Console Mattiacci’s Emily Derstine Friesen Featured as a Drexel Rad Grad

Console Mattiacci’s own Emily Derstine Friesen was featured as a 2017 Drexel, Thomas R. Kline School of Law Rad Grad. In the article she explains the differences between the practice of law and law school. She also discusses how it feels to hit the ground running as a new attorney finding success.

Ms. Derstine Friesen graduated from Kline School of Law in the fall of 2016 and started as a full-time associate at Console Mattiacci in Philadelphia. She has barely been practicing a year and already has an impressive $51 million dollar verdict under her belt.

Although, Ms. Derstine-Friesen says that law school is almost nothing like the actual practice of law, she cites the Frankel Appellate Litigation Clinic at Kline Law School as a great way to find opportunities to develop the skills one needs in the context of representing and advocating on behalf of clients.

Ms. Derstine Friesen is entering her second year as an associate at Console Mattiacci, learn more about her here.

Legal Intelligencer Column Discusses Console Mattiacci Law Case

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The oldest law journal in the United States, The Legal Intelligencer, published a column on July 12, 2017, entitled, “Inconsistent Performance Standards Dooms Defense Case.” The column focuses on the case of Larison v. FedEx Corporate Services, No. 16-5921 (E.D. Pa. June 9, 2017), in which the plaintiff is a client of Console Mattiacci Law. While the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted FedEx’s motion for summary judgment as to Ms. Larison’s retaliation claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) and Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA), it denies FedEx’s motion as to her ADEA and PHRA age discrimination claims. After concluding the District Sales Manager who discharged Larison “treated her employees in a disparate fashion based on age.”

Console Mattiacci Law Files Age Discrimination Suit Against AT&T


The New Jersey Law Journal reported on July 3 that Stephen Console and Laura Mattiacci of Console Mattiacci filed an age discrimination lawsuit against AT&T in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. The lawsuit claims that the company has divided its termination process into multiple steps in a purposeful attempt to conceal discrimination.

“Any AT&T employee who signed an invalid release still may have the right to bring a federal age discrimination claim and keep the severance they were paid,” Console said in a statement. “Under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), in order for a worker to release their ADEA claims, information must be presented by the company in a group layoff that sets forth the ages and job titles of people laid off and not laid off. This is required by the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act—it makes sense because this data helps an employee and their lawyer see if there was age discrimination in the terminations. Any release that does not set forth the required information is invalid.”

As the Law Journal noted, Console Mattiaci Law “has had a string of victories in age discrimination suits recently, including a $370,000 verdict on behalf of another AT&T employee in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in January 2016 and a $51.5 million verdict in a suit by an engineer for Lockheed Martin in the District of New Jersey in January 2017.”

Console Mattiacci Law Helps Former MLB Pitcher Get Justice

The New Jersey Law Journal reported on June 21 that former Major League Baseball pitcher Mitch Williams was awarded $1.5 million by a state court jury in Camden in his breach of contract suit against MLB Network. “This verdict completely vindicates Mitch Williams, who was viciously defamed by anonymous sources on the internet and then had MLB Network breach its contract with him. Justice was served today,” Williams’ attorney, Laura Carlin Mattiacci of Console Mattiacci Law, said in a statement. Ms. Mattiacci was assisted at trial by Rahul Munshi at trial.

Mitch Williams Shuts Out MLB Network in Suit


After an 11-day jury trial in Camden, a jury was in favor of former Phillie, Mitch Williams, in his breach of contract claim against MLB Network. The amount of the award is $1,565,333. The jury rejected MLB Network’s claims that Mr. Williams allegedly violated the “morals clause” in his contract in regards to events that occurred at a youth baseball game in 2014 where he was the manager.

Laura Carlin Mattiacci, of Console Mattiacci Law and lead trial counsel for Mitch Williams, stated “This verdict completely vindicates Mitch Williams, who was viciously defamed by anonymous sources on the internet and then had MLB Network breach its contract with him. Justice was served today.”
Mitch Williams was represented by Laura Carlin Mattiacci and Rahul Munshi of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC. MLB Network was represented by Peter O. Hughes and Ryan Warden of Ogletree, Deakins, Smoak & Stewart, PC.

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Console Mattiacci Law, LLC

PRESS RELEASE:

Philadelphia – ATTENTION – Console Law Offices LLC has officially changed its name to Console Mattiacci Law, LLC.

