches Toward Color-Blind Justice: Race Based Jury Selection Prohibition Reaffirmed, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), May 1, 2003, at 5-6.(13). Commentary: Affirmative Action Is a Program Worth Preserving, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), February 19, 2003, at 7.(14). Doctor, Are You Experienced? The Relevance of Disclosure of Physician Experience to a Valid Informed Consent, 18 J. Contemp. Health L. & Pol’y 373 (Summer 2002)(Catholic University of America Journal of Contemporary Health Law & Policy)(listed in Prof. Jack Kircher of Marquette University Law School’s 2003 Law Review Articles of Interest).(15). Balancing Rights of Injured Victims with Statutory Offset Under the Property and Casualty Guaranty Act: Panea v. Isdaner, Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly (July 2002).(16). BET, Telemundo and Univision Refuse to Rate Programs that Could be Inappropriate to Youth, (Guest Opinion), Philadelphia Sunday Sun, August 11, 2002.(17). Culmination of a Trend in Limiting the Scope of Informed Consent? Duttry v. Patterson,73 Pa. Bar. Ass’n Q. 21 (January 2002).(18). Title VII, Affirmative Action, and the March Toward Color-blind Jurisprudence(with Prof. Philip Aka), 11 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 1 (Fall 2001) (Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review).(19). The Coordinate Jurisdiction Rule and the Law of the Case Doctrine: Important Tools of Judicial Economy and Efficiency,The Philadelphia Lawyer (Fall 2001).(20). How Constructive Notice Figures in Negligence, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), July 2, 2001.(21). Application of the Corporate Negligence Doctrine to Managed Care Organizations: Sound Public Policy or Judicial Overkill? 17 J. Contemp. Health L. & Pol’y 585 (Summer 2001)(Catholic University of America Journal of Contemporary Health Law & Policy)(listed in Prof. Jack Kircher of Marquette University Law School’s 2002 Law Review Articles of Interest).(22). Admissibility of Scientific Evidence Under Pennsylvania Law: An Excursion Through the Frye Test, 71 Pa. Bar. Ass’n. Q. 103 (July 2000)(with Craig L. Thorpe, Esquire,).(23). Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims:Developments in the Law (with Prof. Frank M. McClellan), ALI-ABA Course of Study Materials(1999-2003).(24). Reality of Discrimination, Necessity of Affirmative Action, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Fall 1999, Vol.62, No. 3.(25). Not Enough Progress (on minority hiring, promotion, and retention), 21-AUG Pa. Law. 38 (The Pennsylvania Lawyer, July 1999).(26). Prescription Drugs Liability in Pennsylvania: Is Strict Liability Dead?, 70 Pa. Bar. Ass’n. Q. 135 (July 1999).(27). Punitive Damages in Pennsylvania: Is Gross Negligence Enough? 69 Pa. Bar. Ass’n. Q. 180 (October 1998).(28). Differences Between the Pennsylvania Sovereign Immunity and Political Subdivision Tort Claims Acts, 69 Pa. Bar. Ass’n. Q. 16 (January 1998).(29). HIV Positive Medical Practitioners: Legal and Ethical Obligations to Disclose, 71 St. John’s L. Rev. 715 (Fall 1997)(listed among the law review articles worth reading in the National Law Journal in 1998).(30). Colonial Rapacity and Political Corruption: Roots of African Underdevelopment and Misery (with Emeka A. Iheukwumere), Chicago-Kent Journal of International and Comparative Law (Spring 2003, Volume 4).(31).  Mentoring Law Students as a Means to Improving Diversity in the Field, The Legal Intelligencer, May 22, 2009.(32).  Diversity Divergence: Justice's Concurrence on School Diversity Critical to Equal Opportunity in Education, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Winter 2008.(33).  Plaintiffs Firms and Minorities: A Reminder of Continuous Exclusion?, The Legal Intelligencer, June 19, 2007.  (34).  'Medical Malpractice Crisis' Issues Proper for Voir Dire, The Legal Intelligencer, March 17, 2006.(35).  Tort Reform Voir Dire Questions In Medical Malpractice Cases, The Practical Litigator (ABA journal), May 2007. (36).  Arguing Against Elitism,  Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine, July/August 2010. Published Cases:  (1). Whittington v. Episcopal Hospital, 768 A.2d 1144 (Pa. Super. 2001)(co-trial counsel and lead appellate counsel).(2). Taylor v. Einstein Medical Center, 723 A.2d 1027 (Pa. Super. 1998)(co-appellate counsel).               

