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The founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C., Joseph L.
Messa, Jr. was born and raised in Philadelphia. A noted presenter in
the legal and medical fields, as well as on local and national news
broadcasts, Mr. Messa has built a firm that shares his concentration in medical malpractice, products liability, transportation accidents, construction and workplace injuries, fire, medical device, drug products liability, and other fields of complex personal injury litigation.  He began his legal education as an honors graduate of Tulane University in1984, and went on to graduate cum laude from Temple University School of Law in 1988, where he was honored with the Horace Stern Award for
Excellence in Products Liability and the American Jurisprudence Award
for Products Liability.

Mr. Messa is a member of the Bars of the Supreme Courts of
Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court for the District of New
Jersey, as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado,
and the First, Third, and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals. He is an
active member of the American Association for Justice; American Bar Association; Pennsylvania Association for Justice; New Jersey Association for Justice, Philadelphia, Camden, Burlington County New Jersey Bar Associations; and the Justinian Society. In addition to being a member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association,
he has served on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Trial
Lawyers Association since 2006, and currently, Mr. Messa holds the
leadership position of assistant secretary.

Mr. Messa serves as a judge pro tem,
evaluating complex injury cases for the Philadelphia Court of Common
Pleas. He has also served as a court-appointed committee member in the
Bone Screw Products Liability Litigation / MDL-1014, In Re: Diet Drugs /
MDL-1204, and the Bridgestone Firestone Tire Litigation / MDL-1373.
Mr. Messa is the author of several published articles in the field,
particularly in the areas of managed care liability, hospital-acquired
infections, expert witnesses and jury selection.

Mr. Messa is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed
in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He is a member of the Million
Dollar Advocates Forum and an invited member of the Verdict Club,
Premier Trial Lawyers. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in his
primary areas of practice, medical malpractice and products liability,
awarded to only the top five percent of attorneys in the state. Mr.
Messa has successfully litigated multiple serious injury cases to seven-
and eight-figure verdicts and settlements, in medical malpractice,
products liability, fire, and construction/work injury matters,
including a $12.25 million verdict, which at the time was the largest
verdict in the history of Camden County, New Jersey; an $8 million
verdict in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the largest verdict in the
history of Green County, Wisconsin; and the largest medical malpractice
verdict in Adams County, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Messa has represented clients from around the country and
received significant awards and settlements in other states, including
Delaware, Maryland, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Virginia, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Tennessee, and Kansas, and has the largest jury verdict
in the history of Green County, Wisconsin. Mr. Messa has also secured
settlements for his clients in orthopedic bone screw litigation totaling
over $120 million; in diet drug litigation totaling over $20 million;
and in individual cases, including $10 million in a spine surgery
malpractice case, $8.5 million in a post delivery injury resulting in
death due to defendants' negligent treatment of postpartum hemorrhage,
$6.9 million in a trucking accident brain injury case, $6.5 million in a
vascular surgery case, $5.75 million in a case involving the death of a
2-year-old at a daycare center playground, $5.4 million in a trucking
accident brain injury case, $5 million in an emergency room malpractice
case resulting in paralysis, a $3.7 million recovery in a defective
smoke detector case, $2.75 million in a motorcycle accident case and
$2.5 million in a tractor-trailer accident case, among many others. He
has participated in nationwide products liability and catastrophe
litigation, including the CSX train crash in Florence, South Carolina.

Mr. Messa was born and raised in the Germantown section of the city
and got an early lesson in the virtues of hard work by working with his
father on weekends with different construction projects. He attended
Chestnut Hill Academy and worked his way through college and law school
with a house painting business he founded. Besides the law practice,
which takes up a significant amount of his time, he enjoys boating,
waterskiing, scuba diving, working out and cheering on all of our
Philadelphia sports teams.



Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 34%
    29 years
  2. Defective Products: 33%
    29 years
  3. Medical Malpractice: 33%
    29 years

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Messa & Associates

123 S 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103-4335


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Horace Stern AwardN/AN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
New Jersey Trial Lawyer’s AssociationMemberN/A
Camden Bar AssociationsMemberN/A
Burlington County New Jersey Bar AssociationsMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawN/AN/A1988
Tulane UniversityN/AN/A1984