Arthur (Terry) W. Lefco has developed a reputation as one of the Philadelphia areas' most experienced and accomplished trial lawyers in professional liability, coverage and commercial litigation cases. His fellow lawyers and their insurers routinely seek out his advice, counsel and representation.
Terry's service to the bar and the public in law-related fields, such as the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board, the American Law Institute, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, has been extensive. He has written and lectured often in the areas of lawyers' professional liability and professional responsibilities.
Terry has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 2005 - 2013 and named Best Lawyers in America 2007 - present in the areas of Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants and Commercial Litigation. He holds an AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.
Significant Representative Matters
•Atkinson v. Haug, 424 Pa. Super. 406, 622 A.2d 983 (Pa. Super. 1993) (Redefined implied attorney client relationship under PA Law.
•Home Ins. Co. v. Powell, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6863 (E.D. Pa. 1996). Malpractice insurance coverage based on subjective / objective analysis of lawyer's knowledge.
•Oliver v. Sid Bernstein, Ltd., 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3276 (E.D. Pa. 1997). Jury verdict in favor of lawyer on fraud claim relating to escrow account.
•Int'l Land Acquisitions, Inc. v. Fausto, 39 Fed. Appx. 751, 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 13256 (3d Circuit Court of Appeals 2002). Plaintiff's expert testimony in legal malpractice case defective where no opinion on causation.
•UA Theatre Circuit, Inc. v. Twp. of Warrington, 316 F.3d 392, 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 515 (3d Cir. Pa. 2003). Established requirement in 3rd Circuit that denial of substantive due process requires conduct which shocks the conscience.
•Nixon v. Fax.com, 196 F. Supp. 2d 920 (Ed MO 2002).Declared Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1992 unconstitutional in defense of First Amendment.
•Capital Care v. Hunt, 847 A.2d 75 (PA Super. 2004).Restated standard for scope of attorney duty to client.
•Insurance Claim Information May Be Discoverable, ABA Journal, July, 2000
•Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2000
•Successful Termination in Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings Cases, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, PBI No. 2000-2546 B
•Common Causes of Legal Malpractice and How to Avoid Them, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, PBI No. 1999-2339
•Malpractice Avoidance Seminars - Delaware County Bar Association, Montgomery County Bar Association, Bucks County Bar Association, 2008 - 2010
•Numerous Malpractice Avoidance Seminars - Pennsylvania Law Firms, 1990 - 2010
•Malpractice Avoidance Seminar, Conference of County Bar Leaders, State College, Pennsylvania, March 4, 2005
•Avoiding Malpractice Liability, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Reading, Pennsylvania, April 19, 2005
•Special Problems of Lawyer Experts, Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation Section, Annual Retreat, April 11-13, 2003
•Hot Topics in Business Litigation, Professional Education Systems, Inc., November 19, 2002
•Legal Ethics in Pennsylvania, Lorman Education Services, September 18, 2002
•Avoiding and Dealing With Tax Malpractice Cases, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, November 28, 2001
Past Employment Positions
•Cozen O'Connor, Senior Member, 1998 - 2002
•Sherr, Joffe & Zuckerman P.C., Shareholder, 1994 - 1998
•Mesirov, Gelman, Jaffe, Cramer & Jamieson, Associate to Partner, 1975 - 1994
•Philadelphia Housing Authority, General Counsel, 1973 - 1975
Honors & Awards
•AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
•Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants, 2007-Present
•University of Pennsylvania Law School, Alumni Award of Merit
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2005-2014
•Philadelphia Best Lawyers, (2007 - Present)
Year Joined Organization: 2002