Verdicts/Settlements

  • A sample of the cases Emmanuel has been involved in which resulted in substantial monetary recoveries include the following: MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: $6 million jury verdict for failure to timely screen and evaluate hepatitis C patient for cancer, resulting in delayed diagnosis, treatment, and death of  elderly patient from liver cancer; $2.5 million recovery for transfusion of patient with metastatic cancer with the wrong blood type resulting in death within 24 hours; $2.35 million jury verdict for failure to timely screen and evaluate middle aged man for prostate cancer, resulting in delayed diagnosis, treatment, and death from prostate cancer; $1.75 million recovery for delayed diagnosis and treatment of recurrent breast cancer resulting in metastasis, and death; $1.8 million jury verdict for delayed diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer; $1.65 million recovery for delayed diagnosis and treatment of kidney cancer resulting in death; $1.6 million recovery for delayed diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer resulting in death; $1.5 million recovery for delayed diagnosis and treatment of carcinoid cancer; $1.5 recovery for improper diagnosis and treatment of adverse reaction to medication in the ER  resulting in death; $1.5 million recovery for delayed diagnosis and treament of Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia after cardiac surgery, resulting in pulmonary embolism and death; $1.5 million recovery for delayed diagnosis and treatment of recurrent breast cancer, resulting in metastasis, and increased risk of death; $1.5 million jury verdict against a hospital for improper feeding and monitoring in the ER, resulting in aspiration and death of an elderly patient within 24-hours of being in the ER; $1.5 million recovery for failure to timely screen and properly evaluate a long time smoker for lung cancer, resulting in delayed diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer; $1.25 million recovery for delayed diagnosis and treatment of recurrent breast cancer; $1.2 million arbitration award for delayed diagnosis and treatment of kidney cancer, resulting in death; $1.1 million jury verdict for delayed diagnosis and treatment of pregnancy induced hypertension, also known as preeclampsia, resulting in death; $1.1 million recovery for delayed treatment of timely diagnosed bone cancer, resulting in cancer spread, and  death; $1.1 million jury verdict for partial amputation of foot of elderly patient resulting from delayed diagnosis of skin cancer; $1.1 million recovery for delayed diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer resulting in death; $1 million recovery for delayed diagnosis and treatment of internal bleeding resulting in death; $1 million recovery for delayed diagnosis and treatment of smooth muscle cancer known as a leoimyosarcoma; $1 million recovery for mismanagement of anesthesia during surgery, resulting in brain injury and death within a few days; $1 million recovery for failure to screen a hepatitis C patient for liver cancer, resulting in delayed diagnosis, treatment, and death from liver cancer; $950,000 recovery for delayed diagnosis of lung cancer in elderly patient, resulting in death, etc..  PRODUCTS LIABILITY: $925,000 recovery for failure to adequately warn young patient of potential addiction to prescribed migraine headache medication, resulting in addiction.

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Elder, Presbyterian Church of Willingboro, New Jersey; and serving as an arbitrator in the Court of Common Pleas, and donating all my fees to Community Legal Services, and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. 

Representative Clients

  • Victims of medical, nursing, and hospital negligence, and of other serious and catastrophic injuries. Typical clients include persons with serious and catastrophic medical injuries as a result of negligent care, and family members of deceased victims of medical, nursing, and hospital negligence. Typical clients are generally unable to pay for legal representation, hence all potential and existing cases at Emmanuel Law  Firm, LLC are investigated, and litigated , respectively, on contingency fee, no recovery, no fee basis.  Client only pays when there is a financial recovery. 

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association,  formerly serving as the Parliamentarian, and on the Editorial Board of the Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine, formerly serving as the Editor-in-Chief.   Member of the National Bar Association, American Association for Justice, formerly known as the American Trial Lawyers Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association, D.C. Bar Association, and the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia. Previously served on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly known as the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, and as Chairman of the Minority Bar Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association 

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Selected to National Association of Distinguished Counsel as being within the top one percent of attorneys in the United States.

Honors/Awards

  • Graduated summa cum laude from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law with the Bertram K. Wolfe Award. Also, was three times on the Dean's List at Temple University Beasley School of Law, and earned Best Paper in Constitutional Law, as well as Distinguished Class Performance in Constitutional Law, Civil Rights Remedies, Employment Law, and Trusts and Estates. , summa cum laude, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Fellow of the Academy of Advocacy., 2001

Educational Background

  • Certificate in Conflict Resolution, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations., 2020

Industry Groups

  • Civil Litigation
  • Trial Lawyers
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Office Location for Emmanuel O. Iheukwumere

Two Penn Center Plaza, Suite 605
1500 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: 215-567-0493

Fax: 215-567-0491

Last Updated: 5/24/2021

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