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Joseph W. Petka, Esq.

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Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education

Pennsylvania State University, B.S.
Widener University School of Law, J.D.

Overview

Joe Petka is one of the most active trial attorneys in the Philadelphia area. He has tried a wide range of cases including, defense of hospital and nonprofit organizations in premises liability actions, UIM/UM carriers in contract actions, and individual motorists in negligence actions.

Mr. Petka is one of the lead trial attorneys in GMR’s premises liability department representing numerous local health systems and businesses in slip and falls/trip and fall actions. He has obtained defense verdicts in jury trials throughout Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery counties. He was also one of the first attorneys in the region to successfully defend a UIM/UM trial to verdict after the Supreme Court overturned the mandatory arbitration requirement in Koken. Since that time, he has obtained defense verdicts in more UIM/UM jury trials than almost any other defense attorney in Philadelphia. His trial results are regularly featured in VerdictSearch Magazine.

Mr. Petka regularly serves as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and has been a guest speaker for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He has given presentations on premises liability defense, uninsured/underinsured motorist case strategy and trial practices, premises defense, and the anatomy of a civil lawsuit.

During law school, he worked for the Chester County District Attorney’s Office. Prior to that, he served as an infantryman in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and was an amateur boxing champion.

Joe is an avid fan of boxing and politics, enjoys exercise and currently resides in Delaware County with his wife and three children.

Representative Matters

Joe Petka Obtains 2 Defense Verdicts in 2 Weeks

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Joe Petka Wins Another UIM Trial

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Joe Petka Obtains Factual Cause Defense Verdict in Philadelphia UIM Trial

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Joe Petka Wins Trial with $500,000 in Economic Damages at Stake

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Joe Petka Obtains Factual Cause Defense Verdict in Philadelphia UIM Trial

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Joe Petka Wins Spine Surgery Trial

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Joe Petka Obtains Three Defense Verdicts in One Trial

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Joe Petka Wins Philadelphia Full Tort Uninsured Motorist Trial

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Joe Petka Wins Femur Fracture Case

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Joe Petka Wins Philadelphia UIM Trial

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Joe Petka Nabs Another $0 Trial Verdict Despite Plaintiff’s Post-Accident Knee Surgery and Testimony by the Surgeon

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Joe Petka Obtains Defense Verdict in a Torn Rotator Cuff Case with a Quarter Million Dollar Demand

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Joe Petka Trial Results in $500 Pain and Suffering Award for Knee Surgery

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Joe Petka Obtains $0 Award in Bladder Surgery Case

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Joe Petka Obtains Defense Verdict in Case involving Four Surgeries

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Joe Petka Obtains Defense Verdict in Epidural Injection Case

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Joe Petka Wins Slip and Fall Case for Hospital

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Joe Petka Wins Broken Floor Case

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Jury Awards $853 in Surgery Case

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The 7 Minute Defense Verdict

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Joe Petka Obtains Defense Verdict in a PTSD Case

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Early Victory on Motion Paves the Way to a Trial Win for Joe Petka in Montgomery County, PA

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Joseph Petka Obtains Philadelphia Jury Trial Defense Verdict in Sidewalk Trip and Fall Case

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UIM Arbitration Defense Award in Disc Herniation Case

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Joseph Petka Obtains Defense Verdict in a Premises Liability Action

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Joseph Petka Obtains Favorable Award in Auto Trial

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Media

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