Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Philadelphia Attorney Bernard Smalley Receives Award

Congratulations to Attorney Bernard W. Smalley, shareholder of the Philadelphia personal injury law firm, Anapol Schwartz.

Attorney Smalley will be honored as the 2010 recipient of the 31st Annual Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award at a dinner held September 30 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

His practice focuses in the areas of medical negligence, pharmaceutical liability, defamation, class actions, products liability and other major personal injury cases.

Mr. Smalley is the first African-American ever elected to serve as President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

He frequently lectures on trial techniques before national, state and local trial lawyer and bar associations.

He received his Bachelor's degree from Temple University in 1971, and his law degree from Widener University School of Law in 1980. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Smalley was the Deputy Court Administrator for Civil Administration for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

According to the PTLA website, Justice Michael A. Musmanno was one of the greatest champions of justice this country has known. As a Pennsylvania legislator, he was well known for his efforts to bring about social reforms, clean elections and economic aid to the disadvantaged. His fight for the working people through humanitarian legislation was admired by both friend and foe.