Christina M. Matteo

Associate
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS

Premises Liability
Employment Law

BAR ADMISSIONS

Pennsylvania, 2015

New Jersey, 2015

EDUCATION

Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2015

University of Delaware, B.A., 2012

Christina M. Matteo works in the firm’s King of Prussia office. Christina concentrates her legal practice in the areas of premises liability and employment law for one of the nation’s largest retailers. Christina manages her own caseload and handles all aspects of her cases including discovery, depositions of all parties, motion practice, and arbitrations.


Prior to joining McDonnell & Associates, Christina worked as an associate at a civil defense firm in New Jersey where she gained significant experience in the areas of employment law and medical malpractice. As an associate, Christina drafted and argued motions, handled discovery, and assisted in trial preparation for matters involving school district contract disputes and employment discrimination issues, and medical malpractice matters against doctors and hospitals. Prior to going into private practice, Christina served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Thomas M. Brown, J.S.C., in the Mercer County Superior Court. In that position, Christina evaluated hundreds of orders to show cause applications, conducted consent conferences, and reviewed civil motions. She also drafted legal memoranda, and court orders and opinions.


Christina is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law. While in law school, Christina served as a certified legal intern at Villanova’s Civil Justice Clinic, where she represented indigent clients through all stages of representation. She also successfully represented a client in a child abuse expungement trial. Christina served as a Staff Writer on Villanova’s Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal and as a research assistant for work/life balance issues to former law professor Jennifer Sperling, Esq. Christina also volunteered for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and the Montgomery County Criminal Record Expungement Project. Christina graduated from the University of Delaware in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science, and minors in legal studies and sociology.


Christina is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey.


Assisted in the preparation of a successful Motion for Summary Judgment on behalf of a school district. Plaintiff filed Constitutional and sex-based discrimination claims against the school district when a principal position she applied for was awarded to a male colleague who did not apply for the position. Plaintiff argued that the pre-employment contract she executed was a contract of employment and by denying her the position, the school district breached the contract and denied her constitutional protection. Plaintiff also argued that she was denied the position based on her gender. Christina successfully argued that the plaintiff was not entitled to constitutional protection under New Jersey law because the pre-employment form did not constitute a contract of employment. With respect to plaintiff’s discrimination claim, Christina successfully argued that the allegations of discrimination plaintiff alleged in the Complaint and throughout discovery were inadmissible hearsay statements that would not be admissible at trial.


Obtained dismissal by way of a Motion to Dismiss on behalf of a school administrator. In her Complaint, Plaintiff alleged age-based employment discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, intentional interference with contractual relations, and loss of consortium. Christina successfully argued that Plaintiff’s allegations failed to state a claim against the administrator since the allegations related exclusively to his ministerial function of advising Plaintiff that she was not selected for a promotional position within the school district and could not have given rise to tortious or discriminatory conduct warranting individual liability. The Court dismissed the Plaintiff’s Complaint against the administrator as a matter of law, finding that a cause of action could not be gleaned with respect to any of the four counts.


Successfully barred a plaintiff’s proposed medical expert witness, a registered nurse, from testifying at trial as to standard of care and proximate causation opinions against a defendant pulmonologist in a medical malpractice matter. The qualifications of the registered nurse failed to comport with those required by the New Jersey Patients First Act, thereby precluding her from offering standard of care opinions against a board-certified pulmonologist. Additionally, Christina successfully argued that the registered nurse did not possess the minimal medical training necessary to render a reliable opinion as to proximate cause regarding the plaintiff’s injuries.


Publications

Assisted former law professor of Villanova University School of Law, Jennifer Sperling, Esq., with research for: “Reframing the Work-Family Conflict Debate by Rejecting the Ideal Parent Norm,” published in American University’s Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law in 2013.

 Christina M. Matteo

Associate
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS

Premises Liability
Employment Law

BAR ADMISSIONS

Pennsylvania, 2015

New Jersey, 2015

EDUCATION

Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2015

University of Delaware, B.A., 2012

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