Gerhard Dietrich


Philadelphia (West), PA | Cherry Hill, NJ
D 215.836.1884


The Dickinson School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1984

  •  The Woolsack Society

Gettysburg College, B.A. History and Business, cum laude, 1981

  •  Phi Alpha Theta

Gerhard Dietrich is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary's Philadelphia office and is Vice-Chair of the firm's Products Liability national practice team. Mr. Dietrich has more than 35 years of courtroom experience. Today, his practice is focused on the defense of product liability and other complex litigation matters, including mass torts and class actions. He represents manufacturers of appliances, HVAC equipment, roofing and other building materials, truck-trailers, tires, and other products. He also has represented corporate clients in business disputes, commercial and employment litigation, and insurance coverage cases.

He tried his first case to a judge in 1985 winning an injunction in a trademark dispute. He tried his first case to conclusion before a jury in 1990 winning a defense verdict. While he still enjoys the excitement of a trial, Gerhard understands most clients do not. He provides sound and honest advice to clients so they have realistic expectations and tries to position cases for early and positive resolutions by thinking several moves ahead. It helps that his opponents recognize his skills and know he can try a case when needed.

When he is not working, you will generally find Gerhard with his wife Tami, who has put up with the long hours he works since that first trial back in 1985. They enjoy their children and grandchildren, spending summers at the Jersey Shore, and traveling when they can.

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

New York


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Publications & Engagements
  • Product Liability Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium. Wolters Kluwer. (New Jersey Contributing Editor: Annually, 1996 to current edition) (Pennsylvania Contributing Editor: Annually, 2014 to current edition)
  • “Ford Motor Co. Supreme Court Decision Muddies Limits of Personal Jurisdiction”. Ward Greenberg Legal Update, May 2021. (Co-Author)
Awards and Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Rating

Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®

Selected to The Best Lawyers in America®

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants​
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants