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 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 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 also assumed leadership roles within the firm and in the legal community. Dan previously served on the firm’s Executive Committee and was President of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (PADC), a local defense bar organization comprised of approximately 300 attorneys. The PADC was recognized nationally in 2020 as one of the premier local civil defense bar organizations in the United States by Defense Research Institute.
Recognition and Involvement
Recognition & Involvement
Dan is a Fellow of the Academy of Trial Advocacy. He serves as the Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Medical-Legal Committee, State Civil Litigation Section.
In his time away from the office, Dan enjoys running and spending time with his wife, four daughters and son.
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Widener University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2002
Kutztown University, BS, 1998
News & Insights
- 4.22.21 | Webinar
- 12.7.20 | Healthcare Alert
- 11.25.20 | Healthcare Alert
- Peer Review & Patient Safety Protections: The Impact of Recent Court Decisions and Preservation Strategies11.16.20 | PASHRM Webinar
- 'Keeping Cases Moving Forward' Is Top Priority for Daniel Ferhat and the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel9.9.20 | The Legal Intelligencer
- 6.9.20 | Litigation Alert
- 6.5.20 | Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Report
- 4.24.20 | Healthcare Alert
- Will Pennsylvania Join Other States and Provide Immunity for Healthcare Workers Treating COVID-19 Patients?4.15.20 | Healthcare Alert
- Making the Stars Align in Your Healthcare System: The Growing Importance of Transparency in Patient Experiences3.12.20 | Healthcare Bulletin
- Pennsylvania Senate Report on the Anticipated Impact of the Proposed Repeal of the Medical Malpractice Venue Rule Delayed by One Month1.3.20 | Healthcare Alert
- PA Superior Court Holds Attorney-Client Communications in Divorce Records are Discoverable in Medical Malpractice Case10.4.19 | Healthcare Alert
- PA Supreme Court Announces New Work Product Doctrine Waiver Analysis with Regard to Dissemination of Information to Third Parties6.24.19 | Healthcare Alert
- 6.20.19 | Healthcare Alert
- PA Supreme Court Confirms Risk/Complication Evidence Is Admissible for Standard of Care and Causation in Med Mal Cases6.19.19 | Healthcare Alert
- 4.9.19 | The Legal Intelligencer
- Pennsylvania Federal District Court Grants Summary Judgment on NIED Claim Involving an Alleged Negligent Diagnosis5.24.18 | Healthcare Alert
- 5.10.17 | Healthcare Talks
- What Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative May Mean for Health Information Managers and Professionals3.29.17 | Lorman Webinar
- 5.25.16 | Healthcare Alert
- Managing Cybersecurity in the Healthcare Industry: Best Practices Every Healthcare Organization Needs to Know5.3.16 | The Knowledge Group Webinar
- 3.18.16 | Healthcare Alert
- 3.9.16 | Cyber Law and Data Protection Alert
- Jury Research9.10.15 | The Legal Intelligencer “Litigation Summit” Seminar
- 8.26.15 | Healthcare Alert
- 5.7.15 | 2015 Healthcare Summit
- 2.15 | The Legal Intelligencer, Health Care Supplement
Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Philadelphia Bar Association
- 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