James E. Beasley Sr. didn’t seem like the kind of kid who’d grow up to be a
fire-breathing legal showman, someone who seduced skeptical juries while
steamrolling over defense attorneys and judges. He was a high school dropout in
West Philadelphia, then drove trucks, buses and cabs after serving in the U.S. Navy
during World War II. But after graduating from Temple University School of Law,
he opened a Philadelphia shop where, over the next few decades, he’d try more
than 400 cases—including many personal injury and medical malpractice cases. He
represented a kid who’d lost his legs below the knee after hopping a train and falling
off. He represented a young man who’d been killed in a plane crash due to a faulty
pilot seat. His clients won hundreds of millions of dollars over the decades.
Here is his story, told posthumously by his former colleagues at The Beasley Firm.
FROM LEFT: Jim Colleran Sr., Nancy Fullam, Shanin Specter, Jim Beasley Jr., Tom Kline, Scott A. Bennett, Barbara Axelrod