Robert J. Mongeluzzi

Top rated personal injury attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky P.C.
Robert J. Mongeluzzi
Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky P.C.

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Construction litigation, Products liability; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1982

Education: Fordham University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023

Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky P.C.

1650 Market St
52nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103 Visit website

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Robert J. Mongeluzzi is widely considered one of the leading personal injury attorneys in the United States. A co-founder of The Law Firm of Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky PC, based in Philadelphia, Bob holds almost every personal injury record in Pennsylvania history, including largest single-plaintiff personal injury verdict ($124.4 million), largest individual settlement ($70 million), largest multi-plaintiff settlement ($227 million), the largest workplace injury verdict, automobile verdict and dram shop verdict ($75.6 million), and the largest settlement of a wrongful death case in Philadelphia County history ($17 million). He also holds the national record for the largest construction settlement ($101 million) and the largest railroad accident ($265 million). He has achieved over 400 cases with verdicts or settlements of $1 million or more, over 30 cases with verdicts or settlements of $10 million or more, and seven cases with verdicts or settlements of $100 million or more. He is widely regarded as the top construction accident attorney in America, and one of the nation’s leaders in litigating mass transportation disasters, from a nine-figure recovery in the Amtrak Train 188 Derailment, to $154 million recovery in another mass transportation disaster.

Bob was inducted into the National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame in 2018, was awarded the Legal Intelligencer Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 and was the 2019 Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association Michael A. Musmanno Award recipient.  He has been named one of the 500 Best Attorneys in America and Philadelphia’s Litigator of the Year.  Bob obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1978, and his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law in 1981.  He also holds an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from the Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Bob is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the Northern District of Illinois, the Western District of Missouri, the District of South Carolina, the Northern District of West Virginia, the District of the Virgin Islands, the Northern District of Florida, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Mr. Mongeluzzi is a past president of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, a former member of the board of governors of the American Association for Justice, and founder of AAJ’s Electrical Accident and Crane And Aerial Lift Litigation Groups.   He is held in high regard by his fellow attorneys, and is AV Preeminent* rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

*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 general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Construction litigation: consumer, Personal injury - products: plaintiff

Focus areas

Wrongful death, Construction accident, Brain injury

  • 50% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 30% Construction litigation: consumer
  • 20% Personal injury - products: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1982, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://www.smbb.com/attorneys/robert-j-mongeluzzi

