Robert J. Mongeluzzi has been named a member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, effective April 1, 2021.
As president and a founding partner of Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky, Mongeluzzi’s practice focuses on catastrophic personal and wrongful death matters. He has extensive experience in construction accidents, product liability cases, and transportation disasters, and his firm has been called the top construction accident attorneys in the country.
Mongeluzzi was inducted into the National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame in 2018, was awarded the Legal Intelligencer Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, and was the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers 2019 Michael A. Musmanno award honoree. He has regularly placed second out of Pennsylvania’s 65,000 attorneys in the annual peer reviewed SuperLawyers poll, and he was elected and served as President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the highly selective International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
He has numerous records for the largest verdicts or settlements in Pennsylvania history – with more than 400 verdicts and settlements in excess of a million dollars and six cases with verdicts or settlements of $100 million or more. Mongeluzzi has been lead counsel in nearly every high profile disaster in the region including the Pier 34 collapse at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, the Tropicana Casino collapse in Atlantic City, the Duck Boat disaster on the Delaware River, and the Salvation Army collapse in Center City Philadelphia. He was co-liaison counsel and served on the Plaintiffs’ Management Committee for the litigation arising from the 2015 Amtrak 188 derailment in North Philadelphia.
Mongeluzzi founded and has chaired the American Trial Lawyers of America Crane and Aerial Lift Litigation group. He has handled scores of these specialized cases and has multimillion-dollar results in crane accidents such as powerline contact, tipover, two-blocking, and cases arising from improper crane operation and faulty design. He also established and chairs the Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s Electrical Accident Group, as he and his firm have handled scores of electrical accident cases that involve accidental contact with overhead powerlines, dig-in contacts, transformer explosions, and wiring defects.
After attending the University of Pennsylvania, he attended the Fordham University School of Law where he was a Commentary Editor of the Law Review. He returned to law school in 1994 as part of the first class in Temple University School of Law’s LL.M in Trial Advocacy program. He is a frequent author and lecturer on trial advocacy, construction, and workplace accidents.
The Disciplinary Board was created by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to review conduct and assure compliance by all attorneys to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct. The Board assists the Supreme Court in the licensing and discipline of attorneys in Pennsylvania. Its mission is to protect the general public, maintain a high standard of integrity in the legal profession, and safeguard the reputation of the courts of Pennsylvania.
Disciplinary Board members, which include ten lawyers and two non-lawyers from across the Commonwealth, meet regularly to decide cases, policies, and board administrative matters. All members of the Disciplinary Board serve as unpaid volunteers.