Donald Belfie, Jr.
Don Belfie joined the firm in 2006. He was previously an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the District Attorney of Chester County from 2003 to 2006. During his time as an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Belfie prosecuted hundreds of cases and tried dozens of jury and non-jury trials.
Mr. Belfie focuses his practice on medical malpractice litigation. He has extensive experience in the defense of healthcare providers, hospitals and health systems from the start of a client’s case through appeal. Mr. Belfie also specializes in commercial, auto and general liability, products liability and criminal defense.
Mr. Belfie graduated from East Stroudsburg University and Widener University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Mr. Belfie was selected as a “Rising Star” attorney by both Philadelphia Magazine and by Law and Politics in 2012, 2013 and 2014. “Rising Stars” are chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law and Politics as being among the top-up-and-coming lawyers in Pennsylvania. Only 2.5 percent of Pennsylvania attorneys receive this honor each year.
Mr. Belfie was born and raised in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. He currently resides with his wife, Katie, and his two children, Donny and Gianna, in Chester County.
Mr. Belfie recently successfully defended an oncologist and oncology nurse that were accused of failing to properly administer chemotherapy medication to a patient. The patient alleged that as result of an extravasation of medication, she developed blood clots and needed to be hospitalized. The case was tried before a jury in the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County. The jury unanimously found that the care provided by the oncologist and oncology nurse was appropriate and did not cause any injury to the patient.
Mr. Belfie recently successfully defended a bus company and its driver in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. The Plaintiff alleged that she suffered injuries to her neck and back when a SEPTA bus she was a passenger in was sideswiped by the bus. A judgment was entered in favor of the bus company and its driver after it was proven that Plaintiff’s injuries were pre-existing and not caused by the motor vehicle accident.
Mr. Belfie recently successfully defended a bus company and its driver in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. The Plaintiff alleged that she suffered injuries to her neck and back when she fell out of her seat when the bus “unexpectedly jerked violently”. A judgment was entered in favor of the bus company and its driver after it was proven that Plaintiff was standing and not sitting in her seat before she fell to the ground. Mr. Belfie was able to find and call as witnesses several passengers on the bus that testified that the bus did not jerk, shake or move unexpectedly during the entire trip.
Mr. Belfie recently successfully defended a bus company and its driver in the United States Eastern District of Pennsylvania where it was alleged that the bus rear ended a taxi cab as the taxi cab was picking up a passenger. The taxi cab driver sued the bus company and its driver alleging that as a result of the accident he suffered serious injuries to his neck and back that prevented him from working. The taxi cab driver sought damages in excess of $125,000.00. A judgment was entered in favor of the bus company and its driver after it was proven that the taxi cab driver caused the accident when he cut in front of the bus.
Mr. Belfie recently successfully defended a family physician, certified nurse and medical assistant accused of failing to timely diagnose and treat a patient’s mental illness. The patient subsequently committed suicide. The estate alleged that the physician and his staff failed to recognize the patient’s mental illness, failed to refer him to a mental health professional and prescribed medication that exacerbated his mental illness. From thoroughly investigating the claims, Mr. Belfie learned that the decedent had been evaluated by three different psychiatrists within one year of his death and that it was recommended by each psychiatrist that he receive mental health treatment. The decedent never followed up with any of the recommendations from the psychiatrists. Mr. Belfie also discovered that the decedent never took any of the medication that allegedly exacerbated the decedent’s mental illness and contributed to his suicide. The case was eventually dismissed. The case was in Montgomery County.
Mr. Belfie recently successfully defended a nurse midwife in Montour County. It was alleged that the nurse midwife inappropriately administered medication to a woman in labor despite signs that her fetus was in distress. It was also alleged that the nurse midwife failed to timely recommend delivery by cesarean section. The fetus suffered from oxygen deprivation and was born with cerebral palsy. The nurse midwife was dismissed from the case after Mr. Belfie successfully argued that the Plaintiff’s expert medical witnesses were not qualified to provide expert testimony against the nurse midwife and that their opinions were insufficient as a matter of law to prove that the nurse midwife’s actions caused any damage to baby.
Mr. Belfie recently successfully defended a property owner in Philadelphia. It was alleged that the owner of the property failed to clear snow and ice from a parking area in front of the property. Mr. Belfie proved that the property owner had hired a company to remove snow and ice from the area where the Plaintiff had fallen. Mr. Belfie also proved that the property owner took reasonable steps to clear the area from snow and ice. Mr. Belfie was successful on his Motion for Summary Judgment and the case was dismissed against the property owner.