Joseph L. Messa, Jr., Esq.
Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Mr. Messa handles cases involving 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 has represented clients from around the country and received seven and eight-figure verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice, products liability, fire, and construction/work injury matters. Mr. Messa also serves the legal community by presenting lectures on medical malpractice, products liability, managed care liability, drugs and medical devices, and transportation accidents.
About Mr. Messa
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 grew up in a union household, where his father at different times was a member of the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU), Railroad Trains Workers Union, and AFSCME, while employed for 30 years by Penn Dot. He attended Chestnut Hill Academy and worked his way through college and law school with a house painting business he founded. He began his legal education as an honors graduate of Tulane University in 1984, 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.
Professional Organizations and Achievements
Mr. Messa is an active member of the American Association for Justice; American Bar Association; a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; Pennsylvania Association for Justice – Board of Governors; Philadelphia Bar Association; New Jersey Association for Justice; Camden and Burlington County, NJ Bar Associations; and the Justinian Society. He is also an elected Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). In addition, Mr. Messa has served on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association since 2006, as secretary from 2009-2011, as Vice President 2013-2014, and as President from 2015-2016.
Mr. Messa is a Diplomat of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and was board certified by the organization as a medical malpractice attorney. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an invited member of the Verdict Club, Premier Trial Lawyers, and named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers. He has been selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list in from 2009 through 2017 – an honor awarded to only the top five percent of attorneys in the state. He was also selected to the Top 100 Pennsylvania and Top 100 Philadelphia lists for 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016. He was selected by New Jersey’s Top Rated Lawyers as a Top Lawyer in the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Finally, Joseph Messa was voted as an ‘Awesome Attorney’ in Pennsylvania by Suburban Life Magazine and a Top Rated Lawyer in PA from 2010-2015.
$120 Million total in orthopaedic bone screw litigation.
$35 Million in a single vehicle commercial truck product liability case for a man who was paralyzed.
$20 Million total in diet drug litigation.
$12.26 Million in a spinal infection case.
$11 Million settlement against a leading smoke detector manufacturer and major mobile home company where a family of seven perished in a fire.
$11 Million settlement for a pediatric medical malpractice case that caused permanent and extensive brain damage in a young girl.
$10 Million in a spine surgery malpractice case.
$8.5 Million for the negligent treatment of a postpartum hemorrhage resulting in death.
$6.9 Million for a motorcycle crash.
$6.5 Million settlement for a 46-year-old woman after her doctor negligently performed an unnecessary procedure which resulted in a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage and irreversible brain damage.
$6.1 Million for negligence at a daycare, resulting in the loss of a child’s eye.
$5.75 Million for negligence at a daycare that led to the death of a two year-old child.
Beyond the Courtroom
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.
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court
- New Jersey Supreme Court
- US District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- US District Court – District of New Jersey
- US District Court – District of Colorado
- Court of Appeals – First, third, fourth, and sixth circuits
- Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas – Pro Tem Judge
- Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association – President
- American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys – Certified Medical Malpractice Attorney
- Million/Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- The Verdict Club
- Super Lawyers
- AV Rated Lawyers
- National Trial Lawyers Assoc
- Awesome Attorneys
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- American Assoc. of Justice
- PA Association of Justice
- American Society of Legal Advocates
- $120 Million Dollar Settlement – Settlement for plaintiff’s implanted with spinal screws that exacerbated pain and broke after implantation.
$35 Million Settlement – 27 year old man was ejected from his tractor trailer and paralyzed for life.
$20 Million settlement for clients injured as a result of ingestion of the diet drug Fen-Phen.
$12.26 Million – in a spinal infection case.
$10 Million Verdict – upheld for the unnecessary implanting of an unapproved device into a man’s spinal cord.
Confidential eight-figure settlement – against a leading smoke detector manufacturer and major mobile home company where a family of 7 perished in a fire.
- $8.5 Million Verdict – upheld for family after mother died in the hospital due to the negligent treatment of a postpartum hemorrhage.
- $6.1 Million Verdict – for negligence at a daycare resulting in the loss of a child’s eye.