Dean F. Murtagh

Partner, Founding Member

Dean F. Murtagh

Dean earned his pre-medical degree in 1970 and his Juris Doctor in 1974. Thereafter, he practiced with and became a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of LaBrum & Doak. In 1980, he became one of the founding members of German, Gallagher & Murtagh, P.C., where he practices today.

Dean focuses his practice almost entirely in the defense of medical malpractice and products liability cases, and catastrophic injury cases of all types. He has represented hospitals and individual physicians in all areas of medicine, including neurosurgical, neurological, orthopedic, obstetrical, gynecological, oncological, anesthetic, gastroenterological, radiological, general surgical, emergency medicine and nursing matters. He has also represented physicians in administrative hearings involving licenses, privileges and credentials.

Dean, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, lectures at seminars presented by the Defense Research Institute, the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, the American Law Firm Association, the Florida Spine Institute and the National Hand Symposium for Orthopedic Surgeons and Physical Therapists. He has been qualified as an instructor on risk management to the Medical Associations of many states for Continuing Medical Education Credits.

His legal presentations have included the examination of physicians in soft tissue injury cases, the use of MRI and CT scans in previously asymptomatic plaintiffs, physician exposure and the National Practitioner Data Bank, causation in products liability cases, jury selection issues and bad faith/good faith claims practices. These lectures have resulted in publications in those same areas.

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EDUCATION:
  • Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, pre-med 1970
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D. 1974
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
  • American and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • American Law Firm Association International (ALFA) Founding Member and current board of North American Membership Committee
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel (former Board Vice President & Chairman of Products Liability Committee)
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute (served several years on the Board of Directors)
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
HONORS AND AWARDS:
  • AV Peer Review Rating by Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • Elected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Thirteen Consecutive Years (2004-2017)
  • Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers
PRESENTATIONS:
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Annual Medical Student Seminar June 2010, June 2009 - Don't want to meet you later in your career. Review good communication, documentation, legal issues and risk management.

  • National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Product Safety and Liability Conference, October 2008 - "Getting to Know your Ultimate Peer Group: Second Guessing in the Jury Room"

  • Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine, June 2006, June 2007, June 2008 - "The Wonderful World of Medical Malpractice Litigation"

  • National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference September 2005.  "Putting the Rabbit in the Hat - " The Process and Benefits of Well-Planned Electrical Incident Investigations"

  • American Board of Trial Advocates and the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel April 2005.  The American Jury Trial Do We Allow Its Death or Lead Its Rebirth - "How Did We Get Here" - A View of the Bar and the Bench

  • American Law Firm Association International Seminar - March 2004.  Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2003 "Fair Act"