Stephen T. Saltz, 64, Trial Attorney



Stephen T. Saltz, 64, a founding partner in the law firm of Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, died Sept. 6.

A trial lawyer who achieved recognition at the local, state and national levels, Saltz won a landmark gun-control case in 1989, in which a brain-damaged victim of an accidental shooting was awarded $11.3 million.

A Philadelphia jury found a Montgomeryville gun shop 30 percent liable for the accident, concluding that the shop should have included written instructions and demonstrated proper usage when it sold the gun.

In a career spanning almost 40 years, Saltz served as chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and president of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. A former member of the boards of governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, as well as a member of the Temple American Inn of Court, Saltz served as a deputy city solicitor and solicitor in charge of the Philadelphia Office of Civil Rights Litigation earlier in his career.

He also chaired several Philadelphia Bar Association committees.

While co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Bikeathon team of the 2005 American Cancer Society Bikeathon, Saltz completed the 62-mile trek while battling terminal cancer.

A memorial service was held in his honor at City Hall.

Saltz is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Rowena Castle; mother Evelyn Saltz; sister Ellen Haupt; brothers Marc Saltz and David Saltz; and two nieces and two nephews.


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