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Philadelphia personal injury lawyer Jay L. Edelstein was born in 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He attended Washington & Jefferson College where he received his B.A. in 1976. He went onto Widener University School of Law (formerly Delaware Law School), receiving his J.D. in 1979.

Mr. Edelstein is the firm’s founder and is a successful and a well-respected third generation attorney who focuses his practice of law on the following areas:  Personal injury litigation, auto injury, sexual abuse cases, slip and fall, dog bites, construction law and litigation involving common carriers.   He was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1979 and the New Jersey Bar in 1991.

With more than 40 years of experience, Mr. Edelstein has successfully represented his clients in settlements and verdicts in excess of ten million dollars. He has been awarded Super Lawyer of Pennsylvania for 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018. Only 5% of Attorneys in Pennsylvania receive this distinction. Super Lawyer is reserved for those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice. In addition, Jay is AV rated with Martindale-Hubbel which is the highest peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards. This AV rating is only given to 5% of attorneys WORLDWIDE. 

He is a member of The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is also admitted to practice in The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; The United States District Court of New Jersey and The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  

Mr. Edelstein serves as a member of The Philadelphia Board of Directors at Ashley Treatment Center. Jay also serves as Philadelphia counsel for Steps to Recovery, LLC. He is very active in the drug and alcohol community and is always there to lend a helping hand to someone in need.

Jay has been happily married for 31 years with three beautiful children and two lovely grandsons. He enjoys relaxing in the sun and taking long walks with his dog, Sammi. He is a lifelong avid Flyers fan and loves all Philadelphia sports teams. His ultimate wish would be to see the Flyers win the Stanley Cup. He would challenge anyone, any day to any sports trivia.

Phone # (215) 893-9311, (856) 809-3150
JEdelstein@Edelsteinlaw.com

Licenses:
Pennsylvania (1979)
New Jersey (1991)
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court of Appeals Third Circuit

Education:
B.A. in Political Science and Education (1976)
J.D., Widener University, Delaware Law School (2007)

Bar Associations and Memberships:
Philadelphia Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
American Bar Association


JAMES WALSH

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James J. Walsh is an aggressive litigator.  As a Marine Corps veteran, Mr. Walsh is not intimidated by large corporations and proudly seeks justice for his clients, regardless of the obstacles.  As an attorney with several years’ experience defending large corporations in personal injury lawsuits, Mr. Walsh knows how to value a case, negotiate aggressively on behalf of his clients, and is willing to take a case to arbitration or trial, if necessary. He believes in frequent and candid communications with his clients, and he prosecutes each of his cases with the discipline necessary to obtain the best possible result for his clients.

Mr. Walsh has litigated a wide array of catastrophic personal injury matters, including motor vehicle and trucking accidents, slip and falls, assault, false imprisonment, sexual abuse, and injuries caused by defective consumer goods. He has also handled a myriad of contract and fraud claims involving dishonest contractors and service providers.  Irrespective of the claim before him, Mr. Walsh remains committed to seeking the justice that his clients expect and deserve.

Licenses:
Pennsylvania (2010) 
United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania (2010)
United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania (2013)

Education: 
B.A., The Pennsylvania State University (2004) 
J.D., Widener University, Delaware Law School (2010) 

Practice Areas: 
Plaintiff's Personal Injury
Criminal Defense
Contract Law

Bar Associations & Memberships: 
Pennsylvania Bar Association

A.J. THOMSON

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A.J. Thomson is a seasoned trial attorney and has litigated cases throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  With over 50 cases tried to jury verdict in civil and criminal court, A.J. knows the value of a case as well as what it takes to win it.  He values client trust, and all of his clients are informed of developments every step of the way.   When insurance companies deny their responsibility to the victims of accidents, A.J. fights them with the same passion with which he fought for victims of crime as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia.   While some attorneys stay out of the courtroom and have their clients settle for less than they deserve, A.J. knows that when a case is properly prepared for trial the result is always the best for his clients.  Each client receives personal attention and can contact A.J. on his cell phone to discuss their case. 

The first in his family to graduate from college and law school, A.J. grew up in and still lives in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia with his wife and four daughters.  He is active in a variety of community groups and has served as President of the Friends of Penn Treaty Park since 2010.  He is a past-president of the Fishtown Neighbors Association and coaches youth soccer and track and field.    He serves as a trustee for his high school alma mater, Roman Catholic High School, and is active in his raising money to support his daughters’ school in Fishtown.  In his free time, he enjoys reading, live music, and spending time down the shore. 

Education Duke University, BA 1998 Temple University School of Law, JD 2001

Court Admissions Pennsylvania Supreme Court 2001 New Jersey Bar 2002 United States District Court for the Eastern District of PA 2004 United States District Court for the District of New Jersey 2016

KURT J. KWAK

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Kurt J. Kwak was born in 1965 in the City of Wilkes Barre, located in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  He is a 1983 graduate of Bishop Hoban High School.  He attended two years at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania from 1983 to 1985.

He graduated in 1987 from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.  Kurt graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in History, with High Distinction. 

After graduating college, Kurt then attended and graduated from the Temple School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  While in law school Kurt clerked for a personal injury law firm in northeastern Pennsylvania.  After graduation, he became an associate attorney with the same firm and practiced there for the next sixteen years.  During this time he was involved developed an expertise in the areas of workers’ compensation and social security disability laws.  

Kurt also was co-counsel in other personal injury matters involving automobile accident and products liability cases.  One such defective products case was in Nowak et.al v. Fabrege USA Inc. et al., 32 F. 3d 755 (3rd Cir. 1994), which resulted in a favorable jury award of 1.5 million dollars in the United States District Court for the Middle District Court of Pennsylvania and which was upheld by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  As a result of this case, Fabrege changed its warning labels on its AquaNet hairspray cans to make the product safer for its intended use.

In late 2006, Kurt left the firm and started his own practice in Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania, continuing to represent the injured and disabled in the areas of workers’ compensation, social security disability and automobile accident cases.

During this time, he successfully argued a workers’ compensation case of first impression in Pennsylvania before the Commonwealth Court in the matter of Galizia v. WCAB (Woodloch Pines Inc.), 933 A.2d 146 (Pa. Cmwlth. Ct. 2oo7).  From 2006 to 2019, Kurt remained in his own private practice in Wilkes Barre before joining Edelstein Law in March. 

Kurt is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District Court of Pennsylvania , the United States District Court of New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

Kurt is the proud father of one child, Angelo, who is currently a college student at Penn State University, Main Campus. He is an avid football fan, having played four years in college.  In his spare moments, Kurt enjoys spending as much time possible with his son Angelo, especially during the summertime at the jersey shore in Wildwood Crest.