Laura Carlin Mattiacci

Laura Carlin Mattiacci

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Console Mattiacci Law LLC
 | 1525 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-545-7676
Fax: 215-565-2854
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2012
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (20%),
  • Civil Rights (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Employee Benefits (10%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    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.

    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
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

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