Matthew Laver focuses his practice on professional liability and has particular experience in the defense of lawyers.
He also handles matters in major litigation areas, including the defense of corporations in product liability actions that involve catastrophic injury or death.
In addition, Matthew represents restaurants in all aspects of the industry including contracts, leases, alcohol beverage law (licensing and litigation) and business start-up and entity formation.
After graduating from law school, Matthew served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Pamela Pryor Dembe, President Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, and the Honorable Albert W. Sheppard, Jr., Commerce Program, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
Matthew was awarded the 2013 Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (PADC) Young Lawyer Award. The award is given annually to a young lawyer who best exemplifies the qualities of professionalism and dedication as defense counsel in the practice of law and in the promotion of the highest ideals of justice in the community. Matthew was also chosen as one of the 2013 Lawyers on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer.
Matthew is a member of Weber Gallagher’s Diversity Committee.
Matthew G. Laver
Assisted in successfully achieving a defense verdict in a five-day jury trial. Our client was a building engineer in a case involving an electrical shock accident in the basement of a building. The plaintiff was attempting to remove the copper wire from a live switchgear box when he received a substantial electric shock which resulted in the amputation of his middle and ring fingers from his left hand. The plaintiff claimed he was told by the building engineers the switchgear had been dead for 20 years and further that the building engineers told him he could take the switchgear and do whatever he wanted with it. The plaintiff and the defendant building engineer each presented expert testimony from an electrical engineer and a doctor. The co-defendant building owner/building management denied knowing the plaintiff and his friend were in in the building, but both the plaintiff and his friend testified to the contrary, as did the building engineer. The co-defendant building owner/building management settled with the plaintiff on a Joint tortfeasor release while the jury was deliberating. The jury found the defendant building engineer negligent, but the negligence was not a factual cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. Verdict was therefore rendered in favor of the defendant building engineer.
Prevailed in the defense of a law firm defendant and individual attorneys in a Dragonetti action commenced in Philadelphia County. This action was appealed up to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and on April 7, 2015, the Court entered an Order affirming the ruling of the Lower Courts and in favor of the defendants. This action arose out of the “kids for cash” scandal in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Won a four-day jury trial representing both a local affiliate of a national television station and a national sports team in a potentially high exposure premises liability matter. The plaintiff, while attending the opening day of single ticket sales, allegedly tripped over a camera cable and he tore his Achilles tendon. The plaintiff claimed the television station had not properly secured the cable and the sports team did not provide adequate lighting and security. The jury rendered a unanimous verdict (12-0), in favor of the defendants.
- 03.30.16"Social Media in Litigation," Temple Law School E-Commerce Class
- 12.17.15CLE Presenter, "Social Media and Ethics," Pennsylvania Bar Institute
- 12.09.15'What Your Staff Needs to Know and the Risk of Improperly Trained Employees," Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association
Professional & Community Involvement
Executive committee member, Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association
Executive committee member, Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Pennsylvania Restaurant Association
Louis D. Brandeis Law Society
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