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Matthew S. Schorr

Shareholder
Assistant Director, Casualty Department
425 Eagle Rock Avenue
Suite 302
Roseland, NJ 07068
(973) 618-4155
(973) 618-0685 - Fax
msschorr@mdwcg.com

Matthew is the Assistant Director of the Casualty Department. Along with the Director, he is responsible for administrative oversight of the more than 225 lawyers who comprise the firm's largest legal department. Matthew is an experienced litigator with a broad legal background gained from working at specialized firms in New York and New Jersey, and he brings the perspective of having defended individuals, insurance companies, and major corporations in complex litigations within a variety of practice areas.

Matthew joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as a shareholder and co-chair of the maritime litigation practice group in June of 2008. He and his litigation team routinely handle high-exposure cases in the fields of premises liability, product liability, restaurant/bar liability, marine, inland marine, construction accidents, automobile, insurance coverage, condominium/community association law, medical malpractice and subrogation.

Based upon his experience, skill, and effectiveness at trial, Matthew has been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, an achievement attained by less than two percent of lawyers in New Jersey. He has 10 published opinions and has argued before the Supreme Court of New Jersey on multiple occasions. Matthew was also one of the first trial attorneys to participate in the pilot program that permitted jurors to question witnesses and was asked to lecture at the ATLA Boardwalk Seminar as the defense speaker on this topic.

In 1991, Matthew began his career at Donovan, Parry, Walsh & Repetto, a New York firm that pioneered maritime and insurance law, where he handled a variety of challenging matters involving Jones Act seaman claims, insurance coverage disputes, hull and cargo liability actions, consumer fraud, premises liability, subrogation, product liability, and various commercial cases. He also achieved the status as a Proctor in Admiralty. In 1996, Matthew joined the well-known medical malpractice defense firm of McDonough, Korn & Eichhorn, which went on to become McDonough, Korn, Eichhorn & Schorr subsequent to his ascension to partnership in 1999. During his 12 years with the firm, he managed and helped the firm develop maritime, insurance, community association law, and casualty practices. He also became a seasoned trial lawyer taking dozens of malpractice and casualty cases to trial with a success rate of approximately 95 percent.

Matthew graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Albany in 1988 and received his juris doctor from Fordham Law School in 1991, where he was named a Leonard F. Manning Scholar. Matthew is admitted to the bars of New York and New Jersey. 

Significant Representative Matters

  • Obtained a defense verdict following a two-week trial in Camden County.  Our insured, a stevedore company (responsible for discharging cargo ships), had offloaded telephone pole-sized pillars of solid steel, known as "blooms" from a ship at a marine terminal port and stacked them on the pier.  The plaintiff was a supervisor for the port owner, whose company was responsible for subsequently loading the blooms by forklift onto trucks for delivery to the end-user. 

    During the truck loading process , the forklift operator and our insured's “checker” (responsible for insuring that the correct inventory was being loaded and shipped) experienced difficulty loading the last of 3 blooms onto a truck.  The plaintiff, as supervisor of the forklift operator, stopped to assist.  While attempting a routine repositioning procedure, the bloom, which weighed approximately 7 tons, inadvertently rolled off the forklift blades, crushing the plaintiff's right leg and necessitating an above-the-knee amputation.

    The plaintiff alleged that the accident and injury resulted from our client’s negligence with improperly stacking the blooms after discharge, as well as the checker’s involvement during the repositioning procedure. The plaintiff’s demand was $3.5 million. Following a two week trial, and into a second day of deliberations, the jury ultimately concluded that any negligence of our client did not proximately cause the accident, but rather the accident was caused by the conduct of the forklift operator and the plaintiff himself. A defense verdict was returned.

  • Obtained a defense verdict following a 1 month trial where the plaintiff, a 47 year old female periodontist, alleged that she sustained a career-ending injury, resulting in total disability, when she was struck by a deteriorated section of a wood privacy fence at the insured's condominium complex where she lived. The plaintiff underwent anterior & posterior lumbar spinal fusion surgery 3 months after the accident and then sold her practice 3 months later. She had been earning approximately $200,000 annually. The plaintiff rejected a $2 million settlement offer (which had been extended to protect an excess layer) on the last day of trial, holding firm on a $7 million demand. 

  • Obtained a defense verdict following a jury trial in Federal District Court on a Maritime Jones Act Seaman claim.  The plaintiff, a commercial fisherman, suffered a crushed hand injury while lowering clam cages. The defense successfully maintained that the vessel was seaworthy and that the accident was caused by the claimant's own negligence.  

  • Obtained a defense verdict following a jury trial on behalf of two surgeons in a medical malpractice case alleging negligence during a laparoscopic gall bladder removal surgery in which the common bile duct was inadvertently transected. The plaintiff required additional surgery and suffered a difficult post-operative course as well as alleged permanent liver damage. The jury accepted the defense argument that aberrant anatomy led to this accepted complication. 

