Peter Samson

Peter Samson

Location:
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Phone:
717-884-8923
Fax:
(610) 567-0712
Email:

Peter Samson focuses his practice on medical malpractice and defending universities in a variety of litigation and education law matters, including employment litigation.
In medical malpractice cases, Peter typically represents physician defendants. He represents physicians associated with teaching hospitals and medical schools, such as Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and Drexel University College of Medicine, as well as physicians insured by major medical professional liability insurance carriers. He has successfully defended lawsuits on behalf of virtually every specialty, including but not limited to, family practice, internal medicine, gastroenterology, general surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, neurology, plastic surgery, dermatology orthopedics, anesthesiology and neurosurgery. He has also assisted in the drafting of consent to treatment and operative consent forms.

In his education law matters, Peter has represented universities in employment related lawsuits, defense of claims of wrongful denial of academic degrees such as doctorates, wrongful discharge from employment and medical residency and claims of inadequate security. He has also assisted the Athletic Department of a major university in appealing rulings by its conference and eligibility decisions of the NCAA.

Peter has taught trial practice and litigation skills extensively for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pennsylvania Defense Institute and the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, of which he is a past President. He chaired the Hearing Committee for the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania for nine years. Peter has also served as an Adjunct Professor for Temple University Law School. Peter graduated Cum Laude from New England School of Law where he served as the Managing Editor of the New England Law Review. Peter has been selected in a survey of his peers as a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics magazine for 2004 - 2006 and 2008 - 2012. He is AV rated by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system, and is recognized as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Healthcare based on his AV Preeminent rating.

Areas of Practice

  • Labor Employment
  • Medical Malpractice

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1987
  • New Jersey, 1988
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1988

Education

  • New England Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. cum laude - 1976
    • Honors: Arthur Winfield McLean Founder's Award
    • Law Review: New England Law Review, Managing Editor
  • University of Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1973
    • Honors: Dean's List 1972-1973

Classes/Seminars

  • Lecturer in Law, Temple University School of Law
  • Lecturer in Law, Trial Advocacy Instructor , CIGNA, 1991 - Present
  • Lecturer in Law, Pennsylvania Defense Institute, 1992
  • Deposition Seminar, Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, 1993
  • Deposition Seminar, Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, 1995
  • Deposition Seminar, Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, 1997
  • Lecturer in Law, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1996
  • Lecturer in Law, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1997
  • Teacher, Trial Practice and Litigation Skills, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Teacher, Trial Practice and Litigation Skills, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Teacher, Trial Practice and Litigation Skills, Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Teacher, Trial Practice and Litigation Skills, Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Association Defense Counsel, President, 1997 - 1998
  • Philadelphia Association Defense Counsel, Member of the Executive Committee, 1989 - 1998
  • Philadelphia Association Defense Counsel, Secretary, 1993 - 1995
  • Philadelphia Association Defense Counsel, Vice President, 1995 - 1996
  • Temple Inn of Court, Member, 1996 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Temple University Law School, Adjunct Professor

Pro Bono Activities

  • Coordinated Volunteers for the Indigent Program, Clinical Course, 1993
  • Settlement Master for Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, 1992-1996
  • Judge Pro Tempore for Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, 1996