Since 1947, Galfand Berger attorneys have been working hard representing injured people and their families. Recently, four of our attorneys — Arthur Bugay, Marc Jacobs, Richard Jurewicz and Eric Swan — were recognized for their achievements when they were selected to the 2011 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer list. This selection is especially significant since only 5% of the over 34,000 Pennsylvania lawyers receive this honor. And, to make this tribute even more extraordinary, attorney Richard Jurewicz was selected as one of the top 100 lawyers in Pennsylvania and one of the top 100 lawyers in Philadelphia!
Two of our other attorneys – Michael Malvey and Henry Yampolsky – were selected to the 2011 Rising Star’s list. Again, a noteworthy achievement since only 2.5% of Pennsylvania attorneys under 40 (or practicing less than 10 years) share this honor!
It is no wonder Arthur, Marc, Rick, Eric, Mike and Henry received this special recognition. A glimpse at their biographies tell stories of attorneys who work tirelessly for their clients and their community. Trust. Knowledge. Results. Powerful words earned by hard-working attorneys!
Arthur Bugay’s practice areas include Products’ Liability, Construction Accident litigation, Personal Injury litigation, Negligent Security and Employment law. A noted author – with articles appearing in respected treatises and periodicals – Arthur is also a regular presenter at Continuing Legal Education seminars. In addition to his work in the firm’s Personal Injury Department, Arthur is an advocate for disabled and injured children and for the elderly, the latter focusing upon nursing home negligence. He is an active volunteer for the indigent and he provides volunteer legal services for the Legal Clinic for the Disabled. Arthur has served on the Board of Directors for the Disabilities Rights Network of Pennsylvania, a non-profit statewide public interest civil rights law firm that provides legal assistance and other services to individuals with disabilities. In 2009, Arthur was Pennsylvania’s regional top fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. He is “AV” rated as an attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates’ Forum and was previously selected to the 2010 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list.
Marc S. Jacobs concentrates his practice on representing and protecting disabled workers. Marc has lectured throughout the state, and is contributing editor to PBI’s book Handling a Workers’ Compensation Case. He is a former Chair of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Section, and served on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association of Justice. Marc Served as the liaison to the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Directors for the Workers’ Compensation Section, and is the Chair of the Section’s Martha J. Hampton Memorial Award. He also serves on the Governor’s Committee of Proposed Rule Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act. Marc has previously been selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Rick Jurewicz represents people injured by unsafe products and defective tools, equipment, and machinery. As a trial attorney, he is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Rick holds memberships in the Million Dollar Advocates forum, Outstanding Lawyers of America, American Association for Justice, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Academy of Trial Counsel. He previously has been selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyer’s list every year since 2004. Rick has recovered more than $100 million for his clients. In 2007, he had two of the twelve highest Pennsylvania recoveries and in 2010 he had one of the top 35 Pennsylvania recoveries. Rick not only has been selected for the seventh time to the Super Lawyer list but also received the distinct honor of again being selected as one of the top 100 lawyers in Pennsylvania and 100 top lawyers in Philadelphia!
Eric Swan focuses his practice on Galfand Berger’s motor vehicle litigation. In his efforts to educate consumers and drivers, Eric has authored a book entitled, “Auto Insurance – Understanding Your Policy & Rights” as well as an article entitled “Hospital Liability for Corporate Negligence” published in MedicalTrial Technique Quarterly and reprinted with permission in the Personal Injury Deskbook published by Matthew Bender. Eric is a frequent lecturer on a number of topics including automobile insurance, people’s rights after an accident and insurance company bad faith. He has been recognized for his work in the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program where he helps people who cannot otherwise afford a lawyer. Eric was previously selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyer’s list in 2006
Michael Malvey is a partner in Galfand Berger’s personal injury department. Since joining the firm in 2002, Michael has handled a wide variety of cases within the personal injury department, including automobile accidents, premises liability cases, construction site accidents, products liability matters, and medical malpractice cases. He has been a member of the team of Galfand Berger lawyers who have attained some of the largest, multi-million client recoveries in Pennsylvania. A fierce advocate for workers, Michael has also represented the United Steelworkers in various labor and employment cases. Michael’s accomplishments have led to his addition to the Pennsylvania Rising Star’s list every year of publication since 2006; including the 2011 list.
Henry Yampolsky practices in the areas of personal injury litigation, employment discrimination and labor law, and workers’ compensation. Since joining our firm, Henry has been on the team of lawyers who have achieved some of the largest client recoveries in Pennsylvania. Henry is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian and takes an active role in the affairs of the Greater Philadelphia Russian-Speaking community. He serves as the Vice-President and Member of the Board of Directors of the New World Association of Immigrants from Eastern Europe and is one of the founding directors of the Russian-Speaking Professionals Network. Henry was previously selected to the Pennsylvania Rising Star list in 2010.