Scott A. Bennett
Experienced Philadelphia Trial Attorney
As a Philadelphia trial attorney with 39 years of experience, Scott A. Bennett handles everything from medical malpractice to defective and dangerous products to car accidents and personal injury claims. He began his career with The Beasley Firm back in 1977, where he would assist Jim Beasley Sr. by helping him research and write the textbook, "Product Liability and the Unreasonably Dangerous Requirement." This source has been used by state courts and state Supreme Courts alike, making it an authoritative standard for product liability law.
In the last three decades, Scott has become The Beasley Firm's go-to lawyer in litigation involving car accident claims and insurance companies, winning many significant judgments in these cases. He has years of extensive practice resolving motor vehicle cases that involve roadway defects and related issues. Scott has also secured impressive verdicts and settlements for cases involving defective products, medical malpractice, civil rights issues, and premises liability issues.
Scott proudly a graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts and received his JD from the Villanova School of Law in 1976.
Recognized as a Leading Lawyer
Over the years, Scott has been recognized for his excellence in legal representation for his clients, securing him selection to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list. In a recent case, Washington v. City of Lancaster et al., Scott was able to spur on significant changes in the way that a local police department transports K-9 police dogs. He was sought out by It's your Call with Lynn Doyle of Comcast for an interview on the intricacies of dog bite law and litigation thanks to his extensive knowledge in this area.
In a serious civil rights matter, Scott went up against the Philadelphia Police Department on behalf of an unarmed man who was killed, securing a substantial settlement for the family.
Scott also played a pivotal role in a 1984 landmark wrongful death case with Jim Beasley Sr. This case was brought against the Philadelphia Housing Authority, resulting in an $8 million verdict due to the failure to install smoke detectors in all units by PHA. A fire had broken out and resulted in the deaths of six children. After this successful verdict, PHA installed smoke detectors in all homes.
In addition to his legal and courtroom battles, Scott has also given numerous lectures at Continuing Legal Education Programs for the National Business Institute.
Some of the lectures include:
- "Trying the Wrongful Death Case in Pennsylvania: Strategies in Preparation and Valuation"
- "Premises Liability: Preparation and Trial of a Difficult Case in Pennsylvania"
- "Trying the Soft Tissue Injury Case in Pennsylvania"
Pennsylvvania Top 100 - 2016
Philadelphia Top 100 - 2016
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