Anthony E. Creato

Anthony E. Creato Esquire As an undergraduate, I went to Temple University on two scholarships. Even with the tuition at only $500 a semester, the scholarships were gifts without which it would have been difficult for me to attend school and for which I will always be indebted. I had wanted to be a lawyer from the time I was young and had believed that history would give me the research and writing experiences that would be valuable as a lawyer. I became a member of the history honor fraternity and graduated with two scholarships to law school

I went to Temple University Law School in 1967 and became a member of Temple's Law Review - The Temple Law Quarterly - as an author, editor, and business manager. My article, titled, "One Step Beyond the Zone of Danger upon Recovery for the Negligent Infliction of Mental Distress", appeared in the spring issue of the Temple Law Quarterly in 1970, published before I graduated, as scheduled, and later had been cited in several appellate court cases.

When I graduated, I received the American Jurisprudence award for excellent achievement in the study of Local Government and placed in the top 5 of my class.

During the summer of my second year at Temple, I had clerked at Mesirov, Gelman, Jaffe, Cramer, & Jamieson where I had been exposed mainly to litigation. At the end of the summer, I accepted an offer to return full time when I graduated and had been there until 1999.

Before and after I started at Mesirov, I read articles and books on litigation and the Rules of Civil Procedure from cover to cover, attended seminars on litigation, observed trials (whether our clients had an interest in the case or not), observed and took as many depositions as I could, and volunteered to go (and went) to court on a moment's notice. I trained to litigate. At first, I assisted others, then tried cases in Municipal Court (we had represented the Philadelphia Housing Authority at the time and I would be in court on 40 cases a week), then arbitrations, later bench trials and then jury trials and appellate arguments. I trained under aggressive, skillful litigators who brought me along patiently, meticulously, thoroughly. I am still indebted to them.

In January 1978, I became a partner at Mesirov. Although I served on the Finance, the Hiring, and the Quality Assurance Committees, and took part in training seminars for associates, my reason for being a lawyer had always been litigation, no matter what the area or forum.

My practice has covered the entire gambit of litigation. I have represented individuals bringing claims, hospitals, physicians, a law firm, lawyers, the court, insurance companies, governmental agencies, accounting firms, builders, developers, banks, cartoonists, and movie studios in cases involving a hospital's right to an exemption from local property taxes, medical malpractice, personal injury, physician rights, intellectual property, anti trust, RICO, fraud, construction, counterfeiting, insurance coverage, domestic relations, professional malpractice, and will contests. I have also written articles on the Statute of Limitations, physician rights, equitable distribution, alimony, support, divorce, preservation of wealth, and have spoken to professional and lay groups on litigation. I have given seminars for the Pennsylvania Bar Association on demonstrative evidence and on Pennsylvania and Federal evidence and have conducted in house seminars on trial advocacy. I am rated "A V" in Martindale-Hubbell, a set of volumes that rates and provides biographies of lawyers. I am on the Fee Disputes Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association and had been a. member of the Judicial Selection and Reform Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Judicial Compensation and Retirement Committee on the Philadelphia Bar Association. I have also been selected to provide private mediation.

In April 2003, I established my own practice.