Laura Carlin Mattiacci

Laura Carlin Mattiacci

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Console Mattiacci Law LLC
 | 1525 Locust Street, 9th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-545-7676
Fax: 215-565-2854
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2012
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Civil Rights (20%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Employee Benefits (10%)
Attorney Profile

Laura Carlin Mattiacci is a shareholder of Console Mattiacci Law, LLC. She is the lead trial counsel for many of the firm's most significant cases, representing individuals in employment law 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 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. MLB Network's appeal of the verdict was denied in August 2017.

On December 13, 2016, Laura, serving as lead trial counsel, with Lane J. Schiff 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. A petition for reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and costs will also be submitted, would bring the final award to approximately $1 million. 

On January 11, 2016, Laura, serving as lead trial counsel, with Caren Gurmankin 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 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 2013-2017, Laura was named a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” by Philadelphia Magazine. From 2015-2017, Laura was named to the list od "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 & 2018, Laura was named by Philadelphia Magazine and Super Lawyers: “Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania;" in 2015 & 2018, "Top 100 Attorneys in Philadelphia." In 2014-2018, 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.

Laura is also an Adjunct Professor at Temple University's Beasley School of Law, teaching a  three-hour course on Trial Advocacy once a week in the ITAP (Integrated Trial Advocacy Program).

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. 

 

About Laura Mattiacci

Admitted: 2002, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://www.consolelaw.com/our-firm/attorneys/laura-c-mattia...

Honors/Awards:

  • A distinction given to only 27 lawyers under the age of 40 in the state of Pennsylvania, Lawyers on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer, 2011

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Inducted as a member of the University of Pennsylvania Law School's Inn of Court., 2018
  • Speaker at monthly meeting of the Women in the Profession (WIP) Committee of the PA Bar Association on the legal and practical effects of taking maternity and paternity leave during one's legal career, 2012

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer attorney wtih the Support Center for Child Advocates, representing abused and neglected children.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Laura was the keynote speaker during the Regional Mock Trial competition luncheon for law students in Philadelphia. She spoke about her recent notable cases and what it is like to be a female trial lawyer., Keynote Speaker, 2018
  • Seminar on "Employment Law Essentials and Best Practices: Preparing for Trial" - Speaker, Employment Law Institute (2015), Speaker, "Employment Law Essentials and Best Practices: Preparing for Trial", 2015
  • Spoke with Judge Diamond on the changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure "One Year Later.", Speaker, Update on the Changes of Rules of Civil Procedure, 2017
  • Spoke on featured panel with Federal Court judges on Summary Judgment in Employment Law cases., Speaker, ELI - Summary Judgment, 2017
  • Laura is an Adjunct Professor at Temple University Law School. She teaches a three-hour course, once a week, in Trial Advocacy as part of Temple Law's ITAP (Integrated Trial Advocacy Program)., Adjunct Professor, 2018

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • 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 $47,500 per year. A petition for reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and costs will also be submitted., 2018
  • Laura represented the plaintiff in a defamation, false light and intentional interference with contractual realtions case that resulted in a six-figure jury verduct for the plaintiff in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia.  Kitchen v. McGrath Systems, et al., 2011
  •   On January 11, 2016, Laura, serving as lead trial counsel, with Caren Gurmankin of [[$Firm]] 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 $900,000.  On December 20, 2016, Judge Schmehl denied the appeal of AT&T to overturn the verdict.   , 2016
  • On December 13, 2016, Laura, serving as lead trial counsel, with Lane J. Schiff of [[$Firm]] 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 $1 million.   , 2016
  • On June 20, 2017, Laura, serving as lead trial counsel, with Rahul Munshi of [[$Firm]] 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.   , 2017

Educational Background:

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

Industry Groups

  • NELA (National Employment Lawyers Association)
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Office Location for Laura Carlin Mattiacci

1525 Locust Street
9th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Last Updated: 9/5/2019

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