Richard J. Heleniak

Richard J. Heleniak

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Messa & Associates, PC
 | 123 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-568-3500
Fax: 215-568-3501
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2009, 2011 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Construction Litigation: Consumer (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Richard Heleniak represents those seriously injured by medical and professional negligence, unsafe products, vehicle and construction accidents, and employment discrimination in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties and in New Jersey.  He is a certified Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Legal Specialty, a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and has received the highest rating (AV) from Martindale Hubbell for 15 consecutive years.  An Honors graduate of Saint Joseph's University and Rutgers School of Law, Rich is a member of the American Association for Justice, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, New Jersey Association for Justice, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Philadelphia Bar Association and past president of the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association.  He regularly serves as a mediator, arbitrator and seminar lecturer.

    Certificates and Credentials

    National Board of Trial Advocacy

    About Richard Heleniak

    Admitted: 1980, Pennsylvania

    Professional Webpage:


    • Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top !00 Trial Lawyer, Top 100 Trial Lawyer, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
    • AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell
    • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, National Board of Trial Advocacy

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Montgomery Bar Association - past Director; Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association - past President; Montgomery Bar Association Medical Legal Committee past Chair; Montgomery Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee, past Chair; Pennsylvania Bar Association Medical & Health Related Issues Interdisciplinary Committee, former Chair; Pennsylvania Bar Association Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee, Member; House of Delegates 2005-2006.

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Volunteer Child Advocate, Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project-Attorney Advisor, High School Mock Trial Program & Competition-Varsity Committee Chair, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 117-Boy Scouts of America, Merit Badge Counselor, Cradle of Liberty Council-Boy Scouts of America

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:


    •  Mr. Heleniak has received significant awards and settlements for his clients including many that are well over one million dollars. His most noteworthy settlements include a confidential, multi-million dollar award for a truck driver who sustained severe electrical burns when his dump trailer came in contact with uninsulated electric utility lines, and a confidential 7 figure medical malpractice settlement for a child injured at birth due to the failure to timely diagnose and treat placental abruption, as well as a multi-million dollar settlement against highway construction companies whose negligent management of a road construction site caused an accident in which the client sustained a catastrophic head injury which resulted in cortical blindness. Mr. Heleniak's career also includes a 1.3 million dollar jury verdict in a medical malpractice action for injuries caused by negligent gynecological surgery, and a 2.2 million dollar jury verdict for the family of a child who sustained a devastating brain injury at  birth resulting in cerebral palsy, by the failure of the doctor and hospital to timely deliver the child by caesarian section.  In 2019, Mr. Heleniak obtained confidential 7-figure settlements on behalf of 22 year old woman rendered paraplegic in a motor vehicle collision, a 56 year old man whose prostate cancer went undiagnosed until it reached stage 4, and a 50 year old woman who sustained multiple injuries from a motor vehicle crash involving a drunk driver.

    Representative Clients:

    • Mr. Heleniak represents only individuals who have been seriously or catastrophically injured by through the negligent conduct of others., 2019

    Industry Groups

    • American Association For Justice
    • Camden County Bar Association
    • Montgomery Bar Association
    • New Jersey Association For Justice
    • Pennsylvania Association For Justice
    • Philadelphia Bar Association
    • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
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    Office Location for Richard J. Heleniak

    123 S. 22nd Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

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    Last Updated: 1/2/2020

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