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The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association was proud to present he 38th annual Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award to Alan M. Feldman, an exceptional trial lawyer and passionate advocate admired not only for his courtroom skills, but for his commitment to access to justice for all on Tuesday, September 19th.

A founding partner of Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP, Alan has been a persuasive voice for victims’ rights for more than 40 years. He has devoted his practice to helping secure justice for victims of defective products, unsafe cars and trucks, sexual assault and other catastrophic incidents. Just recently, he represented the families of three toddlers who were fatally injured by unstable IKEA dressers which were prone to tip-over; these cases were instrumental in bringing about the largest furniture product recall in American history.

Alan has been regularly named to the statewide “Top 10” list of Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania and was awarded the number 2 spot in 2017. He is one of a select number of trial lawyers to be certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Alan is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an organization limited to 500 active lawyers throughout the world, and is a past president of The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

As Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2006, Alan served the broader legal community. He created the “Raising the Bar” campaign, which helped gather millions of dollars from Philadelphia law firms to provide free legal services to those in need. More recently, Alan was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to serve on the IOLTA Board, which supports legal services agencies throughout the Commonwealth.

A frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs, Alan has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at his alma mater, Temple University Beasley School of Law, published materials for more than 60 trial skills programs, and co-authored a textbook on premises liability law. A dedicated runner, Alan often strategizes about his next trial while running on the beach during summers in Longport, NJ. He particularly enjoys spending time with his wife Dr. Maureen Pelta, a professor of art history at Moore College of Art and Design, his daughters Erica and Julia and son-in-law Hannes.


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