Serving others through law in a multitude of ways, Regina Foley is an accomplished attorney and a passionate advocate for victims of negligence. No matter the nature of the complex civil litigation, whether it is medical malpractice, product liability, trucking accidents or other forms of negligence, Ms. Foley has an exceptional track record in helping her clients. In fact, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which rates attorney’s legal abilities and ethics, has consistently given Ms. Foley its highest rating. She was named a “Super Lawyer—Rising Star” by Philadelphia Magazine in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and a “Super Lawyer” since 2011—a designation granted to the top 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Pennsylvania. Early in her career, she was one of 30 attorneys recognized by the Legal Intelligencer and The Pennsylvania Law Weekly in the inaugural edition of “Lawyers on the Fast Track,” honoring both her legal skills and her community service.
Giving back and involvement in the community are part of Ms. Foley’s fabric. She is a volunteer with the Support Center for Child Advocates and has continually maintained active cases for over 10 years. As a result of her hard work, Ms. Foley has been enrolled in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Pro Bono Roll of Honor as an attorney whose pro bono work has been recognized by the judiciary as exemplary. Beyond the legal community, she serves on the pastoral council of her church, and has served and remains active with the Advisory Board of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center focusing on the needs of the immigrant community in Philadelphia’s Kensington section.
She is committed to giving back to her profession as well. She was elected to a three-year term as a member of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association and served as the Chair of the Board in 2011. Currently, Ms. Foley is serving as Chair of the Solo, Small and Mid-size Firm Committee, and is a member of the State Civil Litigation Section, the Women in the Profession, Medical-Legal and Professional Responsibility Committees as well as the Long Range Advisory Council. She began her activities with Philadelphia Bar Association when elected a member of the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyer Division in 2001. Ms. Foley also remains active with the Pennsylvania Bar Association as a member of the House of Delegates and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. She is a frequent lecturer on a range of topics, including civil litigation, deposition techniques, evidence and work-life balance.
- Birth Injuries
- Brain and Spinal Injuries
- Dram Shop/Alcohol Liability
- Medical Malpractice
- Professional Malpractice
- Truck Accidents
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association
- Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
- Pennsylvania Association of Justice
- Montgomery County Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Brehon Law Society
- Catholic University of America, 1989
- Widener University School of Law, 1992
Confidential Multi-Million Dollar Settlement for Fatal Truck Accident
As traffic on the highway slowed to a stop because a tractor trailer had tipped over a few miles ahead, an inattentive truck driver crashed into the back of a commuter’s car, killing the driver. The trucker’s employer had only one-million dollars in insurance, which was woefully inadequate to compensate the driver’s family for their loss. Regina Foley led the investigation into the accident and developed the evidence to hold the tractor trailer that had tipped over responsible for creating the conditions which inevitably led to the accident. Working with traffic engineers and using traffic flow reports, Ms. Foley was able to create a computer model that demonstrated how the traffic rapidly built up during rush hour behind the overturned truck. As the tie-up moved backwards, it accelerated, reducing the braking distance for the trucker who hit the car. By creating a video settlement brochure, the family’s grief was powerfully conveyed before trial. At mediation, a confidential multi-million dollar settlement – several times more than the limits of coverage for the striking trucker – was achieved which secured the family’s financial future.
$7,400,000 verdict under the Federal Tort Claims Act
A troubled veteran under psychiatric care at a Veterans Administration treatment facility was released, and tragedy followed: he murdered two of his children and two of their friends, followed by the veteran’s suicide. The children’s mothers asked Raynes McCarty to hold the government accountable for their losses. Regina Foley developed the evidence to establish that the Veterans Administration was grossly negligent, the standard of proof required by the Mental Health Procedures Act. The case was tried to a federal judge, sitting non-jury, who concluded that the VA was grossly negligent and awarded damages that honored the lives lost.
$4,200,000 Settlement for Baby Injured at Birth
After a normal pregnancy and normal fetal monitoring for more than nine hours, baby Ella began to show signs of deterioration. As labor progressed the signs became more obvious that there could potentially be issues with this delivery and baby Ella’s oxygenation. Despite a prolonged late deceleration requiring fetal resuscitation as well as a non-reassuring fetal heart rate tracing, medical personnel failed to recognize the severity of the situation and baby Ella was born limp with no heart rate. Regina Foley prepared the case for trial and retained a team of medical experts to testify that the nursing staff and attending obstetrician failed to appropriately respond to the signs of fetal distress, improperly administered Pitocin, and should have delivered the distressed baby by emergency caesarian section. The birth asphyxia caused by these failures led to permanent brain damage for baby Ella. Regina Foley successfully resolved the case on behalf of Ella and her parents at mediation for $4,200,000.
$3,800,000 Pre-Suit Settlement for Closed-Head Injury
After 71-year-old Terry was seriously injured when his vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer, he and his wife turned to Raynes McCarty for help. Tim Lawn and Regina Foley led the Raynes McCarty team who took on the out-of-state trucking company. Terry had a remarkable physical recovery from his orthopedic injuries, but continued to suffer from the effects of the closed-head injury. Because the effects on short term memory and cognitive processing were not noticeable during short interactions, Lawn and Foley completed video interviews of friends and family, who could vividly describe the changes in Terry. Once it received the video settlement presentation, the trucking company requested mediation even before suit was filed. The case resolved for $3,800,000.