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Larry Bendesky

Adjunct Professor of Law


Larry Bendesky is the Managing Shareholder of Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky. He has handled more than 150 catastrophic injury and accident cases resulting in verdicts or settlements that have exceeded $1 million, and numerous cases over $10 million, including a $101 million settlement for the collapse of the Tropicana Hotel’s parking garage in Atlantic City. The Tropicana case was the largest settlement of a construction case in U.S. history.

Larry’s cases have focused primarily on construction accidents and product liability claims, but his experience spans a wide range of incidents, including building collapses, elevator and escalator failures, industrial equipment design defects, power tool defects, roadway design cases, motor vehicle accidents, and consumer product defects. Catastrophic accident cases are complicated, involve tens of thousands of documents, and dozens of fact and expert witnesses. Over his 30-year legal career, Larry has brought his relentless, detail-oriented approach to his cases and has made a significant difference in the lives of thousands of clients.

He has been named a Pennsylvania Superlawyer every year it has been awarded and has been named a Top 100 Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Superlawyer for the past 5 consecutive years. He has been listed among the Best Lawyers in America each of the past 10 years. Larry has lectured more than 80 times, teaching other lawyers about cross-examination, evidence, construction law and product liability. After graduating as the outstanding lawyer in his Masters in Trial Advocacy (LL.M.) class, Larry has become an Adjunct Professor in the LL.M. Program, and has been the Director of its Experts and Depositions Program.

Larry has always been drawn to the struggle individuals face when they do battle with big companies and their large law firms. Larry not only fights for his injured clients, but also feels an obligation to help those who cannot afford a lawyer for their legal problems, as he is active on the Board of Directors of Philadelphia Community Legal Services and Philadelphia Legal Assistance.

Larry’s leadership is not limited to SM&B and legal aid. He served as President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers’ Association from 2017-2018, and has been on its Board of Governors since 2008. He is also on the Board of Governors of the state trial lawyers’ association, PAJ, and is on the Board of Directors of the national trial lawyers’ association, AAJ, as Pennsylvania’s Delegate. He is on the Board of Directors of the Committee of 70 and was the President of the Temple American Inn of Court, a group of prominent lawyers and judges. Larry served at the request of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as a member of its Appellate Rules Committee from 2008 – 2014. Larry has also been a leader in his community, serving as a coach, Commissioner and President of Lower Merion Little League.