Philip F. Mattia

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Philip F. Mattia



Philip F. Mattia is a Partner in our office in Paramus, New Jersey, and he has more than four decades of litigation experience and specializes in defending the riskiest high-exposure cases. He has tried more than 200 cases to conclusion, and is often invited to speak at medical-legal conferences and educational seminars.

Philip protects the rights of health care systems, hospitals, urgent care centers, physicians, nurses, physical therapists, chiropractors and other health care professionals in complex medical malpractice lawsuits. He has handled countless trials and obtained numerous successful verdicts and judgments for his clients as he works closely to set litigation strategy and manage risk in alignment with organizational goals. In addition, Philip has been appointed to the Supreme Court Committee on Character and has served as Acting Chair.

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He also represents clients before the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners, New Jersey Board of Nursing, New Jersey Board of Psychological Examiners, insurance company credentialing panels and hospital medical review panels and investigating committees. He also represents insured physicians as personal counsel.

Before joining Hall Booth Smith, Philip was the President and Co-founder of his own boutique medical malpractice litigation firm in Fairfield, New Jersey, and owned other small litigation practices for several decades.

At the start of his career, Philip clerked for the Hon. James R. Guiliano, A.J.S.C., of the New Jersey Superior Court. He served as Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General of New Jersey for five years and handled major litigation at trial and appeal, including successfully arguing a landmark eminent domain case before the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Philip earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He also completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Philosophy, awarded magna cum laude, from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

Service Specific Experience

Philip has almost half of a century of legal experience, and specializes in defending physicians, hospitals, administrators and other health care professionals in complicated medical malpractice litigation. He has obtained numerous favorable verdicts and judgments for his clients, and manages all aspects of litigation from initial complaint through trial and appeal. Philip also has held two Supreme Court of New Jersey appointments – Committee on Character from 1989-95 and Acting Chair in 1994.


  • New Jersey state courts
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • J.D., University of Michigan
  • B.A., magna cum laude: Drew University


  • New Jersey Bar Association


  • New Jersey Top Attorneys – Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice Law
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers ®
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


  • A Practical Approach to Medical Malpractice
    Presentation to medical students and urology residents at Rutgers Medical School, Newark, New Jersey
  • Cross-examination of Expert and Non-party Witnesses
    Rutgers Law School, Newark, New Jersey
  • How to Try a Medical Malpractice Case
    Panelist before the New Jersey State Bar Association, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
  • Appellate Moot Court Competition
    Judge at competition held at Seton Hall University, Newark, New Jersey
  • Personal Injury Litigation Practice in New Jersey
    Panelist at event hosted by the National Business Institute
  • Cross Examination Techniques
    Presentation at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey
  • Current Trends/Verdicts in Ophthalmology Litigation
    Panelist at Medical Inter-Insurance Exchange event in Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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  • Defense of Orthopedic Cases
    Panelist discussing case studies about Pulmonary Embolism and Death During Cast Change, and Leg Amputation Following Spinal Surgery at event hosted by Medical Inter-Insurance Exchange in Lawrenceville, New Jersey
  • Proximate Cause in Professional Negligence Actions
    Panelist at event hosted by the New Jersey State Bar Association, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Litigating a Wrongful Death Case
    Panelist at New Jersey State Bar Association, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
  • Successful Settlement Techniques
    Panelist at event hosted by the New Jersey State Bar Association, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • How to Try Obstetrical Malpractice Cases
    Panelist at event hosted by the New Jersey State Bar Association, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Effective Use of Expert Witnesses in Medical Malpractice Litigation
    Speaker at Justice Robert L. Clifford Inns of Court
  • Ligation of Right External Iliac Artery During Hypogastric Artery Ligation; Alleged Delay in Diagnosis of Breast Cancer
    New Jersey Mock Trial Event, hosted by ProNational Insurance Company
  • Annual Update in Pediatric Orthopedics
    Panelist at St. Barnabas Medical Center Department of Education
  • And You Think You Had a Bad Day
    Presentation about Comparative Negligence, Medical Record Keeping, Differential Diagnosis and Depositions at event hosted by ProNational Insurance Company
  • From the Exam Room to the Courtroom – Loss Prevention for Today’s Physician
    Presenter on case studies including Complication of Diagnostic Laparoscopy to Determine Presence of Endometriosis, Alleged Delay in Diagnosis of Gastric Cancer, Informed Consent, Electronic Medical Records, Disclosure of Unanticipated Outcomes at event hosted by ProNational Insurance Company

In the Press

Hall Booth Smith Welcomes Mattia, McBride, Grieco, and Coddington in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY – April, 2022 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is pleased to welcome four attorneys from the former New Jersey, boutique medical malpractice litigation firm, Mattia, McBride & Grieco, P.C. Attorneys Philip F. Mattia, Michael McBride and Haley K. Grieco join as Partners and Justyn M. Coddington joins as Associate as the firm
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Four Hall Booth Smith Attorneys Honored in the 2022 New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine

In the 2022 edition of the New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its outstanding legal work. Partners David Badie, Harry D. Norton, Jr. and Philip F. Mattia have all been named as Super Lawyers, and Attorney Brooke E. Reddin has been selected
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