Thomas J. Duffy

Tom Duffy

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Biography:

Tom Duffy oversees all cases handled by the attorneys of the firm, which include motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents, construction accidents, product liability, premises liability, medical malpractice, birth injury, spinal cord injury, other personal injury and aviation disasters. 

Tom founded the firm over a quarter of a century ago, when he left a promising career at a large Philadelphia firm to establish his own practice, a practice that has developed into a very experienced and respected group of partners and staff with one singular focus—helping individuals and families who are the victims of catastrophic injury.

Tom is annually included in a number of attorney ranking publications and lists, including:

  • The Best Lawyers in America: 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs in Philadelphia

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers

  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100

  • Super Lawyers

  • Top 100 Attorneys in Philadelphia

  • Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania

  • Irish Legal 100

  • U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms (Tier 1)

He has also been recognized for his high professional legal standards and ethics, rated "AV" by LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell, and listed in LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent lawyers.

A respected attorney in his field who has successfully argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Tom authored the closing chapter of the 2003 book "Medical-Legal Aspects of Pain and Suffering,” and is a lecturer who has given many educational presentations on trial practice.

Tom also dedicates thousands of hours to a number of charitable causes, including Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation (he is a member of the Board of Trustees and was honored with the Magee "Champion in this Community" award in 2009), the Irish American Cultural Institute of Philadelphia, HelpHOPELive (formerly NTAF) and the Homeless Advocacy Project. In 2012, Tom established the prestigious “Duffy Fellowship,” that provides funds to underwrite a staff attorney at several legal service organizations in Philadelphia, including the Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Community Legal Services, and the Homeless Advocacy Project. In 2014 the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania recognized the work of the Duffy Fellow in the Philadelphia Latino community by honoring Tom Duffy with the prestigious “La Justicia” award, and in 2015 Community Legal Services (CLS) celebrated his renowned philanthropy with its prestigious “Champion of Justice” award.

Outside of the office, Tom is a licensed and skilled commercial pilot (multi-engine, land, sea, instrument, Corsair, B-25, P47, Spitfire and TBM type certificates) who participates annually in air shows all over the country, such as the Atlantic City Airshow, the Mid Atlantic Air Museum’s World War II Weekend, the Millville Air Museum’s Annual Fly-In, the Doolittle Raiders reunion and many other aviation celebrations.  In 2009, he took part in a special ceremony to open the Indianapolis 500, soaring over the speedway in his vintage B-25 Mitchell Bomber “Take Off Time”  during the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” as the crowd of spectators roared.


Education

  • Marist College (B.A., cum laude, 1975)
  • Temple University (J.D., 1981)

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania (1981)
  • New Jersey (1981)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1982)
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (1982)
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (1982)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1982)

Awards and Honors

  • National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 100 (2011-Present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2003-Present, 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs in Philadelphia)
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2004-Present)
  • Community Legal Services “Champion of Justice” (2015)
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania: La Justicia Award (2014)
  • Irish Legal 100 (2011)
  • National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF): Community Hero Award (2010)
  • Magee Rehabilitation Hospital:  Champion of the Community Award (2009)

Memberships

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • Lawyer Pilots Association
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee (Chairman)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association For Justice (Champion of Justice)
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation (Advocates of Justice)
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association (Secretary, Board of Directors, 2012-2013 President)
  • Temple University Academy of Trial Advocacy (Faculty)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New Jersey Association for Justice

Speaking Engagements

  • "The Subtle and Not-So-Subtle Approaches to Damages,” Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association (October, 2014)
  • "The Simple Keys to Favorable Verdicts," Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association (May, 2014)
  • Stars of the Bar,” Pennsylvania Association for Justice (April, 2014)
  • “Medical Malpractice Update,” Philadelphia Bar Association Medical Legal Committee (July, 2012)

Articles and Publications

  • "A Plaintiffs’ Attorney’s Perspective,” Medical-Legal Aspects of Pain and Suffering, Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, Inc., (2003)