Edward Rubin

Edward Rubin
P: (215) 661-0400
F: (215) 661-0315
E: Lawyers@HRMML.com

Edward Rubin is the past Chairman of the Civil Litigation Department of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin. He has over 40 years experience handling civil litigation matters with specific expertise in products-liability, asbestos, medical malpractice, class action, environmental and major personal injury cases. Ed has tried hundreds of cases in Montgomery, Philadelphia, Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks Counties and federal courts. Ed has been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List for 2004-2013 in the field of products liability, and in 2014 in the area of Personal Injury: Plaintiff. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers each year. Active in Bar Association activities over the years, he is a frequent speaker and writer for professional groups and has held positions such as: Chairman of Montgomery County Bench Bar Committee, Member Ad Hoc Committee of the Bench Bar to reform Montgomery County discovery rules, Member of Board of Directors of Montgomery Bar Association, Member of Montgomery Bar Association Judiciary Committee, President of Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association, Member of Board of Directors of Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Chairman of Montgomery County Civil Rules Committee, Chairman of Montgomery County Medical-Legal Committee and member of the Board of Directors of Team Capital Bank. A graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. degree in 1964, Ed received his law degree in 1967 from Villanova University School of Law.

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Practice Areas

  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Litigation

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1967)
  • Penn State University (B.S. 1964)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • Federal District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Speeches

  • Picking a Civil Jury: Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Arbitration Strategy: Montgomery Bar Association
  • Class Actions: Local Civic Groups
  • Understanding Auto Insurance Options: Local Civic Groups
  • Medical Malpractice: Montgomery Bar Association Continuing Legal Education

Publications

Professional and Civic Memberships

  • Team Capital Bank, Board of Directors
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Montgomery Bar Association
    • Past Member, Board of Directors
    • Past Chairman, Civil Rules Committee
    • Past Chairman, Medical-Legal Committee
    • Past Chairman, Bench-Bar Committee
  • Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association
    • Past President
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
    • Past Member, Board of Directors
  • United Jewish Appeal
    • Past Chairman, Bucks/Montgomery Division
  • Federation Allied Jewish Appeal
    • Past Member, Board of Directors
  • North Penn Arts Alliance
    • Member, Board of Directors
    • Legal Counsel
  • Valley Center Community Mental Health Clinic
    • Past Chairman of the Board
  • Lansdale Jaycees
    • Past Vice President
    • Winner of Distinguished Service Award
  • Valley Center Mental Health Clinic
    • Past Chairman, Board of Directors

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2004-2013 in the field of Products Liability and in 2014 in the area of Personal Injury: Plaintiff
  • Past recipient of Lansdale Jaycees Man of the Year

Personal Interests

  • Painting
  • Tennis
  • Road Biking
  • Sports Memorabilia

Personal Injury Cases

  • Represented 14-year-old boy rendered a quadriplegic while using a swimming-pool sliding board at a private home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. One of the problems in the case was determining whether or not there was an entity that was responsible and developing a theory of liability against that defendant. After extensive investigation and discovery, Ed determined, and the courts agreed, that the most responsible party was the company that supplied the sliding board to the homeowner because that company was the party most knowledgeable about the dangers of swimming-pool sliding boards and because that company did not meet its obligation to warn the homeowners of very well-known risks of serious injury from head-first slides, including paraplegia and quadriplegia, that individuals could suffer if the sliding board was not placed in deep enough water. The actual trial resulted in the largest verdict ever rendered in a civil case in Montgomery County $10.4 million. Ed negotiated a structured settlement which placed the money in a trust to invest the 14-year-old’s funds for him in order to make sure that funds would remain available for the rest of his life, on a tax-free basis.

Environmental Litigation

  • Received extensive publicity in national and state environmental publications due to a landmark decision rendered by the Pennsylvania Superior Court and affirmed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The case involved a commercial property in Allentown that had allegedly been polluted as a result of the leak of No. 6 fuel oil from underground storage tanks on a neighboring property. After extensive geological evaluations by a number of different experts, it was determined that the No. 6 fuel oil traveled through fissures in the bedrock under the soil from the neighboring property to the plaintiffs’ property. Under the environmental laws that existed in Pennsylvania up until this case, the only party that had the right to bring a case and rely on a presumption of liability without having to prove negligence was the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. Ed was able to convince the Superior Court that private individuals, such as his clients, also had the right to use the environmental laws in the same manner as the Department of Environmental Resources and that it was not necessary to prove negligence, but rather a presumption of liability should apply against a neighboring landowner who had underground storage tanks which contained the same substance as was found on the plaintiffs’ property. Further, Ed was able to convince the Superior Court that the plaintiffs were not only entitled to damages but were entitled to attorneys’ fees and expert-witness fees, which up until that time had only been awarded to the Department of Environmental Resources. Because this landmark decision of the Superior Court completely changed the law in Pennsylvania, the defendant received permission to re-argue the case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Again Ed prevailed, and the Supreme Court unanimously found in his favor.

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