Attorney Profiles

Matthew R. Wendler
Matthew was born in La Jolla, California, raised in Pennsylvania, and earned his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. While in law school, Matthew served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Jacqueline O. Shogan of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and as a judicial extern for the Honorable Nora Barry Fischer of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He also served as the chairperson of the moot-court board and received a certificate in International and Comparative Law. In pursuit of the certificate, he spent a semester studying at Temple University’s Japan campus. Upon graduating from law school, Matthew served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable David C. Klementik of the Court of Common Pleas of Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Thereafter, he practiced in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, focusing on the defense of manufacturers of firearms, automotive vehicles, industrial cranes, and pharmaceutical products in product-liability actions filed in state and federal courts throughout the country. During his representation of a prescription-drug manufacturer, Matthew obtained extensive knowledge of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act’s effect on product-liability claims. After the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing, he obtained favorable results in state- and federal-court cases involving questions of first impression, was an integral part of a team that successfully argued that all cases pending before a multi-district litigation panel (including numerous wrongful-death cases) must be dismissed, helped draft an amicus curiae brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett case, and has both spoken and written about the Mensing and Bartlett decisions. Matthew co-authored the Third Edition of the book Pennsylvania Causes of Action. His articles have been published in the National Law Journal, The Legal Intelligencer (a prominent Pennsylvania publication), and the Florida Defense Lawyers Association’s Trial Advocate Quarterly. (For more information on his publications, please see his LinkedIn profile.) His recent successes include a defense verdict in a wrongful-death action arising from a motor vehicle accident that involved a pedestrian.