Ruben Honik immigrated to the United States more than 50 years ago speaking not a word of English. He became the first member of his family to attend college and, subsequently, to obtain a professional degree. In the three decades since earning his law degree, Mr. Honik has achieved an extraordinary record of professional accomplishment, including the accolades and recognition of many from the civil trial bar, without ever forgetting, or straying very far from, his immigrant and working-class roots.
In cases spanning from environmental disasters to insurance and financial services fraud, from civil rights to product design defects, and from professional malpractice to mass torts, Mr. Honik has earned for his clients more than a half-billion dollars in verdicts and settlements over his distinguished career. No less importantly, his appellate advocacy has changed the law in numerous respects to help the victim and those in need of access to our civil courts. This record of accomplishment has earned him the title of Super Lawyer in the areas of class action, mass torts and environmental law.
Mr. Honik’s body of work, and his lifelong commitment to the ideals of justice and service, allowed him to be elected president of both the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association (1997-98) and the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (2007-08, now the Pennsylvania Association for Justice) with which he remains actively involved. He is the longtime past editor of The Verdict, the monthly newsletter of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, and is a frequent lecturer and writer in his areas of practice.
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Mr. Honik merged his practice with Richard Golomb in 1998 to form Golomb & Honik, a move declared among the top 10 lateral moves of the year by the Legal Intelligencer. Mr. Honik was previously a founding partner of Greitzer and Honik.
Mr. Honik graduated from Syracuse University in 1977 and earned his law degree from Rutgers University in 1980. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the First, Third, Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Mr. Honik is the father of two adult daughters and sons-in-law; is President of Congregation Kol Ami; serves on the Board of the American Association for Justice (AAJ); and is a lifelong runner with six completed marathons under his belt.