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Norman Perlberger


"The lawyer's lawyer", so was Norman Perlberger dubbed by the late Darryl Sifford, Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, when his feature article appeared in the Sunday paper on New Year's Day. Always at the forefront of family lawyers in Pennsylvania and on the cutting edge of litigation, his cases have blazed new trails in every area of law in which he has practiced. Cited as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" and among the "Super Lawyers" in Pennsylvania, Norman lives up to his published reputation as "razor-sharp in the courtroom", "tenacious advocate for his clients", "consummate negotiator" and "skilled mediator" of legal disputes. Among his peers and from the Bench, he has long been regarded one of the "Deans of the Family Law Bar."

His opposition has, out of respect for his talents, often referred clients to him and out-of-county judges have been known to come off the Bench to shake his hand or make mention of his skill and reputation in open court. His legal books, focusing on family law, are on the shelves of judges and attorneys alike and his lectures and seminars are attended by hundreds of practitioners, earning him a national award for the year's best seminar materials on the subject of drafting prenuptial agreements. A long-time professor in several colleges and universities, his students have gone on to the legal profession influenced by his teaching and refer their difficult or conflict cases to him. Because of his expertise in family law, he has testified in congressional hearings, has been appointed by governments to draft legislation and reform laws, notably among the Bar's leaders in drafting the Pennsylvania Divorce Code and amending the Adoption Code.

In addition to handling family law cases for more than 40 years, he is also one of the pioneers in toxic tort litigation appointed to national oversight and bankruptcy committees. Besides, his litigation efforts, Norman also has served as corporate advisor to corporations and medical staffs of hospitals to assist them in quality control, preventative law and education on risks and consequences of practices, procedures and defense strategies.

Norman Perlberger began his legal training during law school, clerking for the late James E. Beasley, perhaps Pennsylvania's foremost personal injury, malpractice and products liability attorney who ever practiced. There, he applied his legal education to research and prepare for trial, "second chair" and write appellate briefs for some of the landmark cases of the early 1970's. He then clerked for the legendary Judge Sydney Hoffman of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, working on hundreds of cases that spanned the full breadth of the law. After his clerkships, Norman joined the nationally-known firm of Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley, where he made partner in 1981 and voted to the management committee where along with a handful of partners ran the firm until he left to start his own firm, Perlberger Law Associates, P.C. in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

LITIGATION RESULTS


Million Dollar Verdicts and/or Settlements (ranging from One-Ten Million):

Several plaintiff's asbestos cases in federal state courts, including awards for punitive damages.

Real Estate/Commercial Cases: Settlement of claims on eve of trial against bank for truth-in-lending and construction load violations affecting several Florida developers; contractual arbitration followed by settlement of a trademark infringement case; verdict followed by sealed settlement against a real estate developer by former executives terminated from employment; class action settlement against banks failing to pay interest on escrowed funds.

Medical malpractice cases: Verdict against hospital and attending physician for family of a 24-year old anorexic whose condition was not properly monitored by area hospital, resulting in her being at institution in a vegetative state; verdict against hospital and vascular surgeon who failed to diagnose blood clot formed at site of injection, resulting in loss of leg in a brain-damaged child; verdict in favor of widow of woman who died from hemorrhaging caused by negligent abortion in city clinic.

Pharmaceutical cases: Verdict against birth control pill manufacturer for failure to provide adequate warnings of stroke in smoking females; verdict in death case resulting from failure to warn of risks associated with prescription in the face of other medication.

The following are decisions where Mr. Perlberger was trial and/or appellate counsel, many of which became the landmark and foundation cases for future related litigation:

United States Supreme Court:
Cort v. Ash, 422, U.S. 66, 78 (1975) (securities fraud/class action)

