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Miriam Benton Barish


Protecting the Rights of Women

Miriam Barish has been a strong advocate in the development of the law regarding protecting the rights of women. She has actively litigated premises liability cases regarding the safety and security of women and participated in obtaining a landmark verdict, in the first case of its kind, regarding a wrongful death case arising from the negligent premises security of two women.

Ms. Barish has actively litigated many other premises liability cases involving negligent security, including the sexual and violent assault of a female inpatient of a psychiatric hospital as well as the robbery and assault of a female patron in a large retail store parking lot.

Leadership Roles

Miriam presently serves as a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. She is a member of the American, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, as well as the American, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Associations. She is on the Board National Advisory Committee for Widener University Law School. This Council advises the Dean and faculty on matters relating to the operation and development of the law school.

Ms. Barish is the Philadelphia Chairman of the Widener Women’s Network, a network exclusively dedicated to developing networking opportunities for Widener Women Alumnae. She also serves as a board member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and serves as Judge Pro Tem for the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia County.

Top 50 Women Lawyers

Ms. Barish has been named among the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Pennsylvania since 2014. She has also been selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® since 2013.

Experienced and Successful Advocate

Miriam earned her bachelor’s degree from Temple University School of Business, and she received her law degree, cum laude, from Widener University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan.

Miriam concentrates her practice in motor vehicle matters, premises liability including premise security liability, construction accidents, dram shop liquor liability, and products liability litigation including flammability cases. She represented a family whose two-year old son was catastrophically injured in a mattress fire due to the failure to provide any flame retardants or barriers in the fabric or foam of the mattress.

In addition, Miriam’s practice involves toxic torts including Benzene, lead paint poisoning, and other chemical exposures.