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Philip M. Masorti

Criminal defense Attorney at State College, PA

4.8   92 reviews

also known as Philip Masorti, Phil Masorti

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  • Licensed for 31 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Philip

Learn Philip’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    I have been focused on criminal defense since 1992 and I have tried to verdict over 100 criminal matters. I have obtained acquittals on major felony cases including drug deliveries, sex assaults, robbery, burglary, conspiracy, attempted homicide, vehicular homicide, unauthorized use, aggravated assault, and criminal trespass. I have obtained acquittals on many misdemeanors including simple assaults indecent contact and DUI. We use advanced trial prep methods with emphasis on cross-examination.

    33 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Sex crime
    30%

    33 years

  3. Violent crime
    30%

    33 years

26 YEARS EXPERIENCE / 3000+ CASES RESOLVED / INSTRUCTOR TRIAL ADVOCACY - PSU LAW SCHOOL

I have been representing the rights of the criminally accused since 1992, and I have been involved in all aspects of criminal litigation from initial investigation to final appeal. I have tried to verdict well-over 80 criminal cases, and I have negotiated pre-trial resolutions in well-over 1,000 other criminal matters. My priority is defending clients with passion and skill against complicated and serious criminal prosecutions. I have dedicated my career to criminal defense and to the science of Trial Advocacy. I believe in representing my clients zealously and maneuvering cases through the criminal justice system as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. I am an active member of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and I regularly complete more than 12 credit hours of ongoing legal education annually. I also have the privilege of teaching Trial Advocacy at Penn State School of Law. In my career, I have won acquittals on major cases including attempted murder, aggravated assault, drug deliveries, rape, sexual assault, conspiracy, arson, terroristic threats, simple assaults, burglary, criminal trespasses, DUI, indecent assault, unauthorized use, furnishing alcohol, recklessly endangering, and other serious charges. As a rule and guiding principle, I represent clients as though they were my own family member.

Awards

Silver Client Champion
Client's Choice 2019,2018,2017,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2019 2018 2017 + 2 ...

