Tribute to Stephen T. Saltz

Steven Saltz

The late Stephen T. Saltz, Esq., cofounded what is now the Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky personal injury law firm with Robert J. Mongeluzzi and Michael F. Barrett in 1998.

Prior to the firm's founding, the three had worked together for years as partners in a predecessor Philadelphia personal injury law firm.

Mr. Saltz's career as a personal injury attorney followed a distinguished public sector career that included representing indigent clients as a criminal defense attorney with the Philadelphia Defenders Association and, later, as a deputy Philadelphia City Solicitor, managing the city's Civil Rights Office.

During his nearly 40-year legal career, the former president of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association (1992-1993) developed a renowned reputation within the Philadelphia legal community as a relentless advocate for his clients while always following the highest ethical standards of legal practice. He was named one of Pennsylvania's "Super Lawyers" every year since the list was compiled until his death in 2006.

A 1967 graduate of the Villanova University School of Law, Mr. Saltz held an undergraduate degree from the University of Miami. He chaired the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary System between 1994 and 1996 following four years as a hearing examiner. He also was ajudge pro tempore, or temporary judge, for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for 15 years and served as a federal mediator for the U.S. District Court.

He was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association (1987-89) and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association (1992) and a seven-year member of the Temple American Inns of Court.

Born in 1941, Mr. Saltz died in 2006 following a long battle with cancer.

"In the midst of a prolonged, debilitating illness, Steve's spirit and selfless determination in pursuing cases on behalf of our clients with the same unflinching advocacy he always demonstrated was remarkable, but totally characteristic of him," recalls Mr. Mongeluzzi. "In the legal profession it's rare to find an attorney who is universally liked on all sides of the bar, but that was Steve. He was the textbook definition of a lawyer's lawyer."