Joseph R. Podraza, Esq.


          Joseph R. Podraza  received a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Business and Finance in 1985 at The American University. He received his J.D. at Temple University School of Law in 1988, where he was a member of the Law Review and Moot Court Honor Society. He has been associated with Sprague & Sprague since 1993.

Mr. Podraza practices primarily in the specialties of complex civil litigation, commercial litigation and healthcare law and, as principal counsel or co-counsel, has secured multi-million dollar figure recoveries by way of verdicts or settlements while representing such varied clients as medical staff physicians, hospitals, law firms, sports teams, and automobile businesses. In September 2001, Mr. Podraza was trial counsel with Richard A. Sprague for the plaintiffs in a Wrongful Use of Process case which resulted in a jury verdict that represented the ninth largest verdict in the United States in 2001.

Mr. Podraza also has successfully defended large multinational corporations, large healthcare insurers, and other prominent business entities in high profile cases.

Mr. Podraza has successfully argued several landmark appellate cases in federal and state courts which involve such diverse subject matters as the parameters of the privilege afforded under the Pennsylvania Peer Review Protection Act and the reach of the federal False Claims Act in qui tam actions. He has published law review articles which have been cited in several opinions by federal and state appellate courts.

Mr. Podraza has received an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars and has been admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as well as the United States District Courts in Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Philadelphia Bar Association, where he serves on the Appellate Courts Committee.

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