Robert T. Szostak

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Reiff Law Firm
 | 1500 John F Kennedy Blvd, Suite 501
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-246-9000
Fax: 215-246-9012
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Widely regarded throughout Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania, Robert. T. Szostak commits his career to handling personal injury cases. He is an attorney at The Reiff Law Firm, where he advocates for victims of negligence who have suffered losses associated with construction site accidents, motor vehicle defects, trucking accidents, wrongful death, slip and fall, medical malpractice, dram shop laws, motor vehicle accidents, product liability, informed consent and brain injuries.

The awards that Mr. Szostak secures speak for themselves. For example, he recovered a $4.375 million verdict against a hospital and emergency room doctor. In another case, when an underinsured motorist injured his client, Mr. Szostak obtained a $1 million settlement. He has recovered millions of dollars in matters ranging from failure to diagnose to medication errors and defective products.

Perhaps just as important as the large-sum figures is the fact the Mr. Szostak is compassionate with clients. He knows they are going through some of the most traumatic moments of their lives, and his role is to protect their rights and demand justice on their behalf.

This dedication and results-oriented nature is the reason Mr. Szostak holds an Avvo “Superb” rating, and he has earned the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

A licensed attorney for more than 30 years, Mr. Szostak is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a published author.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in 1976, Mr. Szostak went on to earn a Juris Doctor in 1982 from the Widener University Delaware Law School.

When he is not with clients, Mr. Szostak enjoys spending time with his wife and sons, as well as taking part in outdoor activities and personal fitness.

* 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
  • 60%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Defects, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Medical Malpractice

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Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020

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About Robert Szostak

Admitted: 1982, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://www.reifflawfirm.com/bob-szostak/

Honors/Awards:

  • 2019 Top 100 Award, America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys, 2019
  • 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List
  • Pennsylvania’s “Super Lawyer”, 2008 – Present
  • Martindale-Hubbell – AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, 2002 – Present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Hearing Committe Member, 2019
  • New Jersey, 1983
  • La Salle College High School Alumni Association, Vice President, 2000 – 2004
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, 1983 – 2004; 2008 – Present
  • La Salle College High School, Alumni Trustee, 2005 – Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Member, 1985 – Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Chairman, Rules and Procedure Committee, 2004 – 2007
  • Montgomery Bar Association, Member – Trial Lawyers Section, Bench Bar Committee, Rules of Civil Court Committee and Medical Legal Committee, 2008 – Present
  • Pennsylvania, 1982
  • La Salle College High School Alumni Association, Board Member, 1996 – 2006
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Member, 2011 – Present
  • La Salle College High School, Committee to Benefit the Children of St. Christopher’s Hospital, 2000 – Present
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 1985 – 2004; 2008 – Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, 2010-2012
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, 1990 -2004; 2007; 2010 – Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003
  • Brown Alumni Schools Committee, 1976 – Present
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1984
  • La Salle College High School Alumni Association, President, 2004 -2005
  • American Association for Justice, 1983 – 2004
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, State Civil Litigation Section, Executive Committee, 2004 – 2013; Chairman 2010-2013; Member 2013 – Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Chairman, Medical/Legal Committee, 2002 – 2004
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1985
  • AJJ NJ, 2000 – 2004

