For nearly a decade, Matt has represented businesses and individuals in complex financial, commercial and construction disputes.

Overview

Matt is an experienced commercial litigator whose practice focuses on business torts, financial services and construction disputes, especially those involving wind energy. Matt's clients value his judgment and attention to detail.

During his career, Matt has worked with executives and employers on non-compete matters, defended businesses against Missouri Merchandising Practices Act ("MMPA") claims and class actions, and represented businesses and government entities in actions involving concentrated animal feeding operations (also known as "CAFOs"). Matt has a national practice and, together with co-counsel, has litigated in judicial forums and arbitrations across the country. He regularly consults with members of the firm's real estate, environmental and corporate finance teams.

Prior to joining Stinson, Matt worked as corporate counsel at a national engineering firm headquartered in Kansas City.

Experience

Financial Services
  • Represented a bank in a commercial loan dispute and to enforce personal guarantees.
  • Represented a special servicer in a commercial foreclosure matter.
  • Represented a national bank in a dispute regarding a letter of credit.
  • Represented commercial real estate owners in default and eviction matters.
Business Torts
  • Represented a large farm and its principals in litigation against an Iowa cooperative, fifteen of its officers and directors, and outside auditors for claims of breaches of fiduciary duties, fraud, civil RICO and related claims.
  • Represented a manufacturing company in a legal malpractice suit against an Am Law 100 firm, arising out of its mishandling of certain trade secrets litigation.
  • Represented a sports league in a trademark infringement action against a former licensee.
  • Represented a vineyard in a trademark infringement action with a competitor.
Construction
  • Represented a new wind farm in a zoning dispute with neighbors.
  • Represented clients in the negotiation of agreements for professional services and other construction contracts.
  • Represented owners and general contractors in lien disputes.
  • Represented a health department to enforce a public health ordinance against a new CAFO.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

"Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the 'Rambo' Litigator," May 2017

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Newhouse Shelter, Board of Directors

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Missouri Bar

American Bar Association

Practices & Industries

Admissions

  • Missouri, 2011
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 2016

Education

University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2011

  • UMKC Law Review, Literary Editor, Staff Member
  • Urban Lawyer Journal, Staff Member
  • Order of the Barristers
  • National Moot Court Team

Auburn University, B.S., Finance, 2008

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