Joseph L. Messa, Jr.

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Messa & Associates, PC
Joseph L. Messa, Jr.
Messa & Associates, PC

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Class Action & Mass Torts; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1988

Education: Temple University Beasley School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2023

Messa & Associates, PC

123 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 Visit website


Attorney Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founder of Messa & Associates, which has branches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, where he serves clients who have been the victims of personal injury. He has extensive experience with complex personal injury matters involving construction accidents, product liability, fire accidents, medical malpractice, defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices, workplace accidents and more.

Mr. Messa has recovered substantial sums as settlements and verdicts on behalf of his clients. His achievements have resulted in recognitions including memberships in both the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell and has received a “Superb” rating on Avvo. He has also been included to The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 and America’s Top 100 Attorneys ranking list. Furthermore, he was named a Legal Eagle by the Philadelphia Style magazine for his work with personal injury and product liability cases.

After graduating from Tulane University, Mr. Messa earned his law degree cum laude from Temple University Beasley School of Law. He is a board-certified medical malpractice attorney as authorized by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.

Licensed to practice law since 1988, Mr. Messa is admitted to appear before federal courts in Colorado, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, as well as before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th Circuits, the Supreme Court of New Jersey and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

In addition to running his law practice, Mr. Messa has served as a judge pro tem for the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia. He is an active member of several prominent organizations such as:

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Foundation – Fellow
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice – Board of Governors
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association – Camden and Burlington County
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Professional Liability: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Assault, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Dram Shop Laws, Employment Discrimination, Medical Devices, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Pharmaceutical, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 40% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 10% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10% Professional Liability: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1988, Pennsylvania

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Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Medical Malpractice Attorney, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors (2006 – present)
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, President (2015-2016)
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, President Elect (2014-2015)
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President (2013-2014)
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Treasurer (2012-2013)
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Secretary (2011-2012)
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Assistant Secretary (2009-2011)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Camden County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Board of Governors
  • Burlington County Bar Association
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
  • US District Court – District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, President
  • New Jersey Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • US District Court – District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Pro Tem Judge
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • US District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Educational Background:
  • Chestnut Hill Academy
  • Tulane University, 1984
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Transport Workers Union of America, Member
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow
  • Justinian Society, Member
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • AFSCME, Member
  • Railroad Trains Workers Union, Member
  • Recipient, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Best Lawyer in Personal Injury and Products Liability Litigation, 2017
  • Legal Eagle, Philly Style Magazine, 2018
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2017 - 2021
  • Membership, America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Products Liability, Temple University School of Law, 1988
  • Horace Stern Award, Temple University School of Law, 1988
  • Recipient, AV- Rated Attorney
  • Top 100 Pennsylvania and Top 100 Philadelphia Lists, 2012 - 2021
  • The Verdict Club, Premier Trial Lawyers
  • Recipient, Awesome Attorneys
  • New Jersey’s Top Rated Lawyers as a Top Lawyer, 2012 - 2021
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list, 2009 - 2021
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Industry Groups:
  • AAJ
  • NJAJ
  • PAJ
  • PTLA

Office location for Joseph L. Messa, Jr.

123 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 215-278-4676

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