Jonathan D. Herbst

Jonathan D. Herbst

Office:Philadelphia, PA
Phone:(215) 931-5822
Cell:(215) 813-3888

Jonathan. Herbst is a career insurance defense trial lawyer with over 150 jury trials to verdict. Mr. Herbst also has extensive arbitration, mediation, and appellate experience in both the state and federal courts. Mr. Herbst has defended vehicle operators, architects, engineers, contractors, owners, physicians, dentists, chiropractors, realtors, attorneys, and product manufacturers.


  • Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University (J.D.)
  • Pennsylvania State University (B.A.)


  • AV Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Barrister, Order of Centurions

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions:

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations:

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Diversity Law Institute
  • Trial Law Institute

Speaking Engagements and Presentations:

  • “Legal Issues for Pennsylvania Architects,” Half Moon Continuing Education, Fort Washington, PA
  • “Liability Issues in Playgrounds, Gyms, Playing Fields and Physical Education Classes,” Philadelphia, PA
  • “Defense of the Design Professional,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Charleston, SC
  • “Effective Cross Examination,” Pennsylvania Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • “Defending the Soils Engineer,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute Meeting of Invited Attorneys, San Francisco, CA
  • "How to Approach Construction Litigation,” for the series Inside The Minds, Aspatore Books
  • “Herbst’s Rules for Avoiding Malpractice Claims,” Half Moon Continuing Education
  • “Quick Tips on Preparing for and Conducting Cross-Examination,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • "Defending the Design Professional," Defense Research Institute
  • "Effective Cross-Examination," Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • "Proper Defense of the Soils Engineer," Meeting of Invited Attorneys

News and Verdicts:

Articles and Publications:

Representative Matters:

  • Defense verdict following jury trial - alleged architectural malpractice in failing to properly design an auditorium, resulting in personal injury, Marlowe v. Vincent Kling & Partners
  • Defense verdict following jury trial - alleged dental malpractice in failing to properly fit bridgework, Cohen v. J. T. Davis, DDS; Cernaglia v. A. Haris, DDS; and Hyatt v. Weisgold, DDS
  • Defense verdict following jury trial - alleged medical malpractice in failing to properly diagnose cancer, resulting in death, Harper Estate v. DiSiprio, M.D.
  • Defense verdict following jury trial - alleged failure to properly construct handrail resulting in personal injuries, Weber v. Addax Construction
  • Defense verdict following jury trial - alleged product liability in supplying a defective lubricant causing substantial financial loss, Crown Cork & Seal Company v. Chemed Corporation
  • Summary Judgment, Hain v. Sterling Engineering & Construction, statutory employer defense
  • Summary Judgment, Zimmer v. Mitchell & Ness, skiing accident, release valid
  • JNOV after jury trial, Davis v. B.F. Goodrich Company, product not unreasonably dangerous as a matter of law