Profile

Matt takes a pragmatic approach to resolving high-stakes litigation that has earned him recognition from his peers and brings value to his clients.

He specializes in handling a client’s most complex matters. Matt’s experience extends to responding to government investigations, appearing in both federal and state courts, and participating in alternative dispute resolution.  He has dealt with all phases of litigation, whether it’s preparing the President of a Fortune 100 company to testify at trial or serving as the firm’s lead partner on a matter.

Matt has been a core member of the legal team on some of the firm’s highest-profile matters.  Most notably, these matters included recouping $4 billion for American Express from  Visa and MasterCard—the largest ever settlement for a single antitrust plaintiff—and representing a nationwide consumer class against Volkswagen based on the installation of an emissions testing defeat device, which resulted in a partial settlement valued at approximately $15 billion.

In addition to these litigations, Matt has counseled his clients in a wide variety of subject matters, including antitrust, contract, corporate governance, class action, entertainment, land use/real estate, intellectual property, securities, and estate litigation. 

Matt’s writing on the compact clause of the Constitution was published in the Yale Law & Policy Review and has been cited as authority by multiple courts.  In addition to constitutional law, Matt’s academic interests include political science, mediation, and land use.  He also sits on a local Zoning Board of Appeals. 

Experience

Matt’s representative engagements include:

  • Defeating a motion for temporary restraining order/preliminary injunction that sought to undue the proper dissolution of a company and funding for a $200 million lawsuit
  • Winning-and successfully defending on appeal-an injunction requiring the dismantling of an illegal concrete plant, and a finding of contempt for failure to comply with that injunction
  • Successfully defending American Express in antitrust actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, state attorneys general, and certain merchants regarding American Express's non-discrimination provisions
  • Serving on trial and appellate teams representing a production company in connection with successfully moving its reality television show to a new television network
  • Successfully representing a sovereign wealth fund in opt-out litigation from a securities class action
  • Preserving objections to estate accounting and defeating partial motion for summary judgment in a dispute over an estate valued at more than $300 million
  • Defending Man Group against a securities class action that was dismissed on Man Group's motion to dismiss
  • Winning a plaintiff's motion for summary judgment that awarded the firm's client a 40 percent membership interest in a leading hedge fund-of-funds along with damages in excess of $20 million
  • Representing American Express in obtaining $4 billion of relief for the settlement of antitrust claims against Visa and MasterCard
  • Representing a nationwide class of consumers against Volkswagen for its installation of an emissions testing defeat device

Publications & Presentations

Bridge Over Troubled Waters: The Application of State Law to Compact ClauseEntities, 23 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. 163 (2005)

Note, Groh v. Ramirez, The Warrant Requirement, and Qualified Immunity, 6 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 1179 (2004).

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.; Articles Editor, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.G.A., Government Administration; Project Director, Fels Voting Index
  • Villanova University, B.A., Political Science; Commencement Speaker; Truman Scholar Nominee

Admissions

Bars

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court: Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court: Eastern District of New York