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Philip M. Masorti

also known as Philip Masorti, Phil Masorti

About me

I was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania.  I played Division II college football as an outside linebacker at East Stroudsburg University earning academic all- conference honors and the Alumni Association Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, graduated magna cum laude in History and Political Science, attended law school at University of Dayton where I was selected to the International Law Moot Court team as a 2L and was selected captian of the team during 3L.  I started my firm in 1992 and I have been dedicated to representing aggressively my clients in litigation matters.  I have extensive litigation experience and I have tried to verdict over 100 criminal matters.  I have argued before the Superior Court and I have tried cases in multiple jurisdictions including Federal Court.  I am by trade and temperment a trial attorney, dedicated to protecting the interests of those accused.  I believe strongly in protecting our universal liberties as contained in the Bill of Rights and the Pennsylvania Constitution.  I believe those liberties are always under siege by local, state, and federal government and that my role as defense attorney is a vital and important one.   I also believe in protecting the best interests of children during custody and divorce disputes and I am an outspoken advocate of father's rights. I take select family law cases based on the nature and complexity of the case. 


I am a dedicated trial lawyer and I have been involved in the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for 20 years.  I have obtained acquittals in major felony cases, won suppression motions in state and federal court, and have argued and won 2 major criminal appeals. I have studied and developed successful trial and cross examination stratagies consitent with advanced principals in Posner and Dodd:  Science and Techniques of Cross- Examination.  I bring serious intensity to criminal defense, trial preparation, and litigation in general.


In 2006 I  founded Apache Records - an independent record label.  The label has released several projects in area's such asJazz, Folk, Rock, and Americana.  I have written, recorded, and released 4 commercial records and I am in the process of completing my 5th, that is scheduled to be released in May 2014.  Apache Records actively supports local and regional artists and the creative spirit they embody.


Aside from law and music, I am dedicated to historical study, having recently completed Edward Gibbon's monumental 8 volume History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.  My current historical inquiry includes the study and analysis of the development of individual liberties from the Magna Carta (1215), through the Decleration of Rights in various forms as historical antecedents to our Federal Bill of Rights - noting that our fundamental due process rights are remnants of clause 39 in the 1215 Charter.


I have enjoyed the opportunity to coach youth baseball, youth football, and youth basketball  while balancing an active family life.  I write poetry, short stories and I am in the process of sketching a short novel that I hope to publish by 2015.


With liberty and justice for all.




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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    25 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Family: 25%
    25 years, 200 cases



Hourly ($150-300/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • William J. Higgins Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer. Phil was easy to work with, prompt at returning calls. He was professional while zealously representing his client.


    William Higgins Government Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Ellis B. Klein

    Phil is my "go-to" guy when referring clients who have gotten into some trouble in Centre County. Phil has done an excellent job for all cases that I have referred to him and I would highly recommend his services.


    Ellis Klein DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Masorti Law Group, pc

302 S Burrowes St
State College, PA, 16801


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Clients Choice AwardAvvo2014
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2008
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2007
Rising StarSuperLawyers2006
Moot Court CaptianInternational Law Moot Court1992
All Academic AwardPennsylvania Athletic Conference1989
Scholar Athlete of the YearEast Stroudsburg University Alumni Association1989
Magna Cum LaudeEast Stroudsburg University1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder & Senior PartnerMasorti Law Group, pc1992 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard Member2002 - 2005
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersExecutive Committee Member2001 - 2002
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1994 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Centre County Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Phi Alpha ThetaMemberN/A
Pi GammaMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Commonwealth v. K.W.Not Guilty on all counts
Commonwealth v Eppsnot guilty all counts
Commonwealth v K.A.Not Guilty on all counts
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Dayton School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
East Stroudsburg University of PennsylvaniaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
East Stroudsburg University of PennsylvaniaHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Small Firm Practice WorkshopSmall Firm Practice2014
Daughters of the American RevolutionMedical Malpractice Reform2004
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersYoung Lawyers Conference2001