Jack A. Bennardo, Jr. is an associate in the Health and Life Sciences Practice Group of Christie & Young, PC, resident in the Philadelphia office. Mr. Bennardo primarily focuses his practice on the defense of complex claims in the area of medical malpractice representing hospitals, physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers in matters filed in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.
A second-generation attorney with roots in Pennsylvania and New York, Mr. Bennardo received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Fordham University in 2005 where he was a member of ΦΣΤ, the National Philosophy Honor Society. Following his graduation from college, Mr. Bennardo worked on a variety of transactional matters (primarily commercial and residential real estate) as a legal assistant in his father’s law firm in Merrick, New York. He then went on to receive his J.D., cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law in 2011. In law school, he served as a staff writer and an associate editor for the Villanova Environmental Law Journal, tutored first year students in Property, and worked as a research assistant to Professor Joy Sabino Mullane.
Before joining the firm in 2017, Mr. Bennardo worked for several years in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas – as a judicial fellow to the Honorable Lisa M. Rau, as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Paula A. Patrick, and as a mass tort law clerk at the Complex Litigation Center under the Honorable Arnold L. New. In the course of his fellowship with Judge Rau, Mr. Bennardo observed seventeen settlement conferences and two civil jury trials and conducted research on various subjects; he also received a pro bono award for his service to the Philadelphia court system. During his judicial clerkship with Judge Patrick, he handled a variety of civil and criminal matters and drafted over seventy judicial opinions. As a mass tort law clerk, Mr. Bennardo assisted Judge New in efficiently disposing of complicated, high-profile cases involving pharmaceutical, medical device and asbestos-containing products.