Mr. Litman has been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar since 1989, the District of Columbia Bar since 1983, the Maryland Bar since 1985, the Virginia State Bar since 1985, and the New Jersey Bar since 2007. He earned his BA, Psychology and Biology, Temple University in 1978, his JD from Antioch University (now University of the District of Columbia Law School) in 1981, his Masters in Forensic Sciences from Antioch University (now University of the District of Columbia Law School) in 1981. Mr. Litman served as Head of the Litigation Department of American Patent Services from 1983 to 1989, Vice President of the American Academy of Advertising and Marketing from 1983 to 1989, as Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania in the Tort Litigation Section from 1990 to 1992, trial counsel with Harleysville Insurance Companies from 1992 to 1996, associated with Tallman, Hudders, Sorentino from 2001 to 2004, and with Margolis Edelstein from 2004 to 2006. He was named general counsel to Autism, Ltd., a non-profit organization serving individuals with exceptional needs, and serves on the board and was the president of the North Penn Special Education Council. Mr. Litman is admitted to practice before a number of US Courts including, but not limited to, the Supreme Court of the United States of America, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Military Appeals, U.S. Claims Court, U.S. Court of International Trade, and the Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals for the U.S. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Montgomery Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute. He has been general counsel with Autism, Limited since 2004. Mr. Litman currently teaches special education law, ethics, and mediation through the National Business Institute (NBI) and CAPE Education, as well as criminal law and justice at Kaplan University (Philadelphia campus).
Donald Litman, J.D., M.F.S.
43 Saratoga Lane
Harleysville, PA 19438
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Temple University School of Law 1997
Certificate in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Practice
Antioch University, Washington, D.C.
Forensic Sciences Center, Master of Forensic Sciences (M.F.S.) 1981
Potomac School of Law, Juris Doctor (J.D.) 1981
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Psychology/Biology 1978
Radnor Senior High School,
Radnor, Pennsylvania 1974
COUNSEL January 2013 – Present
Stanshine & Sigal, PC Percentage of Case
Duties: Personal injury representation (third party, UM/UIM, PIP claims). Predominantly in VA, DC and MD.
OWNER February 2010 – Present
Litman Law Office $45,000/yr
Duties: Law practice that includes civil, criminal and domestic cases; wills, trusts and estates; real estate; special education, bankruptcy; construction and commercial matters; FDCPA; food law; trademarks; and business law .
LAW INSTRUCTOR June 2010 – Present
Kaplan Career Institute $50/hr
Duties: Teach in college level criminal justice program in areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, ethics, terrorism, juvenile delinquency, and psychology.
GENERAL COUNSEL March 2004 – Present
Autism, Ltd. Uncompensated
Duties: Legal counsel to non-profit organization serving the needs of families with special needs school age children. Community group seeking to become a national parent group for families with people having disabilities.
ASST. GENERAL COUNSEL June 2006 – February 2010
The Land Group, Ltd. (Edwards & Litman) $92,500/yr
Duties: Civil Litigation; significant commercial contract negotiation, drafting, and administration; trademark counseling; corporate counsel; HR employment relations; commercial litigation; environmental law; bankruptcy; zoning; collections, private company mergers and acquisitions, 1031 Like Kind Program; and real estate.
ASSOCIATE September 2004 – June 2006
Margolis Edelstein $67,500/yr
Duties: Civil litigation; commercial litigation; bankruptcy; workers compensation; commercial contract drafting and litigation; school law; subrogation; construction/surety cases; food law; debtor/creditor law; employment matters; and family law. Won huge rear end auto collision claim in defense verdict against Philadelphia Zoo.
ASSOCIATE June 2003 – September 2004
Tallman, Hudders & Sorentino $65,000/yr
Duties: Workers compensation. Trial and appellate matters. Predominantly handled Bethlehem Steel cases.
ASSOCIATE May 2002 – June 2003
Hochberg Napoli Diamond, P.C. $62,500/yr
Duties: Workers Compensation matters, medical malpractice, education law, nursing home claims and corporate matters. Resolved significant corporate matter and conducted numerous workers’ compensation/third party actions.
SENIOR TRIAL COUNSEL February 1998 – May 2002
Mayerson Law Offices, P.C. $72,000/yr plus commission
Spring City, Pennsylvania
Duties: Civil litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, education law, environmental law, food law, product liability cases, land use development, unfair trade and insurance bad faith matters. Supervised other attorneys, two paralegals, case managers, and legal secretaries.
ASSOCIATE February1996 – February 1998
Matkoff & Shengold $52,000/yr
Duties: Plaintiff litigation in federal and state courts, including medical malpractice, products liability, as well as claimant and employers in workers compensation cases.
TRIAL COUNSEL September 1992 – February 1996
The Harleysville Insurance Companies $60,000/yr
Duties: Defense litigation in all types of property and casualty claims, workers compensation, bankruptcy, subrogation, and construction accidents. Principal counsel assigned to municipal liability matters. Exceeded other in-house counsel in handling of municipal claims, and saved company over a million dollars per year in claim liability. Conducted numerous medical depositions in workers’ compensation as well as liability matters.
DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL OF PENNSYLVANIA July 1990 –September 1992
Office of Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania $42,500/yr
Eastern Regional Office
Tort Litigation Unit
Duties: Defense of Commonwealth agencies, universities and hospitals in civil litigation. Extensive utilization of Forensic Science skills in regard to engineering and the medical issues of injury. Toxic tort litigation. Bankruptcy.
SENIOR TRIAL ATTORNEY January 1989 – July 1990
Regan Associates, Chartered $50,000/yr plus commission
Duties: Litigation in federal and state courts; criminal cases; medical malpractice; real estate; commercial and corporate matters – mergers and acquisitions; bankruptcy matters; domestic relations; wills, probate and estate cases; and real estate closings.
