Richard J. Heleniak is a Partner at Messa & Associates. He is a Trial Lawyer who represents injured persons and their families in complex personal injury cases involving medical malpractice; nursing home malpractice; defective products; professional malpractice including engineering, architectural and legal; construction workplace injuries; and civil rights violations. He has also represented individuals and small businesses in commercial disputes and insurance claims, including contract disputes, fire loss claims, business loss claims, and insurance bad faith.
Mr. Heleniak is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. As a successful trial lawyer, Mr. Heleniak has achieved significant awards and settlements for his clients including many in excess of one million dollars. He has been recognized by his peers as a top attorney in his field, having received an AV Preiminent Lawyer rating through Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings (highest rating available for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards) for thirteen consecutive years.
Mr. Heleniak is also a trained and experienced mediator and arbitrator, particularly in medical legal and personal injury matters , and is accepted as a neutral arbitrator in insurance arbitrations. He also serves as Judge Pro Tem for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, presiding over settlement conferences on behalf of the Court.
Mr. Heleniak is a volunteer with the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project, through which he provides pro bono legal representation and acts as legal guardian for children who have been abused.
Mr. Heleniak has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by the votes of his lawyer peers in each year from 2006 through 2009 and 2011 through 2019, and featured in Philadelphia Magazine. He was also voted to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which admits only those attorneys who have achieved verdicts and settlements for their clients in excess of one million dollars. He has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers organization.