Stephen C. Matthews

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Stephen C. Matthews is a principal of Porzio Bromberg & Newman and member of the firm’s Litigation Department and Life Sciences Industry Group. Mr. Matthews’ practice focuses on product liability and mass torts, with a particular emphasis on pharmaceutical drug and medical device litigation. Mr. Matthews has also represented manufacturers in defense of claims relating to consumer products and industrial equipment in both personal injury actions and consumer fraud class actions.

Mr. Matthews acts as regional coordinating counsel and New Jersey counsel in a variety of contexts and represents clients in both state and federal courts. As regional coordinating counsel, Mr. Matthews leads and manages a team of attorneys and paralegals in the defense of a life sciences company’s product liability claims venued throughout the Northeast United States. He has significant litigation experience, focusing on factual case development, company witness preparation and trial strategy. As a trial attorney, Mr. Matthews has successfully represented his clients in both the state and federal courts of New Jersey.

As a member of the firm’s Litigation Department Mr. Matthews has primary responsibility for developing the team’s external litigation budgets and coordinates with in house counsel to ensure that the client’s budget expectations are met.

Honors and Awards
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2017, 2018
  • Recognized by New Jersey Monthly Magazine as a "Super Lawyer" in the State of New Jersey, 2006, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Product Liability Advisory Council—Sustaining Member
  • Trial Attorney of New Jersey, Trustee, 2011-present
  • Legal Services Foundation of Essex County, Trustee, 2002–present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Products Liability Section
  • Defense Research Institute, Drug and Medical Device Committee
  • "Law Firms as Business Associates - Is Your Firm HIPAA Compliant?" New Jersey Lawyer, June 2014
  • "FDA Issues Draft Guidance to Help Companies Distinguish Between a Voluntary Medical Device Recall and a Product Enhancement," Association of Corporate Counsel, May 23, 2013
  • "New Jersey Court Rejects 'Innovator Liability' for Brand-name Drug Manufacturers," Association of Corporate Counsel, June 29, 2012
  • Contributing Author, "The New Reality of Sales Force Behavior and Management," FDLI Monograph Series, Vol. 2, Num 6, June 2011
  • "New Jersey Supreme Court Rejects Consumer Fraud Class Action for Prescription Drug Plans," Porzio Litigation Update, September 12, 2007 and New Jersey Defense, Vol. 24, Issue 2, April 2008
  • "The Second British Invasion: Foreign Nationals in U.S. Courts," LJN’s Product Liability Law & Strategy Newsletter, Vol. 26, No. 2, August 2007
  • "The Next British Invasion: Foreign Nationals in U.S. Courts," New Jersey Law Journal, April 23, 2007
Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker, "Off Label Marketing and Free Speech in the Post Caronia and Amarin World," ABA Life Science Summit, San Francisco, California, September, 2016.
  • Speaker, "Life Science Litigation Update," Product Liability Advisory Council, Miami, Florida, March, 2016.
  • Speaker, "Litigation Update for the Medical Device Industry," West Coast Compliance Congress, San Francisco, California, November, 2014.
  • Speaker, "Emerging Issues in New Jersey Ethics: Pitfalls in Witness Prep, Use of Social Media & The Growth of Alternative Fee Agreements," Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, MCLE Seminar & Annual Meeting, Belmar, New Jersey, June 6, 2012.



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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1994
  • Northern District of New York, 2010
  • Southern District of New York, 2010
  • Eastern District of New York, 2010
  • Western District of New York, 2010
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1994
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2013
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1996
  • United States Supreme Court, 2006


Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, D.C., J.D., 1994

Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., B.A., 1990

Contact Address

100 Southgate Parkway

Morristown, NJ 07962-1997

Phone: 973.538.4006

Fax: 973.538.5146

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