Educational Background:
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Fordham University School of Law, 1981
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • LLM, Trial Advocacy, Temple University School of Law, 1994
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Temple American Inn of Court, 2020
  • University of Pennsylvania Friars Senior Society, 2020
  • Temple Law Alumni Association, 2020
  • The Lawyers Club of Philadelphia, 2020
  • The Justinian Society, 2020
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2020
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2020
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2020
  • Melvin M. Belli Society, 2020
  • PTLA Executive Committee
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2020
  • Fordham Law Alumni Association, 2020
  • Construction Lawyers Society of America, 2020
  • American Bar Association, 2020
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Thomas Kline Drexel University Board of Trustees
  • Electrical Accident Group
  • Crane and Aerial Lift Litigation Group
  • Board of Governors, American Association for Justice
  • Founder and Co-Chairman of both the American Association for Justice's
  • President, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Guest on The Great Trials Podcast discussing the 2017 Salvation Army Building Collapse Trial., Guest, Guest on The Great Trials Podcast, The Great Trials Podcast, 2021
  • Presenter at the May 12, 2021 Melvin Belli Society Webinar, Presenter, Presenter - Melvin Belli Society Webinar, 2021
  • AAJ Amped Up Virtual Program: Using Themes in Openings, Speaker, Speaker, AAJ Amped Up Virtual Program: Using Themes in Openings, 2020
  • Mass Torts Made Perfect, The Impact of COVID on Trials and Trial Practices, September 2020, Moderator, Moderator, Mass Torts Made Perfect, The Impact of COVID on Trials and Trial Practices, September 2020, 2020
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Litigating in the Time of COVID, Speaker, September 2020, Speaker, PBI, Litigating in the Time of COVID, 2020
  • Co-Author of Legal Intelligencer Contributor Article Titled "Winning Your Construction Case: Cross-Examining the Superintendent", Co-Author, Winning Your Construction Case: Cross-Examining the Superintendent, Legal Intelligencer, 2020
  • Speaker at Beasley School of Law's LLM Program, Trial Lawyers and Trial Lawyering, April 2020, Speaker, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Trial Lawyers and Trial Lawyering, 2020
  • Temple Inn of Court: "Jury Trials are a Bad Idea" Debate, Joint event between Temple Inn of Court and the UK's Grays Inn of Court, Debate Participant, Temple Inn of Court: "Jury Trials are a Bad Idea" Debate, 2019
  • AAJ Weekend With the Stars Speaker, Speaker, AAJ - Weekend With The Stars, 2019
  • PBI Personal Injury Law Conference, Judges Panel Moderator, Judges Panel Moderator, PBI Personal Injury Law Conference, 2019
  • Temple University LLM in Trial Advocacy Program, Speaker, Trial Advocacy, 2019
  • Speech on the key strategic decisions that fueled a $227 million settlement, Speaker, Strategic Decisions in the Salvation Army Collapse Case, 2019
  • Harrisburg Connectionology Seminar- The ABC’s of Increasing Case Value-Maximizing the Benefit for the Client-Intake to Trial, Presenter, Harrisburg Connectionology Seminar- The ABC’s of Increasing Case Value-Maximizing the Benefit for the Client-Intake to Trial, 2019
  • Speech on how to give an Opening Statement Electronically, Speaker, The Electronic Opening, 2019
  • Pennsylvania Association of Justice: 50th Anniversary Event, Speaker, Speaker, Pennsylvania Association of Justice: 50th Anniversary Event, 2018
  • 360 Advocacy Convention, Speaker, Speaker, 360 Advocacy Convention, 2016
  • Interview with NBC 10 News, "10 Questions with the Master of Disasters", Interviewee, 10 Questions With the Master of Disasters, 2013
  • Mass Torts Made Perfect, 4th Annual Complex Litigation Judicial Forum, Presenter, Presenter, Mass Torts Made Perfect, 4th Annual Complex Litigation Judicial Forum, 2016
  • DTLA Convention: Williams Case Opening Statement, Presenter, Presenter, DTLA Convention: Williams Case Opening Statement , 2016
  • Bench Bar - Atlantic City: The Visual World, Speaker, Speaker, Bench Bar - Atlantic City: The Visual World, 2016
  • PTLA Luncheon Lecture Series: Salvation Army Building Collapse, Presenter, Presenter, PTLA Luncheon Lecture Series: Salvation Army Building Collapse, 2017
  • Dispute Resolution Institute's 19th Anniversary Seminar, Speaker, Speaker, Dispute Resolution Institute's 19th Anniversary Seminar, 2017
  • PBI's A Day on Personal Injury, Speaker , Speaker, PBI's A Day on Personal Injury, 2017
  • PJB Seminar on Law Firm Marketing Keys to Success, Speaker, Speaker, PJB Seminar on Law Firm Marketing Keys to Success, 2017
  • PBI Seminar on Salvation Army Case, Presenter, Presenter, PBI Seminar on Salvation Army Case, 2017
  • Fall Bench Bar Atlantic City, Closing Presentation, Closing Presentation, Fall Bench Bar Atlantic City, 2017
  • Florida Justice Association: Workhorse Seminar, Presenter, Presenter, Florida Justice Association: Workhorse Seminar, 2018
  • Tech U: Plaintiff's Perspective, Speaker, Speaker, Tech U: Plaintiff's Perspective, 2018
  • National Trial Lawyers' Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Inductee and Speaker, Inductee and Speaker, National Trial Lawyers' Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 2018