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Medical Malpractice Update: 2012/2013 Case Law Update – The Year in Review, PBI, March, 2013
  • Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc. -- The New Approach to Strict Liability in the Post-Azzarello Paradigm, Author and Presenter, Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc. -- The New Approach to Strict Liability in the Post-Azzarello Paradigm, PBI, 2015
  • Medical Malpractice Update: 2012/2013 Case Law Update - The Year in Review, Author and Presenter, Medical Malpractice Update: 2012/2013 Case Law Update - The Year in Review, PBI, 2013
  • Anatomy of a Lawsuit: Legal Evaluation of a Medical Professional Liability Case, Montgomery County Bar Association, October, 2010
  • Trying a Case in State Court (From Start to Finish), PBI, June, 2012
  • Five-County Civil Court Perspectives from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Supervising Judges and Court Administrators: Introduction, Case Management from Filing to Trial, Discovery Practice, Frivolous Litigation Rules, Uniform Local Rules, JPT/ADR/Settlement Master Programs, Best/Worst Practices in Court, Future of the Courts, Closing Remarks (Relationships, Civility and Justice), PBI, Philadelphia Bar Association Bench Bar Conference, November, 2012
  • Anatomy of a Lawsuit: There Are No Frivolous Lawsuits, Montgomery Bar Association and Montgomery County Medical Society, Einstein Hospital Montgomery, November, 2012
  • Medical Malpractice Update: 2012/2013 Case Law Update – The Year in Review, PBI, March, 2013
  • Jury Instructions: How to Ace the Charge Conference – General Considerations PaTLA, 2003
  • Medical Malpractice – 2004 State of the Law, PaTLA
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Medical Malpractice Case – Filing Suit, PBI, No. 2004-3600
  • Medical Professional Liability Workshop, PaTLA Annual Convention, July 2004, No. 326-2004
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Medical Malpractice Case – Filing Suit, PBI, April 27, 2006 No. 2006-4247, 2006
  • The Verdict – Cross Examination in the Medical Malpractice Case, Philadelphia Bar Association State Civil Litigation Section Bench-Bar, PBI, September, 2006
  • Brave New World of Medical Malpractice Litigation – Taking the Case and Filing Suit, PBI, July 23, 2008
  • Maximizing Your Client’s Recovery in Challenging Times – Proof of Damages in Wrongful Death and Survival Actions, PBI, June 23, 2009
  • Anatomy of a Lawsuit:  Legal Evaluation of a Medical Professional Liability Case, Abington Memorial Hospital, October 12, 2010
  • The Philadelphia Judge Pro Tem Program: A Fresh Perspective On What It Takes To Appear Before a JPT, PBI, Philadelphia Bar Association Bench Bar Conference, October 14, 2010
  • New Med-Mal Law: Analysis of the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (Mcare) Act – Act No. 2002-13, Barrister (Cover Article), PaTLA, July 2002
  • Pa. Supreme Court Promulgates Federal Rule 11 Equivalent, PaTLA News, July, Vol. XVI, No. 5, 2002
  • Expert Witness Qualifications Under the Certificate of Merit Rules, Section 512 of the Mcare Act and the Same Subspecialty Defense, Barrister, PaTLA, May, Vol. XVII, No. 2, 2003
  • Jury Instructions: How to Ace the Charge Conference – General Considerations, PaTLA, Dec. 12, 2003
  • Medical Malpractice – 2004 State of the Law, PaTLA, January 15, 2004
  • The Nuts and Bolts of the Medical Malpractice Case – Filing Suit, PBI, No. 2004-3600
  • Medical Professional Liability Workshop, PaTLA Annual Convention, No. 326-2004, July, 2004
  • The Nuts and Bolts of the Medical Malpractice Case – Filing Suit, PBI, April 27, No. 2006-4247
  • The Verdict – Cross Examination in the Medical Malpractice Case, Philadelphia Bar Association State Civil Litigation Section Bench-Bar, PBI, September, 2006
  • Brave New World of Medical Malpractice Litigation – Taking the Case and Filing Suit, PBI, July 23, 2008
  • Current Issues in Medical Malpractice, PBI, November, 2008
  • Maximizing Your Client’s Recovery in Challenging Times – Proof of Damages in Wrongful Death and Survival Actions, PBI, June, 2009
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Medicare Liens and Medicaid Liens but Continue to be Afraid to Ask, Moderator, Philadelphia Bar Association State Civil Litigation Section, March 9, 2011
  • Act 17 – DeFacto Abolition of Joint and Several Liability in Pennsylvania, Moderator, Philadelphia Bar Association State Civil Litigation Section, September 7, 2011
  • Trying a Case in State Court (From Start to Finish), PBI, June, 2012
  • Five-County Court Perspectives, PBI, Philadelphia Bar Association Bench Bar Conference, October, 2012
  • Anatomy of a Lawsuit: There Are No Frivolous Lawsuits, Montgomery Bar Association and Montgomery County Medical Society, Einstein Hospital Montgomery, November, 2012

Representative Clients:

  • $995,200 Verdict against Sesame Place for negligent safety policies in permitting and not precluding rubber shoes on body water slides, resulting in serious ankle fracture to patron whose rubber shoe caught side of slide, abruptly snapping the ankle, 2014

Educational Background:

  • Brown University, BA, 1976

Industry Groups

  • Civil Litigation
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Office Location for Robert T. Szostak

1500 John F Kennedy Blvd
Suite 501
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: 215-246-9000

Fax: 215-246-9012

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