Jay L. Edelstein

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Edelstein Law, LLP
Jay L. Edelstein
Edelstein Law, LLP

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Civil Litigation; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1979

Education: Widener University – Delaware Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2014, 2017 - 2023
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Edelstein Law, LLP

230 S. Broad Street
Suite 900
Philadelphia, PA 19102 Visit website


Edelstein Law is a law firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, founded by attorney Jay L. Edelstein. Mr. Edelstein concentrates his practice on personal injury law, serving clients throughout the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area, and throughout Central and southern New Jersey. He has more than 35 years of experience representing individuals and families who have been sexually assaulted, injured or lost a loved one due to negligence. 

Mr. Edelstein handles matters involving sexual abuse, motor vehicle accidents, school bullying, slip and fall, medical malpractice, wrongful death and other catastrophic injuries. He holds an active law license in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and is qualified to appear before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Edelstein has recovered multi-millions in settlements and verdicts for his clients. In recognition of his accomplishments in the field of personal injury litigation, the peer review organization Martindale-Hubbell has given him their highest rating of AV Preeminent*. Only 5 percent of attorneys have this distinction worldwide.

An active member of the legal community, Mr. Edelstein belongs to the The National Crime Victim Association, The American Association for Justice Philadelphia Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Association, American Bar Association, USDC Of Appeals of The Third Circuit, U.S. District Court For The Eastern District of PA, U.S. District Court For The District of New Jersey. He provides legal counsel to Steps to Recovery and sits on the Philadelphia board of directors for the Ashley Addiction Treatment.

Mr. Edelstein earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and education from Washington & Jefferson College. He received his law degree from Widener University Delaware Law School and became a licensed attorney in 1979.

*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 Rating™ fall into two categories – LEGAL ABILITY and ETHICAL STANDARDS.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Defense

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Dram Shop Laws, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 80% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Civil Litigation: Defense

First Admitted: 1979, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://edelsteinlaw.com/attorneys/

Representative Clients:
  • Serving on The Philadelphia Board of Directors as Counsel for Ashley Treatment Center.
  • Counsel for Steps to Recovery, LLC since 2015 serving as general counsel., 2015
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Serving on The Philadelphia Board of Directors as Counsel for Ashley Treatment Center.
  • Volunteers as a Judge for DECA Conference. Each January the members of South Jersey Marketing Education and Business Programs participate in a Regional DECA conference.  DECA provides an opportunity for students to compete in many marketing fields.    
  • Served on the Board of Directors for Maryville Treatment Centers and served as Vice-President since 2014.
Educational Background:
  • Jay L. Edelstein attended Washington & Jefferson College where he received his B.A. in 1976.  He went onto Widener University School of Law receiving his J.D. in 1979., 1976
  • Widener University, Delaware Law School, JD, 1979
  • Award of Recognition of Career Success!, TOP 100 Lawyers Award, Top 100 Lawyer Magazine, 2020
  • The Lead Counsel Verified badge will indicate to potential clients that you have a spotless disciplinary record and the right professional experience., LEAD COUNSEL VERIFIED, Super Lawyers/ Law Info, 2023
  • www.distinguishedcounsel.org, Nation's Top 1% National Association of Distinguished Counsel, NADC, 2023
  • Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards, Jay Edelstein- AV PreEminent, Martindale Hubbell, 2023
  • Highest Possible Rating Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards Reflecting the confidential opinions of the Bar and Judiciary., AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell, 2020
  • Proudly Serving The Community Since 1979., 40 Year Anniversary, Martindale Hubbell, 2019
  • Jay L. Edelstein Has qualified For Inclusion in The Worldwide Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs., Expert, Worldwide Registry, 2015
  • Jay L. Edelstein Recognized as an Expert Resource and Qualified for Inclusion in the TOP 101 Industry Experts., AMERICA'S MOST HONORED LAWYERS, The American Registry, 2021
  • Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards Reflecting the confidential opinions of the Bar and Judiciary., AV PREEMINENT, Martindale Hubbell, 2021
  • Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards., AV RATED PREEMINENT, Martindale Hubbell, 2022
  • Nominated as a Selectee for Excellence in Practice, only five percent of Attorneys in Pennsylvania are selected to Super Lawyers., Super Lawyers 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018 &; 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, Super Lawyers
  • Highest Possible Peer Review Rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability., AV RATED 10 Years, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service for Workers' Compensation , 10 Best Law Firms Workers' Compensation, American Institute of Legal Counsel , 2018
  • Nominated for Personal Injury General Defense Law-2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018 Recognized for excellence by peers in the legal community.  These exceptional lawyers have impressive records of professional achievement and ethical standards., TOP ATTORNEYS IN PENNSYLVANIA, PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE
  • Jay L. Edelstein has qualified for Inclusion in the Top 101 Industry Experts., Expert Resource, Worldwide Registry, 2017
  • Recognized for 10 years as A.M. Best Recommended Insurance Attorneys  , A.M. BEST, 2016
  • We have settled Multi-Million Dollar Settlements for Sexually Abused Victims (out of Court) through Mediation,  Most of the settlements come with NDA's because of the nature of the claims.  We can only reveal that the amounts of money achieved for these victims were life changing; but we are striving to change the lives of these victims in more ways than just financially.  We fight to give victims back their dignity, security and safety. , 2022
  • We have achieved Multi-Million Dollar Verdicts  and Settlements for our Clients, in claims involving Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Fall down and Bullying cases. Most of the verdicts or settlements are confidential and therefore the specifics cannot be disclosed. , 2021
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Nation's Top 1% National Association of Distinguished Counsel: NADC, 2023
  • National Crime Victim Association, 2022
  • American Association For Justice, 2022
  • Pennsylvania, 1979
  • United States District Court of Appeals Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • New Jersey, 1991
  • American Bar Association 
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Serves as a Judge Pro Tem about 10 times a year for the Dispute Resolution Center of Philadelphia County, since 2002. 
Industry Groups:
  • American Bar Association
  • DRI
  • Judge ProTem for Philadelphia County
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Office location for Jay L. Edelstein

230 S. Broad Street
Suite 900
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: 267-866-7853


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Q: If I Was Sexually Abused As A Child, How Long Do I Have To File A Lawsuit Against The Abuser In Pennsylvania?

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Q: If I Was Sexually Abused As A Child, How Long Do I Have To File A Lawsuit Against The Abuser In New Jersey?

A: Victims of childhood sexual abuse have more time today to file a lawsuit than in the recent past. A big part of this is because the conversation … See all answers by Jay Edelstein

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