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Full Name  Gerald S. Segal
Name  Jerry Segal

Occupation  Attorney
Residence  Philadelphia, PA
Spouse  Carolyn Segal
Jerry Segal
Born  May 21, 1941 (1941-05-21) Philadelphia, PA
Employer  Segal, Berk, Gaines, and Liss Attorneys at Law
Education  Drexel University, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Jerry segal classic

Jerry Segal (Gerald S. Segal, Esq.) is an attorney from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who was paralyzed as a result of neck surgery in 1988. He is also on the board of trustees for Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.


Personal life

Jerry Segal is married to Carolyn Segal.

Professional life

Segal is a founding partner of the law firm of Segal, Berk, Gaines & Liss. He formed the firm in 1966 and is the Senior Partner and Managing Partner. The firm's specialty is civil litigation. It also deals with transactional and contractual work, putting deals together, and handling and drafting of contracts as well as continuing representation once underway. Segal is actively involved in many commercial ventures in the Philadelphia region.

Segal received his B.A. from Drexel University and J.D. from Temple University Law School, and is a member of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.

Jerry Segal sits on many corporate boards, including to following:

  • Independence Blue Cross;
  • Magee Rehabilitation Hospital;
  • The Mayor's Commission on People With Disabilities;
  • The Airport Advisory Commission;
  • The Philadelphia Geriatric Center; and
  • The Governor's Cabinet & Advisory Committee for People With Disabilities, appointed by Governor Edward G. Rendell.
  • Segal is a past member of the President's National Council on Disabilities appointed by President Bill Clinton, and past President of Fight for Sight of Greater Philadelphia.

    Medical history

    As a result of chronic back pain, Segal went to San Francisco for surgery performed by the nation's preeminent neurosurgeon. An accident occurred and caused Segal to be paralyzed from the neck down. Segal and his wife chose to return to Philadelphia for therapy. His first stop was Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where Segal went to stabilize his condition and install a therapeutic "halo" device on his head to immobilize it. The device enabled Segal to undergo therapy while bones healed. Segal then transferred to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital also in Philadelphia for rehab.

    While at Magee, Segal set a goal to play golf again despite his condition. After leaving Magee, he planned to establish a benefit golf tournament to benefit the patients of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and resumed is legal career. In March 2010, Segal was diagnosed and treated for encephalitis which had affected his brain and his spinal cord. He was again admitted as a patient of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.

    Jerry Segal Golf Classic

    The first Jerry Segal Classic was scheduled to take place in October 1990 at the White Manor Country Club in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Segal was able to tee off unassisted. That first event raised $56,000 to donate to Magee. The Jerry Segal Classic is now Magee Rehabilitation Hospital's largest fundraising event. To date, the Classic has raised more than $15 million over 27 years for the patients of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.

    The 28th Annual Jerry Segal Golf Classic will be held on September 15, 2017.

    Now, the Segal Classic features Governor Edward Rendell, as honorary chair. Others in attendance include Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, NBA Hall-of-Famer Billy Cunningham, former NHL standouts Bernie Parent and Dave Schultz, former Eagle Mike Mamula, and local TV and radio personalities Scott Palmer and Howard Eskin.

    Segal Classic fundings

    One of the accomplishments of the Segal Classic is the Jerry & Carolyn Segal Center for Community Skills. This rooftop streetscape at Magee helps patients prepare to overcome real-life obstacles such as potholes, manhole covers, cobblestone, curbs of varying heights, going to a mailbox and getting in and out of a car.

    Other things the Classic has funded include:

  • New vans to transport patients;
  • New equipment such as a new treadmill for locomotor training, wheelchairs, cushions;
  • Reotherapy which is a state of the art, robotic technology that is used for improving upper extremity function in patients that have experienced ceverbrovascular accidents and other neurological conditions
  • The Segal Family and Friends Meal Program which has provided nearly 50,000 meals for family members so patients can eat with their loved ones;
  • Subsidize guest housing at the Windsor Hotel so family members can stay near their loved ones during rehabilitation; and
  • Subsidize peer-mentor programs.
  • References

    Jerry Segal Wikipedia