Third Circuit Court of Appeals:
Van Buskirk v. Carey Canadian Mines, 760 F.2d 481 (3d Cir. 1985) (asbestos litigation)
Feder v. Evans-Feder, 63 F.3d 217 (3d Cir. 1995) (international custody/Hague Convention)
Anex Fountain Sales, Inc. v. Kleinfeld, 27 F.3d 931 (3d Cir. 1994) (trademark infringement)
Robertson v. Allied Signal, Inc., 914 F.2d 360 (3d Cir. 1990) (product liability)
Wisniewski v. Johns-Manville Corp., 812 F.2d 81 (3d Cir. 1987) ( asbestos litigation)
Heilman v. U.S., 731 F.2d 1104 (3d Cir. 1984) (radiation-induced myeloma)
Skill v. Martinez, 677 F.2d 368 (3d Cir. 1982) ( pharmaceutical liability)
Chuy v. Philadelphia Eagles Football Club, 595 F.2d 1265 (3d Cir. 1979) ( infliction of emotional distress & libel)

Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Overmont Corp. v. Board of Revision of Texas, 388 A.2d 311 (PA 1978) (tax exemption)
Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Walker, 366 A.2d 563 (PA 1976) ( disciplinary appeal)
In re Glazier, 355 A.2d 350 (PA 1975) (election petition appeal)

Pennsylvania Superior / Commonwealth Courts:
Velazquez v. Gupta, 660 A.2d 645 ( Pa. Super. 1995) ( medical malpractice)
Doe v. Johns-Manville Corp., 471 A.2d 1252 ( Pa. Super. 1984) ( medical monitoring class)
Commonwealth ex. Rel. Weiser v. Weiser, 374 A.2d 715) ( Pa. Super. 1977) (spousal support)
Kreis v. Kreis, 359 A.2d 905 ( Pa. Super. 1976) (child custody)
Philadelphia v. Sterling Metalware, 410 A.2d 90 ( Pa. Cmwlth. 1980) (eminent domain)
Gwinn v. Kane, 339 A.2d 838 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1975) (white collar crime)

Federal Trial Court Reported Decisions:
Swartzbauer v. Lead Industries Ass'n, Inc., 794 F.Supp. 142 (E.D.Pa. 1992) (lead paint)
In re. The Worker Asbestos Litigation, 1991 WL 152606 (E.D.Pa.) (asbestos class)
Catasauqua Area School Dist. V. Eagle-Picher, 1988 WL 102689 (toxic tort/property damage)
Miller v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., 679 F.Supp. 485 (E.D.Pa. 1988) (tobacco suit)

Mr. Perlberger's books have also been cited in 34 appellate decisions in state and federal courts.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice


Pennsylvania, 1972
Florida, 1976
New Jersey, 1978
U.S. Supreme Court

Certification/Specialties


Certified Family Mediator

Published Works

  • Pennsylvania Divorce Code , Bisel Publishing, 1980, 2d, 1992
  • Pennsylvania Family Law (Co-Author) , Bisel Publishing, 1976
  • Handbook of Domestic Relations , 1979
  • By-Line Column, "Family Law Forum" , The Legal Intelligencer

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Adjunct Faculty, Teaching Courses in Corporate College in Business Law, Family Law, Personal Injury Law and American Government, Peirce College, 1999 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Family Law, Teaching Core Curriculum Course in Family Law, Child Custody and the Economics of Divorce (i.e., Dealing with the Financial Statements, Tax Returns & Expert Witnesses in Accounting and Valuation), Temple University School of Law, 1980 - 1988
  • Instructor, Law of Health Administration, Teaching Undergraduate Business Students the Statutory, Regulatory and Decisional Law Applicable to Operating or Working in Hospital Settings, Temple University, Business School, 1991 - 1992
  • Second-Year Instructor in Medical Jurisprudence, Teaching Medical Students Medico-Legal Issues Pertinent to both Private Practice and Hospital Liability, Philadelphia School of Osteopathic Medicine, 1976 - 1988
  • Lecturer in Two Core Subject Area: General Litigation & Family Law, Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training, 1978 - 1984
  • ourse Planner, Panel Participant and/or Sole Lecturer in Numerous Programs for Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia Dental Club and M.B.A. Program at Temple University, Continuing Medical & Legal Education Programs, 1975 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • National Award for Best CLE Program, 1996
  • Listed in Best Lawyers of America, 1985 - Present
  • Listed in Philadelphia Magazine, "PA Super Lawyers"
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Appointed by Southern District of New York to Manville Bankruptcy Committee, 1972 - 1988

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Abuse
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