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Matthew Joseph Lager

Workers compensation Attorney at Erie, PA

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Matt Lager, Matthew J. Lager

  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 11 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 11 years
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Matthew

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Matthew J. Lager is a lifelong Pennsylvania resident, having lived in Bucks, Centre, and Erie counties.  Graduating from Council Rock High School North, he then attended The Pennsylvania State University’s main campus, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.  Afterwards, Matthew went on to earn his Juris Doctor from The Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law.


While at Penn State Law, Matthew was a member of the Rural Economic Development Clinic, where he was recognized as a Public Interest Advocate for providing free legal assistance to small businesses in rural communities throughout the state.  Additionally, Matthew represented Penn State Law at the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, hosted yearly at Pace University in White Plains, New York.


Prior to joining Bernard Stuczynski Barnett & Lager, Matthew spent a summer serving as an interning law clerk to The Honorable Frank Palumbo of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where he drafted judicial opinions for appeals to Pennsylvania’s Superior and Commonwealth courts.


Matthew’s practice is primarily focused on automobile accident cases, workers’ compensation claims, and Social Security disability claims.  As a rider himself, Matthew takes a special interest in representing injured bikers after motorcycle accidents.

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Bernard Stuczynski Barnett & Lager
234 W 6th St
Erie, PA, 16507
Bernard Stuczynski Barnett & Lager (Smethport)
203 W Main St, Suite B
Smethport, PA, 16749
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  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Robert | February 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extreamly helpful!
Matt helped me out with some social security questions I had and I couldn't be happier with how insightful he was. He was also very personable. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a consultation.
Posted by Peter | March 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Matt did a wonderful job handling my claim. He was very thorough and conscientious during the entire process. When the settlement was held up for no apparent reason, he wrote letters and got results. Thank you, Matt!
Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Choice!
I was involved in an auto accident that was not my fault, but we both had the same insurance carrier. I hired Atty. Lager because I was worried that the insurance company would not be fair. To make matters worse, the other driver, an elderly gentlemen, later on passed away of natural causes. Atty. Lager stayed on top of everything, regularly updated me, and ended up getting me a settlement for more than I expected. I was completely satisfied with his representation, I would hire him again, and I have already recommended him to others.
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Posted by Paul & Madeline Skala | August 26, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Auto Accident
We were involved in a head on auto collision 1,000 miles from home. The driver of the other vehicle was @ fault & their insurance company was very supportive initially, but offered a low ball sum of money to settle/clear their liability. Attorney Lager represented our best interests while dealing with the insurance company's unreasonable claims adjuster & his approach to settle our claim. At all times Attorney Lager kept us well informed & rendered solid legal advice/guidance. Eventually, Attorney Lager was able to negotiate a reasonable settlement amount which we were very satisfied with. Bottom line, we were blessed to have Attorney Lager representing our best interests. We would highly recommend Matt Lager as the Attorney of first choice!
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Posted by Carla | October 7, 2013
Attorney's work thorough and competent
Feel appreciative of Attorney's Lager's careful application and representation of my case. He showed understanding of the various issues surrounding our claim, and I valued the communication and steps taken in a timely manner to present my medical situation to the Office of Disability.
Posted by Megan | March 15, 2013
A pleasure to work with.
Matt was such a help and was so professional in helping me out. He took everything out of my hands and constantly kept me updated in the status of my situation. I had a very positive and successful experience with Matt and I would absolutely recommend Matt to friends and family.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 20%-33%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Bernard Stuczynski Barnett & Lager
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate
  • Bernard Stuczynski & Barnett
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Rural Economic Development Clinic, Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Interning Law Clerk for Judge Palumbo
  • Court Of Common Pleas Of Philadelphia County
  • 2011 - 2011
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  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park (main campus)
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2009

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Car Accident Litigation Against State Farm for TMJ with Limited Tort
  • Defeated State Farm's Motion for Summary Judgment on Limited Tort, Settled the Month before Trial
  • Social Security Disability Award for Multiple Sclerosis
  • Won a Fully Favorable Decision
  • Car Accident Settlement for Back Injury
  • Settlement
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  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2018 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association For Justice
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association For Justice
  • Board of Governors
  • 2017 - Present
  • Erie County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Leadership Committee
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Erie County Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Erie County Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Practice Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Erie County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Practice Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Chair
  • Erie County Bar Association, Solo/Small Firms Division
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Erie County Bar Association, Solo/Small Firms Division
  • Vice Chair
  • 2016 - 2016
  • The Northwest Pennsylvania American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Erie County Bar Association, Solo/Small Firms Division
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Penn State Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Lawyer
  • The Erie County Bar Association and Northwestern Legal Services
  • 2017
  • Excellence for the Future Award in Workers' Compensation Law
  • CALI
  • 2012
  • Miller Public Interest Advocate
  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • 2012
  • Moot Court Board
  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • 2012
  • Dean's Scholarship
  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Workers’ Compensation From The Injured Worker’s Perspective: Thoughts From A Claimant’s Attorney
  • Workers' Compensation
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (8)
Endorse Matthew
Personal injury Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Lager is hardworking, honest, intelligent, personable, and dedicated. Excellent lawyer, better person. You and your case will be in good hands with Matt."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Lager is an excellent attorney who is well-respected in the legal community. He is someone I have had the pleasure of spending time with discussing a wide range of personal and professional topics. I have learned through these discussions that he is conscientious, hard working, and very knowledgeable. I know these personal and professional traits will continue to allow him to acquire tremendous results for his clients."
Workers compensation Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I do not hesitate to send my clients to Attorney Lager for their workers' compensation claims and other cases he handles. He has a great reputation in Erie, and he is well prepared for every case."
Car accident Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Lager is a respected attorney who does a great job for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Matthew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Mr. Lager as a trustworthy, zealous and honorable attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Friend
"Matt is one of the finest young lawyers I know, and I am not just saying this because he gave me a kind endorsement. I had the pleasure of getting to know Matt in our very first law school class, and frequently worked with him over the next three years. Matt never ceases to impress me with his dedication to our craft and his achievements in the field. I am confident that his work at Bernard Stucynski & Barnett will continue to reflect the drive, determination, and attention to detail that allowed him to excel during our time together at the Dickinson School of Law."
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