Ruben J. Krisztal

Ruben J. Krisztal

(215) 972-0811
(215) 972-0580


Ruben J. Krisztal is considered to be a leading pioneer in the field of nursing home abuse litigation and is widely regarded as a top attorney. Over 40 years, Ruben has obtained multiple multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts. He has always believed we should serve as guardians of our elderly.

Mr. Krisztal received both his undergraduate degree and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1973 and 1976, respectively. Prior to joining Wilkes & Associates, Mr. Krisztal has practiced law as a private attorney since 1977, and specifically in the area of nursing home litigation since 1984. Mr. Krisztal first joined the firm in 2007 and worked with Wilkes & Associates for 11 years. In January 2019, he joined Smith Mohlman Injury Law in Kansas City, Missouri before returning to Wilkes & Associates in May, 2021.

Mr. Krisztal is licensed to practice law in Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. He has handled cases in multiple states throughout the nation, including cases in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and Wyoming. He is admitted before the Federal District Court for the District of Kansas, as well as admitted to the Federal District Court, Eastern District and Middle District Court of Pennsylvania. He is also a past-president of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association and past chair of the Nursing Home Litigation Group.

Mr. Krisztal is A/V-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers since 1998. Mr. Krisztal is a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum and is also a recipient of the 2001 "Dedication to Excellence" award from P.E.S.I., a national continuing legal education program. Additionally, Mr. Krisztal is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (NBLSC).

He has appeared in various news publications including Consumer Digest where one of his cases was highlighted, local and national news publications, and educational seminars. He was influential in creating and organizing the American Association for Justice, Nursing Home Litigation Group, which he chaired or co-chaired four times. Additionally, Mr. Krisztal is fluent in Spanish, and is the author and editor of numerous articles, books, and chapters in books dedicated to the subject of nursing home litigation issues.

In 2008 and 2009, the American Trial Lawyers Association selected him for the top 100 Lawyers. He has also been named to the Super Lawyers Pennsylvania list for Personal Injury in 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017.