We are pleased to announce the addition of Laura C. Mattiacci as a named partner at Console Mattiacci Law. Ms. Mattiacci handles some of the firm’s most significant legal battles and has achieved numerous trial victories as part of our firm’s unwavering fight for the rights of individuals in the workplace.

Our Philadelphia office is located at 1525 Locust St. 9th Fl., and our New Jersey office is located at 110 Marter Ave. Ste 502, in Moorestown.

This Article Was Last Updated on May 23, 2017.

Console Mattiacci Law, LLC Wins Federal Court Jury Verdict Against Lockheed Martin Totaling 51.56 Million Dollars

On January 26, 2017, Console Mattiacci Law, LLC won a jury verdict in federal court on behalf of former employee, Robert Braden, in an age discrimination case against Lockheed Martin Corporation. Mr. Braden was represented by Rahul Munshi and Emily R. Derstine Friesen, both of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC.  The unanimous jury verdict was rendered after a four day trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey before the Honorable Judge Renee Marie Bumb.  At the time of his layoff, Mr. Braden was 66 years old, and had worked at Lockheed Martin for approximately 29 years.  The case involved a reduction in force which Mr. Braden claimed was an effort by Lockheed Martin to target older workers in a scheme to lay them off and replace them with younger workers.  The verdict included a punitive damages award in the amount of $50,000,000, pursuant to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination; all of the economic loss sought, totaling $520,000; liquidated damages of $520,000, pursuant to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; and pain and suffering damages of $520,000.  The verdict is one of the largest ever obtained by an individual plaintiff in an age discrimination case.

Console Mattiacci Law, LLC WINS FEDERAL COURT JURY VERDICT AGAINST GOLDEN NUGGET CASINO IN DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION CASE.

Console Mattiacci Law, LLC won a jury verdict in federal court on behalf of former employee, Mike Jackson, in a disability discrimination and retaliation case against the casino, Golden Nugget of Atlantic City.  Mr. Jackson was represented by lead trial counsel, Laura C. Mattiacci and was assisted by Lane J. Schiff, both of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC.  The verdict was rendered on December 13, 2016, after a six day trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey before the Honorable Joseph H. Rodriguez.

Mr. Jackson had worked at the Trump Marina as a dealer and dual-rate supervisor for 25 years when he was diagnosed with throat cancer. After medical leave for treatment, which included the removal of a salivary gland and radiation that caused damage to his throat, he returned to the workplace needing an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) to have water with him at all times and to be able to chew gums that promote salivation. Mr. Jackson alleged that he was granted this accommodation for nine months, but that in March of 2011, when the Golden Nugget was in the process of purchasing the Trump Marina, he was told he needed to submit medical forms to substantiate his need for the accommodation, which he did, but then was denied the accommodation. Mr. Jackson alleged he complained to management and human resources about the denial of water and gum, but nothing was done. Approximately two months later, when the sale of the property was finalized, all Trump Marina employees, including Mr. Jackson, lost their jobs.  However, Golden Nugget hired 85% of the workforce to stay on board with Golden Nugget – Mr. Jackson was not hired.  The Defendants claimed that Mr. Jackson never complained about the accommodation denial and that he was not hired because he had a history of being hostile and negative toward management, was unsupportive of management, and was unable to adapt to change.  The case was originally against Trump Entertainment entities as well as Golden Nugget entities, however, after litigation commenced, the Trump defendants filed for bankruptcy and were dismissed from the case, resulting in Mr. Jackson’s failure to accommodate claim being dismissed. The trial proceeded against Golden Nugget for failure to hire due to disability discrimination and retaliation under the ADA and New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”).

The jury found that Mr. Jackson’s disability was a determinative factor in Golden Nugget’s decision not to hire him. They also found that his request for an accommodation and/or alleged complaint regarding the failure to accommodate him was a determinative factor in Golden Nugget’s decision not to hire him.  The jury was asked only to assess “compensatory damages” (compensation for pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, or loss of enjoyment of life) as a result of the failure to hire and returned a unanimous verdict of $340,000.  Mr. Jackson, who made approximately $48,000 a year, also has back-pay losses of approximately $170,000 as well as front-pay losses, the award of which will be determined by the Judge.  A petition for reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and costs will also be submitted, which Mr. Jackson’s counsel believes should bring the final award to approximately $1 million.

