Partner

Joseph W. Petka, Esq.

p. 215.735.3994  |  f. 215.735.1133

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education

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

Overview

Joseph 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.

Joseph 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.

Joseph 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.

Joseph 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 Wins Brain Injury Trial for Philadelphia Hospital

» Read Story

This Philadelphia jury trial involved a 59-year-old female auditor who was alleging a brain injury. The plaintiff was leaving the defendant’s hospital when she allegedly tripped on a sidewalk expansion joint and struck her chin on the pavement. The plaintiff was taken from the scene of the fall to the emergency room and then followed up with her family doctor for headaches, lightheadedness, and forgetfulness as well as neck pain.  Accordingly, Plaintiff was referred to a neurologist and a psychotherapist.  She also had therapy for neck pain over the course of several months. The plaintiff continued to receive neurological treatment over the course of two years.

At trial, the plaintiff’s neurologist testified that she sustained permanent neurological injuries, including posttraumatic encephalopathy, posttraumatic headaches, vertigo and vestibulopathy, disequilibrium, gait dysfunction, acquired autonomic dysfunction with lightheadedness, and a bi-temporal cortical injury, as well as an injury to both frontal lobes of her brain.

Although the plaintiff was sympathetic, on cross-examination, Joe had her admit that because she sustained head injury, she did not know why she fell. She further admitted that her earlier testimony that she tripped on the expansion joint was just her “best guess.”

Accordingly, after the plaintiff rested his case, Joe made a Motion for Non-Suit as the plaintiff failed to prove why she fell. After hearing argument on the issue, Judge Shreeves-Johns of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas dismissed the jury and entered a non-suit for the hospital.

-->

Joe Petka Obtains First Jury Defense Verdict of the New Year

» Read Story

Who Says You Can’t Win Philadelphia Jury Trials?

» Read Story

Joe Petka Wins Another Slip and Fall Trial for Local Hospital

» Read Story

Joe Petka Obtains 2 Defense Verdicts in 2 Weeks

» Read Story

Joe Petka Wins Another UIM Trial

» Read Story

Joe Petka Obtains Factual Cause Defense Verdict in Philadelphia UIM Trial

» Read Story

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

» Read Story

Joe Petka Obtains Factual Cause Defense Verdict in Philadelphia UIM Trial

» Read Story

Joe Petka Wins Spine Surgery Trial

» Read Story

Joe Petka Obtains Three Defense Verdicts in One Trial

» Read Story

Joe Petka Wins Philadelphia Full Tort Uninsured Motorist Trial

» Read Story

Joe Petka Wins Femur Fracture Case

» Read Story

Joe Petka Wins Philadelphia UIM Trial

» Read Story

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

» Read Story

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

» Read Story

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

» Read Story

Joe Petka Obtains $0 Award in Bladder Surgery Case

» Read Story

Joe Petka Obtains Defense Verdict in Case involving Four Surgeries

» Read Story

Joe Petka Obtains Defense Verdict in Epidural Injection Case

» Read Story

Joe Petka Wins Slip and Fall Case for Hospital

» Read Story

Joe Petka Wins Broken Floor Case

» Read Story

Jury Awards $853 in Surgery Case

» Read Story

The 7 Minute Defense Verdict

» Read Story

Joe Petka Obtains Defense Verdict in a PTSD Case

» Read Story

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

» Read Story

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

» Read Story

UIM Arbitration Defense Award in Disc Herniation Case

» Read Story

Joseph Petka Obtains Defense Verdict in a Premises Liability Action

» Read Story

Joseph Petka Obtains Favorable Award in Auto Trial

» Read Story

Media

Three New Partners Named in New York and Philadelphia Offices

» Read Story