Paul A. Lauricella – Philadelphia Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Sexual Abuse Lawyer
Paul Lauricella has been a trial attorney since 1982. Out of law school, he worked as an assistant district attorney, where he tried and convicted violent criminals. In 1987, Paul returned to the Philadelphia area, and for the next 17 years worked alongside legendary trial attorney James E. Beasley.
As an associate, and subsequently as a partner with Beasley, Paul secured million and multimillion-dollar verdicts in malpractice actions involving a wide variety of medical specialties, including obstetrics/gynecology, emergency medicine, radiology, psychiatry, orthopedic surgery, urology, family practice, and even oral surgery.
Paul has also won verdicts in products liability, breach of contract, and employment discrimination cases. He has also successfully litigated intellectual property claims, and secured a landmark victory in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Facenda v. The National Football League in which he represented the estate of iconic Philadelphia broadcaster, John Facenda.
Following Beasley’s death, Paul and Slade McLaughlin formed McLaughlin & Lauricella, where they earned their reputations as tenacious trial attorneys.
At a time when many lawyers brag about their “results” (usually a euphemism for “settlements” secured by attorneys who have never actually tried a case), Paul takes pride in the medical malpractice and personal injury cases he has personally tried to a jury verdict.
Law Firm Partner & Co-Founder, Paul Lauricella
Speaking at the National Crime Victim’s Bar Association Conference in Philadelphia
- $55 million-dollar ($55,000,000.00) medical malpractice verdict on behalf of a child who suffered a brain injury as a result of a traumatic delivery. The verdict is the largest single medical malpractice verdict in the history of Lehigh County, the third largest verdict in the history of Pennsylvania, and the largest verdict ever in the Commonwealth outside of Philadelphia;
- $20 million-dollar ($20,000,000.00) verdict on behalf of a man whose leg was run over by a bulldozer;
- $17 million dollar verdict (additional reading) on behalf of a child who suffered a brain injury after she was prematurely removed from a ventilator following lung surgery;
- $7 million-dollar ($7,000,000.00) medical malpractice verdict secured on behalf of a client whose wrist fracture went undiagnosed;
- $5 million-dollar ($5,000,000.00) verdict on behalf of children injured by a discharged psychiatric patient;
- $3 million-dollar ($3,000,000.00) verdict on behalf of the estate of a man who died as a result of negligently undiagnosed lung cancer;
- $2.5 million-dollar ($2,500,000.00) malpractice verdict on behalf of a woman whose surgeon left a hand towel in her abdomen;
- $1 million dollar ($1,000,000.00) medical malpractice verdict rendered by a Delaware County jury on behalf of a young woman who died following knee surgery;
- $1 million-dollar ($1,000,000.00) medical malpractice verdict in Wilmington, Delaware on behalf of the estate of an elderly woman who suffered a fatal heart attack after being discharged from the emergency department;
- $1 million-dollar ($1,000,000.00) verdict on behalf of a man whose GI tract was inadvertently injured during prostate surgery;
- $1 million-dollar ($1,000,000.00) verdict in a suit brought by a widow against a life insurance company which had refused to pay policy benefits.
- $900,000 medical malpractice verdict in Luzerne County on behalf of a woman whose undiagnosed breast cancer progressed from Stage I to Stage II;
- $900,000 verdict on behalf of a woman whose face was partially paralyzed following oral surgery;
- $700,000 verdict in Bucks County on behalf of a woman whose breast cancer was not timely diagnosed. The award was rendered on account of the potential for future recurrence or metastasis;
In most of those cases, the defense had made either no settlement offer, or a grossly inadequate settlement offer, making the results even more satisfying.
And while Paul has, of course, settled innumerable cases, he points with pride to the $16,250,000.00 settlement that he and his partner, Slade McLaughlin, secured in 2009 on behalf of a landfill worker who was run over by a bulldozer. “We settled that case following years of intense preparation, after more than three weeks of trial, and after successfully navigating the law which usually renders employers immune from damage claims brought by injured workers.”
Paul Lauricella is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hofstra University, and a graduate of Villanova University School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review, the Moot Court Board, and the Order of the Coif. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and serves on the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers’ Amicus Curiae Committee.
He is an avid runner, and has run three marathons. He has run the Philadelphia Distance Run more than ten times, and the Philadelphia Broad Street Run at least ten times. He is a regular participant in the annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5k. Paul is also a devotee of popular music, rock music, and jazz, though he knows how to play absolutely no instruments.