About Console Mattiacci Law, LLC

Console Mattiacci Law, LLC is an employment rights law firm with offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Moorestown, New Jersey. Since its inception in 1990, the firm has focused its practice on the representation of current, former and potential employees concerning work-related matters. The lawyers at Console Mattiacci Law, LLC counsel whistleblower-employees who have been retaliated against and individuals who have been victimized by illegal employment discrimination and retaliation, including sex, race, religion, disability and age discrimination and sexual harassment at work. They also represent employees concerning medical leaves, disability benefits, wage and hour claims, employment contracts, severance agreements, stock option plans, and class action lawsuits. For more information visit: www.consolelaw.com or call Console Mattiacci Law, LLC at 215-545-7676.

Ready For Trial

Attorney Laura Carlin Mattiacci of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC

Attorney Laura Carlin Mattiacci of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC

When lawyers say “settle this case or we’re going to trial” the vast majority of the time they are bluffing. This is because in order to adequately prepare for and try a case, the lawyer would have to set aside the ongoing work, and impending deadlines, of 40-50 cases to focus solely on the trial case. It simply can’t happen. The case is going to settle no matter what and usually for less than its maximum potential…but not at Console Mattiacci Law, LLC. This is because we do it differently. I carry a case list of 1 – the one case going to trial next. Once summary judgment is denied, I receive a delivery of boxes and electronic data containing the depositions, documents and motions which have been gathered and written by another lawyer in the firm. Some say: having not lived the case during discovery aren’t you at a disadvantage? How can you possibly ingest all of the facts at this stage? Simple – I am able to spend all day, every day, focused on that one case. I get to view it with fresh eyes, often crafting arguments for trial that the opposing side has neither heard nor, hopefully, anticipated. I have one job: to try the case. My calendar has one entry: trial. All settlement negotiations are handled by Steve Console. My focus remains singular: verdict.

Trying a case is a completely different animal than discovering a case. It takes a different skill set which can only be improved with days spent on your feet in the courtroom. In addition, most lawyers do not have the time, nor the realistic need, to dig deep into the rules of evidence, spend days at a seminar solely on the art of closing arguments, or remain on the brink of the latest trial technology and jury selection research. But I do and I love every minute of it. Our unique set-up has produced formidable results: earlier this year we obtained a six-figure, unanimous federal court age discrimination verdict against AT&T; in 2013, we secured a $1.678 million verdict, plus attorneys’ fees and costs, for a whistle-blower – the largest employment law verdict that year; in dozens of other cases prepared for trial they settled either right before it started or after several days of trial, often for ten to twenty times the pre-trial settlement offer. We’ve had only one loss which, as they say, taught me more than the wins combined and served to heighten my motivation for the next one. This arrangement is a team effort – from the receptionist who takes the initial call, to the legal assistants who work into the night making sure we are organized and seamless, to the lawyers building the case and fighting the motions to get us to the promised land.

So when Steve Console is at mediation and says: “settle this case or we’re going to trial” he’s not bluffing. I’m waiting eagerly for the call.

Laura Carlin Mattiacci is a partner at Console Mattiacci Law, LLC. In 2015, Laura was named to three “Top Lists” by Philadelphia Magazine and Super Lawyers: “Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania” (one of 11 women on the list); “Top 100 Attorneys in Philadelphia” (one of 10 women on the list); and “Top 50 Female Attorneys in Pennsylvania.” In 2014, Laura was also named to the list of “Top 50 Female Attorneys in Pennsylvania” by Philadelphia Magazine and named a “Top Attorney” by South Jersey Magazine.

Console Mattiacci Law, LLC June 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to Console Mattiacci Law, LLC Summer 2016 Newsletter!

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We hope you have been enjoying our newsletters highlighting the latest developments in employment law and our firm’s recent accomplishments.


STEPHEN G. CONSOLE NOTED IN LAW 360 FEATURE

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When an opposing lawyer was asked: “Name a trial attorney, outside your firm, who has impressed you and tell us why” here was his fantastic answer:

A: Stephen G. Console of Philadelphia has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most outstanding plaintiff’s employment law attorneys in the United States.

His trial skills are truly outstanding, but the most remarkable things about him are his professionalism in dealing with the clients and his ability to evaluate cases quickly and accurately. I invariably learn a lesson in professionalism when I have the opportunity to send a client to him and his colleagues.

Read the full article here.


CLO Attorneys on Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List

Several attorneys are recognized on the 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists featured in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine and Philadelphia Magazine. Stephen G. Console and Laura C. Mattiacci are once again included on the Super Lawyers list along with Caren N. Gurmankin and Rahul Munshi included on the Rising Stars list again as well.

Read full article and list of recognitions.


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