Laura Carlin Mattiacci is a partner and member of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC.  She is the lead trial counsel for many of the law firm’s most significant cases. Her recent jury trial victories include:

August 22, 2019 – won an appeal in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in a disability discrimination case. On July 2, 2019, Laura argued the case on behalf of her client, whose case had been dismissed by the lower court prior to trial. After oral argument, a unanimous panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Laura and reversed the lower court’s decision, sending the case to trial. A trial date is pending.

November 19, 2018 – won a unanimous jury verdict of $6.314 million in federal court against Teva Pharmaceuticals USA after a five-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania before the Honorable Mark A. Kearney. The jury found that Teva engaged in national origin discrimination (anti-American bias), created a hostile work environment and retaliated against Laura’s client for his complaints of age and national origin discrimination. The jury awarded $200,000 in emotional distress damages, $332,000 in back-pay, $332,000 in liquidated damages, $450,000 in front pay and $5 million in punitive damages. A petition for interest and reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and costs will also be filed. You can read more about the case here.

July 19, 2018 – won a unanimous jury verdict in federal court against Temple University after a four-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania before the Honorable Robert F. Kelly. The claims were age discrimination, sex discrimination and retaliation. The jury awarded $350,000 in emotional distress damages and $250,000 in back-pay. The jury also found that Temple University acted with “willful indifference,” which added an additional $250,000 in liquidated damages. Post-verdict, Judge Kelly awarded front-pay damages bringing the judgement to $910,000. On October 16, 2018, after Temple filed an appeal to overturn the verdict, Judge Kelly ruled that the verdict should be upheld. A petition for reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and costs is pending. You can read more about the case here.

June 20, 2017 – won a jury verdict on behalf of former Phillies pitcher and MLB Network analyst, Mitch Williams, in his breach of contract lawsuit against Major League Baseball Network. After an 11-day jury trial in Camden, New Jersey before the Honorable Michael Kassel, the jury found in favor of Mr. Williams, rejecting MLB Network’s allegations that Mr. Williams 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. The amount of the award was $1,565,333, plus costs and interest. You can read more about the case here.

December 13, 2016 – won a unanimous jury verdict in federal court in a disability discrimination case against the Golden Nugget casino after a six-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey before the Honorable Joseph H. Rodriguez. The jury found that his disability and 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 for emotional distress and as a result of the failure to hire the jury returned with a 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 would be determined by the Judge. You can read more about the case here.

January 11, 2016 – won a unanimous jury verdict in federal court in an age discrimination case against AT&T. Laura’s client, 66-year old, Jack Gerundo, was terminated by AT&T as part of a “surplus” that he alleged caused him, and other older workers, to lose their jobs. Mr. Gerundo alleged there was a secret and fraudulent “ratings and rankings” system that AT&T used to justify the discriminatory decisions resulting in several older workers being placed on “surplus” status. After a five-day trial, the jury ruled in favor of Mr. Gerundo, finding that his age was a determinative factor in the surplus decision and awarded him $370,000 after attorneys’ fees and costs were also submitted. On December 20, 2016, after AT&T filed an appeal to overturn the verdict, Judge Schmehl ruled that the verdict should be upheld. You can read more about the case here.

In 2013 – won the largest employment law verdict in Pennsylvania, as reported in The Legal Intelligencer – a $1.678 million jury verdict (plus attorney’s fees and costs) on behalf of a whistleblower who was fired after complaining of illegal activity in the workplace. You can read more about the case here.

In 2011 – won a six-figure jury verdict on behalf of a worker in a defamation and intentional interference with contractual relations case (while nine months pregnant). You can read more about the case here.

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Attorney
Highlights

2019 - 2014

Top 50 Female Attorneys in Pennsylvania

2019 - 2013

Named a Super Lawyer

2016

Named in "The Best Lawyers in America"

2011

Named a "Lawyer on the Fast Track"

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania State Bar
  • New Jersey State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Education

  • The Beasley School of Law at Temple University, Juris Doctorate
  • The University of Scranton, Bachelor of Science

Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Founding Member of Philly-MAMA (Mother-Attorneys Mentoring Association of Philadelphia)
  • Member of the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Inn of Court

