Stephen E. Raynes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Raynes McCarty
 | 1845 Walnut Street, Suite 2000
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-568-6190
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Stephen Raynes has distinguished himself in his representation of clients in serious injury and wrongful death cases, often in high profile cases, which he has done with a sensitivity and commitment to confidentiality. He has achieved million dollar and multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of his individual clients more than 80 times in the areas of general personal injury, medical malpractice, and product liability.

He has repeatedly been selected as one of the top 100 “Super Lawyers” not only in Philadelphia but throughout Pennsylvania. Every year since 2008, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America. He has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates, a nationally recognized organization of distinguished trial lawyers.

Mr. Raynes has represented clients in major international disasters including serving as co-counsel in the representation of the families of 15 passengers who were killed and the sole survivor in a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter crash off the coast of St. John’s, Newfoundland; in the representation of the family of a young doctor killed when the roof collapsed at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France; in the representation of the families of 2 pilots killed in a Bell helicopter crash in British Columbia; and in the representation of 1,354 Spanish hemophiliacs who became HIV infected as a result of contaminated blood products manufactured by international pharmaceutical companies.

Mr. Raynes also served on the Raynes McCarty team representing the family of the late Olympic wrestler David Schultz who was shot and killed by John DuPont. He was co-counsel in the New York Stock Exchange litigation prosecuted on behalf of all the NYSE seatholders challenging the terms of a multi-billion dollar deal that had been struck by the Exchange’s Board of Directors and its investment advisor.

He has advanced the law on behalf of injured victims in Pennsylvania’s appellate courts including in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, most recently in the case of Toney v. Chester County Hosp., 36 A.3d 83 (Pa. 2011). The Toney case is one of the most important pronouncements of the boundaries of a negligent infliction of emotional distress claim under Pennsylvania Law.

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About Stephen Raynes

Admitted: 1993, Pennsylvania

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Honors and Awards:

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers 2008-2016
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Top Attorney Birth Injuries

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
  • Member, Bar of the State of New York
  • Member, Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Pennsylvania Association of Trial Lawyers
  • Association of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $15,000,000 Confidential Settlement for Improper Prescription of Blood ThinnerWhen a young man suffered a massive brain bleed while on Lovenox, a blood-thinner, his family turned to Stephen Raynes to investigate whether his medical treatment was appropriate. The massive brain bleed caused the man to be quadriplegic with lock-in-syndrome. Because the drug had been only recently introduced to the market, there was a dearth of epidemiological evidence regarding the safety of its use. Stephen Raynes led the Raynes McCarty team with Tim Lawn and Joe Traub to assemble a team of experts in pharmacology, FDA labeling, hematology, internal medicine and cardiology and determined that there was no proper scientific evidence that the prescribed blood thinner was as safe as the available standard blood thinners in this clinical setting. As a result of those efforts, the team secured a confidential settlement to ensure financial security and medical services for the client and his family - See more at:
  • Sixteen confidential settlements for Sikorsky S-92 Crash off the Coast of NewfoundlandOn March 12, 2009, sixteen workers were being flown on a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter to oil platforms stationed off the coast of Newfoundland. A titanium bolt cracked, releasing all of the oil in the gear box, causing the transmission to seize, and the helicopter to plummet into the frigid north Atlantic. Fifteen of the passengers perished as the helicopter sank; the lone survivor suffered lifetime injuries. Because Sikorsky had recently moved its headquarters for S-92 helicopters to the Delaware Valley, Canadian counsel asked Stephen Raynes and Marty Brigham to travel to Newfoundland and undertake to represent the sole survivor and all of the families of the passengers killed. In order to document each family’s loss, Mr. Brigham and Mr. Raynes attorneys, working with their Canadian co-counsel, videotaped hundreds of hours of interviews that were then edited into sixteen settlement presentations, one for each client. Through two weeks of mediation and in less than a year after the accident, every client’s case was resolved for amounts – made confidential to protect the clients – that ensured their financial security and honored those that they had lost.
  • Expanded Victim’s Rights before the Pennsylvania Supreme CourtFor his client Jeanelle Toney, Stephen Raynes made law in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, securing one of the most important pronouncements of the boundaries of a negligent infliction of emotional distress claim under Pennsylvania law. In July, 2003, Ms. Toney gave birth to her son.  Because Ms. Toney had been told during her pre-natal care that her unborn son was perfectly healthy based on (misread) ultrasounds, she was completely overwhelmed when he was born with significant birth defects.  Ms. Toney had no opportunity to brace herself – emotionally, psychologically and religiously. Mr. Raynes believed that the doctors who misinformed Ms. Toney should be held liable for their actions and for causing her great emotional distress. After having the case tossed out by the trial court, Mr. Raynes persisted through multiple appeals, ultimately winning at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Ms. Toney’s case established that a plaintiff may bring a negligent infliction of emotional distress claim even in the absence of the defendant directly causing injury to the plaintiff or a loved one – a significant expansion of that claim and a new pronouncement in the Pennsylvania’s appellate courts. This past spring, on the eve of trial, Ms. Toney’s case settled for a confidential amount. The case is reported at: Toney v. Chester County Hosp., 36 A.3d 83 (Pa. 2011)  

Educational Background:

  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 1988
Office Location for Stephen E. Raynes

1845 Walnut Street
Suite 2000
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 215-568-6190


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Last Updated: 2/9/2017

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