Craig L. Fishman

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman Personal Injury Trial Attorneys
 | 429 4th Ave, 11th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-391-7610
Fax: 412-391-1126
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Our fee is only 25%, others charge 40% or more. We strive to provide the highest quality legal services to injured individuals at the best price in town. Other firms dicount their fee, then assign your case to an inexperienced attorney. Our lawyers are seasoned veterans, with excellent reputations for legal skill and ethics. Attorney Fishman handles personal injury cases, including trucking accidents, slips and falls, dog bites, car accidents, insurance bad faith, defective products, and medical, nursing home and legal malpractice. Mr. Fishman is chief of litigation, president and shareholder of Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman. A life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, he is a Fellow of the prestigious Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and has been for the last 15 years.

After starting college at 15, Mr. Fishman graduated in 1982 from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts and was on the Dean’s List. He then attended the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where he obtained a Master of Public Health. At the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1990 and he also attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  He has obtained many record verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.

Mr. Fishman is admitted to practice before the United States District Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, the United States District Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and in the state courts of Pennsylvania. For his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, Mr. Fishman holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. 

On the Board of Governors for the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Mr. Fishman is also a member of the House of Delegates for the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He does pro bono work for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as a senior hearing committee member.

* 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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (70%): Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (20%): Medical Malpractice, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Personal Injury - Products (10%)

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019

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About Craig Fishman

Admitted: 1990, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://www.ssf-lawfirm.com/craig-l-fishman-esquire/

Honors/Awards:

  • Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell,The Best Lawyers in America®, 2008- Present, Fellow of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, 2005- present, Board of Directors of ACBA Services, Inc., 2008-present, Marquis Who's Who in American Law, 2003-present, Marquis Who's Who in America, 2005-present, Recipient of Allegheny County Bar Association 2004 Judge Olbum Award, Chair of the 2004 Allegheny County Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, Member of Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates, 2006-2008, Western Pa. Trial Lawyers Assoc. Board of Governors, 1997-2002, 2005-present, Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2005- present.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County Schweers Essay Contest Committee
  • Chair, Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County Mock Trial Committee.
  • The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • Member, Board of Directors of Proliance Solutions, Inc., 2008-2014.
  • Chair, Allegheny County Bar Association Civil Litigation Section Council, 2016-2017
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Fourth Circuit
  • The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania and West Virginia
  • Established annual “Breakfast with the Judges - Legal Ethics on Film” ethics seminar at the Allegheny County Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference in 2002. Chair or Co-Chair of Breakfast with the Judges Committee and prepared film clips and legal analysis for the judges for this seminar 2002-2006. Moderated 2002 and 2006 seminars. The panelists have included Hon. Ralph Cappy, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; Hon. Max Baer and Hon. J. Michael Eakin of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; Hon. D. Brooks Smith and Hon. D. Michael Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Hon. John Musmanno, Hon. Debra Todd, and Hon. Maureen Lally-Green of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania; Hon. Joy Flowers Conti and Hon. Thomas Hardiman of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; and Hon. R. Stanton Wettick, Jr., Hon. Timothy Patrick O’Reilly, Hon. Gene B. Strassburger, III and Hon. Joseph James of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Civil Rights Litigation Under §1981 and the Fair Housing Act", 18(3) The Advocate, Spring 2006. "Lessons from Tinseltown" trial tactics seminar panelist, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, February 24, 2006 "Legal Issues in Toxic Mold Exposure and Remediation", Indoor Air Quality Training Institute, April 17, 2002. "Is it Malpractice Not to Surf?", 12(5) The Advocate, May/June 2000. "Beware the Subrogation Swindle", 9(5) The Advocate, May/June 1997. "Evaluating Your Case - Plaintiff's Perspective," presented to the Young Lawyers Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association, December 15, 1995. "Pleading and Proving Excess Special Damages", 8(2) The Advocate, Nov/Dec 1995. Co-Author: "A Hospital's Liability for Staffing its Emergency Room With an Intern," a chapter in Legal Medicine 1990, Fall 1990. "Hospitals and Cigarette Smoking", 75 Bulletin of the Allegheny County Medical Society, 1986.
  • “Civil Division Sound-Off and Debate on Hot Topics in the Law” – Established debate format for seminar and prepared and moderated seminar in 2010 with panelists including Hon. Eugene B. Strassburger, III of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County and Hon. Sean McLaughlin of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Prepared and moderated 2011 seminar for panelists including Hon. Ronald W. Folino of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County and Chief Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • “Litigating Tractor Trailer Accidents” seminar faculty speaking on Discovery, ESI, Trial Tactics, Ethical Considerations and Satellite Tracking and Messaging, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, June 2, 2011
  • “Success With Summary Judgment Motions” – Pennsylvania Bar Institute Seminar with panelists including Honorable Judith Olson of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, December 21, 2017

