That summer, Specter shadowed Beasley
in almost everything he did, “soaking up
like a sponge,” he says, all that he observed,
particularly during a seven-week trial.
He watched the way Beasley prepared for
a case, painstakingly gathering every fact,
anticipating every variable. He watched how
Beasley questioned witnesses in court, and
how he was always prepared with incisive
follow-up questions. He watched how
Beasley remained relaxed at all times, how
he “rolled with the punches” and knew when
to push and when to pull. And he watched
how Beasley crafted his closing arguments
like an epic story, connecting to the jury with
just the right tone, pitch and pace.
The next fall, Specter returned to Penn
absolutely certain about what type of law
he wanted to practice.
“I loved everything about it,” says
Specter. “I loved that Jim Beasley
represented individual clients and could
achieve real results for their lives. And I
loved the idea of being able to advocate for
those same types of people one day.”
It didn’t take long for him to get the
chance. Specter went to work for Beasley
full time in 1984, seven weeks before he
was admitted to the bar. The following
month, he was immediately assigned to
represent a woman whose esophagus had
been perforated by a tube that a doctor had
placed down her throat. The case, recalls
Specter, was a disaster.
Specter knew so little about how to try
a case that he wasn’t even aware that in
Philadelphia County the presentation order
is plaintiff, defendant, then plaintiff again. So
when the defense lawyer finished his speech
and the judge asked Specter for his rebuttal,
the young lawyer shuffled nervously in his
chair and simply said, “Your honor, I think
everything’s been said that needs to be said.”
“That was monumentally incompetent
on my part,” recalls Specter with a chuckle.
“I was dumbstruck. If I had known I
had a chance to rebut the defendant, I
would have been taking notes to know
what to say. That was probably the most
embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to
me in the courtroom.”
To keep himself humble, Specter
has his original, handwritten closing
argument from that case framed and
hanging in his office.
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P.C. Schatz’s practice is devoted to civil litigation with
a special emphasis on personal injury, residential
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He is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for
Justice, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and
the Philadelphia Bar Association. Schatz graduated
from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s of Arts
in 1995 and received his J.D. from Widener University
School of Law in 1999, where he graduated cum laude.
He was admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania and New
Jersey in 1999. He is also admitted to practice in the
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania and
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey.
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resolved numerous cases in excess of $1 million. For
the past 17 years Christopher has handled all types of
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of which include wrongful death, medical malpractice,
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