LAW INSTRUCTOR January 1983 – January 1989
Northern Virginia Community College $35/hr
Duties: Teach in college level paralegal program in areas of legal research, intellectual property law, patent search, trademark search, copyright search, and real estate title search methods.
HEAD OF LITIGATION DEPARTMENT January 1982 – January 1989
American Legal Services and American Patent Services $37,500/yr
Duties: Civil and Criminal cases; intellectual property; antitrust cases; trademark applications; food law; bankruptcy; domestic; and real estate matters. Supervised a staff of four lawyers, and a paralegal, and handled all firm employment matters. Personally handled a capital murder trial, and white collar cases.
COUNSEL January 1981- December 1981
Olsson & Frank, P.C. Uncompensated
Duties: Food and Drug Law practice, including environmental contamination of food and poultry products. Assisted in representation of National Turkey Federation and Oscar Meyer in regard to USDA seizure actions, as well as feed issues for Land O'Lakes.
Supreme Court of the United States of America
U.S. Court of Appeals: Third Circuit; Fourth Circuit; D.C. Circuit; Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court: E.D. of Pennsylvania; M.D. of Pennsylvania; Maryland; E.D. of Virginia; W.D. of Virginia; D.C.
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Supreme Court of Virginia
Court of Appeals of Maryland
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Supreme Court of New Jersey (In House)
U.S. Bankruptcy Court: Maryland; E.D. of Virginia
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Court of Military Appeals
U.S. Claims Court
U.S. Court of International Trade
Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals for the U.S.
Protection of the American Consumer: The Muckrakers
36 Food Drug Cosm. L.J. 647-68 (1981)
Protection of the American Consumer: The Legislative Battle
37 Food Drug Cosm. L.J. 310-29 (1982)
A Trademark Primer for Food, Drugs, Cosmetics & Medical Devices
38 Food Drug Cosm. L.J. 111-26 (1983)
Various articles in area of special education law. Expert panelist for several CLE presentations on special education.
Notary Public – Pennsylvania 2011 – present
Super Lawyer (2005) – Philadelphia Magazine (School and Education Law)
CAPE Education, CLE Lecturer (2007 – 2014)
National Business Institute, CLE Lecturer (2002 – 2014)
School District of Philadelphia Transition Council, Board Member (2011 – 2014)
FINRA Certified Arbitrator (2009 - 2016)
Who's Who in American Law, Ninth Edition (1996-97)
Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
A.F. & A.M., (Masons) Alexandria-Washington #22, Alexandria, Virginia
F. & A.M., (Masons) Shiloh - MacCalla #558, Souderton, Pennsylvania
Asst. Secretary 2014 - Present
Scottish Rite Temple, 32° Alexandria, Virginia
Kena Temple, (Shriners) Fairfax, Virginia
National Sojourner's Inc. & Hero’s of '76 - Valley Forge Chapter
Secretary/Adjutant 1995 – 2014, President/Commander 1999 - 2000
Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association
Montgomery Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Virginia Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Examining Counsel, First American Title Insurance Company
Board Member, Stonebridge Homeowners Association (1988 – 1990)
Board Member, National Center for Autism Resources & Education (2010-present)
General Counsel (2010-2016)
Board Member, North Penn Special Education Council 1999-present)
President 2008 – 2010, 2014 - 2015, Vice President 2010 – 2012, 2014- 2015
Hon. John Capuzzi, Esq. (concealed information)
John Kerns, Esq. (concealed information)
Hy Mayerson, Esq. (concealed information)
Daniel Blyweiss, Esq. (concealed information)
Marie Lewis, Ph.D. (concealed information)
David Berman, Esq. (concealed information)
Richard Litman, Esq. (concealed information)
Hon. Benjamin Yudesis (concealed information)
As one of the best trial lawyers in the Philadelphia area I am sending you my resume for the advertised position within your organization. Recently I was noted as a Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine in the area of School and Education Law. As the seventh son of a Philadelphia physician/hospital administrator, I know the value of hard work, raising a family, and contributing to your community. As the father of two special needs children, I use my talents as a lawyer/forensic scientist to help children, and apply that energy towards that area of the law. I am looking to join an educational institution that is dynamic, positive and rewarding, and that appreciates my knowledge, training and experience.
Through ten years work in Washington, I have gained valuable experience in international, national, and local matters. As a litigator I handled cases in criminal matters, employment law, food and drug law, intellectual property, antitrust cases, malpractice, workers compensation, and commercial litigation. As a counsellor I serviced trade associations, corporations, developers and professionals, especially in intellectual property matters.
My initial work in Pennsylvania was devoted exclusively to the area of litigation as a Deputy Attorney General. As a trial counsel for an insurance company I handled serious injuries, as well as handling construction accidents, commercial claims, subrogation, and workers' compensation. Recently, I have been handling criminal, juvenile, and civil litigation, including real estate, environmental law, employment matters, education law, medical malpractice, intellectual property, corporate matters and commercial litigation, as well as, serving as a certified FINRA arbitrator. My experience includes handling all IEP issues, due process hearings, and appellate court cases involving special education claims.
My teaching experience includes serving as adjunct faculty at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), as well as currently teaching part-time in a Philadelphia associate degree criminal justice program (Kaplan). At NOVA I taught legal writing and research, intellectual property, and real estate. At Kaplan I teach constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, ethics, juvenile delinquency, terrorism, and corrections, as well as psychology. My philosophy of education involves providing the means of developing our children’s greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation. Many students in my classes have learning differences, and I especially understand how to engage them.
As I have practiced law in a firm, as a governmental lawyer, and in a corporation, my experience and forensic sciences investigative skills, coupled with my determination, could make a significant contribution to you. Please feel free to call me.
Donald S. Litman
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