"If you need to sue someone,
use these guys."

—Juror foreperson following Golkow Hessel trial

$15 million verdict for
machine crush injury

"Thanks for pulling out all
the stops on my behalf! You
guys pulled off a miracle."

—Golkow Hessel Client

$4.75 million verdict
against establishment that
served drunk driver

Multi-million dollar
verdict in Philadelphia
building collapse case

About Golkow Hessel

With decades of collective experience as trial lawyers, Golkow Hessel's attorneys can help any client who needs aggressive representation. The lawyers at Golkow Hessel have recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of their clients. Their verdicts and settlements have been featured in publications such as The Legal Intelligencer, Yahoo! Biz, Pennsylvania Verdict Reporter, New Jersey Verdict Reporter, North Carolina Verdict Reporter, and Pennsylvania Damages. Both James Golkow and Daniel Hessel have been repeatedly recognized as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, and both are members of the “Million Dollar Advocates” Forum.

Our Specialties

Areas of Practice

Personal Injury

If you have been injured in an accident, time is of the essence. You need experienced and aggressive counsel to protect your legal rights. Attorneys at Golkow Hessel routinely help clients who have been injured due to:

Defective products

Medical negligence

Construction site negligence

Traffic accidents, especially complex cases

Tractor-trailer accidents

Wrongful death and other types of negligence


James Golkow and Daniel Hessel formerly served as the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Worker’s Compensation Subrogation Department at a major subrogation law firm. Our firm is skilled in investigating and handling all types of workplace accident cases, including construction accidents, products liability cases, premises liability cases, professional malpractice, and other types of losses.

Our involvement on behalf of insurers results in no additional fee to the insurers. In most states, the injured worker’s attorney is entitled to take an attorneys’ fee out of the lien recovery regardless of whether the insurance company actually hires that attorney. In cases where we are able to partner with the worker’s attorney, they will work out an equitable fee split, meaning the carrier pays no additional fee for our involvement.

Meet Our Attorneys

The Golkow Hessel Team

James D. Golkow


Daniel L. Hessel


Cynthia E. Stavrakis

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