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Rated 10 best for client satisfaction

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Emmett Madden named a Philadelphia Super Lawyer

Posted on June 4th, 2017

Emmett Madden is honored to receive a Philadelphia Super Lawyer award for 2017. This award is in recognition for his expertise and successes in personal injury and criminal defense cases.

From the Super Lawyers website: “Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.”

To view Emmett’s profile on Super Lawyers, please visit here.

Emmett Madden featured in Philadelphia Magazine

Posted on May 24th, 2017

ThePhillyLawyers and the Law Offices of R. Emmett Madden Esquire are pleased to announce that after a precedent setting year of successes, both in the personal injury and criminal defense courts, we have once again received the honor of being named a Philadelphia Super Lawyer. As featured in the most recent Philadelphia Magazine issue (June, 2017) and in Super Lawyers Magazine, we continue with record-breaking verdicts for those injured in major catastrophes, including building collapses, and serious truck, car, and motorcycle accidents. This includes our victory representing the lead witness and Plaintiff in the largest civil settlement in Philadelphia history, $227 million dollars. Read here and here.

Emmett Madden with Philadelphia skyline

In the field of criminal defense, we have obtained numerous not guilty verdicts for clients wrongly accused of rape, indecent deviant sexual intercourse, burglary, robbery, and other charges—which only after a full trial were our clients exonerated.

We are honored to receive this award once again and look forward to continuing serving those most in need.




Emmett Madden – top rated criminal defense attorney by NACDA

Posted on November 29th, 2016

Just in! The National Academy of Criminal Defense Law (NACDA) website just announced that this week Emmett Madden is one of their featured attorneys.

You can visit the site here.

Emmett Madden is rated by NACDA as one of the top ten criminal defense attorneys in Pennsylvania. Per NACDA, regarding their top ten list: “The very few attorneys (less than 1%) that are good enough to make our list have demonstrated an extraordinary amount of knowledge, skill, experience, expertise and success in their practice of criminal defense.”

Protecting your right to a speedy trial

Posted on June 29th, 2016

Recently a client from California was charged with a very serious crime. Over a decade ago, he left his girlfriend to live with family in California. Since that time, he had been living and working with little or no contact with his ex-girlfriend. Unbeknownst to him and shortly after moving away, his girlfriend’s daughter made serious sexual allegations against him. Aside from taking a police report and issuing a warrant, the local police department did nothing to try and find him. They never followed up with the family or the child. They did not look for any leads as to my client’s whereabouts or made any effort to locate him.

By the time he was arrested, much of the evidence that could have exonerated him had been destroyed. The child’s medical records no longer existed as her clinic closed. Her school had also closed and those records no longer existed. The place where she received counseling had been shut and those records were destroyed. Even the Children and Youth investigation records and police records had been destroyed due to closures over the last 10 years. My client was in a very difficult position of facing a trial where it was his word against his accuser. All the evidence that could have been used to exonerate him had been destroyed. Through no fault of his own, the evidence that could clear his name was gone. Ten years had passed and the police had done nothing. (more…)

Trucking accidents are becoming more dangerous

Posted on May 4th, 2016

An accident with a large transport truck is always extremely dangerous and often results in serious injury or death. Merely being on the road in between two trucks is enough to convince some to stay off the highways. A recent article in the Huffington Post illustrates the growing problem with truck accidents. Titled, “Trucks are Getting More Dangerous and Drivers Are Falling Asleep at the Wheel. Thank Congress: The inside story of how the trucking industry and politicians conspire to make our highways less safe.” The authors demonstrate how Congress has conspired with large shipping companies such as Walmart and Federal Express to lower the safety standards and increase profits at the public’s expense.

The article discusses many fatal trucking accidents where truck drivers were criminally negligent—from the accident that nearly killed actor Tracy Morgan, to one in July 2015 that killed a mother and two small children. And the horror is increasing. Drivers are pushed too hard, driving too long of hours, using stimulants, and exceeding the safety limitations. One cause of these accidents were less checks on drivers and companies to make sure that they followed the rules. There is a trend in the United States Congress that has deregulated the trucking industry, making it easier for drivers to drive for days on time without sufficient breaks. (more…)