Joe Dougherty co-hosts The Law Firm of Saltz, Mongelluzi and Bendesky Show with lawyers from one of the most reputable personal injury law firms in the nation.
Since its founding in 1998, Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky has developed a national reputation as one of the country’s most successful personal injury law firms. Led by partner and founder Bob Mongeluzzi, SMB has built upon its initial foundation as the leading Philadelphia firm for worksite injuries and medical malpractice to become a national powerhouse in construction and transportation accidents.
SMB is widely considered to be the go-to law firm in the U.S. for catastrophic construction accidents—particularly those involving building and worksite collapses, and incidents involving cranes and aerial lifts.
Over the last decade, it has also successfully handled several mass casualty events involving transportation, including the 2015 Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia. Building on that experience, it is currently representing many of the plaintiffs in the 2018 Branson, Missouri duck boat disaster that claimed 17 lives.
With a roster of nationally-known practitioners and formidable financial resources, SMB has taken on some of the country’s most complex, technical, data, and document-intensive cases and won.
Larry Bendesky is one of Pennsylvania’s most effective trial lawyers. Despite his decades of complex litigation practice, his workstyle remains very hands-on.
Larry Bendesky is the Managing Shareholder of Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky. He has handled more than 200 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 five 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 an 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 SMB 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.
Robert W. Zimmerman has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky clients and is a leader of the trial lawyer bar in the city of Philadelphia and throughout the state. For nine straight years between 2012 and 2020, Robert has been selected by his peers as a “Rising Star” in Philadelphia Magazine’s SuperLawyers edition, an honor reserved for the top 2.5 percent of attorneys under 40 years old. His results include a $124 million dollar verdict in an assault and battery case in Montgomery County, a confidential settlement mid-trial arising from an escalator derailment at the former Giants Stadium that seriously injured 8 individuals, and a $24 million dollar settlement mid-trial in a product liability action against an industrial machine manufacturer.
Robert has hands-on experience with the tools and equipment used by the construction workers he represents. He is a Certified Aerial Lift Operator, Forklift Operator, Crane Operator, Rigger, and Signalman. Robert has also completed the OSHA 10 hour workplace safety course, has taken courses in Architectural Drawings, and is certified in the use of Automated External Defibrillators and CPR.
Robert is a graduate of King’s College, in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where he was a member of the Mu Kappa Tau Honor Society and student government, and was the basketball team’s play-by-play radio broadcaster. He is currently a board member of the college’s Philadelphia alumni association.
Robert holds a law degree from the Villanova University School of Law (2008), where he served a judicial externship in the Civil Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and was a member of various legal interest groups, including the Pro Bono Society and Child Advocacy Law Association. As a member of Villanova’s Civil Justice Clinic, he was authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to represent clients who could not afford to hire attorneys in civil lawsuits while he was still in law school. Robert clerked during law school for one of Philadelphia’s major civil defense litigation firms before joining Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky in the summer of 2007.
In May 2011, Robert graduated from the nationally ranked LL.M. (Master’s of Law) in Trial Advocacy Program at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. He now serves as a Lecturer and Judge Instructor for the program.
Robert is a leader among the Pennsylvania legal profession and has been a board member of both the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association (PTLA) and Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJ). He is also a member of the Executive Committee of PAJ that is tasked with decision making responsibilities for the organization. He has been elected to the Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Divisions Executive Committee, where he served a three-year term and was elected Treasurer of the Executive Committee in 2015. He is a past President of the Future Leaders Section of PTLA Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Zimmerman has lectured and presented dozens of times at legal conferences and law schools, including at Temple University School of Law, Widener School of Law, and Villanova Law School, and to local, statewide, and national audiences at legal seminars. He was the co-chair of the 2018 Philadelphia Bar Association’s Bench Bar, an annual event that offers continuing legal education to lawyers and Judges who practice in Philadelphia County.
Robert was raised in Northeast Philadelphia and currently resides in Center City Philadelphia.