Firm Overview

Kline & Specter handles catastrophic personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, birth injuries, product liability, premises liability, auto accidents, workplace injuries, slip and fall, civil rights and whistleblower lawsuits.

The firm was started in January 1995.

Example cases

• White v. Ford - $153 million verdict, product liability case.
• The Caruso Case - $49 million medical malpractice verdict.

Main Office

1525 Locust Street The 19th Floor
Philadelphia  PA  19102

  • (215) 772-1000
  • (856) 662-1180
  • (800) 243-1100
  • (215) 772-1359


Free Initial Consultation?


Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Fees are on a contingency basis.

Hourly Rates

Not applicable.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Diane Grimmie and Rubye Evans.

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken


Other Offices

  • New Jersey Office
    457 Haddenfield Rd.
    Suite 540
    Cherry Hill,  NJ  08002
  • New York Office
    230 Park Ave.
    Suite 2525
    New York,  NY  10169
  • Delaware Office
    221 Main Street
    Wilmington,  DE  19804

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I can help others most here.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Clients need to rely on lawyers, not themselves, for legal opinions.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents prepared by clients.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am not willing to coach clients who wish to represent themselves.

Shanin Specter

Both Shanin Specter and founding partner Thomas R. Kline previously worked at The Beasley Firm in Philadelphia.

I can't distill 26 years of experience into one sentence. Read "Two Boys" to learn more. Visit to find out more about the book "Two Boys."

Thorough, careful, analytical, honest, and persuasive.

Personal interests:

Baseball, squash, reading, and our children.

  • Bar Number: 40928
    Pennsylvania , 1984
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Juris Doctorate , 1984
    Philadelphia, PA
  • University of Cambridge
    Master of Laws , 1984
    Cambridge, England
  • Haverford College
    Bachelor of Arts , 1980
    Haverford, PA

Bob Zausner

Thomas R. Kline

In more than three decades of practicing personal injury law, Thomas R. Kline has forged an incomparable record of courtroom victories some with remarkable results against seemingly incredible odds. Beginning with a jury verdict of $5.1 million in the early 1980s, Kline has since achieved hundreds of seven- and eight-figure jury verdicts and settlements. As a result, he has received a litany of accolades and recognition, including his position as past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, described by The Washington Post as "a select group of 100 of the nation's most celebrated trial lawyers."

Kline also has been honored for 11 consecutive years, 2004-2014, as the No. 1 attorney in Pennsylvania by the independent rating service Super Lawyers, an accomplishment unmatched by any lawyer across the nation. He was also chosen by Best Lawyers as its Philadelphia Medical Malpractice "Lawyer of the Year" for 2013 and as among the nation's best lawyers every year since 1995. And, of the more than 1.2 million lawyers in the United States, Kline was named as among "The 500 Leading Lawyers in America" and the leading personal injury plaintiffs' lawyer in Pennsylvania by the independent review organization Lawdragon, which describes Kline as an "ever influential and zealous advocate." Lawdragon previously featured Kline as "one of Philadelphia's legendary litigators."

Kline is named to the National Law Journal's "Winning Hall of Fame" as one of fewer than 100 lawyers selected for compiling "significant bench or jury trial verdicts and who has a record of success over many years." And he was referred to by the Editorial Board of The Philadelphia Inquirer as "the high-powered plaintiffs' attorney... who has won a number of eight-figure awards for clients injured or killed due to negligence or incompetence by businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit health-care providers." In 2014, Kline was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Legal Intelligencer, a recognition representing "the figures who have helped to shape the law in Pennsylvania ... and who have had a distinct impact on the legal profession in the state." And in 2015 Kline was elected to the prestigious American Law Institute, founded in 1923 and considered the leading independent organization working to clarify, modernize and improve the law in the United States.

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