Dante Mattioni
Dante Mattioni ()

Dante Mattioni, 83, a Philadelphia lawyer and founder of Mattioni Ltd., died Monday after a long illness.

Mattioni formed a partnership with two of his brothers, Faustino and John Mattioni, in 1965. They were later joined by brothers Blasco and Eugene Mattioni to create Mattioni Ltd. The law firm was unique for being composed of five brothers, all of whom were mariners before entering the law, according to a release.

John Mattioni’s son, Michael Mattioni, is currently president of the firm, and Faustino Mattioni’s daughter, Elizabeth Mattioni, serves as chair of litigation for the Philadelphia city solicitor.

Dante Mattioni was a trial attorney who represented clients locally, nationally and internationally, in maritime, aviation, commercial and business law and in major litigation and commercial arbitrations.

He was a long-term member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Justinian Society, the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia bar associations, the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association and many others, a release said.

Mattioni also served as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, deputy attorney general of the Eastern Region of Pennsylvania, as a delegate to the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention of 1967-68, and as a member of the board of the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

He was the first chairman of the board of the Philadelphia Maritime Academy Charter School. He devoted many hours and resources to make the school a successful alternative for Philadelphia’s young adults to access opportunities and careers in the maritime industry, a release said.

Mattioni served a two-year tour of duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve and achieved his Master Mariner license before graduating from Temple University Law School in 1961.

Mattioni is survived by his wife, Susan; daughter, Jennifer; seven surviving siblings; and many nieces and nephews and their children.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia, with visitation from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and the memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. •