Timothy J. Abeel

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Timothy J. Abeel

Philadelphia

Tel (215) 575-4280

Fax (215) 563-2583

Bio

Timothy J. Abeel is the Chair of Rawle & Henderson LLP’s Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Section. He focuses his trial practice on the defense of transportation companies and their insurers. He is admitted to practice in all the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New York, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second and Third Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has been admitted to the state and federal courts of New Jersey and Delaware pro hac vice since 1982.

Mr. Abeel graduated, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany in 1972. He received his law degree from the Temple University School of Law in 1976. He is a recipient of the Associate Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. Award from the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Frank Edward Roda Memorial Award from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association for Excellence in Advocacy.

Mr. Abeel was a founding member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) and he served as its President in 2000-2001. For nine years, he was a member of the Board of Directors of TIDA and he is currently the Editor of the TIDA Newsletter. In 2005, TIDA presented him with the John T. Biezup Memorial Service Award for his dedication and service to the trucking industry. Mr. Abeel was selected as a “Super Lawyer” for the 11th consecutive year in 2014.

Mr. Abeel publishes a newsletter, Transportation Law Update, as a service to his clients and others in the industry. The newsletter provides timely articles on new trends in the law and the potential impact of these developments on litigation involving the transportation industry. Additionally, he maintains State Law Summaries for Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware which highlight laws in those states that affect commercial motor vehicles operating in those jurisdictions. For more information or to be added to the CMV mailing list, contact him at tabeel@rawle.com.

Mr. Abeel has been rated an AV Preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. He was listed in the 2012 edition of Philadelphia's Top Rated Lawyers.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New York

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court (Pennsylvania) Eastern, Middle and Western Districts
U.S. District Court (New York) Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court
New Jersey and Delaware (Admissions since 1982)

Education

Temple University School of Law, (J.D. 1976)
Recipient: Associate Justice Powell Award for Excellence in Advocacy
Recipient: Frank Edward Roda Memorial Award for Excellence
Recipient: Temple University School of Law Moot Court Award by Temple University

State University of New York at Albany, (B.A., magna cum laude, 1972)

Professional Associations

President (2000-2001) and Board of Directors (1994-2003 ), Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) (Founding Member)
Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) Endowment Committee Member

Editor, Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) Newsletter

Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA)

American Bar Association Transportation Litigation Committee

United Motorcoach Association

Philadelphia Bar Association

Trucking Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute (DRI)

American Trucking Association (ATA) Litigation Center

Seminars, Speeches & Publications