Clients appreciate Matthew’s ability to tackle and simplify complex commercial litigation.

Overview

Matthew is a litigator practicing primarily in the transportation and financial services industries, prosecuting and defending cases involving issues of professional liability, business torts, and contract and lease disputes. Matthew represents clients in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy court, and before administrative agencies, including the Surface Transportation Board (STB).

When it comes to resolving litigation, Matthew’s clients depend on his ability to quickly identify key issues. His current experience, along with his prior clerkship with the Honorable Stephanie Duncan-Peters of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and externship with the Honorable Jeffrey R. Howard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, provide Matthew with an appreciation of how judges, boards, and other tribunals make decisions.

Experience

Matthew has represented a Class I rail carrier in significant litigation before the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and in federal courts on matters involving federal preemption, demurrage charges, shipper disputes, interchange facilities, and common carrier obligations. He has also assisted with seeking regulatory approval for transactions before the STB regarding the acquisitions of rail lines.

For several years following the 2008 financial crisis, Matthew represented a regulator in several professional liability investigations and lawsuits arising out of major bank failures (involving directors, officers, and other retained professionals), resulting in settlements totaling nearly $40 million.

Matthew defended and successfully resolved a lawsuit against a financial institution involving complicated lender liability and real estate title matters.

Before the trial court and on appeal, Matthew defended a CEO against tort claims seeking to impose personal liability for corporate obligations, resulting in a summary judgment ruling in his client’s favor, which was affirmed on appeal.

In bankruptcy court, Matthew has served as litigation counsel in a variety of contested matters and adversary proceedings, including litigation over the treatment of claims, the automatic stay, and non-dischargeability.

Recognitions

Recognitions

Selected for inclusion in Washington, DC Super Lawyers® Rising Stars - Business Litigation

Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Association of Transportation Law Professionals (ATLP)

Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)

The Counsellors 

Walter Chandler Inn of Court 

Supreme Court Historical Society 

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
    Virginia
    U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
    U.S. Supreme Court

Education

University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2006

  • Moot Court Board

University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.B.A., Management, magna cum laude, 2003

Clerkships

  • Honorable Stephanie Duncan-Peters, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
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