Bethany R. Nikitenko – Partner Attorney | Litigation, Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Ms. Nikitenko joined the McLaughlin & Lauricella team in October of 2012, and was elevated to Partner in December of 2017. She previously practiced with another Philadelphia law firm for five years where she gained extensive experience in civil litigation.
A Passion for Success
An exceptionally motivated attorney driven by a tremendous work ethic and unbridled passion to succeed for clients, it is fitting that Bethany Nikitenko has received so many accolades that distinguish her from her peers.
Ms. Nikitenko received the highly coveted honor of being named a 2017 Lawyer on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer, the oldest daily law journal published in the United States. The merit—bestowed upon only 32 attorneys in Pennsylvania—is decided by a six-member judging panel composed of evaluators from all facets of the legal profession to acknowledge outstanding young attorneys who are helping to shape the legal profession.
Also in 2017—as well as 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016—Ms. Nikitenko was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star, an honor that recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state, and are selected from a pool of candidates recognized by their peers for excellence in the legal practice and professional achievement.
Earlier recognition for Ms. Nikitenko’s commitment to excellence date back to her college years. While attending Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law, from which she graduated Cum Laude in 2007, Ms. Nikitenko earned numerous Oral Advocacy and Distinguished Class Performance Awards for exemplary competence in various facets of law, and served as a member of the Temple Law Review. As an undergraduate at University of Pittsburgh, from which she was graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2003, she earned the prestigious John P. Bracken Undergraduate Political Science Award for academic achievement and commitment to public service.
Compassion for People
Ms. Nikitenko’s inherent compassion for people, and desire to devote her life to righting wrongs that have befallen innocent people, drew her to the field of law. She excels at standing up for victims’ rights in suits involving medical malpractice, automobile accidents, sexual abuse, premises liability, dram shop liability, and products liability. She leaves no stone unturned when advocating for her clients.
Ms. Nikitenko’s genuine desire to help people is further evident in her volunteer work for Philadelphia VIP, an organization that helps low-income Philadelphians access free legal services. She often defends uninsured individuals, who are at risk of losing their homes, in personal injury lawsuits. For her volunteer work, Ms. Nikitenko was named to the Pro Bono Honor Roll for the First Judicial District of Philadelphia in 2016 and 2017, and was recognized as a Volunteer of the Month for Philadelphia VIP in September of 2016. Ms. Nikitenko is also a member of the Development Committee for Women Against Abuse, an organization that advocates for victims of domestic violence in Philadelphia.
Legal Experience Beyond Her Years
Since earning her law degree in 2007, and licensures to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Ms. Nikitenko has accumulated impressive experience in all phases of litigation. She has earned a reputation for devoting intense time and effort to cases, going above and beyond the call of duty for her clients regardless of the nature of the case or type of proceeding. A naturally gifted orator with remarkable critical reasoning skills and command of facts, she can be relied upon to pack a persuasive punch, whether trying a case solo or as part of a legal team, arguing dispositive motions, representing clients in arbitration and mediation, briefing complex legal issues, drafting motions and pleadings, conducting and defending depositions, or devising trial strategies.
The highlight of Ms. Nikitenko’s career has been the opportunity to expand her legal horizons while directly supporting the work and achievements of two of the country’s most successful and respected trial attorneys: her fellow Partners, Slade McLaughlin and Paul Lauricella. Both seasoned attorneys feel privileged to collaborate daily with a young partner who consistently garners the respect of clients, colleagues, Judges, and opposing counsel alike.
Scholarly Writings and Lectures
Ms. Nikitenko devotes considerable time to staying current on emerging case law and relevant legal topics. She focuses these efforts on being scrupulously prepared when serving her own clients, as well as on educating others in the legal and business communities. As a member of the editorial board of The Legal Intelligencer, Ms. Nikitenko is among a select group of astute attorneys who meet regularly to discuss important legal issues and put their collective thoughts into a singular voice through a published editorial. She also regularly teaches Continuing Legal Education courses to other attorneys, and has given presentations on a variety legal topics ranging from resolving liens to proving pain and suffering damages.
Ms. Nikitenko’s Interests Go Beyond the Law
Ms. Nikitenko manages to make time for other interests despite her routinely long and intense work weeks. She regularly visits the gym, and annually competes in the10-mile Broad Street Run. Through her work with the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), she has been instrumental in developing programming aimed at creating dialogue between Jewish and Muslim Professionals. She received the AJC’s 2017 Murray Friedman Emerging Leader Award for embodying integrity, creativity, and leadership.
Bethany R. Nikitenko, Esq. can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] or by calling (215) 568-1510.