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.