Skip to main content
Find a Lawyer

Enter legal issue and location

Michelle A. Paznokas - Philadelphia, PA

1525 Locust StreetFloor 19 Philadelphia, PA 19102 - 3719

Updated: 08/01/2023

Overview

Michelle A. Paznokas knew more about plaintiff law – especially winning big cases -- than many practicing attorneys before her first official day as a lawyer at Kline & Specter.

That was because she worked for more than a year on some of the firm’s major victories as a law clerk while attending the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, where she not coincidentally was among the school’s top graduates and an editor on the Law Review...

Michelle A. Paznokas knew more about plaintiff law – especially winning big cases -- than many practicing attorneys before her first official day as a lawyer at Kline & Specter.

That was because she worked for more than a year on some of the firm’s major victories as a law clerk while attending the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, where she not coincidentally was among the school’s top graduates and an editor on the Law Review.

Paznokas was involved in the background workings – drafting motions, developing theories of liability, consulting with expert witness – on a number of important cases, including the Center City Salvation Army building collapse litigation that produced an arbitrator’s award of $95.6 million for a single plaintiff, the largest personal injury recovery in Pennsylvania history.

She also assisted on a case that resulted in a $10.1 million medical malpractice verdict against Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in litigation involving a delayed diagnosis of meningitis. The verdict was upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Paznokas also found the time during law school to work several internships, including with the Philadelphia Law Department and HIAS, an organization which helps protect refugees and assists them in building new lives and reuniting with the family members.

She graduated sixth and magna cum laude in her class at Kline Law while also serving as notes editor for the Law Review and authoring a 34-page article exploring flaws in the Special Immigration Juvenile Status (SIJS) statute enacted in 1990 to protect undocumented children fleeing parental abuse or neglect.

She was the school’s Criminal Law Dean’s Scholar for Prof. Adam Benforado, helped first year law students understand criminal law and conducted weekly classes on difficult concepts, while also meeting with students one-on-one. Paznokas co-created and presented public workshops and did pro-bono work on estate planning and immigration. She is currently liaison committee chair for the Kline Law American Inn of Court and co-professor at the school for Writing Strategies for the Bar.

Among her many honors were the CALI Excellence Award given for the best student performance in medical malpractice, the Rising Advocate Scholarship, the FirstTrust Bank Award in Business and Entrepreneurship and the Carolyn Agger Award for Excellence in Federal Taxation.

Paznokas, who is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, did her undergraduate work at Temple University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She also founded and was music director for an a cappella group at Temple. Paznokas, who is proficient in Spanish, trained in voice and several instruments, including guitar, drums and piano. She danced competitively with the Broad Street Entertainers through high school and later danced with Onstage & Off, a theater company based in Lansdale.

About Michelle A. Paznokas

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Attorney

Languages

  • Spanish

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Other Affiliations

  • Kline Law American Inn of Court (Committee Chair)

Education

  • Drexel University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    J.D.
    Honors: Criminal Law Dean’s Scholar
    Law Review: Law Review, Editor
  • Temple University
    B.A.

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Phi Beta Kappa

Achievements

Honors

  • CALI Excellence Award
  • Rising Advocate Scholarship
  • FirstTrust Bank Award in Business and Entrepreneurship
  • arolyn Agger Award for Excellence in Federal Taxation

Photo

Office Information

Address

1525 Locust StreetFloor 19 Philadelphia, PA 19102 - 3719

Fax

  • (215) 772-1359

Accepts Credit Cards

Yes

When viewing a listing, consider the state advertising restrictions to which lawyers and law firms must adhere, as well as our FindLaw.com Legal Directory disclaimer. Some lawyers publish comparative information regarding the services that they provide which may be subject to specific comparative communications restrictions.

Write Your Review

Fields marked with an * are required

1. Rating

Overall rating

How would you rate your overall experience with this lawyer?

Use the up and down arrows to increase or decrease the rating

Please Rate
Optional ratings
Value
Please Rate
Quality Of Service
Please Rate
Professional Competence
Please Rate

2. Review

Please share your opinion of working with this attorney. Do not reveal personal information or details about your case. All submitted reviews are shared with the attorney prior to publishing.

Your feedback must be at least 50 characters.Your review must be at least 50 characters
I would recommend this attorney to friends and family:

3. Verification

Keep my name anonymous from public view:
Customer Type
Please choose one

Unable to send request

By submitting this form you agree to receive email communications from FindLaw related to the management of your review.

Privacy Statement Contact Lawyer FAQ

Call us at 215-253-3211

Fields marked with an * are required

Preferred contact method
Unable to send request
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this web site is intended to convey general information. It should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. It is not an offer to represent you, nor is it intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The use of the internet or this contact form for communication is not necessarily a secure environment. Contacting a lawyer or law firm email through this service will not create an attorney-client relationship, and information will not necessarily be treated as privileged or confidential.

Firm Address

Fax:
(215) 772-1359
Google Map
1525 Locust StreetFloor 19 Philadelphia, PA 19102 - 3719

Find a Lawyer

More Options