Attorney Jerry Meyers

Jerry Meyers is the founding and managing partner of the law firm of Meyers Evans Lupetin & Unatin. His practice focuses exclusively on medical malpractice cases, an area to which he’s devoted his entire career as an attorney. Meyers was the first trial lawyer in Pittsburgh to concentrate exclusively on medical malpractice law.

Problem solving is his passion.

Meyers approaches each medical negligence case as a scientist trying to solve a puzzle. Having worked in hospitals for nearly a decade as a corpsman and then as a respiratory therapist, Meyers saw many patients suffer needless injury. He wanted to help individuals who had been harmed by the medical system. Although he loved medicine, Meyers became convinced he would be more effective bringing about improvements in the way medicine is practiced from the outside as a lawyer, than from the inside as a doctor. His goal, to make a difference in the way medicine is practiced.

Recent Cases & Settlements

  • $6 million settlement in Medical Malpractice case involving delayed diagnosis & treatment of a neck fracture that resulted in the patient becoming quadriplegic (co-counseled with Attorney Brendan Lupetin)
  • $4 million settlement in Birth Injury case in which an infant suffered severe brain damage due to a delay in delivery (co-counseled with Attorney Gregory Unatin)
  • $2.1 million settlement in Birth Injury case in which an infant suffered severe brain damage as a result of improper ventilation at birth (co-counseled with Attorney Gregory Unatin)
  • $1.8 million settlement in medical Medical Malpractice case involving a delayed diagnosis of skin cancer (co-counseled with Attorneys Gregory Unatin and Brendan Lupetin)
Jerry I. Meyers - Best Lawyers: Lawyer of the Year 2020

Meyers’ background has afforded him the opportunity to advocate for many severely injured victims of medical negligence; some even before he was a lawyer. He is deeply committed to his work, his clients, and the betterment of the medical and legal professions.

Meyers is fond of saying, “Nothing would make me happier than to be put out of business – not by the legislature, but by doctors and health care providers being more careful.” Despite this wish, medical errors, some with grievous consequences, continue to be made. Meyers gets satisfaction from helping victims overcome the challenges they’ve been confronted with because of entirely avoidable catastrophes.

A native of Pennsylvania, Jerry Meyers was born in McKeesport and grew up in Duquesne. He served the US Navy and then the Marines as a hospital corpsman, where he received his first medical training and hospital experience. He later worked as a respiratory therapist in teaching hospitals while attending college and law school. Meyers received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Miami.’

Jerry Meyers is a member of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, where he’s served on the Board of Governors (1987-1991), (2001 to present); The Medical Malpractice Committee, and as Western Chapter President (1990).  He is a member of the Leaders Forum of the American Association for Justice and the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County (by invitation to trial lawyers of demonstrated competence), and has been recognized in Pennsylvania “Super Lawyers”. Meyers has consistently received an AV rating (the highest mark for ability and professionalism) from his peers in the annual Martindale Hubbell Directory of American Lawyers. He has been a visiting lecturer at various medical schools and teaching hospitals. He is regularly called upon to teach at continuing legal education seminars on various aspects of medical malpractice.

Married for over 40 years, Jerry’s interests are spending time with his family, their dogs and horses, and competing in equestrian events. Additionally, Jerry is involved in various local and national charities and philanthropic pursuits.

Jerry Meyers has received the Martindale Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent Attorney – the highest rating possible for an attorney based on both ethical standards and legal ability.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Attorney Profile: Jerry I. Meyers

Born McKeesport, Pennsylvania, March 26, 1946; admitted to bar, 1975, Pennsylvania.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Birth Injury Law
  • Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis
  • Brain Injuries

Notable Cases

Kevan Berkovitz, a minor, vs. United States, 486 U.S. 531, 108 S.Ct. 1954, conducted underlying litigation on this and numerous other polio vaccine cases. Landmark decision limiting discretionary function exception.

Education

  • University of Miami (J.D., cum laude, 1975)
  • University of Pittsburgh (B.A., 1971)
  • Navy Hospital Corpsman, Respiratory Therapist, 1967-1973

Awards and Honors

  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, recognized as Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.
  • Received the Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent Attorney – the highest rating possible for an attorney based on both ethical standards and legal ability.
  • Named in Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice, 1993 – Present
  • Selected by the American Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania
  • Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for Medical Malpractice, 2004 – Present

Bar and Court Admissions

  • U.S. Western District 1975, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania 1975.

Publications

  • Meyers, J.I. and Titelman, W.A.K., “The Semantics of Crisis,” The Barrister, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Volume XV, Number 2, Summer, 1984
  • Meyers, J.I., “Evaluation of a Birth Injury Case, Part 1”, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association Newsletter, September 1999
  • Meyers, J.I., “Evaluation of a Birth Injury Case, Part II”, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association Newsletter, January 2000
  • Meyers, J.I., “Evaluating the Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Case”, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association Newsletter, February 2000
  • Meyers, J.I., “Evaluation of the Anesthesia Case – Failure to Maintain a Patent Airway”, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association Newsletter, August 2000
  • Meyers, J.I., “Evaluation of a Brain Injury Case (after birth)”, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association Newsletter, December 2000
  • Meyers, J.I., “Understanding the Tumor Doubling Defense”, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association Newsletter, April 2001
  • Meyers, J.I., “The perspective of a plaintiff’s attorney in dissembling the art of medicine as it relates to the interpretation and management of cervical smears”, Amer J Clin Path, Pathology Patterns Reviews Vol. 116, No. 6 (Suppl 1), December 2001
  • Meyers, J.I., Bower, M.R., Jackson, N.S., “Follow the Audit Trail,” NYSTLI New York Litigation Review, Vol. 2, 2010, p. 11-21.

