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Sarah Filippi Dooley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Duffy + Fulginiti
One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St, 55th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-238-8700
Fax: 215-238-8710
Selected to Rising Stars: 2020 - 2021
Licensed in Pennsylvania Since: 2013
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

Sarah Filippi Dooley is a Partner with Duffy + Fulginiti law firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nationally ranked as among the top trial attorneys in the country, Ms. Dooley has more than eight years of legal experience, and she provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Philadelphia metro and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania and New Jersey who have suffered serious injuries or lost loved ones as a result of any of the following:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Trucking accidents
  • Construction and industrial accidents
  • Defective products
  • Unsafe property conditions and negligent security

Among her credentials, Ms. Dooley holds OSHA 10 certification in occupational and workplace safety, which helps her better address her clients' issues regarding their claims involving preventable workplace accidents. Over the course of her legal career focusing on personal injury and wrongful death claims, she has secured substantial settlements and verdicts for her plaintiff clients, and she has gained a reputation as a fierce advocate for those suffering needlessly through no fault of their own.

Among her most notable accolades, Ms. Dooley has earned a Top 40 Under 40 designation from The National Trial Lawyers as well as a Top 10 Under 40 designation from the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. In addition, VerdictSearch recognized her in 2016 as having secured some of the top verdicts in Pennsylvania, and she has received many other top rankings and endorsements from her peers.

A 2009 graduate of Temple University, Ms. Dooley obtained her Juris Doctor from Widener University Delaware Law School in 2012. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Supreme Court.

A leader in her field, Ms. Dooley has several publications to her credit, and she has conducted lectures and continuing legal education seminars across her region on a variety of legal topics. She is also a member of the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, The National Crime Victim Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Justinian Society, and she has served on the board of directors as well as other leadership roles with the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

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

Selections

2 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2020 - 2021

White Papers

  • The PREP Act & Covid-Era Claims (2021) - Published in the July 2021 issue of The Verdict.
  • Oklahoma v. Purdue Pharma: The Beginning of the End? (2020) - Published in the September 2020 issue of the Verdict
  • Construction Accidents & Handling the OSHA Investigation (2020) - Published in the August 2020 special supplement of the Legal Intelligencer
  • MILs: Just an MSJ in Disguise? (2020) - Published in the March 2020 issue of The Verdict
  • One Step Ahead: Fitness Trackers (2019) - Published in the July 2019 issue of The Verdict
  • Motions to Amend: Adding Punitive Damages After the SOL (2019) - Published in the March 2019 issue of The Verdict
  • Even When He's Flying, He's Grounded: Tom Duffy Wins Musmanno (2018) - Published in the October 2018 issue of The Verdict
  • When Facebook Fights Back (2018) - Published in the January 2018 issue of The Verdict
  • Uniform Interstate Depositions & Discovery Act (2017) - Published in the June 2017 issue of The Verdict
  • Conducting Discovery in Your Product Liability Case (2016) - Published in the January 2016 Special Section of The Legal Intelligencer
  • Navigating the Border Between Injury Claims & Citizenship Status (2015) - Published in the Spring 2015 issue of The Philadelphia Lawyer
  • Lessons from a First-Year Associate (2014) - Published in the January 2014 Special Edition of The Legal Intelligencer
  • iCan Help (2013) - Published in the August 2013 issue of Law Practice Today

About Sarah Filippi Dooley

First Admitted: 2013, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://www.duffyfirm.com/attorneys/sarah-f-dooley

Honors/Awards

  • Pro-Bono Distinction, Widener University School of Law
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (Rising Stars, 2020-2021), Super Lawyers
  • VerdictSearch Top Pennsylvania Verdicts of 2016
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 (2016-2017)
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys Top Ten Under 40 (2017)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • “Navigating the Border Between Injury Claims & Citizenship Status,” The Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine, Spring 2015
  • “iCan Help,” American Bar Association Law Practice Today, August, 2013
  • “Lessons from a First-Year Associate,” The Legal Intelligencer, January, 2014
  • "Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act," The Verdict, June, 2017 (Issue Editor)
  • “Conducting Discovery in Your Products Liability Case,” The Legal Intelligencer, January 26, 2016
  • "Personal Injury Litigation: From Intake to Trial and Everything in Between.” Duffy + Partners CLE and Networking Event (November, 2016)
  • "When Facebook Fights Back," The Verdict, January, 2018 (Issue Editor)
  • "Even When He's Flying, He's Grounded: Tom Duffy to be Honored with the 2018 Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award," The Verdict, October 2018 (Issue Editor)
  • "Motions to Amend: Adding Punitive Damages After the SOL," The Verdict, March 2019
  • "One Step Ahead: Fitness Trackers," The Verdict, July 2019
  • "MILs: Just an MSJ in Disguise?" The Verdict, March 2020
  • "One Step Ahead: Fitness Trackers," The Verdict, July 2019
  • "MILs: Just an MSJ in Disguise?" The Verdict, March 2020
  • "Principles of Success” Career Panel Discussion, Phi Sigma Sigma Founder’s Day Celebration (January, 2016)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, The Verdict Editor-in-Chief
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Communications Coordinator
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Small & Solo Committee Co-Chair
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Elections Endorsement Committee
  • The Justinian Society
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, New Jersey, 2018
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • New Jersey, 2018
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2013
  • Pennsylvania, 2013

