Emmanuel has been selected as within the top 1% of attorneys nationwide every year since 2015 by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.
The publishers of the Philadelphia Magazine have multiple times named Emmanuel one of the best plaintiff’s personal injury lawyers in Pennsylvania with the designation of a Pennsylvania Super lawyer. Only five percent (5%) of Pennsylvania lawyers receive this honor. A Super Lawyer is an attorney recognized by his peers as outstanding in the practice of law.
Emmanuel was a partner with the Philadelphia plaintiffs’ law firm of Eaton & McClellan before he founded Emmanuel Law Firm, LLC in 2007. Prior to working at Eaton & McClellan, Emmanuel practiced both as a defense and plaintiff’s attorney with another Philadelphia law firm. In that position Emmanuel represented defendants in eminent domain, employment, health care, labor, medical malpractice, and personal injury actions. He also performed substantial legal research and writing, and reviewed collective bargaining agreements and other contractual provisions. Further, he took and defended depositions, and engaged in substantial motions practice, and provided trial support.
From October 1996 through January 31, 1998, Emmanuel served as the law clerk to the Honorable Judge Ricardo C. Jackson of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. In his capacity as Judge Jackson’s law clerk, Emmanuel engaged in extensive legal research and writing, and drafted judicial opinions. He also reviewed pre and post-trial motions and briefs, and examined the accuracy of graded offenses and their ranges under the Pennsylvania Sentencing Guidelines.
B.A., Clarion University of Pennsylvania (graduated with highest academic honors-summa cum laude)(1990).
Juris Doctorate, Temple University Beasley School of Law (graduated with the Bertram K. Wolf Award)(1995).
Certificate in Conflict Resolution, Cornell University (2020).
Academic Honors, Awards, and/or Recognitions
B.A., Clarion University of Pennsylvania-Graduated with Highest Honors (summa cum laude).
Bertram K. Wolf Prize at graduation-Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Dean’s List (three semesters), Temple University Beasley School of Law.
First Prize, BLSA’s First Year Essay Competition, Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Best Paper, Constitutional Law and Foreign Policy, Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Distinguished Class Performance, Constitutional Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Distinguished Class Performance, Civil Rights Remedies, Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Distinguished Class Performance, Employment Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Distinguished Class Performance, Trusts and Estates, Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Emmanuel was an Adjunct Professor of Law from 2002 through 2014. He has taught continuing legal education courses for lawyers, and was for many years, a Sunday School Teacher.
Litigation Honors, Awards, and/or Recognitions
Multiple times named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer-Medical Malpractice- by the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine.
Top 1% of attorneys nationwide-National Association of Distinguished Counsel-every year since 2015.
Pennsylvania Bar Association Presidential Award (2005) for co-chairing and helping coordinate the inaugural symposium on judicial independence in honor of late Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix, Jr.
Lifetime Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
District of Columbia (2001).
PUBLISHED LAW REVIEW, JOURNAL & NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
Cruise Control(on great experiences vacationing via cruising), The Philadelphia Lawyer, Spring 2022.
Reality of Racial Injustice and Possible Solutions, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Summer 2020(Editorial).
A Note on the Covid-19 Pandemic, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Spring 2020 (Editorial).
Political Corruption: A Bane on Justice and Societal Improvement, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Spring 2020 (Editorial).
Arguing Against Continuing Governmental Immunity in Medical Malpractice Actions in Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Winter 2020(Editorial).
Judicial Independence in the Pursuit of Justice, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Fall 2019 (Editorial).
Arguing Against Elitism, Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine, July/August 2010.
Mentoring Law Students as a Means to Improving Diversity in the Field, The Legal Intelligencer, May 22, 2009.
Diversity Divergence: Justice’s Concurrence on School Diversity Critical to Equal Opportunity in Education, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Winter 2008.
Plaintiffs Firms and Minorities: A Reminder of Continuous Exclusion?, The Legal Intelligencer, June 19, 2007.
Tort Reform Voir Dire Questions In Medical Malpractice Cases, The Practical Litigator (ABA journal), May 2007.
‘Medical Malpractice Crisis’ Issues Proper for Voir Dire, The Legal Intelligencer, March 17, 2006.
Commentary: In Honor of Late Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix, Jr., The Legal Intelligencer(Philadelphia, PA), August 12, 2005, at 7.
Judicial Independence and the Minority Jurist: The Shining Example of Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix, Jr., 78 Temple. L. Rev. 379 (Summer 2005).
Commentary: Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.: A Primus Inter Pares Among Barristers, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), April 8, 2005, at 9.
Commentary: Practicing Law in the Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), January 21, 2005, at 8.
Litigation: New Rule 223.3: The Antidote to Carpinet v. Mitchell? The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), October 2, 2004, at 5 and 6.
