Anapol Schwartz Foundation Names Burn Survivor as First Anapol Advocate

Law Firm to Donate $5,000 to Crozer-Chester Burn Center in Winner’s Honor

PHILADELPHIA – Law firm Anapol Schwartz has announced burn survivor Dennis Gleason as its first Anapol Advocate Award winner. Established by The Anapol Schwartz Foundation (ASF) in winter 2010, the award recognizes inspiring individuals who have helped victims affected by disabling injuries lead better and more productive lives. This inaugural award focused on the burn care community, and nearly 1,000 people voted online to select the winner from among three semi-finalists. The ASF will make a $5,000 contribution to Crozer-Chester Medical Center’s burn center in Gleason’s honor.

“We applaud all of our semifinalists, who, through their incredibly selfless efforts, help so many others…”

“This tremendous response demonstrates how much our semi-finalists have touched others’ lives,” said Joel Feldman, managing partner of Anapol Schwartz. “We applaud all of our semifinalists, who, through their incredibly selfless efforts, help so many others, and we’re proud to honor Dennis Gleason.”


Nominated for his tireless commitment to helping contractors prevent on-the-job burn injuries, Gleason suffered serious electrical burns in the course of his work as a lineman at PECO, the Philadelphia region’s electric and natural gas utility. After coming into contact with a power distribution line, he sustained second and third degree burns over 20 percent of his body, spent months in Crozer-Chester Medical Center’s burn center and then even more time in rehab during a difficult, painful recovery.


To make the best out of a devastating situation, Gleason became a safety trainer at PECO. For almost 20 years, he has shared his personal story with all new aerial and underground line mechanics, contributing to the prevention of electrical contact injuries on the job. He also volunteers at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, is a member of the Burn Foundation’s Survivors Advisory Council, and serves as a mentor to other burn survivors.


For more information about the award, or to arrange to speak with Gleason or Feldman, please contact Beth Starrantino at 856-649-8970 or via e-mail at


Established in 2008 as a Donor Advised Fund at the National Philanthropic Trust (NPT), the ASF assists nonprofits that serve victims and their families and funds research and programs aimed at advancing health and safety. The firm will continue to dedicate additional funds as its wins cases on behalf of consumers and their families. For more information on the ASF, please visit


Founded in 1977, Anapol Schwartz, P.C., is a civil justice law firm with more than 25 attorneys and law offices in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa., as well as Cherry Hill, N.J. and Wheeling, W.Va. The firm has represented consumers in matters ranging from dangerous prescription drugs and medical negligence to unsafe products and hazardous work site cases.

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