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Daniel J. Ferhat Partner

Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.6297Fax 215.789.7650
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Dan Ferhat focuses his practice on medical malpractice litigation and general liability matters. As a trial lawyer, he defends hospitals, physicians, nurses and other healthcare practitioners against professional liability claims at the trial court and appellate court levels. He also defends corporations and other commercial enterprises against premises liability lawsuits.

Dan is called upon to defend a wide array of medical malpractice matters, including cases involving death, brain-damage, obstetrical complications, medication errors, orthopedic injuries, decubitus ulcers and surgical complications. 

Mindful of his clients’ litigation goals, Dan uses an aggressive and proactive approach to advocate for his clients. Whether it is conducting an out-of-state meeting via video conference or digitizing records so they can be electronically transmitted to experts and clients instantly, Dan always strives to achieve maximum results in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

Dan has substantial courtroom experience. In addition to his jury trial experience, he has independently taken cases to verdict before arbitration panels and judges. Dan often acts as Second Chair in medical malpractice lawsuits. He has also been retained to assist physicians in administrative proceedings before peer review credentialing committees.   

Dan has also assumed leadership roles with the firm and in the legal community. He formerly served on the firm's Executive Committee and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (PADC).

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended a commercial real estate company in a fall down case involving claims that the plaintiff suffered permanent injuries to her foot after falling from a bus. Dan tried the case over the course of three days and the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant. The case was successfully defended on appeal to both the Superior Court and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Successfully argued for the reinstatement of a surgeon in a health network following a credentialing committee’s decision to terminate. Along with the surgeon, Dan presented the appeal to a credentialing committee comprised of multiple physicians from varying specialties. Following the presentation to the credentialing committee, a decision was made to reinstate the surgeon back into the health network
  • Represented an emergency room physician in a case in involving an alleged failure to diagnose bacterial meningitis; tried to a defense verdict after seven days of trial
  • Represented a large regional hospital in Central Pennsylvania in a medical malpractice case involving the death of a 48 year-old woman who died in the hospital two days after undergoing uncomplicated surgery for breast cancer; case was tried over the course of three weeks and resulted in a defense verdict
  • Represented a prominent Philadelphia-based physician’s orthopedic practice group in five different malpractice cases, all of which resulted in defense verdicts
  • Tried a premises liability case to defense verdict for a national university involving claims that the plaintiff suffered significant physical injuries, including permanent injuries to her eye
  • Obtained summary judgment for a national university in a fall down case involving claims that a woman suffered significant and permanent injuries to her back and neck  

Recognition & Involvement

In 2010, 2014 and 2015, Dan was named a Pennsylvania "Rising Star" lawyer by Law & Politics magazine in a survey of his peers. Dan is also a Fellow of the Academy of Trial Advocacy. 

In his time away from the office, Dan enjoys running and spending time with his wife, four young daughters and son.


Bar and Court Admissions


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Widener University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2002 

Kutztown University, BS, 1998


Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel

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