Andrea Sasso (Stampone O’Brien Dilsheimer Law) and co-hosts Joe Dougherty are joined by Matt Leckman, founder and Principal Member Of Leckman Law LLC
SPONSOR: Tony Schuler of Pinnacle Medical Plus
T. MATTHEW LECKMAN the founder and principal member of Leckman Law LLC, is a trial lawyer and litigator. Matt is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and various federal courts across the country. He started his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Ronald D. Castille, a former Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. After his clerkship, Matt spent 13 years at the firm Pogust Braslow & Millrood.
In 2011, Matt shared with his colleagues in a landmark victory, serving as co-lead counsel in the trial of Mulderig, et al. v. Wyeth, involving three women who developed breast cancer from hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The trial ended in a verdict for the women totaling $72.6 million, which was the largest personal injury verdict in Philadelphia in 2011 and one of the largest in the history of the court. Matt also was instrumental in the 2009 HRT trial of Kendall v. Wyeth, which brought a plaintiff’s verdict of $34.3 million. After the trial court drastically reduced the award, Matt was responsible for the briefing that won the appeal and overturned the trial court, reinstating the full award.
Over the years, Matt’s practice has focused on complex mass torts cases, handling all phases of litigation. Matt has extensive first-hand experience in the litigation and resolution of hundreds of personal injury claims arising from prescription drugs and medical devices, including antidepressants, hormone drugs, heart defibrillators, and dialysis products.
Matt’s litigation and trial work have assisted in recovering jury verdicts and settlement awards totaling over $100 million.
Matt was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and he and his family make their home in suburban Philadelphia. He has been privileged to serve as a speaker and lecturer for the American Association of Justice and has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy and mock trial coach at the Temple Beasley School of Law and at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law.
ANDREA SASSO began her legal career working as a paralegal for a well-respected insurance-defense firm in 2010 while attending Widener University School of Law at night. She continued to work as an attorney on the defense side for several years defending complex toxic tort, motor vehicle, trucking and construction cases. Andrea’s experience representing insurance companies has proven to be invaluable, giving her a unique understanding of how to develop cases and anticipate strategy with the defense perspective in mind.
Andrea has an intimate understanding of how an accident or malpractice can affect a person and their family. Her strong communication skills enable her to translate the effects of an injury to a jury to maximize compensation for her clients. She understands what is necessary to obtain a great result and will not quit until she accomplishes that goal.
Andrea has successfully represented injured victims and litigated numerous claims at the municipal, arbitration and trial court levels in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has been successful at resolving cases at mediation and binding arbitration as well. Andrea serves as a certified Arbitrator for the Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia Compulsory Arbitration program.
In 2019 and 2020, Andrea was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” an award bestowed on the top 2.5% of all lawyers in Pennsylvania under the age of 40.
Andrea is a graduate of Widener University School of Law. As a student, she was elected by her class to be the Student Bar Association Representative. As an alumnae, she works to give back to the school volunteering as a member of the alumni board. Andrea is a graduate of Temple University where she was a double major in Communications and Political Science and a member of the Temple University Diamond Gems Dance Team.
Andrea is currently licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for New Jersey, and the State of New Jersey.
Outside of work, Andrea enjoys traveling, summers at the NJ shore, and taking advantage of everything the great city of Philadelphia has to offer. A former marketing professional who worked in concerts and radio prior to law school, Andrea is an avid music fan and can be found attending concerts large and small around the city. Andrea enjoys challenges outside of the court room as well, and has completed the New York, Delaware and Philadelphia marathons. Andrea lives in center city, Philadelphia.