As a third-generation defense attorney from Philadelphia, Jay Edelstein was born and bred to be a compassionate advocate for victims in need of representation. He has successfully won cases on behalf of his clients for the past 40 years, resulting in more than $50 million in settlements and verdicts. As the founder of Edelstein Law, Jay focuses his practice on the areas of personal injury litigation, auto injury, sexual abuse, slip and fall, dog bites, construction law, as well as litigation involving common carriers. As the firm's slogan states, "Jay gives victims a voice when they don't have one."
In staying true to this slogan, one of the most interesting aspects of Jay's legal career was his decision to transition from solely handling defense cases with insurance companies, to include plaintiff cases with the public as well. After being admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1979, Jay went to work at his father's firm, where he would remain until 1984, when he and four others co-founded a new practice.
In 1999, Jay decided to leave the practice he co-founded to begin Edelstein Law, LLP. His idea was to create a firm specifically designed to provide clients with the greatest experience at a more affordable cost. However, the competition of other large firms, which typically staff over hundreds of lawyers, led to the decision to expand Edelstein Law nationally, instead of locally. This national expansion yielded great results and developed many relationships in the rental car industry, such as Hertz, which has been a client for over 40 years. Edelstein Law, LLP now represents almost every rental car company in the United States, with the exception of Enterprise.
As a defense attorney, Jay spent the majority of his career keeping exposure down for Insurance companies, while helping them save money in the process. However, as a result of recent changes within the insurance industry, Jay has decided to transform Edelstein Law, LLP, by handling defense as well as plaintiff cases, creating an ideal practice to benefit both attorney and clients.
Through his passionate work, Jay knows he is making a difference by fighting for victims and has even developed a niche in his practice to focus on sexual assault, sexual abuse, and judicial misconduct involving children being taken from their families. Although he still handles defense cases, Jay sees protocols being added and changes being made as a result of his representation in plaintiff law. He enjoys being in a field where he feels his direct work is helping others.
Jay has been awarded the distinction of Super Lawyer of Pennsylvania for 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Only 5% of the state's attorneys receive this honor. In addition, Jay is AV rated with Martindale-Hubbel, the highest peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards. This AV rating is given to only 5% of attorneys worldwide.
Outside of his role as an attorney, Jay has been happily married to his lovely wife of 33 years. Together, they share three beautiful children and two rambunctious grandsons. Jay is also an advocate for those affected by substance abuse, actively serving as a member of The Philadelphia Board of Directors at Ashley Treatment Center and as Philadelphia counsel for Steps To Recovery, LLC.
Edelstein Law, LLP
230 South Broad Street, Suite 900
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102