Special Honors

  • Named to the list of "Top Attorneys - Employee Benefits" by SJ Magazine (2019)
  • Named to the list of "Lawyer Of The Year" in the category of "Employment Law - Individuals" by The Best Lawyers in America, Philadelphia(2020)
  • Named to the list of "Awesome Attorneys" by South Jersey Magazine (2014 -2018)
  • Named the list of "Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania" by Philadelphia Magazine and Philadelphia Super Lawyers Magazine (2015 and 2018 - 2019)
  • Named the list of "Top 50 Female Attorneys in Pennsylvania" by Philadelphia Magazine and Philadelphia Super Lawyers Magazine (2014 - 2019)
  • Recognized in the Lawdragon 500 Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Guide (2018)
  • Named as a Top-Rated Lawyer, by the AVVO (2017-2018).
  • Recognized in the publication “Best Lawyers in America” in the area of “Employment Law – Individuals” (2015-2020)
  • Named to the list of "Top Attorneys" in South Jersey by South Jersey Magazine (2014-2018)
  • Named as a Super Lawyer® in the area of employment litigation by Philadelphia Magazine and Philadelphia Super Lawyers Magazine (2013-2019)
  • Named to the "2011 Lawyers on the Fast Track" list by The Legal Intelligencer – a distinction given to only 27 lawyers under the age of 40.
  • Named to the Pennsylvania “Rising Stars” list by Philadelphia Magazine and Philadelphia Super Lawyers Magazine (2006 - 2012)
  • National Championship Winner of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Two-time Regional Champion of AAJ’s Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Champion of Quinnipiac University School of Law’s Northeast Regional Criminal Justice Advocacy Competition
  • Recipient of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association’s James J. Manderino Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy
  • Recipient of Victor A. Jaczun Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy
  • Recipient of Alia Herrara Memorial AAJ Auxiliary Scholarship for winning essay on the topic: “The Professional Trial Lawyer: Why Is Civility Not a Sign of Weakness But a Badge of Honor?”

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • "Practice Tips from Magistrate Judges of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania " - Moderator, 2019 Federal Bench Bar Conference. (June 5, 2019)
  • "Phone Calls to A Plaintiff’s Attorney" - Speaker, Tri-State HRMA Symposium on Legal Issues Facing Employers. (March 20, 2018)
  • “Representation Services in the Courts for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals” - Panelists, Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) 10th Diversity Summit. (October 18, 2018)
  • “Workers with Disabilities and the Rise of Retaliation Claims” - Speaker, American Bar Association’s National Conference: Disability Issues in Employment and Education Law. (June 22, 2018)
  • “Workers with Disabilities and the Rise of Retaliation Claims” - Speaker, American Bar Association (2018)
  • "Strategic Trial Decisions: Perspectives from Counsel and the Court" - Speaker, Employment Law Institute (2018)
  • Spoke on a panel at the American Bar Assiciation's Employment Rights & Responsibilties meeting in Clearwater, Florida on "Trial Techniques and Strategies for Litigating Damages," presented by the ABA's Trial and Appellate Advocacy Subcommittee. (2018)
  • "Employment Law Essentials and Best Practices: Preparing for Trial" - Speaker, Employment Law Institute (2015)
  • "Employment Law Essentials and Best Practices: Disability Discrimination and FMLA" - Speaker, Employment Law Institute (2015)
  • "Rules Amendments Roadshow" - Speaker on Philadelphia Panel Discussing December 1st Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (2015)
  • "How To Get Through (and win) the First Day of Trial" - Speaker, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (2015)
  • “Laws Affecting the Deaf and Hard of Hearing” – Speaker, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communication Centre (2013-2014)
  • "Trial of an Employment Law Case - Mock Demonstration of Closing, Directs and Crosses" - Pennsylvania Bar Institute (2014)
  • “Sexual Harassment Law Update” – Pennsylvania Bar Institute (2013)
  • Temple Law School – Guest Lecturer in Advanced Employment Law class (2013)
  • “Top Ten Pitfalls for Employment Lawyers” – Employment Law Institute (2012)
  • “Visualizing Your Evidence” – National NELA Conference, San Diego, CA (2012)
  • “Work/Life Success for Lawyers” – Seminar (2012)
  • “Parental Leave in Law Firms” – WIP Pa Bar Association Seminar (2012)
  • “Welcome Aboard! Hiring Best Practices” – National Employment Law Institute (2010)
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