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Jack Snyder selected by Philadelphia Business Journal as one of “Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers” in 2017

Jack Snyder has been selected by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the 2017 “Best of the Bar: Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers.”  Jack is one of 40 Philadelphia attorneys who were selected by the Business Journal from 167 nominees based on the business and legal significance of the matters he handled from January 1, 2016 to present.

He will be featured with other Philadelphia attorneys in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s October 25, 2017 edition. The Business Journal will celebrate the honorees at an event on October 24, 2017 at the Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.

Jack Snyder is a partner with Rawle & Henderson LLP in its Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office. A major factor in Jack’s selection by the Philadelphia Business Journal was his involvement in the civil trial In re: Market Street Collapse. Jack and his team represented The Salvation Army in this case, which resulted from the June 2013 collapse of a building adjacent to The Salvation Army Thrift Store at 22nd and Market Streets in Philadelphia. The case included 19 plaintiffs and 7 defendants.  The trial was contentious, highly publicized and received national media attention despite a gag order imposed upon the parties and their attorneys. According to the judge who presided over the trial, it was the longest civil trial in Philadelphia court history. It was reportedly the second-longest civil trial in Pennsylvania history. During trial, Jack’s relentless cross-examination of plaintiffs’ key witnesses, including experts in structural engineering, architecture, construction management, demolition, occupational safety, and retail operations, was critical to the defense of The Salvation Army.  The trial ended with a global settlement on February 8, 2017 after nearly 21 weeks and a verdict in the liability phase of the proceedings.

Jack Snyder focuses his trial practice on the defense of catastrophic losses, with particular emphasis on construction, industrial, pharmaceutical, medical malpractice and product liability matters. He is a very experienced litigator, having successfully tried a large number of cases to verdict in a number of jurisdictions, including those with known high verdict potential, such as Philadelphia County. He is Chair of the Rawle & Henderson LLP’s Catastrophic Loss Group, and he and his practice group are regularly retained in high exposure cases (demands commonly in $30 million to $80 million range), often weeks to several months before trial, to try a case to verdict. In addition, Jack is Chair of the firm’s Medical Professional Liability Group.

Jack is a native of Philadelphia and was a Scholar-Athlete at St. Joseph’s University and the captain of the basketball team in 1971. He received the Honorable Francis X. McClanaghan ’27 Award in November 2015 from St. Joseph’s University for his accomplishments in the field of law and the distinction that he has brought to St. Joseph’s University throughout his career. Jack received a B.A. degree from St. Joseph’s in 1971. He graduated from Temple University Law School in 1975. He is a past president of the St. Joseph’s University Law Alumni Association.

He has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell from 2003 to 2017. He was selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Construction by Martindale-Hubbell. Jack has been selected by his peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2004 to 2017.

Jack can be reached directly at: (215) 575-4220 • jsnyder@rawle.com