It was in law school that Joseph Traub was first inspired to work on behalf of catastrophically injured laborers, helping represent them in claims against the manufacturers of the defective industrial machines that caused their injuries. Since graduating, cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law, his professional work has expanded to representing people catastrophically injured by defective industrial and consumer products, unsafe construction practices, dangerous driving and serious medical errors. For example, he has represented a man thrown from a scissor lift with poor lateral stability, a woman whose arm was pulled into a commercial ironing roller, a family struck by a drunk driver, and a man whose throat cancer was missed by a pathologist. His work has helped provide financial relief, as well as a sense of justice and resolution, to victims and their families while also encouraging safer products and medical practices.
Mr. Traub has lectured and published articles on various topics relevant to the practice of personal injury litigation, including principles of legal ethics, strategies in construction litigation and federal preemption. As a member of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Mr. Traub advocates for the rights of injured persons in the appellate courts of Pennsylvania. His appellate advocacy on behalf of his own clients has resulted in several positive developments in the law, including ensuring funds are available to compensate malpractice victims where a doctor’s insurance carrier goes bankrupt (Heim v. Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Fund, 23 A.3d 506 (Pa. 2011)), and allowing medical experts to testify where they are familiar with the care at issue even if they do not practice in the same specialty as the defendant (Vicari v. Spiegel, 989 A.2d 1277 (Pa. 2010)). He is also on the Board of Directors of the National Lawyers Guild Philadelphia Chapter, an association of lawyers and legal workers doing primarily civil rights and public interest advocacy. In his free time he enjoys distance running and playing drums in a band.