Steven Pachman

123 South Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19109
Phone:  215-772-7492
Fax:  215-772-7620
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Practice Areas:
Commercial Litigation, Sports, Entertainment and Amusement Law, Government Investigations and White Collar Crime, Products Liability, Business Litigation, Representing Individuals
Admitted to Practice:
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York
Philadelphia, PA
Law School:
Temple University School of Law
Undergraduate School:
University of Maryland, College Park

Steven Pachman is a partner in Montgomery McCracken's Litigation Department. He concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation, white collar criminal cases and investigations, contract disputes, appellate matters and personal injury defense. As part of Pachman's personal injury defense practice, he advises school officials and attorneys, risk managers, athletic trainers and athletic departments, physicians and other health care professionals on institutional liability issues concerning sport-related concussions, Second Impact Syndrome and other sport-related injuries. Pachman has represented individuals and school systems in multiple catastrophic injury cases arising out of alleged premature return-to-play decisions and other negligence theories in the sports' context, including several high-profile, nationally-publicized cases against NCAA member and other schools, athletic trainers, coaches, nurse practitioners, and other school personnel involving catastrophically-injured football players who allegedly sustained prior concussions and Second Impact Syndrome.

Pachman also has represented major corporations in mass tort actions, insurance coverage matters and product liability disputes. His product liability experience includes representing a multi-national computer equipment manufacturer in repetitive stress injury cases and one of the world's leading chemical companies in an action involving alleged injuries from chemicals and pharmaceuticals. His litigation experience further includes successfully defending a leading music recording and publishing company in a business tort matter and a university in a defamation action.

In addition to representing individuals and entities in federal and state court, Pachman has handled enforcement actions against broker-dealers brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

Pachman is a frequent speaker on legal matters concerning the proper management of sport-related concussions and other sport-related injuries, and has authored a number of articles on the specific topics of how schools and school officials, athletic trainers and other health care professionals can minimize their risk of legal liability for sport-related injuries and defend against lawsuits arising out of catastrophic sport-related events.

Recent Publications

Recent Speaking Engagements 

  • Panelist, "The State of Concussions: Protecting Athletes through Advances in Law, Public Health, and Science," University of Maryland School of Law, March 2014, Baltimore, Md. 
  • Presenter, "Concussions:  The Legal Landscape and Defense Considerations," to NCAA Conference Commissioners, collegiate football principals and administrators, physicians, and athletic trainers, The Safety in College Football Summit, sponsored by the NCAA Sport Science Institute, January 2014, Atlanta, Ga. 
  • Presenter, "Concussions and the Law," to NCAA Division I athletic directors and head football coaches, The Fiesta Bowl Spring Summit, May 2013, Phoenix, Ariz. 
  • Presenter, "Sports Medicine on Trial," to athletic trainers and other health care professionals, College Athletic Trainers Society Spring Symposium, May 2013, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Presenter, "Concussion: A Case-By-Case Approach . . . to Litigation," to athletic trainers, team physicians, and other health care professionals, University of North Carolina Neurotrauma Symposium, March 2013, Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Legal Issues in Catastrophic Sports Injury Cases," webinar, the National Athletic Trainers' Association, December 2011
  • Presenter, "The Athletic Trainer and the Law: Minimizing the Risk of Legal Liability for Athletic Injuries," 62nd Annual National Athletic Trainers' Association Meeting and Clinical Symposium, June 2011, New Orleans, La.
  • Panelist, "Traumatic Brain Injury Forum," Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society's Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium, June 2011, Lancaster, Pa.
  • Presenter, "The Athletic Trainer's Legal Liability:  What an Athletic Trainer Needs to Know - The Defendant's Perspective," Big 12 Medical Aspects of Sport Conference, May 2011, Dallas, Texas

Professional Involvement 

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association 


  • Recognized as a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers (published annually by Thomson Reuters), 2013, 2012
  • Recognized as a Pennsylvania "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2011, 2008, 2007

Academic Achievements

Pachman received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Temple University School of Law in 1996, where he was an editor of the Temple Law Review.  He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was a Dean's Scholar and graduated summa cum laude, with a B.A. degree in 1993.

In the News

Sports-Related Injury Cases on the Rise in Pennsylvania

By Max Mitchell The Legal Intelligencer The attorney representing the...

September 24, 2013

Concussions and College Football: The Game Must Change -- or Perish

By Dennis Dodd In the future there will be no helmets. There...

August 22, 2013


Summit: Safety in College Football

Partner Steven Pachman is speaking at the...

January 22, 2014