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Cynthia A. Matheke

Roseland, New Jersey

CYNTHIA A. MATHEKE learned her trial skills in the New Jersey State and Federal Public Defender's Offices from 1974 through 1978. As a Partner with Budd, Larner, Gross, Rosenbaum, Greenberg & Sade (1978-1994) and now Of Counsel with the Lum firm, she concentrates her practice on the prosecution of medical malpractice actions and has tried more than 100 medical malpractice actions to verdict. She has also defended physicians and medical product manufacturers for the State of New Jersey, CNA, PPM, OUM. She has appeared as defense counsel in matters venued in New Jersey involving physicians affiliated with New York University Hospital and Medical Center in New York, New York. She taught trial practice at Rutgers University School of Law from 1989-2009.  In 2000, she was awarded the Civil Trial Achievement Award by the Essex County Bar Association and is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney.  From 2003 to date, she has been included in the top 50 female lawyers in New Jersey by New Jersey Magazine, who also recognized her as a "Super Lawyer" in those same years.  From 2005 to date, she has been named a top Personal Injury litigator by New York Magazine.  She recently received the Gerald B. O’Connor award from NJAJ for excellence in her specialty of Medical Malpractice. 

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1973
  • New York, 1984
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Newark, Newark, New Jersey, 1973
  • Sarah Lawrence College, 1970
    • BA

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Jersey State Bar Association Medical Malpractice Committee
  • Seton Hall Inn of Court, Master
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • New Jersey Attorneys for Justice, Member
  • New Jersey Bar Association, Member
  • Essex County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Budd, Larner, Gross, Rosenbaum, Greenberg & Sade, 1978 - 1994; partner, 1983
  • Freeman Friedman Wilson & Carney, Associate, 1977 - 1978
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender, 1976-1977
  • Assistant Public Defender, Essex Region, 1974-1976
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