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Schappell v. Motorists Mutual Ins. Co., et al., 934 A.2d 1184 (Pa. 2007)
  • Marek v. Ketyer, 733 A.2d 1268 (Pa. Super. 1999), alloc. denied, 749 A.2d 471 (Pa. 2000)
  • Horne v. City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County G.D. 97-10174
  • Hussein v. Universal Development Management, et al., U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania CA 01-2381
  • Plaintiff Basem Hussein, 40, a Canadian citizen of Egyptian descent, and a neuroradiologist, had a residence in the Meadows Apartment complex in New Castle, Pa. On Sept. 11, 2001, he was temporarily working under contract with the Northern Navaho Medical Center of the U.S. government on a reservation near Shiprock, N.M. Following the terrorist attacks on that date, Sherri Lynn Wilson, the apartment manager for The Meadows, went into Hussein's apartment, and contacted authorities regarding his possessions which she believed to be incriminating and indicated that Hussein was involved in terrorist activity.  Wilson advised law enforcement authorities that she discovered a compact disc case in Hussein's apartment depicting an airplane flying through two buildings next to a fireball.  Wilson also informed   authorities that she found an airplane flight manual, a video titled "How to Make a Bomb" and chemical residue which she believed to be from bomb-making activities. As a result of these statements, Hussein was detained by the FBI in New Mexico, where fingerprints and hair samples were taken. The FBI in the New Castle area obtained a search warrant for Hussein's apartment and vehicle.  The searches yielded flight simulator games, war movies and household dust.  On Sept. 13, 2001, two days after he was detained, Plaintiff the FBI in Albuquerque issued a news release exonerating Hussein of the charges against him. Nevertheless, Hussein was compelled to return to Pennsylvania to appear before a grand jury called by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Pittsburgh.  When he returned to his apartment, an eviction notice had been posted on its door.  The FBI investigation was closed later in September 2001 without his testimony before the grand jury. No criminal charges were brought against Hussein. Hussein sued Wilson; apartment owner Universal Development Management Inc. of Girard, Ohio; and property manager UDE of Mitchell Road Ltd., also based in Girard, alleging racial discrimination in violation Section 1981of the Civil Rights Act, discrimination in violation of the Fair Housing Act, a state cause of action for trespass, and a state cause of action for invasion of privacy.  Wilson told the Pennsylvania State Police that she entered Hussein's apartment after the attacks to check on him, but later told the FBI that she subsequently entered the apartment with Hussein's permission to change the furnace filters and to check on the apartment's condition. Evidence at trial indicated that she had found the Microsoft 2000 Flight Simulator game.  Hussein's counsel noted that the CD jacket did not depict an exploding plane or any buildings. Hussein claimed unspecified noneconomic damages for emotional distress. His counsel did not seek damages for lost wages, noting that the humiliation and distress Hussein suffered -being pursued by a helicopter and interrogated for hours, losing his job, and receiving national publicity as a suspected terrorist, as a result of the Wilson's report to the authorities- paled in comparison to any wages he may have lost. His counsel argued that since the FBI can reopen his case at anytime, Hussein felt there exists a "cloud" over his head. The jury found in favor of the Plaintiff on the invasion of privacy count. Hussein was awarded $2.45 million; $850,000 in compensatory damages and $1.6 million in punitive damages., 2005
  • Lynn v. Westport Insurance Corp., 258 Fed. Appx. 438, 2007 WL 4351428 (3d Cir. 2007)
  • Collingwood v. Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company et al., Washington County 2010-2186
  • Jury awarded $300,000 to a driver who suffered soft tissue injuries when his car was struck by a Pittsburgh Police car., 1999

Educational Background:

  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Bachelor of Arts, 1982, Graduated at the age of 19 on the Dean's List
  • Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), 1982-1983, 1988, Major in Health Care Administration
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, Medical Studies, 1983-1986                                   
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429 4th Ave
11th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-391-7610

Fax: 412-391-1126

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