The Trial Lawyer Summer 2018 - Page 26

Robert J. Mongeluzzi, Esq. Gary Douglas, Esq. Bob Mongeluzzi is the most respected and successful construction accident attorney in the United States. A founder of Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, he has been a driving force in establishing the firm’s reputation as one of the Philadelphia region’s leading plaintiff personal injury law firms and the leading U.S. law firm representing construction accident victims. He was co-lead counsel for the largest recovery of a construction accident case in American history. Mongeluzzi graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned his law degree from the Fordham University School of Law (1981). He is also a graduate of the nationally ranked LL.M. (Master’s of Law) in Trial Advocacy program at the Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor of law. In addition to construction accidents, Mongeluzzi also focuses on cases involving catastrophic injury and death stemming from electrical accidents, crane accidents, aerial lift accidents, brain injuries, burn injuries, product liability and sports and recreational accidents. Mongeluzzi has more than 150 verdicts and settlements of a million dollars or more in construction accidents alone, more than any attorney in the world. Overall, he has secured at least a million dollars in more than 200 cases, including a $101 million settlement — the largest in U.S. history — for the four workmen killed and 30 injured in the 2003 collapse of the Tropicana Casino parking garage in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He also secured a $75 million verdict — the largest for an individual construction worker in U.S. history — for a highway construction worker. Mongeluzzi has consistently ranked second out of 48,000 Pennsylvania lawyers in Philadelphia magazine’s peer-selected Super Lawyers of Pennsylvania publication. That magazine, in a cover story entitled Don’t Mess with Mongo, noted his reputation as one of the top construction accident plaintiff’s attorneys in the country and probably the leading lawyer for accidents involving cranes and aerial lifts. The Philadelphia Inquirer stated that he “has made a career representing the victims of construction accidents.” The Philadelphia Business Journal added that “when someone is catastrophically injured in a workplace accident and millions of dollars are at stake chances are Robert Mongeluzzi will have a hand in representing the plaintiff.” Lawdragon magazine selected him as one of the 500 best attorneys in America and called him “The King of Construction Site Accidents.” He was named Philadelphia’s 2009 Litigator of the Year. Mongeluzzi is a past president of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and a former member of the board of governors of the American Association for Justice. He is held in high regard by his fellow attorneys, as evidenced by his AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Gary Douglas is a nationally renowned trial attorney, recognized around the country as a trailblazer in the field of products liability and environmental law as a partner with the New York City law firm of Douglas & London. He has been rated by Super Lawyers as one of the top rated products liability lawyers in the state of New York. He has tried hundreds of cases and obtained dozens of million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Douglas began a remarkable streak when he scored the first win in the nation against the automobile industry for a defective airbag that killed a six-year-old boy. He followed that with the first victory in the history of the state of New York against the tobacco industry, securing a verdict of $20 million for the death of a 58-year-old smoker. Douglas achieved notoriety when in the span of just a few weeks he obtained back-to-back $8 million verdicts against two different pharmaceutical industry giants- Johnson & Johnson in a medical device case and Merck in a case involving the drug Fosamax. More recently, Douglas has spearheaded the litigation against the chemical industry giant DuPont regarding the dumping of the dangerous and cancer-causing chemical C8 into the Ohio River causing cancer clusters in the communities along the river resulting in a $690 million settlement on behalf of thousands of residents of Ohio and West Virginia. Douglas hit the trifecta trying the first three such cases resulting in victories of $1.6 million, followed by a $5.6 million verdict and finally topped off with a $12.5 million verdict including punitive damages leading to the $690 million settlement. Douglas has been quoted in the news for his outstanding verdicts and has appeared on local and national television including ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC News, CBS News, Fox News and others. Douglas is also the recipient of the prestigious Clarence Darrow Award in recognition of his skills as a trial attorney, his philanthropic record, professionalism and dedication to the pursuit of Justice. In his spare time, Douglas leads a nationally touring rock band. Often found sharing the stage with the likes of the legendary Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, the band plays heartland American rock n’ roll. 24 x The Trial Lawyer