An acclaimed and proven trial attorney. Over $50,000,000 recovered for clients.

RICHARD J. HOLLAWELL

Personal Injury Attorney

Since 2001, Richard J. Hollawell has become one of the most successful personal injury attorneys in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York representing clients that were seriously injured or families that had lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of others.  He uses his experience, knowledge and tenacity to fight hard for his clients, and to see that justice is served. Mr. Hollawell handles a broad range of personal injury cases and he has been recognized nationally as a pioneer in battling against  doctors and pharmaceutical companies for their role in causing the epidemic of addiction and death from opioids and other prescription drugs. He also focuses on holding insurance companies responsible when they act in bad faith towards policyholders with his extensive work in the related field of insurance bad faith.

Vast Knowledge of Insurance Company Tactics

Richard J. Hollawell (Rick) has first-hand knowledge when it comes to knowing exactly how insurance companies operate. Prior to becoming an attorney he worked as an insurance claims adjuster at two of the country’s largest and well-known property and causality insurance companies. He was responsible for investigating, negotiating and settling personal injury claims that were brought against the companies policyholders. Mr. Hollawell is ahead of the game when it comes to knowing how insurance adjusters operate and the tactics they use to limit payouts and knows that insurance companies are not on your side. His insider knowledge of the insurance industry gives him the edge to get the maximum results for his clients.

Education

Richard Hollawell received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Fordham University in 1990‚ and his law degree from Widener University School of Law in 2001. At Fordham‚ Mr. Hollawell’s hard work and competitive spirit earned him the Fordham University Presidential Scholarship‚ and the Vincent Lombardi Memorial Award for Leadership and Athletic Achievement. At Fordham he served as the captain of the football team and was a two-time All American. He is licensed to practice law in New Jersey‚ Pennsylvania‚ and New York.

Results

Throughout his career Mr. Hollawell has obtained millions of dollars for clients from settlements and verdicts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Case Results

Medical Malpractice:

A $4,500,000 jury trial verdict after a three week trial for the family of a client who died as a direct result of a doctor overprescribing highly addictive painkillers in increasing doses.

Overprescription:

A $1,140,000 total settlement from a doctor who had been overprescribing prescription painkillers and the dispensing pharmacy that led to the patient becoming addicted and subsequently dying from the prescription drugs.

Motor Vehicle Accident – Drunk Driver:

A $1,075,000 settlement for a dram shop case against a bar/restaurant for over-serving a patron who ultimately got behind the wheel of a car intoxicated, seriously injuring our two clients who were passengers in the vehicle when the driver lost control of his car and crashed.

Wrongful Death:

A $925,000 settlement for the family of a man who died as a result of his doctor overprescribing fatal amounts of prescription pain medications. The doctor failed to provide any treatment for the patient and only prescribed painkillers that escalated each time the patient returned for visits.

Personal Injury:

A $900,000 settlement for a minor child who was seriously and permanently injured as a result of being run over by a forklift at a family member’s workplace, an industrial area where the child was not ever supposed to be near.

Personal Injury:

A $859,000 verdict in the case of a client who was struck by a recycling can that had become dislodged from the mechanical arms of the truck and then launched over the truck striking our client causing her to sustain an injury to her neck necessitating surgery.

Overprescribing:

An $825,000 settlement in the case of a patient who passed away from an opiate overdose.

Truck Accident:

A $750,000 settlement to our client, a commercial tractor trailer driver who was stopped on the side of the road when he was struck by another tractor trailer driver who had lost control of their vehicle. The accident caused our client to sustain severe injuries to his spine necessitating multiple surgeries.

Overprescribing:

A $700,000 settlement for the family of a man who’s doctor overprescribed him multiple and fatal amounts of prescription painkillers.

Hit And Run Accident:

A $635,000 settlement for our client , a minor, who was riding his bicycle when he was struck by a car. The driver then fled the scene leaving him on the side of the road with a serious head fracture and fractured leg. The driver then hid their damaged vehicle in their garage for days until a neighbor reported to police that their car matched the description of the vehicle involved in the accident. The injuries our client sustained were so catastrophic that he required an extended stay in the hospital and months of physical therapy. Due to the trauma, our client had no recollection of the accident. The family immediately contacted Richard Hollawell and he worked along with the accident reconstruction specialists to recreate the series of events. We were able to prove that the driver committed the accident and they were held liable for their negligent and reckless actions. They plead guilty to fleeing the scene of the accident and served jail time for offenses.

Personal Injury/Premises Liability:

A $600,000 settlement in a case when a minor child was partially blinded when another child threw a stick at him that struck him in the eye. In addition to resolving with the homeowner’s insurance for the child that threw the stick, we successfully obtained another settlement with the homeowner where the large pile of sticks remained for months just adjacent to an elementary school as well as the landscape company that left the pile of sticks.

