During his extensive career, Feller has earned an impeccable reputation in the legal community where he is known as an exceptionally skilled litigator whose tenacity has produced not only record-setting, seven- and eight-figure recoveries for his clients but also major policy changes in the delivery of medicine and to public safety.
Most recently, Feller in early 2019 obtained a $10.9 million settlement on behalf of a woman who suffered neurological injuries due to the failure of doctors and a hospital to properly manage and treat her arteriovenous malformation, or AVM.
Feller gained national attention for successfully representing seven sexual assault victims of former football coach Jerry Sandusky in civil litigation against Penn State University. He prominently represented Victims 2, 3, 7, and 10, Sandusky’s adopted son, Matt Sandusky, and other victims. With more clients than any other single firm, Feller and Ross Feller Casey played an integral role in finalizing the $60 million global settlement with Penn State in August 2013 (learn more about the case).
In another highly publicized case, Feller obtained an $18 million settlement from Erie Insurance Exchange in a landmark bad-faith action on behalf of the family of a teenager who sustained serious brain injuries in an auto accident. The case involved the insurer’s refusal to pay on a $100,000 policy. Feller uncovered a pattern of bad-faith conduct by Erie Insurance starting with an inexperienced adjuster all the way up to the senior claims examiner assigned to the accident. The outcome is believed to be the largest such “bad-faith” settlement with an insurer involving an underlying $100,000 policy in Pennsylvania history (read about the case).
In one of his most well-known cases, Feller recovered $6 million for the parents of Mariah Edwards, a 17-year-old girl from Montgomery County who died after a routine tonsillectomy performed at Abington Surgical Center. The recovery in Mitchell v. Abington Surgical Center was the largest settlement involving medical malpractice publicly reported in Pennsylvania in 2012, according to The Legal Intelligencer.
Feller uncovered that after the uncomplicated outpatient surgery, nurses in the post-anesthesia care unit at Abington Surgical Center had given Mariah Edwards Fentanyl, a potent narcotic, and failed to properly monitor her respiratory condition for more than 20 minutes. In that time, her respiratory condition worsened and went unobserved by PACU nurses. As a result, Mariah suffered respiratory arrest and hypoxic brain injury and died 15 days later.
Feller’s work on the case raised awareness of the dangers of post-operative / recovery room care, and was featured in a Special Investigative Report by 6ABC WPVI TV in Philadelphia. In addition to obtaining the record recovery, Feller’s involvement in the case prompted the surgical center to improve patient safety to ensure that the tragedy never happens again. Improvements included requirements: for one-to-one post surgery nurse-to-patient care; that monitors can no longer be muted; and that nurses can no longer close curtains to obstruct the line of site to patients (learn more about the case).
In July 2018, Feller reached a $5 million settlement in a lawsuit alleging administrators at the Somerset Area School District in Pennsylvania failed to prevent a teacher from sexually abusing a student for years. The case involved Stephen Shaffer, a science teacher, who began physically and mentally abusing the student when she was 14 (learn more about the case).
Feller recovered $6 million in another recent sexual abuse case. This one involved a girl who was assaulted at a Pennsylvania summer camp.
Feller also has distinguished himself with remarkable results in the highly specialized area of birth injury litigation, with some of the largest recoveries of their kind in the region. Among his most impressive recoveries were for families of children who suffer from cerebral palsy and other brain / neurological injuries, as well as women who were seriously injured during labor and delivery. Feller’s work has resulted in the recovery of more than $150 million for families of injured children in cases involving the delay in delivery, uterine rupture, lack of oxygen, neonatal infections and children born prematurely.
- $14 million for the family of a child who was brain damaged as a result of a doctor’s failure to properly address warning signs from fetal heart monitoring tests.
- $11 million for a child born with cerebral palsy as a result of errors made by doctors during labor and delivery.
- $9 million for a child who is now wheelchair bound as a result of malpractice. Feller showed during the case that doctors had failed to order standard tests after birth that would have determined the newborn suffered from a serious viral infection.
He also obtained a remarkable multimillion recovery for the family of a child who, as a result of medical negligence, was born prematurely with severe injuries including a lung disorder. Feller demonstrated that doctors had failed to offer the mother a simple procedure known as a cervical cerclage, which could have extended the pregnancy and prevented the injuries to her baby. Feller also obtained a multimillion settlement for an infant who suffered brain damage at a community hospital. In that case, Feller proved that a nurse-midwife and two nurses failed to recognize and manage fetal distress during labor. Feller was able to establish that the fetal heart rate monitoring strips were concerning, an indication that an emergency C-section should have been performed earlier.