Jim Beasley, Jr., M.D., J.D., LL.M., FCLM

Award-Winning Philadelphia Trial Attorney

Jim Beasley Jr. is the managing member of The Beasley Firm, assuming that role after his mentor and father, Jim Beasley, Sr., passed away in 2004. Since that time, Jim has shaped the Firm to best meet the changing requirements and increasing demands that the new millennium has placed on law firms. As of 2016, the Firm is as strong, tight and focused as it has ever been, focused on the litigation and trial of the toughest civil lawsuits. Under Jim’s direction, The Beasley Firm continues to be the go-to destination for all aggrieved people, including lawyers, judges, and even physicians, pursuing professional malpractice, air crash litigation, libel, and business torts.

Jim’s results exceed $300 million in awards for his clients, in a variety of complex matters. Thus far in his career, Jim has been voted as one of the Best Lawyers in America, a top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2006, and one of the top 75 plaintiffs’ attorneys in the United States. He carries a 10 rating with Avvo, and is one of the diminishing numbers of attorneys that would rather be on trial than pushing paper. As noted below, Jim has a particular expertise in aviation litigation as well as medical malpractice claims.

After graduating from Temple University with a major in the Honors molecular biology program, and a minor in history, Jim went to the University of Pennsylvania to study medicine, and in particular molecular genetics. However, growing up as the son of Jim Beasley, Sr. caused him to refocus his career, and to that end he received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, in addition to the medical degree he received from PENN. Jim has a third graduate degree — a Masters in Trial Advocacy — graduating first in his class, with Honors, from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. He is a Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine, and frequently lectures on complex civil litigation.

Jim makes sure that the Firm continues to contribute to the community. To that end, Jim frequently has a number ofpro bono clients, and in 2009 was an award winner for the Philadelphia Volunteer for the Indigent Program. The Firm also sponsors the Temple University Beasley School of Law’s LEAP (Law, Education and Planning) program, which has high school students participate in “mock trial” programs across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This program has helped focus many local high school students to attend college, and gives many their first introduction into the Law.

Jim is also an accomplished stunt pilot, with commercial and multi-engine instrument ratings, and is one of the few pilots in the world qualified to operate high performance World War II fighter aircraft, such as the North American P-51 Mustang and the immortal Supermarine Spitfire. He is one of a dozen civilian pilots chosen by the U.S. Air Force to fly these classic fighters alongside today’s operational fighters at air shows around the world. Each summer you can watch Jim as one of the featured performers at Atlantic City Air Show — “Thunder Over the Boardwalk”— flying his P-51 Mustang over a record crowd of 700,000 spectators.

  • The Hun School of Princeton, Princeton, NJ, 1986
  • Temple University; B.S. in Biology (with honors) with emphasis in molecular biology; minor in History, 1990
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; M.D., 1994
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School; J.D., 1997
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law; LL.M. in Trial Advocacy (with honors), 2003
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Fellow, American College of Legal Medicine
  • “Best Lawyers in America”
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Pennsylvania “Super Lawyers®” award each year since 2004, top 100 Pennsylvania attorney 2006 to 2016
  • Voted by AMLAW as one of the Nation’s top 74 plaintiffs’ lawyers
  • AVVO “10” rating
  • Pennsylvania, 1999; Supreme Court ID #83282
  • Western District of Pennsylvania, 1999
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • United States Supreme Court, 2006
  • Federal Court of Claims, 2006
  • Court of Appeals for 3rd Circuit, 2006
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2008

Jim Beasley Jr. Verdicts and Settlements: Over $300 Million

  • $104 million 9/11 verdict*
  • $55 million verdict: unnecessary heart surgery; brain damage*
  • $12.6 million verdict: failure to warn of cord prolapse, brain damage
  • $12.5 million settlement: bus/truck accident
  • $7.5 million settlement: pediatric cardiothoracic surgery resulting in blindness and brain injury
  • $6.6 million settlement: premises liability; parking booth fell over on person
  • $6.5 million settlement: midwife malpractice case, brain damage
  • $5.5 million settlement: group b strep meningitis brain damage
  • $5.5 million settlement: auto accident recovery
  • $5.4 million verdict: aircraft midair collision against USA air traffic control
  • $5 million settlement: child death after improper heart surgery (settlement during trial)
  • $5 million verdict: injury at sports stadium
  • $4.6 million settlement: birth injury, failure to deliver when fetal distress is present (settlement during trial)
  • $4.5 million settlement: failure to diagnose and treat congenital condition, brain damage
  • $4.5 million settlement: anesthesia related post-op bleed and death
  • $4.5 million settlement: improper aircraft maintenance
  • $4.4 million verdict: failure to diagnose and treat tongue cancer
  • $4 million settlement: failure to diagnose and treat bowel leak, sepsis, death
  • $3.5 million settlement: improper administration of opiates post-operatively to patient
  • $3 million settlement: improper opiate administration resulting in child’s death
  • $2 million settlement: failure to treat sepsis in leukemia patient resulting in death
  • $2 million settlement: birth related infant death (settlement during trial)
  • $1.9 million settlement: midwife related brain damage
  • $1.9 million settlement: death due to heparin induced thrombocytopenia
  • $1.8 million settlement: anesthesia error
  • $1.7 million settlement: delayed diagnosis of meningitis
  • $1.6 million settlement: failure to treat infection resulting in death
  • $1.6 million settlement: delayed diagnosis of breast cancer (settlement during trial)
  • $1.5 million settlement: delayed diagnosis of ovarian cancer (settlement during trial)
  • $1.5 million settlement: spinal cord injury during epidural; weakness
  • $1.5 million settlement: ER malpractice resulting in sepsis and permanent lung damage (settlement during trial)
  • $1.5 million settlement: below the knee amputation due to failure to detect and treat vascular problem
  • $1.4 million settlement: hemorrhage upon removing pacemaker and death (settlement during trial)
  • $1 million settlement: improper medication use resulted in kidney damage (settlement during trial)
  • $1 million settlement: RSD as a result of electrical injury in dressing room (settlement during trial)
  • $900,000: birth trauma resulting in fetal death (settlement during trial)
  • $850,000 verdict – eye muscle injury during sinus surgery
  • $850,000 verdict – podiatric neglect resulting in RSD
  • $650,000 verdict – negligent penis implant surgery

*Tried alongside James E. Beasley, Sr

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