Timothy R. Lawn
Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Philadelphia, PA
Tim Lawn spent the first seven years of his career representing physicians in malpractice cases. In 1996, Tim “switched sides” and has devoted the past 23 years representing those who have suffered serious injuries or death as a result of the wrongful acts of others. He has secured multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for clients injured or killed by medical malpractice, defective products, motor vehicle accidents, and workplace injuries. Tim’s recent verdict of $40.2 million on a medical malpractice case is believed to be the largest personal injury verdict ever awarded by a jury in Delaware County, PA.
Mr. Lawn has repeatedly been voted by lawyers to be one of the Top 100 SuperLawyers in Pennsylvania. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2010. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, two organizations whose limited membership is by invitation only. Tim recently served as President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. Recognized as an excellent teacher of courtroom advocacy skills, Tim spent 10 years teaching advanced trial advocacy at Beasley Law School of Temple University, and he is frequently asked to give seminars and presentations for other lawyers, including providing updates on Civil Law and Medical Malpractice to trial judges from across the Commonwealth at Pennsylvania State Conference of Trial Judges.
Tim serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Dave Palmer Memorial Foundation, a tax-exempt public charity that he founded in 1992. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided close to a half million dollars of financial assistance to children who have lost a parent to an untimely death. Tim also is a member of the Board of Directors of Frankie’s World Foundation, a daycare provider for children with medical needs in North Philadelphia.
Tim is a cum laude graduate of Spring Garden College, and The Delaware Law School of Widener University. He was inducted into the Bishop McDevitt High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2008.
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Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents
- Super Lawyers: 2005, 2007 - 2022
- Top 100: 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Top 10: 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2022 Philadelphia Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Top 10: 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2021 Philadelphia Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Top 10: 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2020 Philadelphia Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2019 Philadelphia Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2018 Philadelphia Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2017 Philadelphia Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2016 Philadelphia Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2015 Philadelphia Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2014 Philadelphia Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2013 Philadelphia Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2012 Philadelphia Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2011 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2011 Philadelphia Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2010 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2010 Philadelphia Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2009 Philadelphia Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2008 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2008 Philadelphia Super Lawyers
About Timothy R. Lawn
First Admitted: 1989, Pennsylvania
Professional Webpage: https://rayneslaw.com/attorney/tim-lawn/
- AV Peer Review Rated 2018
- Best Lawyers 2010-1018
- Avvo Rating 10.0 Top Attorney
- $10,000,000 Settlement During Trial for Birth InjuryLabor and Delivery staff failed to recognize the signs of distress from a drop in fetal heart rate during labor. As a result, the baby's brain was deprived of oxygen causing permanent brain injury and cerebral palsy. Tim Lawn analyzed the fetal monitor strips and was able to document that a timely C-section delivery would have prevented any injury. After Mr. Lawn had completed jury selection, the Hospital finally started settlement negotiations. As trial progressed, the child’s case was settled for $10,000,000.00, which ensured her future.
- Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer Team Led by Tim Lawn Secures Largest Delaware County Jury Verdict in HistoryWhen a baby suffered traumatic spinal cord injuries during her birth at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, her parents turned to Tim Lawn and Stephen Raynes to investigate what happened and, if appropriate, seek financial security for their vulnerable daughter. After a detailed expert review, it was clear that the obstetrician failed to protect the baby’s neck during delivery and damaged the spinal cord. After years of intense work and a two-week hard-fought trial, Raynes McCarty attorney Tim Lawn persuaded a Delaware County jury to award more than $40 million to the now six-year-old girl. The verdict, which totaled $40,258,000.00 and will be increased by delay damages to be more than $47,000,000.00, is believed to be the largest personal injury verdict ever awarded in Delaware County. The defendant doctor and hospital never made a settlement offer. During the trial, Attorney Lawn presented expert testimony from a maternal fetal medicine specialist, a pediatric neuro-radiologist, a placental pathologist, a pediatric neurologist and pediatric spinal surgeon. Together, these physicians detailed how the baby’s injuries could only have occurred with excessive traction during her delivery. “This was a vigorously defended case in which the defendants argued that the care was proper and that the injuries occurred well before she was delivered. We knew that was medically inaccurate and set out to prove that improper care caused this catastrophic injury,” commented plaintiff’s lead attorney Timothy Lawn. Attorney Stephen Raynes noted “The jury was exceptionally devoted to finding the truth in this case. Tim’s brilliant courtroom advocacy, on behalf of this deserving little girl, convincingly proved that truth.”
- $23,000,000 Verdict for Delayed Diagnosis of EncephalitisA 36-year-old successful business woman was found by her mother to be confused and lethargic. As her mother drove her to the nearest emergency room, she developed a droop on one side of her face, strongly suggesting a potential disease process in the brain. Tragically, the emergency room staff delayed the proper treatment until after she had suffered a profound brain injury. A Raynes McCarty team led by Tim Lawn and Steve Raynes convinced the jury that viral encephalitis should have been high on the doctor's list of potential diagnoses shortly after her arrival at the hospital. By presenting the testimony of highly respected doctors, Lawn and Raynes persuaded the jury that time was of the essence, and that a timely first dose of medication could have stopped reproduction of the virus before it caused a permanent brain injury. The result achieved allowed this family to provide for their daughter's needs over the remainder of her life.
- $9,700,000 Arbitration Verdict In York, PA for Child Victim of Missed Diagnosis of MeningitisA young central Pennsylvanian couple, concerned about their infant son’s fevers and loss of appetite, brought him to his local pediatrician. The doctor’s incomplete evaluation, coupled with his improper instructions to the parents as to how they should monitor their son at home, delayed the diagnosis of the boy's blood infection, which progressed to bacterial meningitis. The meningitis caused the child to become deaf and blind. After two law firms told the family that the malpractice case was too challenging, they came to Tim Lawn. Tim worked to assemble the missing pieces of the puzzle, consulting with a half dozen experts from around the country. Tim was able to win an arbitration verdict that will help take care of this special child's needs.
Pro bono/Community Service
- Founder, Chair of the Board of Directors: Dave Palmer Memorial Foundation
- Member of the Board of Directors of Frankie's World Foundation
- Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
- Teacher, Advanced Trial Advocacy at Beasley Law School of Temple University
- National Institute of Trial Advocacy
- American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
- United States Supreme Court Historical Society
- Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
Last Updated: 5/15/2022