suzanne h. depillis
attorney at law
Suzanne dePillis, Esq. is an experienced litigator of 30 years, focusing her practice at Messa &Associates on complex catastrophic injury litigation including medical malpractice, auto collisions, premises liability, defective products, and wrongful death.
About ms. depillis
Following 11 years as a personal injury and commercial litigator in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey at a premier AmLaw Top 100 law firm in the country, Ms. dePillis’ career as a plaintiff’s lawyer started at a prominent Philadelphia personal injury firm, where she achieved significant multi-million dollar recoveries over a seven year period before joining Messa & Associates, P.C. in 2015.
Additionally, Ms. dePillis has significant experience handling bad faith, class action, and mass tort claims.
Attorney dePillis earned her juris doctor from the Villanova University School of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross, where she was a House Council representative, a reporter for The Crusader campus newspaper, and competed on Field Hockey and Track teams. She spent her junior year studying abroad at Oxford University, where she was a member of the Oxford Union.
Ms. dePillis is a member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Philadelphia Association for Justice, and the Philadelphia Bar Association, where she was former Secretary of the Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Division. She is a member of a fundraising committee for For Pete’s Sake (formerly Crossing the Finish Line), anon-profit organization that provides vacation respites for cancer patients and their families.
She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey State and Federal Courts, including the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Confidential six-figure settlement for a patient who suffered a perforated bowel leading to septic shock and multiple surgeries after being discharged from the emergency room with a life-threating bowel obstruction.
Confidential six figure settlements against two New Jersey hospitals for failure to diagnose and promptly treat with TPA their emergency room patients’ strokes, resulting in significant disabilities in one case and death in the other case.
Confidential six figure settlement in a birth injury claim against a New Jersey hospital after successfully defeating its claim that it was a charitable organization entitled to a cap on damages under New Jersey’s Charitable Immunity Act.
Confidential six figure settlement with a New Jersey anesthesiologist and surgi-center for excessive use of propofol during an elective cervical ablation, and failure to properly monitor and resuscitate the patient, resulting in his vegetative state and ultimate tragic death.
Confidential six figure settlement with a Pennsylvania hospital for failure to diagnose vaginal lymphoma, due to multiple misread pap smears over a six year period.
Confidential six figure settlement with a New Jersey hospital for failing to promptly treat an infant’s blood clot from an arterial line, resulting in a below elbow amputation.
Confidential six figure settlement with a Pennsylvania hospital and emergency medicine physician for failing to perform a brain scan of a patient who suffered a brain bleed after an auto accident.