Matthew D. Schelkopf

Partner

Matthew D. Schelkopf, a Partner in the Firm’s East Coast office, has extensive trial and courtroom experience. Mr. Schelkopf devotes his practice to litigation, with an emphasis on class actions involving automotive defects, consumer protection, defective products and mass torts litigation. Recently, Mr. Schelkopf has had a lead role in the following actions:

  • Afzal v. BMW of North America, LLC, et al., (class action on behalf of purchasers and lessees of BMW M3 vehicles with S65 engines containing an alleged rotating assembly defect resulting in engine failure);
  • Bang v. BMW of North America, LLC, et al., (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain BMW vehicles with N63 engines containing alleged oil consumption defect);
  • Davitt v. Honda North America, Inc., (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of Honda CR-V vehicles with alleged defective door lock actuators);
  • Henderson v. Volvo Cars of North America LLC, et al., (class action on behalf of 90,000 purchasers and lessees of Volvo vehicles with defective GM4T65 automatic transmissions);
  • Lax v. Toyota Motor Corporation (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain Toyota vehicles with alleged oil consumption defect);
  • Mendoza v. Hyundai Motor America, Inc., (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain Hyundai Sonata vehicles with alleged connecting rod bearing defect resulting in engine failure);
  • Neale v. Volvo Cars of North America LLC, et al., (certified class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain Volvo vehicles with alleged defective sunroof water drainage systems);
  • Rivera v. Ford Motor Company, (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain Ford Focus vehicles with alleged defective Evaporative Emission Control (EVAP) systems causing sudden and unexpected engine stalling);
  • Wallis v. Kia Motors America, Inc., (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain Kia vehicles with alleged connecting rod bearing defect resulting in engine failure);
  • Whalen v. Ford Motor Co., (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain Ford and Lincoln vehicles with alleged defective MyFord Touch infotainment systems);
  • Yaeger v. Subaru of America, Inc., (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain Subaru vehicles with alleged oil consumption defect);
  • In re Checking Account Overdraft Litig., (class action resulting in a $55 million settlement with US Bank; $14.5 million settlement with Comerica);
  • In re Stericycle Inc., Sterisafe Contract Litigation, (commercial litigation brought on behalf of medical waste disposal customers of Stericycle regarding alleged automated price increases in violation of contractual terms);
  • Rangel v. Cardell Cabinetry, LLC, (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) litigation brought on behalf of former employees);
  • Smith v. Gaiam, ($10 million consumer class action settlement, which provided full relief to the class).

While working towards his juris doctorate, Mr. Schelkopf was an active member of the Trial Advocacy Society and an Executive Board Member of the Moot Court Honor Society. In 2000, he attended the University of Geneva Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland where he studied health law and international criminal law. He was one of five students inducted into the National Order of Barristers in 2002.

After graduation, Mr. Schelkopf became a criminal prosecutor with the District Attorney’s Office of York County. He litigated 27 jury trials and over 50 bench trials. 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. During this period, he wrote and implemented a county handbook explaining extradition procedures used in the return of fugitives to Pennsylvania.

In 2004, Mr. Schelkopf became a full-time associate with a suburban Philadelphia area law firm and focused on civil trial litigation throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 2006, he was assistant 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. He has also been responsible for numerous appeals establishing a revised application of the law in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. See C.W. v. Cooper Health System, 388 N.J. 42 (NJ App. 2006) and Miller v. Ginsberg, 2005 Pa. Super 136 (Pa. Super. 2005).

Mr. Schelkopf has presented oral arguments before the Pennsylvania and New Jersey appellate courts. He has served as a volunteer judge for the annual University of Pennsylvania mock trial competitions. He has organized group participation in the Habitat for Humanity foundation and currently works in a pro bono capacity with both the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project and the Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania. 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.

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Matthew’s Featured Successes

$55 million settlement

checking Account Overdraft Litigation class action with US Bank

$14.5 million

checking account litigation settlement with Comerica

$10 million

consumer class action settlement

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2002
  • New Jersey, 2002
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • District of New Jersey

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

Honors

  • Lawyers on the Fast Track – 2012
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star – 2010-2015
  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 – 2012-2015
  • National Order of Barristers

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