Carolyn (Carey) Chopko represents individuals and families who have been catastrophically injured as a result of birth and neonatal/pediatric negligence, as well as general medical negligence. Carey has helped secure several multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements throughout the region and across the country against obstetricians, pediatricians, hospitals and other healthcare providers.
Carey has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since 2013, after being recognized as a Pennsylvania Rising Star from 2007 to 2012. She is a member of The American Association for Justice, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, and the Philadelphia Bar Association, where she served as the Chair of the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee from 2011 to 2012.
Carey received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Villanova University as a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. Upon graduation, she was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy, and served in the Nurse Corps for eight years. Carey obtained her law degree from Villanova University School of Law, where she was a staff editor for the Environmental Law Journal and recipient of the Arthur J. Kania Award for Professional Ethics. After law school, Carey served as a law clerk to the Honorable Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.
Carey is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with her family. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and four children.
Carey is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has also handled cases in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas, when admitted on a pro hac vice basis.
Villanova University School of Law, 2004
New Jersey, 2005
Pennsylvania Association for Justice
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice
Member, Birth Trauma Litigation Group, 2006 – Present
Philadelphia Bar Association
Member, Officer positions 2005 – 2011
Thomson Reuters, 2007 – 2008, 2010 – 2016
Arthur J. Kania Award for Professional Ethics
Villanova University, 2004
Northern District of California Delivers “Sound” Judgment in Protection of Marine Wildlife Under the MMPA, Restricting Navy’s Use of Sonar
15 Villanova Environmental Law Journal, 393-413, 2004
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 2008, 2009
My First Philadelphia Common Pleas Trial
Philadelphia Bar Association, Bench Bar 2008
Developing and Supporting Theories of Hospital Liability in Catastrophic Injury Cases
Philadelphia Bar Association, 2008
The Paralegals Guide to Proficient Medical Records Translation
Institute for Paralegal Education, a division of National Business Institute, Inc., 2008
My First Trial Seminar
Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2007
Medical Records Review for Paralegals
Institute for Paralegal Education, a division of National Business Institute, Inc., 2007