Matt has practiced in the insurance industry, providing coverage opinions, representing primary and excess carriers in coverage disputes, and serving as monitoring and direct defense counsel in cases with significant exposure at the excess and/or umbrella level of insurance coverage. This work included coverage actions stemming from underlying petroleum spills from pipelines causing both significant bodily injury and property damage. He also represented insureds in navigating the product recall process and advised insurers on the liability exposure stemming from policies covering entities whose products had caused bodily injury to customers throughout the country. His direct defense work included product liability actions in which plaintiffs alleged significant personal injury stemming from product design and product manufacturing defects. Matt has represented both municipalities and private entities in litigating land use and zoning disputes.
In addition, Matt has worked extensively in the area of special education law, litigating against the New York City Department of Education in both administrative and federal proceedings to ensure the implementation of a free appropriate public education for students with special needs in all five boroughs of New York City.
For over six years, Matt worked as an associate alongside one of New York City’s top criminal defense attorneys and had significant responsibility in the defense of individuals and entities charged with white-collar crimes. In that role, he also defended individuals and entities in SEC and FINRA enforcement and disciplinary actions and handled private securities litigation disputes matters on behalf of both defrauded investors and defendants alleged to have violated federal securities laws. As an outgrowth of this experience in the securities industry, Matt also represented employees in the financial sector in negotiating severance agreements, litigating the contours and extent of non-compete agreements and securing equitable buyouts of stock options.
Before entering the private sector, Matt served as a Law Clerk to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals Staff Attorney’s Office for two years following graduation from law school. In that role, he reviewed appellate briefs as well as the factual record on appeal and wrote bench memoranda advising three-judge panels of the Court on the controlling law and operative facts in case before them.
Matt has researched the medicinal benefits of cannabis from review of articles authored by leading epilepsy experts in the United States. Over the course of several years, he gathered data and provided detailed information to aid in the Phase 2 FDA research trial for Epidiolex. This is the first and only FDA-approved prescription Cannabidiol (CBD) – the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis. Epidiolex is used to treat seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), Dravet syndrome, or tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC).
While a student at Brooklyn Law School, Matt had several internships at prominent government and public interest institutions in New York City. He worked as a Student District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Gang Unit as part of Brooklyn Law School’s Prosecutor Clinic for his whole third year of law school. He also interned with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Criminal Division, the Chambers of the late Judge Joseph McLaughlin on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division.
In recognition of his accomplishments and experience in several practice areas, Matt was selected as a Super Lawyers’ Rising Star in White Collar Criminal Defense and Employment Litigation and as a Super Lawyer in Business Litigation and Education Litigation. Matt has also held Martindale-Hubbell’s AV® Preeminent rating since 2015.
Matt enjoys helping coach and judge mock trial and moot court competitions, including having annually judged a national moot court competition and coached his younger sister’s high school mock trial team.
Matt has made it a point to carve out time to serve the legal profession – holding leadership roles for the American Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division Criminal Justice Committee, Vice-Chair), Nassau County Bar Association (Federal Courts Committee, Co-Chair) and New York City Bar Association (Criminal Law Committee Criminal Discovery Subcommittee Chair). He has also been active in local government over the last twenty years, including serving as a policy advisor on two New York statewide campaigns, and most recently serving as his Village’s delegate Board Member of an intermunicipal water authority.
Matt’s love of hip hop from an early age, growing up in New York City as that form of music was also in its nascent stages, led him to record as an emcee in his college years. After a long hiatus, due to law school and starting a family, Matt became again involved in hip hop, specifically battle rap. He has helped one of the top battle rap leagues in the United States coordinate events, scout for talent and promote events on social media.
Matt takes great pleasure and finds peace in his daily walks and meditation practice and enjoys weekend bike rides with his family. He is looking forward to continuing to explore the beauty of Michigan in the Metro Detroit Area with the help of his family’s Metro Parks pass.
Brooklyn Law School, J.D. 2005
Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, B.S. 2001
The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace
A Tribe Called Quest
Tuscany and the Mexican Riviera
Back to the Future
My Dad, Uncles, and Grandfather