Professional Associations & Activities

  • American Association For Justice (Formerly Called ATLA), Patron Member, Leaders Forum (1988-Present)
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice (Formerly Called PATLA)
    • Western Chapter President, 1990
    • Member: Board of Governors, 1987-Present
    • Medical Legal Committee, 1988-Present
    • Medical Malpractice Advisory Task Force
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Medical Legal Committee and Health Care and Hospital Law Committee
  • Pennsylvania Association For Justice (1988-Present)
  • Western Chapter Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Officer and President (1988 to 1989)
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Life Member – National Registry of Who’s Who
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County

Speaking Engagements

  • 1979 – Speaker – Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Convention, Hershey, PA
  • 1980 – Faculty – Medical-Legal Conference, Steamboat Springs, Colorado sponsored by Pittsburgh Institute of Legal Medicine
  • 1981 – Faculty – Medical-Legal Conference, Steamboat Springs, Colorado sponsored by Medical-Dental-Legal Group approved for continued medical education credit – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • 1981 – Guest Lecturer – Teaching Rounds – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Neurology Service
  • 1981 – Speaker – Conference “Current Topics in Respiratory Care” sponsored by Centralized Hospital Service, Greensburg, PA
  • 1982 – Speaker – Continuing Education Program for nurse anesthetists “Medical-Legal Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia” sponsored by Centralized Hospital Service, Greensburg, PA
  • 1983 – Faculty – Conference “Treatment Strategies, Advances in Radiotherapy, Techniques” sponsored by Continuing Education Services, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1985 – Guest Lecturer – Geisinger Medical Center – Medical Legal aspects of Radiation Therapy – What the Technologists Need to Know
  • 1986 – Course Planner and Moderator – “Anatomy & Medicine for the Trial Lawyer” sponsored by the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1987 – Faculty – “Preparing and Proving the Medical Malpractice Case” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Advocacy Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1987 – Faculty – “Continuing Legal Education Program Series – Screening of medical malpractice case” sponsored by the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (presented in Butler and Johnstown, PA)
  • 1987 – Faculty – “Civil Litigation Update” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Hershey, PA
  • 1988 – Faculty -“Finding and Presenting Evidence in Personal Injury Cases” sponsored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Philadelphia PA
  • 1988 – Faculty – “Continuing Legal Education Program Series – Screening of medical malpractice case” sponsored by the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (presented in Greensburg, PA)
  • 1988 – Course Planner and Moderator – “Anatomy & Medicine for the Trial Lawyer” sponsored, by the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1988 – Faculty – “The Litigator and The Personal Computer” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1989 – Faculty – “Pennsylvania Emergency Room Medical Malpractice” sponsored by the Professional Education Systems, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1990 – Faculty – “Continuing Legal Education Program Series – Screening of medical malpractice case” sponsored by the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (presented in Butler, PA)
  • 1990 – Faculty – “Advanced Issues in Medical Malpractice -Vicarious & Hospital Liability Theories” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1991 – Faculty – “Family Law: Litigating to Win” The Expert and Equitable Distribution” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, PA and Harrisburg, PA
  • 1992 – Faculty – “Preparing & Trying the Medical Malpractice Case” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1993 – Faculty – “Advanced Issues in Medical Malpractice” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1994 – Faculty – “Discovery: Unveiling the Mystery” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1995 – Faculty – Mercy Health System of Altoona
  • 1996 – Faculty – “Preparing & Trying the Medical Malpractice Case” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1996 – Faculty – University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, Health Law Clinic.
  • 1996 – Faculty – “HOUSE BILL 2210,” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1996 – Lecturer – “Preparing and Trying a Medical Malpractice Case,” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1998 – Faculty – “Malpractice in the E.R. – Medicine, Law and Tactics,” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2001 – Lecturer – “The Nuts and Bolts of Medical Malpractice Cases,” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2005 – Lecturer – “The Pap Smear Case – A Plaintiff’s Perspective,” sponsored by the Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2006 – Lecturer – “Medical Malpractice Seminar – Discovery Strategies,” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2008 – Lecturer – “The Plaintiff’s Perspective on the Investigation and Management of Cervical Cancer Cases,” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2010 – Lecturer – “Audit Trail Roundtable” sponsored by Precise Litigation Technologies
  • 2011 – Lecturer – Medical Malpractice Update Seminar – “Follow the Audit Trail” sponsored by American Association for Justice
  • 2011 – Lecturer – Medical Malpractice Seminar – “Electronic Medical Records” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • 2011 – Lecturer – “Electronic Medical Records” – Professional Negligence Group of the American Association for Justice, Miami FL
  • 2012 – Lecturer – Medical Malpractice Seminar – “Electronic Medical Records – “Follow the Audit Trail” sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013 – Lecturer- Medical Malpractice Seminar – “Follow the Audit Trail” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • 2013 – Lecturer – “Facebook Discovery in Pennsylvania” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • 2015 – Lecturer – Medical Malpractice Seminar sponsored by Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • 2019 – Faculty – “AAJ Education Webinar: Electronic Health Records – Access Logs & Audit Trails”, American Association for Justice

Charitable Involvement

  • Alex de Toucqueville Society and ten-year sponsorship of the Hartwood Show Jumping Festival for benefit of the Parental Stress Center
  • Race to Any Place, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (2005-Present)
  • Major donor Neighborhood Legal Services – Equal Justice Under the Law Campaign and Attorneys Against Hunger Campaign
  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation sustaining fellow

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