Kila Baldwin Who Won Millions for Mesh Injured Forms New Personal Injury Law Firm

Jane Akre
July 7, 2022

Kila Baldwin Leaves Kline & Specter to Start New Pennsylvania Super Firm

Kila Baldwin, a partner at Philadelphia’s Kline & Specter, has co-founded a new firm that will bring together some of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh’s top legal stars.

From a Press Release:

Baldwin Matzus LLC, brings Baldwin together with Pittsburgh’s Jason Matzus and Joe Froetschel as partners in a national-caliber catastrophic injury and medical malpractice plaintiff’s practice.

The trio formed a close personal relationship over years of collaborative work at the Pennsylvania Association of Justice (PAJ). As the organization’s incoming president, Baldwin highlights the new firm’s ongoing commitment to excellence in the plaintiff’s bar:

“Besides the strong friendship the three of us forged while working with PAJ, what really brought us together is our shared commitment to helping others by doing plaintiff’s work at the highest level.”

Kila Baldwin has long been recognized as one of the nation’s leading trial lawyers for high-end catastrophic injuries related to medical malpractice, product liability, and personal injury matters.

Baldwin was lead or co-lead in vaginal mesh cases resulting in verdicts of $80 million, $57.1 million, and $40 million, and was also on the trial team that received a $109 million verdict in a downed power line case in Allegheny County.

Among the mesh clients they have represented:  

Ella Eaugh, a $57 million jury award

Suzanne Emmett case over Prolift and Gynemesh. The  $41 million jury award includes $15 million in punitive damages.

Patricia Mesigian Prolift trial in May 2019, resulted in 80 million for Mesigian including 50 million in punitive damages. She was represented by Thomas Kline, of Kline Specter and Kila Baldwin.

Most recently, Baldwin obtained a $9.7 million verdict in a neurosurgical medical malpractice case, with the product liability portion of that case previously settling for $12.75 million. Baldwin also previously participated in the settlement of a class action case for $35 million and a catastrophic birth injury case for $20 million, and received an $8.75 million verdict against Ford for a defective parking brake.

Baldwin’s unique experience with electrocution cases has led her to chair the American Association of Justice’s power line litigation group. She is also on the board of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group, which focuses on auto products liability and transportation-related litigation.

Jason Matzus has a storied career in the Pittsburgh legal scene, distinguishing himself through his medical malpractice firm, Matzus Law LLC. Having handled complex medical malpractice and personal injury cases for over 25 years, Matzus is clear on the kind of firm Baldwin Matzus will endeavor to be:

“All of us self-identify as legal entrepreneurs, so we wanted to create a firm that allows
everybody who works here to not only take their careers to the next level but to find the mix of
personal and professional satisfaction that seems far too rare at law firms these days.“

Joe Froetschel, a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2012-2019 and a 2022 Super Lawyer, joins Baldwin Matzus from Gismondi and Associates, where his work was focused on medical negligence, elder abuse, and premises liability.

Jillian Casarella will join the firm as their first associate. She attended Drexel Law School and worked closely with Baldwin at Kline & Specter. She was part of the trial team that helped secure Baldwin’s $9.7 million verdict in 2021, which was noteworthy as trial courts were slowly reopening from the pandemic.

The Baldwin Matzus team also includes dedicated medical staff, including Dr. Eric Wolk, a board-certified physician, and Dawn Carson, a physician assistant, certified (PA-C).

As part of their commitment to the future of the profession, the partners will be establishing partial tuition reimbursement scholarships at their alma maters, Pitt Law and Temple Law, for rising third-year female law students who plan to become trial lawyers.

Baldwin Matzus has offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The firm’s phone number is 1-888-505-3339

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