A resident of Los Angeles, Matthew was born and raised outside of Boston. Growing up in a family of lawyers, he swore he would never be one. After receiving his B.A. and graduating with distinction in his major from Trinity College (Hartford, CT), he was first an entrepreneur in Boston before moving to Los Angeles, where he became a management and marketing executive. He has produced TV commercials and digital media; built domestic and international sales channels for publishing and entertainment products; and developed e-commerce strategies for a variety of consumer products and services. One day he found himself in the middle of an LGBT focused hate crime, and in the process of helping the victim seek justice, discovered a passion for the law and advocacy – and realized you should never say “never.”
A series of subsequent events brought him to law school in South Florida, where he graduated number one in his class and summa cum laude from the Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale in 2009. Along the way he was editor in chief of the Nova Law Review and received the Student Bar Association’s Award for Academic Excellence, an honor chosen by his fellow students.
While in law school Matthew clerked at Alters Law Firm, a boutique “plaintiff’s firm” and was a key part of helping to shape and draft the litigation that became In re: Checking Account Overdraft Litigation, which resulted in over $1 billion in settlements from dozens of U.S. banks that charged customers unjustified overdraft fees. He was also a key part of shaping and drafting the Florida litigation that became In re: Chinese Manufactured Drywall Product Liability Litigation, which resulted in a $1 billion settlement for thousands of homeowners who unwittingly had defective drywall installed in their homes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the mid-2000’s building boom.
After receiving his J.D. and being admitted to the Florida Bar, he continued along the mass torts/class action path with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation, while also providing litigation support and complex motion practice for numerous multi-million dollar catastrophic injury, product liability, and medical malpractice actions.
In 2014, he was appointed co-class counsel in the Red Bull false advertising class action in the Southern District of New York. Matthew led the oral argument, and the settlement hearing resulted in $16.4 million total settlement.
The diversity of his pre-law background has also allowed Matthew to help entrepreneurs and small to mid-sized businesses navigate joint ventures and expansions into new products and territories, and to help new businesses successfully navigate the start-up and seed capital process.
Matthew returned to Los Angeles full time in Fall 2018, and passed the notoriously difficult California Bar Exam on his first try, and was admitted to the California Bar in January 2019.
- Class Action, Mass Torts (MDLs), and Catastrophic Injuries & Events
- Product Liability, Toxic Torts, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice
- Civil Appeals
- Consumer Law Debt Defense, Debtor Adversary Proceedings in Bankruptcy
- General Business Law and Formation, Joint Ventures, Start-Ups and Seed Capital
On behalf of a teenage athlete who suffered a severe brain injury after a cardiac event that could have been mitigated by an AED – constructed the appellate argument embraced by the Florida Supreme Court to establish, for the first time under Florida law, that a school owes students a duty to act with reasonable care towards injured student athletes. Limones v. School Dist. of Lee County, 111 So. 3d 901 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2013); 161 So. 3d 384 (Fla. 2015).
Crafted the appellate argument to protect NFL players’ brain injury settlements in bankruptcy proceedings, ensuring that the settlements can be exempt from creditors as disability policy benefits. This was a matter of first impression in the U.S. after the NFL Concussion lawsuit.
After an eight-year court battle, defeated the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration’s attempt to take more than their fair share of the settlements of three clients whose catastrophic and totally disabling permanent injuries were never fully compensated due to uninsured or underinsured wrongdoers.
Successfully led the oral argument and steered the litigation in New York federal court for the approval of the $16.4 million settlement in the Red Bull Energy Drink false advertising class action. Also crafted a unique product redemption option for class members so that they could receive something of real value in the settlement.
Formulated the causes of action and drafted the initial complaints and MDL motions for In re Checking Account Overdraft Litigation (MDL 2036), where his firm was appointed co-lead counsel. The litigation resulted in over $1 billion in settlements with US banks for consumer overdraft fee abuses.
Formulated the causes of action and drafted the initial complaints for Florida homeowners that launched the $1 billion “Chinese Drywall” litigation (MDL 2047).
- Admitted to the State Bars of California & Florida
- The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- The U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida
- The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California