Jennifer L. Russell joined Ross Feller Casey, LLP in January 2008, bringing with her extensive experience from both sides of the courtroom having represented defendants and plaintiffs alike.
At Ross Feller Casey, Russell devotes her practice primarily to representing those catastrophically injured by medical negligence. She has racked up an impressive resume of multimillion-dollar results in her 10 years as a plaintiff's attorney.
Most recently, Russell and founding partner Matthew Casey secured an $8 million recovery in a birth injury case involving an alleged delay in delivery following prolonged labor, where the child went on to develop cerebral palsy.
Also this year, Casey and Russell obtained an $8.5 million recovery in another case involving injuries suffered at birth.
In January 2011, Russell was co-counsel with founding partner Robert Ross on a case in which they secured a $7 million recovery. The case involved a 17-year-old boy who suffered neurologic injuries at the time of birth resulting from mismanagement of his mother's obstetrical care and failure to timely deliver the baby despite progressive signs and symptoms of fetal distress and intolerance to labor.
Three months earlier, Ross and Russell secured a $12 million recovery in another birth injury case on behalf of a child who suffered disabling physical and neurodevelopmental injuries due to a dilatation and curettage (D&C) performed on his mother early in pregnancy after she was improperly diagnosed as having suffered a miscarriage.
Other notable examples include:
-A $20 million jury verdict for a 5-year-old boy who went blind as an infant after doctors failed to perform a simple follow-up eye exam for early stage retinopathy of prematurity, which would have prevented the progression of his disease to complete retinal detachment in both eyes and irreversible blindness. Russell was co-counsel in the case with another attorney at her previous firm. The verdict was among the largest compensatory personal injury awards in the conservative venue of Montgomery County, Pa.
-An $8.5 million settlement in a case involving the failure to timely deliver a baby via cesarean section in the setting of maternal infection, persistent fetal tachycardia and lack of oxygen to the baby's brain, resulting in permanent neurologic damage and developmental delays.
-A $5 million settlement in the case of a 4-year-old girl who suffered a devastating brain injury at birth as a result of a delay in her delivery, rendering her unable to walk or speak for the rest of her life.
-A $2.5 million settlement in a case involving the death of an extremely premature infant. She assisted Casey on that case.
-A $2.5 million settlement for a baby who was delivered prematurely at 28 weeks gestation after his mother was discharged from the hospital with signs and symptoms of early pre-term labor, which required admission and treatment to extend the pregnancy. She assisted Ross on that case.
-A $2.5 million settlement on behalf of a 68-year-old woman who died from a massive retroperitoneal and intra-abdominal hemorrhage following a bladder biopsy, which was misinterpreted and diagnosed on pathology and imaging studies as metastatic cancer. She assisted Ross on the case.
-A $2.5 million settlement on behalf of the family of a 60-year-old man who died after suffering a bowel perforation during an unnecessary procedure to remove gallstones, which he did not have, leading to overwhelming sepsis and multi-system organ failure. She assisted Ross on that case.
-A $2.5 million settlement for the family of a 48-year-old man who asphyxiated to death just five hours after presenting himself to a hospital emergency room complaining of a sore throat and difficulty swallowing.
-A $2.4 million settlement on behalf of a 34-year-old man who developed irreversible, end-stage kidney failure requiring transplantation after his doctor failed to provide him with appropriate follow-up, including referral to a nephrologist, for his progressively worsening lab results over four years. She assisted Ross on that case.
-A $1.5 million jury verdict on behalf of a 39-year-old mother of four who died after doctors failed to diagnose deep vein thrombosis after routine knee surgery.
-A $1.4 million settlement for a 44-year-old woman who developed advanced-stage, metastatic breast cancer after her doctor failed to perform a timely breast tissue biopsy. Russell assisted founding partner Joel Feller on that case.
-A $1.4 million settlement on behalf of the family of a 42-year-old man who died after doctors failed to recognize the tell-tale signs of a common, yet potentially life-threatening infection secondary to treatment of pneumonia with high-dose antibiotics.
Russell began her legal career with one of Philadelphia's most prominent defense firms, Pepper Hamilton, LLP, where she represented corporate clients in defense of complex civil litigation including pharmaceutical, mass tort, toxic exposure, products and premises liability. While there, she served as liaison counsel for a group of pharmaceutical defendants in the much-publicized "fen-phen" diet drug litigation and successfully negotiated their dismissal from hundreds of cases.
In 2001, she redirected the focus of her practice from the defense to the plaintiff's bar to represent victims of medical malpractice and other personal injury claimants, contributing to a number of seven-figure verdicts and settlements with the respected firm of Litvin, Blumberg, Matusow & Young.
Before joining Ross Feller Casey, Russell worked for Kline & Specter, P.C.
Russell graduated maxima cum laude from La Salle University in 1990. She received her law degree in 1996, magna cum laude, from Temple University School of Law, where she received several awards for her outstanding trial advocacy and litigation strategy skills.
Russell is licensed and admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice.