Laura Carlin Mattiacci is a partner at Console Mattiacci Law, LLC. She is the lead trial counsel for many of the law firm’s most significant cases.
On July 19, 2018, Laura, serving as lead trial counsel with Rahul Munshi of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC assisting as second-chair, won a unanimous jury verdict in federal court against Temple University in the amount of $850,000 after a four day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania before the Honorable Robert F. Kelly. The plaintiff, Ruth Briggs, alleged that on the day before her 57th birthday her supervisor made a sex and age based comment. After complaining about the comment and other treatment, Ms. Briggs alleged that for the next two and a half years, she was subjected to a hostile work environment and retaliated against. Ultimately, Ms. Briggs was fired for what Temple University said were ongoing performance deficiencies. The jury rejected this explanation and found that Ms. Briggs’ age and her complaints of age discrimination led to her termination and that she was subjected to a hostile work environment because of her age and her complaints of age and sex discrimination. The jury was asked to assess “compensatory damages” (compensation for pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, or loss of enjoyment of life) as a result of Temple’s conduct and returned a unanimous verdict of $350,000. They also awarded back-pay losses of $250,000 to Ms. Briggs. The jury also found that Temple University acted with “willful indifference,” which added an additional $250,000 in liquidated damages. Judge Kelly will decide the appropriate amount of front-pay damages; her front pay losses are approximately $47,500 per year. A petition for reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and costs will also be submitted.
On June 20, 2017, Laura, serving as lead trial counsel, with Rahul Munshi of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC assisting as second-chair, 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, the New Jersey 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.
On December 13, 2016, Laura, serving as lead trial counsel, with Lane J. Schiff of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC assisting as second-chair, 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 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 should bring the final award to approximately $1 million. Read more about the case by clicking here.
On January 11, 2016, Laura, serving as lead trial counsel, with Caren Gurmankin of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC assisting as second-chair, 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 “the determinative factor” in the surplus decision and awarded him $370,000. After attorneys’ fees and costs are assessed, the final judgment should exceed $900,000. On December 20, 2016, Judge Schmehl denied the appeal of AT&T to overturn the verdict.
In 2013, Laura, serving as lead trial counsel, with Rahul Munshi of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC assisting as second-chair, 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.
In 2011, while nine months pregnant, Laura, serving as lead trial counsel, won a six-figure jury verdict on behalf of a worker in a defamation and intentional interference with contractual relations case. Ten days later, she gave birth to her second baby boy.
From 2013-2018, Laura was named a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” by Philadelphia Magazine. From 2014-2018, Laura was named to the list of “Top 50 Female Attorneys in Pennsylvania”by Philadelphia Magazine. In 2011, she was named to the “Lawyers on the Fast Track” list by The Legal Intelligencer – a distinction given to only 27 lawyers under the age of 40 in Pennsylvania. From 2006 through 2012, Laura was named to the “Pennsylvania Rising Star” list by Philadelphia Magazine and the Philadelphia Super Lawyers Magazine – no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in the state are named to the list. In 2015 and 2018, Laura was named 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.” From 2014 – 2018, Laura was a “Top Attorney” by South Jersey Magazine.
In 2009, Laura founded Philly-MAMA (Mother-Attorneys Mentoring Association of Philadelphia), a group dedicated to empowering attorney-mothers and encouraging them to succeed while celebrating their roles as both attorneys and mothers, which now has over 150 members. Besides being a trial lawyer, Laura is also a mom to four young children.
Laura’s clients include current and former employees, and applicants for employment, who have been victimized by discrimination based on sex, race, religion, national origin, color, disability, age, sexual orientation and pregnancy. Laura also represents individuals in matters involving FMLA leave, long-term and short-term disability claims, retirement benefits, stock option plans, whistleblower claims, employment contracts and severance agreements. Laura’s practice also includes significant class actions against large corporations, including claims involving sex and age discrimination, wage and hour violations, and illegal reductions in force. She has been a presenter on issues of employment law at Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) seminars, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) conventions, and area law schools.
Laura graduated from the University of Scranton in 1999 and the Beasley School of Law at Temple University in 2002. As a member of Temple Law’s National Trial Team, Laura won several trial advocacy awards, including the “National Champion” award in the American Association for Justice’s Trial Advocacy Competition, beating over 300 law school teams from throught the country. While in law school, she also clerked for the preeminent trial lawyer, James E. Beasley, Sr. Laura is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.E:firstname.lastname@example.org Direct Fax:215-565-2854