Tom Duffy Delivers Kolsby Lecture

Tom Duffy, center, is congratulated after the 2016 Kolsby Lecture by the Honorable Daniel D. McCaffery of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (left) and Jules Epstein, Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy Programs at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

(Philadelphia) – Duffy + Partners founder Tom Duffy was chosen to deliver this year’s Herbert F. Kolsby Distinguished Lectureship in Trial Advocacy, which took place on January 28, 2016 at Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law.

The “Kolsby Lecture,” as it is commonly known, was first presented in 2001, a presentation to promote the discipline of trial advocacy to students, educators and alumni. The presentation is named for Herb Kolsby, a 1951 Temple Law graduate, in honor of his career and contributions to the Masters in Trial Advocacy program at Temple. Past lecturers have included some of the most esteemed and distinguished legal and civic figures from the City of Philadelphia.

In the talk, attended by over 100 students, faculty, and alumni, Duffy shared “Important Lessons Never Taught in Law School,” examples of professional tactics and personal doctrines that have served him well over the years, both as a rising associate at a large Philadelphia firm, and then, 28 years ago, as he left to establish his own firm.

In addition to his thriving law practice, Duffy dedicates thousands of hours to charitable causes and has been honored with countless humanitarian awards over the years from such organizations as Magee Rehabilitation, HelpHOPELive, the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania and Community Legal Services. Additionally, in 2012 he created the “Duffy Fellowship” which funds the salaries of staff attorneys at several legal service organizations in Philadelphia, including the Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Community Legal Services, and the Homeless Advocacy Project.

Duffy + Partners works exclusively to help the catastrophically injured and their families in the City of Philadelphia, securing substantial settlements and verdicts to help them move on from their injuries and plan for the future.