Annual Justice Musmanno Award Dinner
2008 Justice Michael A. Musmanno Honoree

Shanin Specter, Esq.
The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association is proud to present the 29th Annual Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award to an outstanding trial lawyer and leader, Shanin Specter.
Nationally recognized as a pre-eminent advocate for the badly injured, Mr. Specter has set record highs for verdicts in personal injury litigation in three states.
Importantly, Mr. Specter’s cases have compelled safety improvements in medicine, manufacturing and government.
Specter’s cases caused the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission to file suit to force recall of 7 million defective BB guns; provided that an automaker install seat belts at all seating positions; improved driver training, rules of the road and discipline of Philadelphia police officers; forced regular CPR and AED training and testing of University of Pittsburgh police officers; and improved policies at several Philadelphia area hospitals.

The National Law Journal and Superlawyers Magazine selected Mr. Specter as one of the top ten litigators in Pennsylvania.
Along with Thomas R. Kline, Mr. Specter is a founding partner of Kline & Specter, P.C. Their practice is chronicled in a new book, “Two Boys,” by former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Robert Zausner.

Beyond his accomplishments in the courtroom, Mr. Specter is a key leader of the trial bar. He helps craft our political strategy, public message and proposed legislation.

Mr. Specter earned a B.A. with Honors from Haverford College, a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and an LL.M. with First Honors from Cambridge University. Since 2001, he has taught “Introduction to Trial Advocacy” at Penn’s law school.

Mr. Specter is an avid squash player, having earned a Gold Medal along with his teammates at the 2005 Maccabi Games. He is active in a large number of charitable institutions. He is also a baseball fan.

Shanin Specter is devoted to his family, his law firm and his community. He is proud to be a Philadelphia trial lawyer.
A Dinner will be held in Mr. Specter's honor on Thursday, October 30, 2008.