Commentary: Scalia’s ‘Original Intent’ Position is Exclusionary, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), June 16, 2004, at 5 and 8.
Guest Commentary: Bill Cosby’s Recent Comments About the Behavior of Some Minorities, The Philadelphia (PA) Sunday Sun, June 13, 2004, at pgs. 4 and 6.
Commentary: Brown v. Board of Education: A Legacy for the Ages?, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), May 17, 2004, at 5 and 10.
Litigation: The Exception to the Coordinate Jurisdiction Rule is Clarified, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), December 29, 2003, at 5 and 6.
Litigation: Handling of Specimen Requires Reasonable Care, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), June 23, 2003, at 5 and 10.
Litigation: Limiting the Scope of Recovery Under the Tort Claims Act, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), June 5, 2003, at 5-6.
Litigation: High Court Marches Toward Color-Blind Justice: Race Based Jury Selection Prohibition Reaffirmed, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), May 1, 2003, at 5-6.
Colonial Rapacity and Political Corruption: Roots of African Underdevelopment and Misery (with Emeka A. Iheukwumere), Chicago-Kent Journal of International and Comparative Law (Spring 2003, Volume 4).
Commentary: Affirmative Action Is a Program Worth Preserving, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), February 19, 2003, at 7.
BET, Telemundo and Univision Refuse to Rate Programs that Could be Inappropriate to Youth, (Guest Opinion), Philadelphia Sunday Sun, August 11, 2002.
Doctor, Are You Experienced? The Relevance of Disclosure of Physician Experience to a Valid Informed Consent, 18 J. Contemp. Health L. & Pol’y 373 (Summer 2002)(Catholic University of America Journal of Contemporary Health Law & Policy)(listed in Prof. Jack Kircher of Marquette University Law School’s 2003 Law Review Articles of Interest).
Balancing Rights of Injured Victims with Statutory Offset Under the Property and Casualty Guaranty Act: Panea v. Isdaner, Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly (July 2002).
Culmination of a Trend in Limiting the Scope of Informed Consent? Duttry v. Patterson, 73 Pa. Bar. Ass’n Q. 21 (Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly)(January 2002).
Title VII, Affirmative Action, and the March Toward Color-blind Jurisprudence (with Prof. Philip Aka), 11 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 1 (Fall 2001) (Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review).
The Coordinate Jurisdiction Rule and the Law of the Case Doctrine: Important Tools of Judicial Economy and Efficiency, The Philadelphia Lawyer (Fall 2001).
How Constructive Notice Figures in Negligence, The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA), July 2, 2001.
Application of the Corporate Negligence Doctrine to Managed Care Organizations: Sound Public Policy or Judicial Overkill? 17 J. Contemp. Health L. & Pol’y 585 (Summer 2001)(Catholic University of America Journal of Contemporary Health Law & Policy)(listed in Prof. Jack Kircher of Marquette University Law School’s 2002 Law Review Articles of Interest).
Admissibility of Scientific Evidence Under Pennsylvania Law: An Excursion Through the Frye Test, 71 Pa. Bar. Ass’n. Q. 103 (Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly)(July 2000)(with Craig L. Thorpe, Esquire,).
Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims:Developments in the Law (with Prof. Frank M. McClellan), ALI-ABA Course of Study Materials(1999-2003).
Reality of Discrimination, Necessity of Affirmative Action, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Fall 1999, Vol.62, No. 3.
Not Enough Progress (on minority hiring, promotion, and retention), 21-AUG Pa. Law. 38 ,The Pennsylvania Lawyer, (July 1999).
Prescription Drugs Liability in Pennsylvania: Is Strict Liability Dead?, 70 Pa. Bar. Ass’n. Q. 135(Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly)(July 1999).
Punitive Damages in Pennsylvania: Is Gross Negligence Enough? 69 Pa. Bar. Ass’n. Q. 180(Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly) (October 1998).
Differences Between the Pennsylvania Sovereign Immunity and Political Subdivision Tort Claims Acts, 69 Pa. Bar. Ass’n. Q. 16 (Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly)(January 1998).
HIV Positive Medical Practitioners: Legal and Ethical Obligations to Disclose, 71 St. John’s L. Rev. 715 (Fall 1997)(listed among the law review articles worth reading in the National Law Journal in 1998).
Whittington v. Episcopal Hospital, 768 A.2d 1144 (Pa. Super. 2001)(co-trial counsel and lead appellate counsel).
Taylor v. Einstein Medical Center, 723 A.2d 1027 (Pa. Super. 1998)(co-appellate counsel).
Professional Organization Memberships and Positions
Fellow of the Academy of Advocacy (2001).
National Association of Distinguished Counsel-Nation’s Top One Percent(2015-to the present).
