After being mentored by legendary trial lawyer B. Nathaniel Richter, Arthur G. Raynes established his own firm with John McCarty in 1969. A skilled and tenacious attorney, Mr. Raynes quickly took on the massive challenge of representing children who had suffered the devastating effects of the drug thalidomide. Even before the law of products liability had been fully developed in American courts, Mr. Raynes faced off against the drug company Richardson-Merrill and its collaborators, who were trying to bring thalidomide to the United States from Europe. Working with caring physicians in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Sweden, and after tireless investigation and preparation, Mr. Raynes won a much-needed recovery for his clients. It was the first successful thalidomide recovery. Mr. Raynes’ work inspired the book Suffer the Children: The Story of Thalidomide by the staff of London’s Sunday Times.
BUILDING THE TEAM
As Mr. Raynes earned a worldwide reputation for creativity in the courtroom (such as when he had Isaac Stern play his violin for the court to demonstrate how a finger injury can affect a concert violinist), he simultaneously built his practice by inviting leading attorneys to join him who shared his commitment to justice.
Noted criminal prosecutor A. Roy DeCaro was invited into the firm for his skill and acumen in the courtroom. Mr. DeCaro has tried more than 200 cases to verdict, recovering record sums for his clients, including a $10.25 million federal court verdict for a client injured when he dove into an aboveground swimming pool and a $12.5 million dollar verdict for a victim of medical negligence in Delaware County.
Harold I. Goodman, the former director of the Employment Rights Project of Community Legal Services, increased the firm’s strength in the area of civil rights. On behalf of his clients, Mr. Goodman has won four victories in the United States Supreme Court, twelve victories in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and more than thirty victories in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Stephen Raynes, after clerking for a federal judge and working at a Wall Street law firm, joined his father in tackling complex cases on behalf those who had suffered devastating injuries. Mr. Raynes has continued his father’s commitment to thalidomide victims. Mr. Raynes led a pro bono campaign that resulted in the Canadian Parliament creating in 2015 a $180 million dollar fund for Canadian Thalidomide survivors.
After spending his early years at Schnader Harrison, Charles P. Hehmeyer opened his own firm, focused on representing children injured by medical malpractice. Many of his clients are children with metabolic disorders and other rare diseases. Mr. Hehmeyer brought that expertise to Raynes McCarty and maintains a national practice advocating on behalf of children and adults injured by medical negligence.
JOINED BY ATTORNEYS BRIGHAM AND McHugh
In 2004, the Firm grew significantly when Martin K. Brigham, nationally renowned for representing victims of unsafe products, and Gerald A. McHugh, Jr., one of the most respected trial lawyers in Pennsylvania, moved their practice to Raynes McCarty after the dissolution of the Litvin firm. Following his nomination by President Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Mr. McHugh was appointed as a Judge for the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania in May 2014. Click here to read more about Mr. McHugh.
Arthur Raynes and Mr. Brigham first met through their shared belief in the power of videotape settlement brochures to persuasively present their clients’ cases. The Firm now has a full digital editing suite directed by Mr. Brigham. Click here to read more about our settlement videos.
Also joining the Firm from Litvin were: Tim Lawn, who since joining the Firm achieved a $41 million verdict as well as a $23 million verdict for victims of medical negligence; Regina Foley, a former chair of the Women in the Profession Committee of the Philadelphia Bar; and Martina McLaughlin a tireless advocate for her clients. The firm continued to grow, being joined by Dan Bencivenga and Joseph Traub, long-term colleagues of Mr. Brigham.
Following a six month battle with cancer, founding partner Arthur Raynes died in July 2006, leaving behind many legacies, including a revered legal career and a thriving law firm which continues to embody his ethics and commitment to the client. Click here to read more about Mr. Raynes’ life.
In April 2012, Mark LeWinter joined the firm. Mr. LeWinter is recognized as one of the premier attorneys in the areas of product liability and workplace accidents. He won a $14 million verdict in Delaware for a construction worker injured when essential safety practices were not followed, and he achieved a $19 million settlement for a 27-year-old ironworker who was rendered quadriplegic due to a fall.
Amber Racine, recognized at being a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” and a “Rising Star” joined the Firm in the fall of 2012. Ms. Racine is a past President of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc., and was recently appointed by Gov. Wolf to serve on the Judicial Selection Commission.
CHANGING OUR NAME TO HONOR OUR NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS
In March 2018, Raynes McCarty changed its name to Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer to honor our next generation of trial attorneys who will continue our fifty-year history of the highest level of client representation and professionalism.