Ryan Chase has assisted founding partners Robert Ross, Joel Feller and Matt Casey in winning an impressive series of multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements, including cases involving workplace injuries, birth injuries and the failure to timely diagnose and treat cancer.
Most recently, he assisted Casey in recovering $20 million for a man who suffered a brain injury due to a delay in diagnosing a stroke.
In a case that drew widespread media attention, Chase assisted Feller in obtaining $6 million for the parents of a teen who died as a result of medical malpractice after a tonsillectomy in March 2012.
After the routine outpatient procedure, nurses in the post-anesthesia care unit at Abington Surgical Center had given Mariah Edwards fentanyl, a potent narcotic, and failed to monitor her condition for more than 25 minutes. During that time, her condition worsened and went unobserved by nurses. As a result, the 17-year-old suffered respiratory arrest and hypoxic brain injury and died 15 days later.
The settlement in the Montgomery County case was for the full liability insurance policy limits. It also became the largest medical malpractice settlement in Pennsylvania for 2012, and the seventh highest settlement in the state overall for the year, according to VerdictSearch, the nation’s leading publisher of verdicts and settlements.
The litigation led to safety improvements at the surgical center and was featured in a Special Investigative Report by 6ABC WPVI TV in Philadelphia (watch the report and read about this case).
Chase also assisted Ross in recovering $6 million in a case involving a delay in diagnosing a cancerous tumor, and $4 million for the family of a Philadelphia man who died of sepsis as a result of medical malpractice.
Before joining the firm, Chase was an associate at Dechert LLP, where he worked on a wide variety of legal matters, from pharmaceutical cases to medical device litigation. He has also worked extensively on several large mass tort trial teams representing Fortune 500 companies and served as the co-chairman of Dechert’s Landlord-Tenant Trial Team.
Chase has successfully tried cases in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and has worked on all phases of trial preparation, including witness examination, defending expert witness depositions and taking depositions of fact witnesses.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Chase had a distinguished academic career that included top honors at two of Pennsylvania’s leading public universities.
He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2006 with a Civil Litigation Certificate that included trial and appellate moot court awards. At Pittsburgh Law, Chase served on the Editorial Board of the Pittsburgh Law Review as the Senior Articles Editor.
In that publication, Chase authored an article on the topic of campaign finance reform titled “The Future of Soft Money in Federal Elections: The 527 Reform Act of 2005 and the First Amendment.” Vol. 67:2 (2005).
Chase earned his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 2003, graduating summa cum laude while studying in the Schreyer Honors College at University Park. He attended Penn State on an academic excellence scholarship and was selected into the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honors Society.
While at Penn State, Chase was named the Pennsylvania Caddie Scholar of the Year in 2002 by the Philadelphia Golf Association’s J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust for earning the highest GPA of all Pennsylvania Caddie-Scholarship recipients. Prior to graduating, Chase also worked for the United States Congress in Washington, D.C. and a law firm representing the rights of injured individuals in Scranton, PA.
Chase is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and before the federal courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania.
He is also an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyer’s Association, the American Association for Justice and the Lackawanna Bar Association. Chase is also a founding member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Landlord-Tenant Appellate Mediation Committee.