123 S. Broad St., Ste. 2250 Philadelphia, PA 19109

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Meet The Team

If you’re looking for experience, trust the team at McEldrew Purtell. Our legal professionals are experienced in a number of civil litigation specialties and are here to help you win.



Our team of attorneys is made up of some of the brightest legal minds in the country. Serving clients in the Philadelphia area and beyond, our attorneys are dedicated to fighting for what is fair and just.

Founding Partner

James J. McEldrew, III

Jim has been an attorney in Philadelphia for over 35 years. He has dedicated his life to advocate for victims of medical malpractice, railroad accidents, corporate greed, and nursing home abuse

Founding Partner & Lead Trial Attorney

Daniel N. Purtell

Dan Purtell is a trial attorney who has dedicated his career to defending victims of corporate wrongdoing, negligence and abuse. Dan has tried more than 25 cases to verdict with over 100 additional cases resolving at mediation or arbitration. He has extensive experience litigating cases involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death, including cases resulting from pharmaceutical, medical and nursing home negligence, FELA violations, automobile accidents, trucking accidents, construction accidents and premises liability.

Partner & Trial Attorney

John J. Coyle

John has spent more than a decade trying cases to verdict. At McEldrew Purtell, he utilizes that vast experience to represent families and individuals who are dealing with the fallout from catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths arising from civil rights violations, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, railroad injuries, and other serious personal injury matters.

Colin S. Haviland

Colin is a seasoned trial attorney with a record of success in high-profile cases. As managing attorney, he leverages his experience for the McEldrew Purtell team in the fight to secure you and your families’ future wellbeing.


Of Counsel

Al Dragon

Attorney Albert Dragon is a personal injury attorney steadfast in representing those who suffer severe injuries. He prides himself in helping accident victims and families struck with severe injury or wrongful death–whether in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or nearby states. Al says, “My goal is to obtain the best results possible for victims of catastrophic or severe injuries.”

S. Lee Merritt

Lee Merritt, Esq. is a leading and influential new voice in the fight for Social Justice. A dedicated civil rights activist and trial attorney, Merritt runs a high profile national practice focusing on victims of police brutality, hate crimes and corporate discrimination. As an activist, he has championed police reform and community empowerment.


Support Staff

The support staff at McEldrew Purtell works collaboratively with our attorneys to provide expert-level case management and client services.

Lori Comitale

Lori has been a Paralegal for over 2 decades. Prior to joining McEldrew, she worked for several prominent Plaintiff firms with a focus on medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury.

Stacy Smith

Stacy is a Paralegal in the Nursing Home Negligence practice. Stacy holds an A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies from Camden Community College and a B.A. in Psychology from Temple University.