Educational Background

  • Widener University School of Law, 2012
  • Temple University, 2009

Verdicts/Settlements

  • $3,300,000 - recovered for a minor who was injured in a serious motor vehicle accident that also involved unique premises liability claims against the commercial establishment where the accident took place., 2021
  • $1,250,000 - recovered for a volunteer firefighter who sustained injuries while responding to an emergency situation. The defense contended her damages were limited and she had fully recovered., 2021
  • $2,900,000 - recovered for a minor who was injured when an erratic commercial van struck her, fracturing bones in both of her lower extremities., 2020
  • $2,185,000 - recovered for an individual who suffered traumatic injuries during a recreational accident. The defense contended the Plaintiff had fully recovered and argued surveillance video showing him riding a bicycle and at a concert supported the same., 2020
  • $1,450,000 - recovered for a 69-year-old woman with dementia who was injured while using an assistive device, suffering a laceration to her head and 25 stitches. The defense alleged her damages were limited due to pre-existing neurological conditions and no wage loss., 2020
  • $7,250,000 - obtained a verdict and settlement for two clients who received gunshot injuries while exiting a bar. Brought negligent security claims against a bar and claims against a shooter. Fortunately, both clients survived the shooting, suffering orthopedic, and other internal injuries. Established a significant criminal history at the establishment, putting the bar on notice of the potential for future crimes., 2019
  • $5,000,000 - recovered for the estate of a family whose wife/mother died when construction debris fell off the back of a passing truck, killing her instantly. She was a passenger and her husband, who was driving, witnessed the entire horrific event., 2019
  • $4,625,000 - recovered a settlement for a young lady who lost three (3) fingers on her non-dominant hand when it was pulled into a machine which the plaintiff contended lacked proper guards and/or warnings. Complicating factors with this matter included the fact that the machine was 25 years old at the time of the incident without evidence of prior incident, and the plaintiff had an unfortunate arrest record both before and after the incident., 2019
  • $3,700,000 - recovered for a construction worker who was injured in a motor vehicle accident on a job site. His vehicle flipped over, causing fractures to his pelvis, requiring surgeries. The defense contended that the plaintiff was responsible for his incident and was driving too fast for the conditions of the project., 2019
  • $3,000,000 - recovered for a 60-year-old physician who twisted her ankle due to a sidewalk that measured to be a one-half inch offset from the surrounding sidewalk. This condition caused our client to break her ankle, resulting in ankle surgery and post-traumatic arthritis., 2019
  • $1,841,000 - recovered for a construction worker who suffered injuries when a forklift was driven over his foot. The defense contended that the plaintiff had a significant pre-existing medical history and was responsible for the incident as he was not wearing high-visibility clothing., 2019
  • $54,350,000 - negotiated a record-setting settlement for a young teenager who was helping in a food truck owned by her aunt when an explosion in the truck left her with disfiguring burns on over 65% of her body. It was determined that the cause of the explosion was a propane tank, and further discovered that a U-Haul outlet where the food truck’s tanks were taken regularly to be replenished was filling defective tanks illegally and with uncertified personnel. This settlement is reported to be the largest Pennsylvania state court pre-verdict settlement in history for a minor. It is also reported to be the second largest pre-verdict settlement in Pennsylvania state court history. It was negotiated as part of a larger settlement, of which $160,000,000 was not confidential, for four victims of the explosion., 2018
  • $9,315,648 - defective stove exploded, lacked proper warnings., 2018
  • $2,200,000 - a young schoolteacher suffered a traumatic brain injury after being struck in a multi-car pileup following a flash freeze involving multiple vehicles. Defendants denied wrongdoing since many vehicles were involved, and claimed that the plaintiff’s injury actually came from an accident some weeks prior. The firm’s accident reconstruction experts established that the defendant drivers were at fault since the plaintiff’s car was positioned on the side of the road, and, had the defendants been operating at safe speeds for the weather conditions, they would have had time to react., 2018
  • $7,500,000 - obtained this settlement in a premises liability/negligent security case. Successfully negotiated a pre-litigation settlement without discovery against a parking facility and its management company following an assault on a patron who, in approaching her car after leaving a store, was the victim of an attack. While the commercial defendants argued that the criminal defendants were the culpable parties, the firm amassed significant evidence of local crimes and conducted a nationwide search of the defendants’ other parking facilities to establish that the negligent security system at the facility in issue allowed the criminal defendants to perpetrate their crimes., 2017
  • $9,000,000 - a young woman on her way to work was struck from behind by a box truck and subsequently died from her injuries. Brought suit against the driver and his employer and successfully obtained a confidential settlement after it was shown through discovery that the corporate defendant provided little or no supervision over the driver who had repeated motor vehicle violations., 2014
  • $19,500,000 - represented a Philadelphia doctor in a five-week trial where a jury awarded $15,700,000 to the doctor and occupants of a car she had rented after an accident stripped her of the use of her left arm and her medical practice. Attorneys for a Toyota dealer under contract to provide maintenance on the vehicle argued that the client had been speeding and the car hydroplaned, but the firm prevailed in persuading jurors that it was mechanical failure due to faulty maintenance and service. The verdict was later affirmed by the PA Superior Court, then challenged and upheld in PA Supreme Court resulting in a recovery of over $19,500,000 with interest., 2013
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Office Location for Sarah Filippi Dooley

One Liberty Place
1650 Market St, 55th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 215-238-8700

Fax: 215-238-8710

Last Updated: 8/18/2021

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