  • DRI's 20th Annual Personal Injury Seminar, Speaker, Speaker, DRI's 20th Annual Personal Injury Seminar, 2018
  • Public Justice Foundation: Spring Board and Committee Meetings, Speaker, Speaker, Public Justice Foundation: Spring Board and Committee Meetings, 2018
  • CLE: Catastrophic Construction Accidents, Presenter, Presenter, CLE: Catastrophic Construction Accidents, 2018
  • Delaware County Bar Association - CLE, Speaker, Speaker, Delaware County Bar Association - CLE, 2018
  • Temple Law School: Worker's Compensation & The Practice of the Profession of Law, Guest Speaker, Guest Speaker, Temple Law School: Worker's Compensation & The Practice of the Profession of Law , 2018
  • PBI Seminar, a Conversation with Bob Mongeluzzi & Tom Kline, Speaker, Speaker, PBI Seminar, a Conversation with Bob Mongeluzzi & Tom Kline, 2018
  • Author, Construction Accident Litigation chapter in Tort Litigation
  • 360 Advocacy Seminar: Go Big or Go Home, Presenter, Presenter, 360 Advocacy Seminar: Go Big or Go Home, 2018
Representative Clients:
  • Victims of the Surfside condo collapse in Miami, Florida., 2021
  • Victims of the Salvation Army Building Collapse, 2017
  • Plaintiffs in data-breach litigation against SEPTA, 2020
  • Firebirds Restaurants, 2020
  • Victims of the Grenfell Tower Fire in London, 2020
  • SNAP Fitness , 2020
  • Victims of the Branson, Missouri Duck Boat Accident, 2020
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Board Member, 2021
  • Pro bono representation of the victims of the Surfside condo collapse in Miami, Florida., 2021
  • Phoenix Society, Board of Directors, Member
  • Coach, Girls in Motion , 2020
  • Coach and Benefactor, Harlem Lacrosse - Philadelphia, 2020
  • Co-Chair, Pennsylvania Supreme Court 300th Anniversary Commission , 2020
  • Drexel University, Board of Trustees, Member
Honors/Awards:
  • Recognized as a 2022 Best Lawyers for Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation by The Best Lawyers in America., Best Lawyers - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, The Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • Awarded Attorney of the Year (2020) for Philadelphia Plaintiffs Personal Injury Lawyers by The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year (2020) Philadelphia Metro Area for Personal Injury/Plaintiffs, The Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • Award given annually, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Michael A. Musmanno Award, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
  • Recipient of the Annual Hall of Fame Award given by the National Trial Lawyers Association, National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame, National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame, 2018
  • Lifetime Achievement Award given by Pennsylvania's legal newspaper, The Legal Intelligencer, Legal Intelligencer Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017
  • Former President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association., Former President, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Founder & Co-Chairman of the Crane and Aerial Lift Litigation Group and Electrical Accident Group for the American Association for Justice., Founder & Co-Chair, American Association for Justice
  • Member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • One of the 500 best attorneys in America
  • Philadelphia's 2009 Litigator of the Year
Verdicts/Settlements:
  • Over the course of my career, more than 400 verdicts and settlements of $1 million or more, more than 30 verdicts or settlements of $10 million or more, and six verdicts or settlements of $100 million or more., 2019
  • Nowak v. Veolia, Largest reported wrongful death settlement in Philadelphia County history ($ 17 million), 2014
  • Duck boat wrongful deaths- $17 million settlement, 2012
  • Williams v. TruGreen- truck accident, largest truck accident settlement in PA history 9$26.55 million), 2016
  • Food Truck Explosion -$70 million, 2018
  • Tuski v Ivyland- Intoxicated driver catastrophically injured highway construction worker. Largest dram shop verdict, auto verdict and workplace injury verdict in Pennsylvania history ($75.6 million), 2003
  • Robb v Gregory - personal injury, wrongful death: Largest contested personal injury, wrongful death verdict in Pennsylvania history ($124.4 million)., 2015
  • TROPICANA COLLAPSE- 4 dead,40 injured, lead counsel, largest settlement of a construction case in US history ($101 million)., 2008
  • Salvation Army collapse, longest civil trial in Pennsylvania history, Lead counsel, 7 deaths, 12 injuries. Largest multi-plaintiff settlement in Pennsylvania history. ($227 million)., 2017
  • Amtrak 188 Derailment, 8 killed , 238 injured. Member of 5 member Plaintiff Steering Committee, largest settlement of a railroad case in American history, ($265 million)., 2017

Office location for Robert J. Mongeluzzi

1650 Market St
52nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 215-575-2989

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20 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023

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Top 100: Pennsylvania Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023 Top 10: Pennsylvania Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023 Top 100: Philadelphia Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2023

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