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  92 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Arsh | March 14, 2020
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A lifesaver
A lifesaver may seem to be a strong word, but it is not when you are facing a felony record for life any potential jailtime. When facing a serious case which could have resulted in a felony record, out of talking to at least 10 lawyers, Mr. Masorti stood out the most. His intelligence, grace, and dedication will protect you all the time at any time. He will do work without ever giving you tension, with you not even realizing the work he is putting into the case. Out of multiple charges that would have made me a felon, Mr. Masorti was able to get everything downgraded to one single misdemeanor charge, that after one year of the ARD program (pre-trial invertion, probation) that only required a court check in online once a month, would get expunged. He stands out in my mind as THE most impressive lawyer I have ever met. You cannot go wrong and will never question your decision in choosing Mr. Masorti.
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Posted by Adam | March 9, 2020
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Could Not Have Chosen Better
Masorti Law Group is a firm that I would recommend to anyone looking for legal advice. Philip is an extremely approachable, friendly, and professional lawyer who will look out for you like you're family. I got in trouble for a felony level crime while on ARD and Philip managed to get me an extended ARD sentence instead of jail/prison time. He is compassionate and extremely driven to help his clients, and will also keep you informed and updated every step of the way. I can not advocate enough for the legal services of Masorti Law Group.
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Posted by Joseph | January 2, 2020
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Professional - Inside and out
Phil is a very professional and well known attorney in State College who went out above and beyond for me with my case. You can tell right off the bat that he is a very intelligent and outgoing lawyer. Phil seems to know everyone in State College/ Centre County and everyone knows him. Phil has given me much legal relief and I am confident in saying that he will work on any cases he accepts with ferocity and will get you the best legal results possible. When you catch yourself in a difficult legal situation, you want to have Phil Masorti in your corner to protect you. Plain and simple.
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Posted by michael | December 9, 2019
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Client
Phil is a wonderful attorney, a friend, and overall person. During my case, he made sure that I knew what was going on with every step. Whenever I felt uneasy, he always had a way of subsiding those feelings and reassuring me that everything was going to be okay. Phil always looked out for my best interest and made sure that all accommodations were met. Over the course of the case, we developed a very great relationship that stemmed outside of just business. He helped get me a resolution that will ultimately lead to the expungement of charges and sealing of my records. I wish nothing but the best for Phil and that he continues his great work because he is a great human being. Whether he knows it or not, I learned a lot from just being in his presence and observing his meticulous methodology.
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2019
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Did his job and helped with more
Philip helped calm me down after the police got in contact with me. Afterwards he assured me that he would fight for me to get into ARD. With his help I entered the program. Philip is currently helping me get into a summer program abroad. We have not fully discussed final price so I'm not sure whether he was worth the money spent. Will update review once it is hashed out.
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Posted by Edward | November 12, 2019
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Fights for you!
From my initial phone call with Philip regarding a DUI, he genuinely showed that he wanted to help me. After my first meeting with him at his office, I knew that he was the attorney that I needed to hire. He has always explained the processes that we would go through in the legal system. He has always been there, day and night, to answer any question that I had. He has been by my side to fight for me. He always treated me with respect. This is my first time of having to be in the legal system, but Philip has always been there to represent me. Through his genuineness and caring, Philip has made me feel that I always have someone to help me through this.
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Posted by Nicole | October 24, 2019
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Attorney Masorti - Recommend
Mr. Masorti handled my son's case which was fairly publicized and extremely serious. He kept us in the loop every step of the way. He answered our questions with honesty; talked to the D.A.; gave great-sounding advice; handled the press and saw the case through to the end. Phil was able to get the best possible outcome we could have hoped for for my son who was facing quite a few years in state prison. Phil worked his "magic" and got the sentence down to months in the county jail. Phil was definitely reasonably priced and was well worth the money we paid. Phil's a straight shooter with compassion. Myself, my family and my son truly thank Phil for the job he did and for his professional assistance in a very sensitive case. I highly recommend his services! Thank you Phil!
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2019
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Excellent Representation
I hired Phillip for my DUI case and wouldn’t have had any other attorney representing me. He met with me whenever necessary, made sure I understood the processes clearly, and he went above and beyond to make sure all questions were answered and that I was prepared.
Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2019
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Very Helpful and Upfront
Mr. Masorti was very helpful in my situation. He was honest and upfront about the process, including what the anticipated outcomes were, both good and bad. He also walked me though what recourse was available if the outcome was not the hoped for outcome. Thankfully it was the hoped for outcome. When I had a question or concern, Mr. Masorti was very responsive and helpful. He came across as though he truly cared about me and my circumstance.
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Posted by William | September 24, 2019
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Excellent Lawyer
I was in big trouble in the beginning. After I went to see Philip everything was doing great, he is a positive, generous, and caring person. He was always there if I need help. He is patient to explain everything to me whenever I was stunned. In the end, my case was resolved and Philip brings good closure.
Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2019
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Competent and Confident
We found ourselves in shock & disbelief when a family member was charged with felonies for an action causing no physical harm and legitimately believed to be within ones legal right to ‘stand your ground’. We were in search of a defense attorney who knew his way around Centre Co legal system and would provide a vigorous defense without taking the easy way out of a case. Recommendations immediately led us to Mr. Philip Masorti, whom we found to be confident and reassuring. We were extremely grateful and relieved he was at least able to get the charges reduced to a level more appropriate befitting the legal description of the incident. We were further shocked when the county still insisted on a punishment much more severe than we expected for a first offense with no physical harm, ( in light of what others received who actually caused physical harm, even death) but through this whole harrowing ordeal, Philip was there for us, especially me, at times more like a trusted family friend than legal counsel. He was frank and honest about possible outcomes. Having heard so many complaints about lawyers who don’t return calls, I was very pleasantly surprised and relieved to find Phil was never more than a phone call or text away even if out of town. He made himself available for face-to-face meetings when I needed updates and reassurance. He has a compassionate heart and truly seems to care about the success of young men who have made a mistake.
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Posted by Barb | September 8, 2019
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Amazing Lawyer
Philip has helped me with various law needs since 1994 which began with my divorce. He is attentive, sensitive to your needs, professional but yet to the point!!! He’s meticulous and brilliant with the law. You won’t find anyone better!!!
Posted by Barbara Ann | July 25, 2019
