Bar Admissions

  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Education

  • J.D., with honors, University of Maryland School of Law, 2005
    Order of the Coif
  • B.A., cum laude, Denison University, 2002
    Phi Beta Kappa
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Matthew R. Alsip

Counsel

Matt Alsip's litigation practice includes the defense of clients in class action and complex commercial litigation involving federal securities law, consumer claims, shareholder derivative litigation, lender liability actions, land use litigation, contract disputes, and other matters. He has successfully represented clients in federal and state courts in Maryland and elsewhere, as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings. Matt also frequently assists clients in responding to third-party discovery subpoenas for documents and depositions of employees.

Matt is a member of the firm's electronic discovery group. He works with clients to properly implement litigation holds and address sophisticated issues related to the preservation and collection of electronically stored information in litigation.

Representative Matters

  • Matt assisted in the successful representation of a trust company in a substantial Delaware trust dispute involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty. Matt helped coordinate and carry out all phases of this expedited litigation, including preparation of pleadings and motions; document preservation, collection, production, and review; fact and expert witness depositions; and numerous trial-related tasks.
  • Matt assisted in the successful defense of a national retailer in two federal lawsuits alleging securities fraud against the company and its senior management, one a purported shareholder derivative action and the other a purported shareholder class action. Among other things, Matt was instrumental in researching and drafting the principal pleadings and motions necessary in the defense of the lawsuits, including extensive briefing on the impropriety of class certification.
  • Matt assisted in the successful defense of a major commercial real estate brokerage firm against a multi-million dollar counterclaim brought by a landowner who alleged breach of contract, fraud, and other causes of action. He helped secure summary judgment in the trial court, and then successfully defended the brokerage firm in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, which affirmed the trial court judgment, and the Maryland Court of Appeals, which denied the landowner's petition for certiorari.
  • Matt successfully appealed a trial court order staying a commercial foreclosure action brought by a Maryland-based bank. In a reported opinion, Maryland's Court of Special Appeals vacated the stay and held that the trial court had abused its discretion, thus permitting the bank to proceed with the foreclosure. Matt was instrumental in drafting the appellate briefing for his client and argued the matter before the appellate court. Bechamps v. 1190 Augustine Herman, 202 Md. App. 455 (2011).
  • Matt successfully represented a national bank in defense of claims seeking millions in damages for an alleged violation of the Equal Opportunity Credit Act, and breach of contract, related to the bank's attempts to collect a substantial commercial line of credit that had fallen into default status.
  • Matt helped win an early dismissal of a multi-million dollar claim in a Florida federal court brought by a food service company against a national food producer, which alleged the misappropriation of recipe information and fraud. The plaintiff dismissed the suit voluntarily, with prejudice, after just one deposition.
  • Matt has represented multiple lending institutions, in both state and federal courts, in defense of claims by consumers alleging fraudulent practices in the extension of credit, wrongful handling of deposits or assessment of fees, and violation of the Maryland Consumer Protection Act.