“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill

Biography

Matthew’s clients count on him to provide them with practical and effective solutions to both their legal needs and their business opportunities. He is a listener and a problem solver. Matthew’s best skill is being able to gaze a few steps ahead of the current moment to help his clients see and realize their ultimate goals.

In his practice, Matthew counsels a broad base of clients, from individuals, start-ups, and early-stage ventures, to national and multinational Fortune 500 companies, in a wide variety of matters, including corporate advice, litigation strategy and risk mitigation, insurance coverage and transactional guidance. Matthew has deep expertise in banking and financial services, where he regularly serves as a trusted advisor and general counsel to C-suite level executives, EVPs, SVPs, and other offices, as well as boards of directors in a wide variety of transactional, corporate, risk, compliance, litigation and employment matters.

Client Experience

  • Fortune 100 business technology company

  • Fortune 100 electric holding company

  • Fortune 500 insurance company

  • Main subsidiary to a Fortune Global 500 financial services company

  • One of the largest American construction management firms

  • Several community, regional and national banks

  • The leaders of several rapidly growing companies in our region 

Representative Matters

  • Lead counsel in a class action is currently pending against the largest toll road operator in America on a claim valued at more than $200 million.

  • Primary counsel to Fortune 500 insurer in all of its insurance coverage and first-party defense work in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, both in PA and NJ.

  • Regularly serve as a trusted advisor and general counsel to C-level executives, EVPs, SVPs, and other officers as well as boards of directors in a wide variety of transactional, corporate, risk, compliance, and employment matters.

  • Successfully resolved multi-million dollar dispute with dissident shareholder in Chancery Court on behalf of technology company listed as one of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in North America.

  • Lead trial counsel to a Fortune 100 electric holding company in the largest post-AVI commercial property tax appeal in Philadelphia, resulting in a collective tax reduction of more than $50 million.

  • Argued appeal on behalf of a Fortune 500 insurer, resulting in the Third Circuit affirming most of the trial court’s rulings in favor of the client.

  • Lead counsel in coordinated filings of a portfolio of lawsuits related to a defaulted, multimillion-dollar loan, eventually pivoting to spearhead transaction to sell the loan for full remaining book value.

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  • Negotiated and led CMBS transactions including assumptions and defeasances worth, in the aggregate, tens of billions of dollars.

  • Lead trial counsel for a general contractor in a multimillion-dollar construction defect case, resulting in an advantageous settlement for the client on the eve of trial.

  • Lead trial counsel for owner of one of the largest manufacturing facilities in Philadelphia on breach of warranty claims against an international Fortune 100 multinational conglomerate company.

  • Lead trial counsel to a large automotive dealership for claims made against the world’s largest auto auction.

  • Directed interdisciplinary team through corporate governance and risk issues on behalf of a healthcare company, culminating in a leveraged buy-out of the company by a private equity buyer and syndicated senior secured credit facility.

  • Represented a Fortune 100 technology company in a bid protest related to awarding a billion-dollar IT contract.

  • Obtained judgment in favor of a commercial bank on a seven-figure counterclaim asserted by borrowers, resulting in the dismissal of the counterclaims and foreclosure on the mortgaged property.

  • Lead counsel for a credit union in defense of a proposed multimillion-dollar class action involving purported violations of the Uniform Commercial Code.

  • Represented an international financial services company in successful defense of proposed class action asserting claims of fraud, RICO, and consumer protection law violations, De Lage Landen Financial Services, Inc. v. Rasa Floors LP, 792 F. Supp. 2d 812 (E.D. Pa. 2011) and 269 F.R.D. 445 (E.D. Pa. 2010).

  • Participated in case obtaining partial summary judgment in favor of the directors and officers of Adelphia Communications on a potential claim exceeding $200,000,000, and participated in the subsequent defense of criminal indictment resulting in the dismissal of certain counts on double jeopardy grounds, the United States v. Rigas, 605 F.3d 194 (3d Cir. 2010) (en banc).

Personal Insights

My Greatest Strengths
  • Storytelling on behalf of my clients, to persuade opposing counsel, judges and juries alike to believe in our position.

  • Providing value by acting as a trusted advisor to help clients maximize business opportunities and safely navigate risks.

  • Bringing an intense work ethic and meticulous attention to each matter.

I WANT YOU TO KNOW
  • I was named a 2018 Philadelphia Business Journal "Forty Under 40" honoree.

  • I was selected as a "Lawyer on the Fast Track" by The Legal Intelligencer.

  • I have been named a "Rising Star" by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine consecutively from 2012-2021 and a "Super Lawyer" starting in 2022.

  • I was selected as a member of the inaugural class of Fred's Footsteps Fellowship Program, which engages emerging leaders in the Philadelphia community to establish the next generation of volunteers and philanthropic supporters.

WHAT MAKES ME UNIQUELY ME 
  • I enjoy cooking and have taken several professional classes.

  • I studied abroad in Italy for a semester in college.

  • My hyphenated last name is a combination of my mother's and father's last names.

Focus

Practice Focus
  • General Business & Corporate Counseling
  • Business & Commercial Transactions
  • Business, Commercial & Contract Disputes

  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Class Actions

INDUSTRY

  • Financial services and asset management 
  • Healthcare services and procedures 
  • Insurance 
  • Lenders and equipment lessors 
  • Real estate 
  • Transportation 
  • Venture capital funds and private equity firms 

News

News
Publications

Community & Professional

Community & Professional
  • Legal Clinic for the Disabled, President of the Board

  • The Justinian Society of Philadelphia, Board Member
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Member

  • Temple American Inn of Court, Member

  • Fred's Footsteps Fellowship Program (inaugural class)
    Engages emerging leaders in the Philadelphia community to establish the next generation of volunteers and philanthropic supporters.

Education

J.D., cum laude, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2006

  • Temple Political and Civil Rights Review, Editor

B.A., With Honors and Distinction, Pennsylvania State University, 2003

  • Schreyer Honors Scholar
  • Mitte Foundation Scholar

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
    New Jersey
    Third Circuit Court of Appeals
    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    U.S. District Court of New Jersey

Honors

Philadelphia Business Journal, Forty Under 40, 2018

The Legal Intelligencer, Lawyer on the Fast Track 

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2022

  • Rising Star, 2012-2021
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