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He's "The Best"
I will never forget the night I received a call from my son terrified and in shock because the police were knocking on his door after a verbal argument with his brother that had escalated to a physical fight. I did not know that at that moment, all of our lives would be changed forever. My husband immediately drove to their house, but It was too late, our son was taken to the police station and then transported to a detention center; not fully comprehending what was happening to him. This led to what seemed liked a never ending chain of legal events for him and our family to face. We had never had anything like this happen to our family and quite frankly, we were very naïve about the law and court proceedings. Daily I had headaches, nausea, anxiety, and stress as well as added financial burdens. Both my sons and my husband were affected as well. It was a blessing in disguise when we were referred to Philip Masorti, Attorney. He literally came to our son's rescue and to our family as well. He carefully reviewed all of the charges and evidence, thus getting the all of the charges reduced and was monumental in eventually getting all of the charges dropped and off our son's record. He kept us in the loop by email or telephone regarding all court proceedings. Phil is not only an experienced, superb Attorney but a compassionate, caring man who put his family first, his children, wife and mother. He handled our son's case as if he was defending his own son facing all of these trials and tribulations. I could call or email him and he always returned the call; even when he was on vacation with his family. He is definitely worth every penny of his fee. He understood out heartache, pain, and suffering fighting for our son till the case was resolved favorably. I cried tears of joy when he called to tell us the case was being dropped. He really is "The Best". With sincere Gratitude, Barbara Ann
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Posted by F | July 25, 2019
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Highly Recommended
Early this year, for the first time ever, our family was in need of an attorney. Philip was the first attorney referred to me by the bail bondsman for my son, having personally used his legal services for his grandson. Phil personally answered my phone call on a Sunday evening and met us the very next day. I knew as soon as we met Philip that he was the best attorney for my son. My son had a heated argument with his brother that became physical which led to police coming to the house. From that point on, everything continued to spiral down for not only my son, but our entire family. We had no idea how the legal system works and how long everything takes. Thanks to Phil, he took us through everything step by step. He listened to my son and developed a strong line of defense. Our son followed everything he was advised to do. Phil came through each time a court date was set, proceeding positively forward. When he tells you he is available anytime and any day; he means exactly that. He always answered each and every phone call whether it was from me, my wife, or our son. He kept us informed by email as well. He turned what was a harrowing situation for our family into a successful, winning situation. We couldn't be happier, he accomplished everything he set out to do for our son. The case was nol pros and all records will be expunged. Our son has his life and future back! With sincere thanks, F
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2019
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He answers his phone and he's worth the money.
Masorti answers his phone personally, which is a big deal when you're faced with the unknowns of being accused of a crime. I hired him after being accused of two felonies, which he turned into one minor misdemeanor. He kept me from being arrested publicly, kept it out of the papers, and kept me out of jail. He is not only a good lawyer, but he knows the local judges and D.A. personally, which allows him to work deals that other lawyers wouldn't be able to do, even if they could think of them.
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Posted by Greg | July 1, 2019
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Excellent Lawyer
Philip is an excellent lawyer. We hired Philip to help a family member that was accused of a felony against another person, which we knew was false. Philip took the time to explain the process (we never had a legal issue, let alone one of this magnitude) and guided us through every step. His experience and knowledge proved extremely effective as he was able to work on our behalf to have the charges drastically reduced and give our family member their life back. We are very thankful to Philip for helping our family in a great time of need.
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Posted by Rick | May 28, 2019
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DUI
Mr. Philip Masorti handled my DUI case. He thoroughly reviewed my case. He took my statement of events, he visited the site of the stop and reviewed the police report. We consulted on the situation and my options. Philip was very helpful in explaining the options of what was very confusing. Once i chose the path Philip very expiditiously went to work. It was pretty painless and my penalties were greatly reduced. He gave great advice. He is an awesome guy and a great attourney. I would highly recomend Philip Masorti for any case or litigation you have. I would definately call on him if i ever need a capable attourney who has my best interest in the forefront. Thanks Philip, i really appreciate all you did for me.
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Posted by Neef | April 30, 2019
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SAFE HAVEN
SEXUAL ASSAULT case... These types of cases are extremely life changing and scary if I may say. I was terrified about the allegations PFA ordered against me firearms were taken by the Sheriffs, people coming to my home my job total embarrassment. I could even admit to having crazy thoughts of my life coming to an because of the possibility of me losing EVERYTHING I worked hard for including my family. Philip calmed me down when I reached out to him he called me with in minutes of leaving a voicemail the next day I told him I was afraid and the police showed at my home he cancelled everything we meet at his office he devised a plan and had a private investigator come and speak with me. He is very comforting and does everything with methodical precision I trust Phil with my life and I don't think anyone else is as high energy and dedicated that is why when it comes to the AREA of state college I wouldn't chose ANY OTHER attorney because he is simply the BEST!!! I've hired PHIL before and we went all the way to trial and won he is reasonable and dedicated.
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Posted by Neef | April 30, 2019
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The best IN the area
MAN!!! I don't know where to start with this... I went to 3 other attorneys and explained to them what I was going through for a high profile PSU hazing case. I was on T.V and this was really serious. The other attorneys didn't believe me and was already talking about taking a PLEA. I was a broke student that just graduated and I had my degree taken away and was expelled from PSU the last week of my college experience. "CRAZY" I know... When I walked in to Phil's office he told me listen you can not afford me but just meeting you here and now I not only believe you I want to represent you and we can do a payment plan for the money its not a big deal. Starting from the Preliminary hearing he never went against what I wanted or tried to take the easy way out he is ferocious in the court room and he doesn't back down for ANYTHING or ANYONE. HIS TRIAL SKILLS!!!!!!!! WOW!!! he even went to the extent to let me slap in the face with a rag in court. The way he articulated was so immaculate. The way he questioned the victim and other witnesses made it impossible to escape the actual truth. They say "the truth shall set you free" They need to rephrase the saying to "The truth or Philip Masorti shall set you free" I was found NOT GUILTY by the jury and Phil is getting my record expunged. THERE is not enough STARS to give him he is definitely someone who you NEED if you are facing any type of charges. I GAVE HIM THE BIGGEST HUG after because it was like I gained not only a lawyer but a friend in the process I cried in the end I was a free man.
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Posted by Ryan | April 13, 2019
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Incredible Counsel
It was an absolute honor to have a man like Phillip represent me during a time in my life that was extremely difficult. He treated me as if I were his number one priority, and always made himself available to talk. Phillip is an extremely intelligent, compassionate, and respectable man and I would recommend his services to anyone I know. I could not have asked for better counsel.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder & Senior Partner
  • Masorti Law Group, pc
  • 1992 - Present

