Matthew D. Schelkopf has extensive litigation experience throughout the United States and has successfully handled large complex class actions on behalf of millions of consumers against major auto manufacturers such as Honda, Toyota, Volvo, Hyundai, Kia, BMW, GM, Subaru, Ford, Chrysler and Nissan. Matthew is a devoted litigator with an emphasis on complex class actions involving automotive defects, consumer protection, defective products and false advertising.
In 2022, LawDragon recognized Mr. Schelkopf in its list of the"500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers”. The LawDragon consumer law guide offers the publication’s take on the best of the U.S. plaintiff bar specializing in representing consumers. The publication notes "these are the lawyers who stand on the front line in individual lawsuits and class actions seeking justice. They relish their role of underdog, taking on the toughest cases . . . ." The Legal Intelligencer named Mr. Schelkopf in its 2020 Pennsylvania Trailblazers list recognizing 31 lawyers who “have taken extra measures to contribute to positive outcomes . . . and who are truly agents of change.” The Legal highlights Matthew’s work on behalf of clients who have been victimized by corporations. Since 2010, Mr. Schelkopf has been selected by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (a distinction held by the top 2.5% of attorneys in PA) and then a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics. In 2012, The American Lawyer Media, publisher of The Legal Intelligencer and the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, named Mr. Schelkopf as one of the “Lawyers on the Fast Track” a distinction that recognized thirty-five Pennsylvania attorneys under the age of 40 who show outstanding promise in the legal profession and make a significant commitment to their community. Mr. Schelkopf was also selected as a Top 40 under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers in 2012-2015. In 2020, Mr. Schelkopf was selected to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® in Pennsylvania, comprised of the nation’s most exceptional trial lawyers for high stakes legal matters. In 2021, he was selected as a Top 25 Products Liability Trial Lawyer and then as a Best Lawyer® in America (Mass Tort/Class Action) in 2022.
Mr. Schelkopf began his legal profession as a criminal prosecutor with the District Attorney’s Office of York County. He quickly progressed to Senior Deputy Prosecutor where he headed a trial team responsible for approximately 300 felony and misdemeanor cases each quarterly trial term.
In 2004, Mr. Schelkopf then associated with a suburban Philadelphia area law firm, litigating civil matters throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 2006, he was co-counsel in a Philadelphia County trial resulting in a $30,000,000.00 jury verdict in favor of his clients – the largest state verdict recorded for that year. Mr. Schelkopf currently serves as a lead and co-lead counsel in numerous class actions related to product and automotive defect cases pending throughout the country.
Outside of the office, Mr. Schelkopf enjoys spending time with his family, mountain and road biking, skiing and restoring classic automobiles. Three of his auto restorations have been featured in nationally circulated automotive publications.
EDUCATION Villanova University School of Law, LL.M., 2008 Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2002 Moot Court Honor Society, Executive Board Trial Advocacy Honor Society Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1999
ADMISSIONS Pennsylvania, 2002 New Jersey, 2002 Third Circuit Court of Appeals Eastern District of Pennsylvania District of New Jersey
HONORS Best Lawyers® in America - 2022 National Trial Lawyers: Top 25 Products Liability Trial Lawyers – 2021 Pennsylvania Trailblazer - 2020 America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® - 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers/Rising Star – 2010-2021 National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 – 2012-2015 Lawyers on the Fast Track – 2012 National Order of Barristers
MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS American Bar Association Pennsylvania Bar Association Philadelphia Bar Association Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association