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Edward F. Beitz Partner

Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.6277Fax 215.789.7643
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Ed Beitz focuses his practice on medical malpractice defense. He defends doctors, nurses, physicians assistants and hospitals at the trial and appellate levels, as well as general liability matters. Ed also handles excess insurance coverage matters.

Ed has successfully defended numerous medical malpractice cases at trial involving complex issues of the human anatomy, such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, nursing care, obstetrical complications, nerve injury and vascular injury. He has also tried multiple cases to defense verdicts before arbitration panels in Philadelphia County. Ed’s practice has involved a wide range of other medical specialties, including, bariatric surgery, pain management and emergency medicine.

Ed has authored briefs on appellate issues in healthcare and coverage matters to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, The New Jersey Appellate Division and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He has also written and developed articles and presentations on emerging issues in medical malpractice, such as the increased relevance of electronic medical records in the context of civil litigation. Recently, Ed has presented to medical residents about the elements of medical malpractice claims and related developments, trends and strategies to deal with claims.

While in law school, Ed served as the Lead Articles Editor on the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion. He also participated in Rutgers' Hunter Moot Court Tournament, where he placed as a finalist and was appointed to the National Moot Court Team.

Upon graduation, Ed served as law clerk to the Honorable Judge Francine I. Axelrad of the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Representative Matters

  • Represented nurses in case involving alleged nerve injury
  • Represented neurosurgeon in case involving allegations of permanent nerve injury, reoperation and allege permanent disability
  • Represented cardiothoracic surgeons in a case involving the death of a patient due to complications during aortic valve replacement and cardiac bypass; tried case with partner to defense verdict
  • Represented a large Pennsylvania health and hospital system in numerous medical malpractice cases involving permanent injuries, impairments and death
  • Tried multiple premises liability arbitrations to defense verdicts on behalf of a regional drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic

Recognition & Involvement

Ed currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association for a 2015-2017 term.

Ed currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Lawyers Club.

Ed was the 2014 Chair of the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Ed was selected in a survey of his peers as a Pennsylvania "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Since 2010, Ed has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants. Ed was also recently recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2021 Medical Malpractice "Lawyer of Year" in Philadelphia.

In his time away from the office, Ed enjoys spending time with his two small children, and occasionally sleep when those children rarely allow it. He also likes to travel and listen to live music. 


Practice areas

Bar and Court Admissions


New Jersey


Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, JD, 2006

LaSalle University, magna cum laude, BA, 2002 

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