Lane R. Jubb, Jr.
Philadelphia Trial & Aviation Lawyer
Lane joined The Beasley Firm in April, 2015. In the last twelve months alone, Lane has tried five cases to verdict in five different venues with awards totaling $10 million dollars in addition to numerous confidential settlements. Lane focuses his practice on catastrophic aviation accidents, medical malpractice, and wrongful use of civil proceedings (Dragonetti).
In September of 2016, Lane won a $2.3 million dollar verdict in Philadelphia County alongside Jim Beasley, Jr in a highly contested case involving the wrongful use of civil proceedings, which were initiated and maintained for over four years against our client – a former partner at one of Philadelphia’s largest and most successful law firms. Lane prepared the Brown case from the infancy stages of discovery. After the Defendants refused to even make an offer to settle the matter after jury selection and continued to make the same accusations against our client that another court had previously found to be meritless, Lane decided to call the Defendant as his first witness to send a message. The jury saw right through the Defendants and sent back a message of their own – over $2 million in punitive damages.
In a solo performance four months earlier in May 2016, Lane won a seven-figure arbitration award against a local neonatologist who failed to timely diagnose Necrotizing Enterocolitis (“NEC”) in a 28 week gestation, two week old, premature baby. NEC is the most common gastrointestinal emergency in premature babies. The baby showed symptoms of NEC (feeding intolerance, decreased urine output, and abdominal distension) for almost eighteen hours before the diagnosis was made. The baby passed away a few hours later.
Lane's largest result in his first year with the firm was a $5.4 million verdict alongside Jim Beasley, Jr. in the Gardella case. In the Gardella case, a flight instructor was killed in a mid-air collision when the Beechcraft Bonanza he occupied collided with a Piper Cherokee over Sumerduck, Virginia. Lane and Jim Beasley filed the Federal Tort Claims Act case against the United States of America for the negligence of the Air Traffic Controllers. The Air Traffic Controller on duty for that airspace allowed the two VFR (visual flight rules) aircraft to merge for over one minute before the collision. The Controller made no effort to inform either aircraft of the other's location. The case was tried in the Eastern District of Virginia before a Federal Judge. Virginia law, however, would preclude Mr. Gardella's family from recovering any award if he was found to have been even1% at fault for the mid-air collision. Most importantly, the verdict cleared Mr. Gardella and the other experienced pilots of any wrongdoing-something that would not have occurred if the action was not filed or if the case settled before trial.
Legal Education & Background
Lane is a graduate of the Thomas R. Kline School of Law, the Pennsylvania State University (B.S. Economics), and The Hill School.
Prior to joining the Beasley Firm, Lane served as law clerk to the Honorable Mark I. Bernstein, one of Pennsylvania's leading authorities on the Rules of Evidence. The rigors of Judge Bernstein's chambers were nothing new to Lane. He worked an entire year for Judge Bernstein during law school-something no other law clerk had accomplished in almost 30 years.
At the Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Lane tailored his courses towards becoming a trial lawyer, which included two classes taught by Judge Bernstein. In addition to his school and work schedule, he served as a Dean Scholar in a trial advocacy course. He also performed pro bono work at South Philadelphia High School where he taught constitutional law and appellate advocacy once a week as part of the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.
During his third year of law school, Lane worked at Kline & Specter, P.C. where he gained invaluable experience in complex aviation litigation. Lane handled cases involving the fatal crashes of a Beech King Air 200 and Cessna 210. He also assisted in litigation surrounding a non-fatal Robinson R-22 helicopter crash that left a passenger catastrophically injured.
Lane's imposing and competitive presence in the courtroom is partially a product of his athletic background. Lane was a member of the Penn State Water Polo team where he received First Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-American honors for two consecutive years. Some of Lane's high school records still remain at The Hill School.
Lane is a member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Justice, and the Lawyer-Pilot's Bar Association.
Admitted to Practice
- New Jersey
- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- District of Colorado
- 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
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