Personal Injury:

A $450,000 settlement in the case of a pedestrian who’s foot was ran over resulting in their big toe being severed when a commercial truck ran a red light as they were crossing the street.

Personal Background

Mr. Hollawell currently resides in Southern New Jersey with his wife, daughter and son. In his spare time he enjoys the beaches of Cape May, NJ and traveling with his family.

If you’ve recently been injured in an accident or at the negligence of another, you need a highly experienced attorney who has the compassion for his clients, and the tenacity, strength and will to achieve justice and maximum results. Your case will be handled ethically and honestly.

At Richard J. Hollawell and Associates we are personally committed to you and we will be on your side every step of the way.

In The News

 Philly doctor linked to 4 opioid deaths won’t get his medical license back: The Pennsylvania Board of Osteopathic Medicine refused Wednesday to let Thomas C. Barone, a pain management physician whose prescribing practices were linked to the deaths of four patients, return to his Center City practice. Read the full story here.

Opioid Epidemic rages as DOJ refuses a Freedom of Information (FOI) request!: Attorney Richard Hollawell has been seeking the very sought after 120 page report on Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin that caused the US Attorney’s office in Abingdon, VA to charge the pharmaceutical company in 2007 with criminally marketing their killer drug.  Three executives from Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty in Federal Court to the charges, Michael Friedman, Howard Udell and Paul Goldenheim.  Read the article.

Guns, Money & Sex – How One Company Sold Fentanyl: The Palm Beach Post wrote a story detailing a pending lawsuit filed by former Insys sales rep, Maria Guzman. In the lawsuit, she claims that the company bribed doctors to prescribe Subsys. Subsys is the Fentanyl-based opioid that Sarah Fuller was prescrived and later overdosed on.

Doctors Escape Punishment For Profiting Off Prescribing OpioidsRaycom media investigated the careers of doctors who were part of Insys’s controversial speaking program. Despite accepting money from a pharmaceutical company and then prescribing the medication, many doctors who were part of this program are still allowed to practice medicine. Raycom interviewed Mr. Hollawell about one of his pending lawsuits for their story.

Opioid Regulation and Big Pharma: WSFA, a local NBC news station in Alabama, recently wrote about the opioid crisis and big pharma. They interviewed Richard Hollawell about his lawsuits against drug manufacturers and how those companies skirt the government’s insufficient regulation.

America’s Most Dangerous Drug Dealers: NowThis Weed, a division of the popular Facebook news page NowThis, used the story of Sarah Fuller to highlight how America’s most dangerous drug dealers make billions.

Insys Allegedly Used Models To Entice Doctors To Prescribe Subsys: My Palm Beach Post investigation found that Alec Burklakoff, hired former exotic dancers, Playboy models to get doctors to prescribe their drug. According to the charges, Alec Burklakoff helped oversee these hires personally. According to a shareholder lawsuit, Mr. Burklakoff allegedly said “If you keep (patients) on (Subsys) for four months, they’re hooked. … Then they’ll be on it a year, maybe longer,” to a training class for new sales representatives.

Subsys Left Victims Addicted Or Dead: As part of their investigation, My Palm Beach Post profiled patients who became addicted to Subsys, including Sarah Fuller. When Sarah Fuller was hospitalized in 2015 due to a severe reaction to the drug, the hospital recommended she stop taking Subsys. Instead, Sarah’s doctor said her body just needed time to adjust to the spray and encouraged her to continue taking it. Sarah died from an overdose a year later.

Local Columnist Wonders if New Anti-Drug Policy Will Target Pill-Pushers:Salem News journalist reported on President Trump’s proposal to consider the death penalty for drug dealers. The journalist wonders if the same treatment will extend to pharmaceutical companies addicting their patients to opioids, citing the pending case of Sarah Fuller and Insys Therapeutics.

Insys Accused Of Bribing Doctors: An explosive report came out in March 2018 from New York City. According to the unsealed indictment, five NYC doctors apparently accepted more than $800,000 and other lavish gifts to prescribe Subsys to unsuspecting patients. This federal indictment accuses Insys reps of tactics similar to those we accuse them of in the lawsuit we filed on behalf of the Sarah Fuller estate.

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SUCCESS STORIES

$1.65 Million Settlement

A $4,500,000 jury trial verdict (Settled for $1.65 million while jury was in deliberation) for the family of a client who died as a direct result of a doctor overprescribing highly addictive painkillers in increasing doses.

$1.14 Million Settlement

A $1,140,000 total settlement from a doctor who had been overprescribing prescription painkillers and the dispensing pharmacy that led to the patient becoming addicted and subsequently dying from the prescription drugs.

$1.08 Million Settlement

A $1,075,000 settlement for a dram shop case against a bar/restaurant for over-serving a patron who ultimately got behind the wheel of a car intoxicated, seriously injuring our two clients who were passengers in the vehicle when the driver lost control of his car and crashed.

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