Co-Chairman, Pennsylvania Bar Association/Pennsylvania State Conference of Trial Judges’ Committee on “Pursuit of an Independent Judiciary: The Writings of Justice Nix.”(2005-2006).
Chairman, Minority Bar Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (2002-2004).
Co-Vice Chairman, Minority Bar Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (May 2000- May 2002).
Co-Chairman, 16th Annual Minority Attorney Conference (2004) Planning Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Co-Chairman, 15th Annual Minority Attorney Conference (2003) Planning Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Co-Chairman, 13th Annual Minority Attorney Conference (2001) Planning Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Member, District of Columbia Bar Association.
Member, Philadelphia Bar Association.
Member, American Association for Justice, formerly known as American Trial Lawyers Association.
Member, National Bar Association.
Member, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly known as the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.
Member, Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia.
Member, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.
Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly known as the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.
Former Member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.
Former Editor-in-Chief, and Member of the Editorial Board of the Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine.
Past President of the Ngwa Cultural Association of the Delaware Valley (1991-92).
Past President of F.A.N. of the Delaware Valley (1996-1999).
Ordained Elder, Presbyterian Church of Willingboro.
Board of Trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Willingboro.
Former Member of the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.
Jane C. Iheukwumere, Esq.
Jane was born in Philadelphia, and grew up in South Jersey where she attended both public and parochial schools. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers University-Camden, and her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University Law School-Camden. Jane has a record of active involvement in her community, and in her church. Her volunteer work includes helping victims of natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, flood victims in Wilkes Barres, Pennsylvania, providing food-care packages to the homeless, and shelters in Washington D.C., volunteering at Philabundance-a non-profit food bank that serves the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley region of Pennsylvania, and volunteering at NJPIRG—a student organization that tackles climate change, protects public health, feeds the hungry and more—on the Homeless and Poverty Committee. She has served as a Deacon, Usher, and Sunday School Teacher at her church, and been a youth delegate to the General Assembly of her denomination. Jane has been with the law firm in various capacities since 2008.
Rutgers University-Camden B.A., English, 2015
Rutgers University Law School-Camden, J.D., 2019
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Pennsylvania Bar Association Philadelphia Bar Association
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
Yulier Gonzalez is an Associate at Emmanuel Law Firm, LLC concentrating his practice on medical malpractice cases. Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate at a defense firm focused on product liability, toxic torts and personal injury cases. In 2022 and 2023, he was named to the Pennsylvania Rising Stars, a list of promising attorneys under 40.
After graduation from Penn State-Dickinson Law School, Yulier clerked for the Honorable Thomas A. James at the Columbia County Court of Common Pleas, where he gained extensive courtroom knowledge and performed legal research in the areas of family, criminal, civil and estate planning.
While in law school, Mr. Gonzalez was also selected as a Judicial Law Extern to the Honorable Martin C. Carlson, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, with whom he gained valuable experience and skills in federal civil litigation involving immigration and social security cases.
Mr. Gonzalez is a member of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) and the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBAPA). He is passionate about fitness, cooking and learning a new language. He is also fluent in Spanish.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Penn State University-Dickinson Law School
Montclair State University
Nicholas J. Williamson, Esquire
Nick Williamson is a highly skilled and experienced trial attorney with years of courtroom experience. Mr. Williamson began his career serving as a criminal attorney for over fifteen years. He first worked at the Bucks County Public Defender’s Office for over a decade. Next, he worked at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office for four years. In those capacities, Mr. Williamson handled thousands of cases throughout all stages of the criminal justice process. He has litigated dozens of bench and jury trials in complicated felony matters including homicides, robberies, aggravated assaults, felony drug offenses and sexual offenses. In 2010 he was awarded the “Justice Rising Award” by the Bucks County Bar Association for his work on a firearms jury trial. In recent years, Mr. Williamson has shifted his area of practice to civil law where he has represented hundreds of plaintiffs in personal injury and toxic tort cases.
Mr. Williamson was raised in Montgomery County and graduated from Boyertown Area High School in 1997 with honors. He earned his Bachelors of Arts from Cabrini College in 2001 where he majored in both Psychology and Sociology. He graduated Magna Cum Laude as well as a member of the Cabrini Honors Society and the International Honor Society in Psychology. After college, Mr. Williamson worked as a social worker in Bucks County for two years. In 2006, Mr. Williamson graduated from Villanova University School of Law. During his time at Villanova, he focused his studies on insurance, health and medical law. Mr.Williamson also participated in a clinic which assisted migrant farm workers in realizing the extent of their legal rights.
Mr. Williamson now resides in Media, Delaware County. He is passionate about running and has completed nine marathons throughout the country.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Villanova University School of Law
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