Richard L. Berkman


Richard L. Berkman

Retired Partner

Philadelphia | Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America 19104-2808
+1 215 994 2684 | +1 215 994 2222

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Richard L. Berkman is particularly known for handling AIDS and Hepatitis C cases, representing clients such as Baxter Healthcare Corporation. He has tried numerous AIDS litigation cases successfully for more than 20 years, including three eight-week trials, and he has settled more than 12,000 cases.

Mr. Berkman has settled several mass torts and other MDL and class actions. He works with ADR and finds creative settlement solutions to subrogation and other difficult issues in these complex cases. He also handles large commercial cases in federal court trials, arbitrations, and when possible, in settlements.

Since 2013, Mr. Berkman has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for his mass tort class action litigation practice. He has also been recognized by The Legal 500 US for his product liability and mass tort defense work in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry.

Mr. Berkman has authored numerous articles and treatises regarding mass torts, particularly regarding AIDS cases.

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1973, cum laude, President of the Harvard Journal on Legislation, finalist in Ames Moot Court
  • Harvard University, A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Honorable Edward R. Becker
  • Developed and taught a course on Mass Tort Litigation at Temple Law School
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Chairman, Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee
  • Board of Trustees of Congregation Rodeph Shalom 
  • Board of the Monell Chemical Senses Center