Stephen Raynes has distinguished himself in his representation of clients in serious injury and wrongful death cases, often in high profile cases, which he has done with a sensitivity and commitment to confidentiality. He has achieved million dollar and multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of his individual clients more than 80 times in the areas of general personal injury, medical malpractice, and product liability.
He has repeatedly been selected as one of the top 100 “Super Lawyers” not only in Philadelphia but throughout Pennsylvania. Every year since 2008, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America. He has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates, a nationally recognized organization of distinguished trial lawyers.
Mr. Raynes has represented clients in major international disasters including serving as co-counsel in the representation of the families of 15 passengers who were killed and the sole survivor in a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter crash off the coast of St. John’s, Newfoundland; in the representation of the family of a young doctor killed when the roof collapsed at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France; in the representation of the families of 2 pilots killed in a Bell helicopter crash in British Columbia; and in the representation of 1,354 Spanish hemophiliacs who became HIV infected as a result of contaminated blood products manufactured by international pharmaceutical companies.
Mr. Raynes also served on the Raynes McCarty team representing the family of the late Olympic wrestler David Schultz who was shot and killed by John DuPont. He was co-counsel in the New York Stock Exchange litigation prosecuted on behalf of all the NYSE seatholders challenging the terms of a multi-billion dollar deal that had been struck by the Exchange’s Board of Directors and its investment advisor.
He has advanced the law on behalf of injured victims in Pennsylvania’s appellate courts including in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, most recently in the case of Toney v. Chester County Hosp., 36 A.3d 83 (Pa. 2011). The Toney case is one of the most important pronouncements of the boundaries of a negligent infliction of emotional distress claim under Pennsylvania Law.