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Keith S. Erbstein

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Young Ricchiuti Caldwell & Heller, LLC
1600 Market Street, Suite 1650
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 267-546-1007
Fax: 267-546-1039
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021
Licensed in Pennsylvania Since: 1970
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (70%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%), Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Keith S. Erbstein, of Young Ricchiuti Caldwell & Heller, LLC, has decades of experience representing clients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area with personal injury-related cases. Mr. Erbstein focuses his practice on medical malpractice, car accidents, products liability, aviation accidents, premises liability, employment discrimination and insurance litigation. This allows him to bring a wealth of knowledge and skill to every case he handles in Philadelphia and throughout the surrounding areas of Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Lehigh counties.

Mr. Erbstein received his law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he served on the law review and on the editorial board of the Temple Law Quarterly.
Throughout his career, Mr. Erbstein has won numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements, including one of the largest verdicts in an insurance bad faith case in the state of Pennsylvania. Other cases he has handled have helped to change the course of state law and some have attracted national media attention.

Mr. Erbstein's efforts on behalf of his clients have not gone unrecognized by his peers in the legal profession. Among other honors, he has received the rating of AV Preeminent* from the review service Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating from that organization.

Mr. Erbstein is admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, two federal appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Erbstein participates in a number of professional organizations, including the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.


Practice Areas
  • 70%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021

About Keith S. Erbstein

First Admitted: 1970, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:


  • Walder v. Lobel, 488 A.2d 622 (Pa.Super. 1985)
  • Hatchard v. Westinghouse Broadcasting Co., 532 A.2d 346 (Pa. 1987)
  • Hopkins v. Blanco, 320 A.2d 139 (Pa. 1974)
  • Hopkins v. Blanco, 224 Pa. Super. 116, 302 A.2d 855, 1973
  • Morganstein v. House, 547 A.2d 1180 (Pa.Super. 1988)


  • AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell, highest rating
  • Recognized by his peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Member of the Law Review, Elected to the editorial board of the Temple Law Quarterly, Temple University, 1969
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Judge and Hearing committee chairman, Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Hearing Committee Member and Board of Director, 1988 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Member
  • United States Supreme Court, 1978
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Director, 1982 - 1986
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1972
  • Judge pro tem, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas
  • Million Dollar Advocates' Forum, Member
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1970
  • United States Court of Appeals - First Circuit, 1972
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and all inferior Pennsylvania Courts, Disciplinary Board
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Elected Advocate
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Pennsylvania, 1970
  • United States Court of Appeals - Third Circuit, 1976
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1972

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Private Pilot's License

Educational Background

  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, B.A., 1967

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Defamation of a competitor, Lecturer, Defamation of a Competitors' Business Reputation, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 1983
  • Investigation and Research, Lecturer, Investigation and Research in Products Liability Cases, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Current Developments and Update on the Law of Products liability, Lecturer, Current Developments and Update on the Law of Products Liability, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • The role of the advocate in civil litigation, Lecturer, Nuts and Bolts for the Young Lawyer, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Million Dollar Verdicts, Lecturer, Million Dollar Verdicts - Trial Strategy and Insight, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Examination of witnesses, Lecturer, Direct Examination of Expert Witnesses, Dickinson School Of Law
  • Products Liability Seminar, Course Planner, Trial Advocacy Foundation of Pennsylvania
  • Researching the product, Lecturer, Researching the Product, Trial Advocacy Foundation Of Pennsylvania
  • Lecturer, Limits on Voir Dire, Opening Statements, and Closing Statements, Trial Advocacy Foundation Of Pennsylvania
  • Lecturer, Relevancy and Form of the Question, Trial Advocacy Foundation Of Pennsylvania
  • Lecturer, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Proving the Dram Shop Case, 1983 - 1989
  • Facilitator, Personal Injury Workshop, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lecturer, Messa v. Hahn Contracting Company - Case of the Month, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lecturer, Trial of a Medical Malpractice Case, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Lecturer, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, 1984 - 1985
  • The Tender Trap The Barrister, Vol. 19, No. 4 Winter, 1988-1989
  • The Unanimity Requirement Temple Law Quarterly, Vol. 43:46-56 Fall, 1989
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Office Location for Keith S. Erbstein

1600 Market Street
Suite 1650
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 267-546-1007

Fax: 267-546-1039

Last Updated: 3/2/2021

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