Matthew has extensive experience in medical practice defense, having represented doctors, physician groups, hospitals and regional health centers for more than a decade. He is a shareholder in the firm's Health Care Department, and concentrates his practice in medical malpractice, general liability (slip/fall) and auto defense work.
Matthew lectures extensively, both locally and nationally, on issues pertaining to medical malpractice through educational institutions including the National Constitution Center, Lorman Education Services, Stafford Legal Teleconferences and Progressive Business Publications. He is recognized nationally for his expertise in electronic medical record issues. He has spoken for numerous organizations including the American Society for Health Risk Management, American College of Obstetrician/Gynecologists, Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association, The Commonwealth Medical College, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania MCARE Fund, CPAHCRM of Central Pennsylvania, Center for Health Training, NOR-PANPHA and the Hospital & Health System Association of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association, Cassatt Health System and PMSLIC/NORCAL, and for publications including National Health Law Week, Hospital Litigation Reporter and New York Health Law Update. Matthew also advises medical institutions on the establishment of policies and procedures regarding responses to electronic discovery.
Matthew is a coach for the Abington youth basketball and baseball leagues.
Significant Representative Matters
•Successfully argued that based on the clear reading of the Pennsylvania Certificate of Merit Rules, where a plaintiff bases his malpractice claim against a medical institution on vicarious liability grounds, i.e., allegations that other licensed professionals for whom the defendant is responsible deviated from an acceptable professional standard, additional Certificates of Merit consistent with Pa.R.C.P 1042.3(a)(1) must be filed as to the other licensed professionals for whom the defendant is responsible, whether specifically named or unnamed in the complaint or caption of the complaint.
•OMG?! The Impact of Social Media on the Tripartite Relationship, Co-Author, Litigation Management Magazine, Spring 2013
•What's It Worth? Best Practices in Defending Economic Damages in the Catastrophic Accident, Co-Author, Litigation Management Magazine, Fall 2012
•Reducing Medical Malpractice E-Discovery Issues and Costs, The Legal Intelligencer, February 14, 2012
•A View From The Trenches: Discovery Issues With Electronic Medical Records, Risk Rx, Special Edition on the Electronic Health Record, University of Florida, Vol. 8, No. 1 January-March, 2011; and Florida Hospital Association's Risk Review, August 23, 2011
•Civil Litigation Update of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, co-contributor/author
•The Results Are In: An Overview of the Initial Court Decisions Regarding Electronic Medical Records, Northeast Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association Regional Meeting, June 11, 2014
•Insurance and the Tripartite Relationship: Conflicts of Interests and Right to Independent Counsel, co-presenter, Strafford webinar, February 12, 2014
•It's Okay to Say I'm Sorry: The How-To Workshop for Apology and Disclosure, co-presenter, The Hospital and Healthcare Association of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, January 29, 2014
•Powers of Attorney: Medical Records Release Concerns, Lorman Education Services, September 12, 2013
•Economic Damages in the Catastrophic Case, Panelist, CLM Professional Liability Committee Meeting, Boston, MA, July 25, 2013
•The Ex-Employee: Discovery/Privilege Issues When Plaintiff's Lawyer Comes Knockin', Moderator/Co-Presenter, Claim & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, April 11, 2013
•Deposition Issues Pertaining to the EMR, Co-Presenter, Lehigh Valley Health Network Annual Risk Symposium, Allentown, PA, April 12, 2013
•Working with Experts post-Barrick and Cooper, Panelist, PDI/NEPATLA Regional CLE, Mohegan Sun Casino, Wilkes-Barre, PA November 14, 2012
•Defending the Electronic Medical Record Deposition, ASHRM Annual Conference & Exhibition, National Harbor, MD, October 9, 2012
•The Impact of Social Media on the Tripartite Relationship, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance 2012 Pennsylvania Event, Philadelphia, PA, September 20, 2012
•OMG?!-The Impact of Social Media on the Tripartite Relationship, Moderator/Co-Presenter, Claim & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 27, 2012
•Morgan v. Community Medical Center Healthcare System, moderator for roundtable regarding the discovery of incident reports, Central PA Association for Health Care Risk Management Fall Education Forum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, November 4, 2011
•Electronic Medical Records 101: What Claims Professionals Need to Know, co-presenter, Council on Litigation Management Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 24, 2011
•E-Discovery Update, panelist/speaker, Pennsylvania Defense Institute Annual Conference, Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford, Pennsylvania, September 30, 2010
•Ethical Issues Pertaining to the Insurance Relationship, moderator, PDI Regional CLE, Mohegan Sun Casino, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, August 27, 2009
•Find It Fast & Free On The Net: Strategies For Legal Research On The Web, National Business Institute CLE, Scranton, Pennsylvania, April 17, 2009
•Ethical Issues Pertaining to the Tripartite Relationship, moderator, PDI Regional Continuing Legal Education Conference, Scranton, Pennsylvania, August 21, 2008
•Medical Malpractice: Reduce Risks and Improve Outcomes, Progressive Business Publications National Teleconference, June 25, 2008
•Faculty, Lorman Education Services, Progressive Business Publications, National Constitution Center
Honors & Awards
•BV Distinguished Rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
•Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
Year Joined Organization: 2005