Richard Golomb is managing shareholder and a founding partner of Golomb Spirt, PC. He has more than 35 years of experience representing those who have been catastrophically injured as a result of medical negligence, defective products, dangerous drugs, construction accidents and other personal injury claims. He also represents victims of consumer, banking and mortgage fraud in class actions.
Early in his career, Mr. Golomb was an associate, and then shareholder, with a Philadelphia personal injury firm representing catastrophically injured plaintiffs before striking out on his own in 1996. Since 1998, he has been a shareholder in Golomb Spirt, P.C., where he has served as counsel in more than 80 cases that resulted in million-dollar and multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for individual and class action clients.
Mr. Golomb has served in leadership in more than a dozen multi-district litigations in pharmaceutical, consumer class actions and anti-trust matters. As examples, Mr. Golomb has served on the Bank Overdraft MDL executive committee which, to date, has recovered more than $1.3 billion dollars for consumers charged excessive overdraft fees through the re-sequencing of their transactions and as liaison counsel in the Benicar MDL which settled for $358 million. He has also served as co-lead in a number of class actions against most of the major national banks for the deceptive sales and marketing of their payment protection products. To date, through these class actions and representation of various states through their Attorneys General, banks and credit card companies have been made to pay over $200 million. Additionally, Mr. Golomb currently serves in leadership positions in a number of MDL's and coordinated matters representing individuals in pharmaceutical mass tort cases, and represents more than 300 women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a result of their perineal use of talcum powder.
An active member of the bar, Mr. Golomb has served as president of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and as an elected member of the executive board of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He also served as an officer of the American Association for Justice for three years. As a governor for the American Association for Justice, Mr. Golomb was twice recognized with the Distinguished Service Award and is a three-time recipient of the Weidemann-Wysocki Association's Medal of Honor. He was also awarded the Citation of Excellence by the American Association for Justice for his pro bono service in representing families victimized by the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and was a finalist in AAJ's Trial Lawyer of the Year.
Mr. Golomb was honored by the Pennsylvania Association for Justice with the Distinguished Service Award in 2010 for a career advocating for the rights of innocent victims and the lawyers who represent them. He has also served as a trustee of the Civil Justice Foundation, a fellow of the Roscoe Pound institute, as the American Association for Justice's delegate to the Civil Justice Roundtable.
Additionally, Mr. Golomb served as an elected member of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association and as the chairman of that body's State Civil Committee. He served two terms as a hearing officer for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Board and was a member of the Judicial Selection and Retention Committee for five years.