  • Obtained a defense verdict following a jury trial on behalf of NY Waterway. The plaintiff fell on a ramp while entering a ferry boat, suffering a fractured knee that required surgical repair. The plaintiff alleged that the ramp on which she fell was negligently designed. The defense used as its liability expert Tom Blomquist, US Coast Guard (Ret.). Capt. Blomquist had served as the Commanding Officer of the US Coast Guard Marine Inspection Office, Philadelphia, Pa., and convincingly testified that the ramp was in compliance with all applicable Coast Guard and maritime related regulations. The jury apparently liked or sympathized with the plaintiff as it returned a question during deliberations, asking if it could award monetary damages in the absence of any adverse finding against the defendant. After the judge instructed the jury that it could not, the jury returned its verdict in favor of the defense. 

  • Obtained a defense verdict following a jury trial on behalf of a surgeon in a medical malpractice case. The plaintiff suffered a puncture of the aorta during a laparoscopic gall bladder surgery. The plaintiff was pregnant at the time and the fetus died. The jury accepted the defense argument that inadvertent vascular injury was a rare but recognized complication of the procedure. 

  • Obtained a defense verdict following a jury trial in a premises liability action against a condominium complex.   The plaintiff claimed that she fell on ice on a sidewalk following a snow storm. She suffered a fractured shoulder that required surgical repair.  Matthew was successful not only in obtaining a defense verdict on behalf of the condominium Association as to the plaintiff, but was also successful in pursuing a cross claim for defense and indemnity against the co­defendant snow contractor. The client was awarded all legal costs incurred in having defended the suit, plus interest and fees. 

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Impact of Long Shore and New York Labor Law, the Jones Act and McBride Decision on Punitive Damages Under Maritime Law, Navigators Insurance Marine Department, April 2015

  • New Jersey Contractual Indemnity and Additional Insured Issues, Zurich Insurance, April 2015

  • Advanced Trial Strategies, National Business Institute, Newark, NJ, December 2014

  • Know Before You Go, CLM Claims College -  Property School, Faculty, Philadelphia, PA, September 2014

  • Transportation Claims and Recovery, Travelers Insurance, April 2013

  • CLE Seminar: Settlements and Releases, June 5, 2009 

Certification/Specialties

  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court, 2005 

  • Certified Proctor in Admiralty, 1996 

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York (J.D., 1991)

    Honors: Leonard F. Manning Scholar 

  • State University of New York at Albany (B.A., 1988)

    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: Dean's List of Distinguished Students - All Semesters 

Defense Digest Article September 4, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2018 By Matthew S. Schorr, Esq.* Marshall Dennehey’s Casualty Department is the largest of the firm’s four legal departments, comprising nearly half of our 500+ attorneys and 100+ paralegals....,     Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not...
Law Alerts October 1, 2015
  In a significant ruling that will impact how premises liability cases are litigated throughout the state, the New Jersey Supreme Court, on September 28, 2015, unanimously reaffirmed the limitations of ‘Mode of Operation..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Sep 21, 2015
Won a defense verdict in a maritime case following a two-week trial in New Jersey.  Our client, a stevedore company responsible for discharging cargo ships, had off-loaded telephone pole-sized pillars of solid steel, known as "blooms,...
August 11, 2016
Attorneys James H. Cole, Andrew W. Davitt, Eric A. Fitzgerald, Edward J. McGinn, Jr. and Matthew S. Schorr, all shareholders at civil defense litigation firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, will serve as faculty at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance's (CLM) 2016 Claims...
August 24, 2015
Attorneys James H. Cole, Andrew W. Davitt, Eric A. Fitzgerald, Edward J. McGinn, Jr. and Matthew S. Schorr, all shareholders at civil defense litigation firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, will serve as faculty at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance's (CLM) annual Claims...
January 5, 2015
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin announced today that shareholders Howard P. Dwoskin and Matthew S. Schorr have been named Director and Assistant Director, respectively, of the firm's Casualty Department. In his role as Director, Mr. Dwoskin, who previously was the Department's...
September 2, 2014
Marshall Dennehey shareholders Eric A. Fitzgerald, Andrew W. Davitt and Matthew S. Schorr will serve as faculty at the CLM's annual Claims College, to be held September 7-10, 2014, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Eric A. Fitzgerald, CPCU, CLU, will address the...
Seminar Dec 18, 2014
The Latest Tips and Tactics for Handling Current Challenges in Personal Injury Litigation In complex personal injury cases, you need in-depth insurance coverage knowledge, expert witness strategies, the ability to resolve challenging subrogation...

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1991)
  • State University of New York at Albany (B.A., cum laude, 1988)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1991
  • New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Associations & Memberships

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey

Honors & Awards

  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Litigation Management Institute, Graduate 2013 (CLMP)
  • New Jersey Super Lawyer, 2011

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