Jay M. Leffler

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Phone: 267.765.9608
Fax: 267.765.9658
jmleffler@zarwin.com
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  Office:
Philadelphia, PA

Career Biography

As a partner in Zarwin Baum’s personal injury practice, Jay M. Leffler focuses his practice on motor vehicle, premises liability and professional liability matters. He has practiced personal injury for 25 years and his practice covers Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. Jay has extensive trial experience in both the Federal and State Courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Jay graduated from Rutgers University Law School in 1988 and completed his undergraduate work at Temple University, graduating cum laude with a degree in Political Science. He began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Paul Ribner in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Representative Matters

Settled a Personal Injury claim for a waitress who was tripped by a customer’s cane. The plaintiff suffered a severely fractured elbow which required multiple surgeries. The plaintiff was out of work for a year. The recovery was 290,000.
 
Prevailed  in litigation on behalf of a woman who tripped and fell in a movie theatre. Mr. Leffler established that the lighting and hand railing were defective. No offer was made prior to the trial.
 
In Federal Court, recovered against a life insurance company who refused to pay benefits to the family of a man who died in a fall accident. The defendant argued the fall wasn’t the cause of death, but the case was resolved in front of a Federal Court Judge.
 
Successfully tried a jury case in Montgomery County where an emergency medical technician slipped on water in the cafeteria of Abington Memorial Hospital. The jury verdict was four times the offer made by the hospital before trial.
 
Prevailed in an effort made by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to dismiss an action brought by a man whose leg was severed when the car he was in crashed into a guardrail.

Recovered $1.5 Million by settlement at mediation for a 29-year-old woman who was a backseat passenger in a serious car accident. The defendant made a sudden and illegal left-hand turn into the path of  the plaintiff’s vehicle, causing a violent collision, spinning the defendant’scar 360 degrees and rolling it over. Both vehicles were disabled at the scene and the plaintiff was transferred to the hospital by ambulance. The plaintiff suffered a displaced fracture to her arm as well as significant nerve damage that required multiple surgeries. 

 
PRACTICE AREAS
Personal Injury
Premises and Habitational Liability
 
BAR ADMISSIONS
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
 
COURT ADMISSIONS
New Jersey Supreme Court
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Supreme Court
 
EDUCATION
B.A., Temple University (Cum Laude)
Rutgers University Law School, 1988
 
MEMBERSHIPS
Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association