Education

  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. R.E.
  • Reduced to $25 dollar fine. All other charges dismissed
  • Commonwealth v. K.W.
  • Not Guilty on all counts
  • Commonwealth v K.A.
  • Not Guilty on all counts
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Associations

  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Centre County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pi Gamma
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2001 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Clients Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2006
  • Moot Court Captian
  • International Law Moot Court
  • 1992
  • Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • East Stroudsburg University Alumni Association
  • 1989
  • All Academic Award
  • Pennsylvania Athletic Conference
  • 1989
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • 1989
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Speaking Engagements

  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Medical Malpractice Reform
  • 2004
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Young Lawyers Conference
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Masorti is a force to be reckoned with in the Courtroom. He is a zealous advocate for his clients. I have seen him go above and beyond for his clients in and outside of the Courtroom. He relentlessly pursues his clients goals in every case that I have seen him have when I have been in Court with him. I highly recommend Attorney Masorti as a follow attorney in Centre County."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Philip is a solid choice for any criminal defense matter. He has a fantastic reputation for getting great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Attorney Masorti. We have gone head-to-head in the courtroom in the past and, more recently, have fought side by side in the pursuit of criminal defense. His criminal law intellect is matched only by the empathy he shows to his clients. A vigorous fighter; I endorse Attorney Masorti."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Philip Masorti is a hard working lawyer. He strives to do the best for his clients. I recently worked with him as co-counsel on a difficult Aggravated Assault While DUI case. The dedication he showed to his client to defend her against very serious charges as well as how he constantly kept his client informed was very impressive and I am not easily impressed. I would definitely work with him again in the future because he cares for his clients and works very hard for them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
State College Criminal defense Lawyer Philip M. Masorti
Philip M. Masorti
Criminal defense Attorney
State College, PA
Licensed for 31 years
Virtual consultation available