– 1993, Derek Braslow graduates University of Pennsylvania.
While at Penn, Derek worked part-time as a messenger and law clerk for two large Philadelphia law firms. Derek was also a member of the Mortar Board Honor Society and performed in several children’s theater productions for elementary schools in West Philadelphia.
During Derek’s senior year, his mother passed away after a 5 year battle with breast cancer following a physician’s two year delayed diagnoses of her cancer. Thereafter, Derek became an advocate, and chose to become an attorney to help people harmed through no fault of their own.
– 1996, Derek Braslow graduates Temple University School of Law.
Joining his father’s alma mater at Temple Law School, Derek clerked for the Hon. Norma L. Shapiro in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and served as co-chair of Temple’s Women’s Law Caucus, where his leadership helped raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Derek taught Philadelphia elementary school children through Temple’s Street Law program and became a mentor to several North Philadelphia children.
– 1997, Derek works as a legal consultant for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association as a Legal Consultant for their organ transplant program.
– 1998, Derek joins the South Jersey law firm of Sherman Silverstein.
At Sherman Silverstein, he concentrates his practice on representing insureds in bad faith claims and subjects injured in unethical clinical trials.
– 2004, Derek becomes a shareholder at Sherman Silverstein.
– 2005, Derek co-founds new mass tort law firm in Pennsylvania.
New firm concentrates solely on protecting the rights of those injured by dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and defective medical devices.
– 2006, Appointed co-liaison counsel in the Paxil suicide litigation in Philadelphia and testifies before the FDA regarding the dangers of psychotropic medications.
– 2007, Derek argues before the Third Circuit on the issue of federal drug preemption.
United States Supreme Court sides with Derek in the seminal case of Wyeth v. Levine, ultimately rejecting the manufacturer’s claim of immunity in prescription drug litigation.
– 2008-2010, Derek featured and cited in multiple film documentaries and books regarding the risks of drugs, medical devices and vaccines, including:
“Matsumoto, Gary. Vaccine A: The Covert Government Experiment that is Killing our Soldiers – and Why GI’s Are Only the First Victims. Basic Books, 2010.”
“Breggin, Peter Roger. Medication Madness: the Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide, and Crime. St. Martins Griffin, 2009.”
– 2010-2011, Recognized as Pensylvannia Rising Star.
A recognition bestowed through a multiphase selection process resulting in no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys being named to the list
– 2014, Appointed co-liaison counsel in the Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Multi-District Litigation.
– 2016, Appointed co-liaison counsel in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Risperdal Litigation.
– 2012-2018, Recognized as Pennsylvania SUPER LAWYER.
Based upon evaluation of 12 indicators including peer recognition & professional achievement in legal practice.
– 2018, Joins KBA as Special Of-Counsel.
DEREK’S SCOPE OF WORK:
Class Action / Mass Tort
Mr. Braslow has introduced me to Consumer Rights Advocacy groups...
... and I have sent many letters to political representatives regarding drug safety, especially in the use of anti-depressants. In a sense, Mr. Braslow has given me a voice and a forum to express the dangers of such medications. It is by God’s grace that I found Mr. Braslow and his partners for they have given me the peace and closure I need in order to sustain myself and my three-year old son after the major loss we have endured.”
"When I think of Derek, the words that come to mind are...
... TRUST, CARE, EFFICIENCY AND RESULTS. He was totally there for me, and he cared… I mean, he really cared. I hated what I went through, but Derek was with me 100% and he was always there to listen to reassure me. That made a difference. He did everything he said he’d do and then some. And, he got RESULTS.”
"I called Derek, because I knew that...
... he was not only a well respected attorney, but a warm and caring person as well. He advised my family in a way that respectful and kind - he first and foremost wanted my mom to get better. Thankfully she did, but it was a long road. When the time was right, Derek handled the legal proceedings, treating my mom with the upmost respect, kindness and reassurance. She'd suffered PTSD as a result of the accident, and Derek was always on hand to patiently answer her many questions, and to help minimize her understandable anxieties. He was a ray of light and of hope in a very dark time, and I don't know what we would have done without him. Although we never wanted to go through this, Derek made it a little more bearable. He fought for my mom, and as a result, got her the settlement she deserved..”
"What had been a tragic experience...
... regarding the loss of my husband has now, with the help of Mr. Braslow, turned into a crusade for me to try to make a difference in the world”
"I am very blessed to have found a firm whose philosophy...
... revolves around meeting the needs of its clients in a passionate and compassionate way. When I first met with Mr. Braslow, I had a lot of questions and fears regarding the legal procedures of my case. Mr. Braslow personally attended to my concerns and comforted me in the process.”
"Derek is an excellent lawyer who...
... shows great competency for the specialties he deals with in the legal community. His thorough understanding of his niche practise allow him to provide great strategy for his clients to receive the best outcomes. Also he provides his clients with full understanding of what is going on throughout the entire legal process helping them to become more informed and educated about their expectations and rights. He was very easy to work with and I would recommend him to anyone who has had issues in medical device cases."
... and first class attorney. In the many years we've been friends and colleagues, he has consistently shown himself to be one of the kindest and most committed advocates any client could ask for.""Derek is a great friend...