DAVID S. SHRAGER
David S. Shrager was a familiar face - not only in Philadelphia legal circles,
but among personal injury attorneys nationwide. With his passing in 2005,
our firm lost more than an outstanding leader, unwavering advocate, and
brilliant litigator - we lost a dear friend.
Though David asked to be remembered simply as "an honest lawyer who
just tried to help people," he left a much more significant legacy.
In Philadelphia, many colleagues remember him as a caring mentor and a
"trial lawyer's lawyer" who always took the time to provide
David was among the first to volunteer legal aid when it was needed. After
the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, David was one of the first
lawyers to volunteer for Trial Lawyers Care, the largest and most successful
pro bono legal service programs ever undertaken. He also convinced his
fellow attorneys at Shrager, Spivey & Sachs to contribute to the cost
of the organization in lieu of our annual holiday party.
David was the founder of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and
served as its president from 1971 to 1972. He also served as president
of the American Association of Justice - AAJ - and was serving a term
on the AAJ Executive Committee when he passed away. From 1985 to 1988,
David served as president of the Roscoe Pound Institute and as chairman
of the Pennsylvania State Bar Association's Civil Litigation Section.
He was a member of the Board of Overseers of the RAND Institute of Civil
Justice for six years and the Civil Procedural Rules Committee for the
Pennsylvania Supreme Court. David also helped form the Trial Lawyers for