Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1994
    Moot Court Board, Editor

    Articles Editor, Fordham Law School Intellectual Property Law Journal
  • B.A., Philosophy and English, cum laude, Boston College, 1991

Memberships

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York 

    Board Member, Fordham Law Alumni Association

    Federal Bar Council

    New York State Bar Association

    Lawyers Committee, New York Inner-City Scholarship Fund

    Defense Research Institute

    American Bar Association

    Board Member, Fund for Modern Courts
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Matthew T. McLaughlin

Partner

Matt McLaughlin, Partner-in-Charge of the New York office, is a litigator focusing on complex commercial disputes, securities litigation, intellectual property litigation, product liability defense, and construction litigation.

Matt practices all types of commercial litigation, principally in the state and federal courts in New York. He also practices before the American Arbitration Association and NASD mediation panels. He offers clients significant trial and appellate practice experience, having been lead counsel in bench and jury trials related to a variety of commercial contract and business tort disputes.

In addition to the representation of companies, Matt has represented officers and directors of multinational corporations who were sued in class actions and shareholder derivative actions for securities law violations and other common law, commercially based tort claims.

With over two decades of practice experience, including service as the Village Attorney to a local municipality, Matt has gained expertise in unique practice areas. He has extensive knowledge of the FOIL and FOIA statutes, having advised state, municipal, and quasi-governmental not-for-profit organizations responding to and defending against freedom of information requests. A recognized commentator on the New York State FOIL statute, Matt has written several pieces on the issue, including a New York Law Journal article that significantly influenced bills before the New York legislature relating to the standard applied to recovering attorneys' fees in FOIL contests. He has also analyzed and published on the ability of parties to withhold documents containing information protected by public agency privilege.

Matt has served as special counsel in litigations, advising high-net-worth individuals regarding corporate separateness strategies as protection from judgment creditors. He also regularly presents to clients and bar associations on the topic of corporate separateness, fraudulent transfers, and veil-piercing tactics and defenses.

Matt has substantial experience advising clients in the developing area of law related to electronic signatures. He has lectured and written on topics involving E-SIGN and UETA statutes.

In the area of international law, Matt has experience in all aspects of transnational litigation, including operation of the Hague Convention and letters rogatory requests in the Swiss, Canadian, UK, German, and Norwegian courts. He has experience litigating mutual legal assistance (MLAT) requests by foreign governments under 28 U.S.C. 1782. Matt has also coordinated parallel proceedings in a variety of foreign jurisdictions.

Significant Matters

  • Successfully blocked an order to show cause seeking to enjoin a shareholder vote authorizing a $1.2 billion corporate acquisition. Nadav Poms v. Dominion Diamond Corp. et. al., No. 655733/2017 (Scarpulla, J.).
  • Serving as counsel for amicus curiae, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Matt filed a brief that contributed to the issuance of a preliminary injunction forbidding the Trump administration from rescinding the DACA program. State of New York et al. v. Donald Trump, 17 civ. 5228 (E.D.N.Y. Garaufis, J.).
  • Successfully defeated product liability claims on summary judgment against a pharmaceutical company related to a prescription medication. Kumra v. Abbott Laboratories, 14 civ. 4875 (E.D.N.Y. Reyes, J.), affirmed 2017 WL 2241507 (17-cv-01777) (2d Cir. 2018).
  • Thwarted an emergency injunction motion against the world's largest equipment rental company related to a government bid protest. Aggreko LLC. v. United Rentals Inc., No. 8469/2016 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Nassau Cnty. 2016).
  • Successfully represented plaintiff in Jukin Media Inc. v. Worldstart Inc. in pursuing copyright and trademark licensing claims. 16 civ. 6800 (C.D. Cal. Walter, J.).
  • Successfully represented the National Marrow Donor Program against a motion for preliminary injunction brought by a large network participant asserting breach of contract claims. New York Blood Center v. National Marrow Donor Program. 16 civ. 8117 (S.D.N.Y. Buchwald, J.).
  • Successfully defended the NY State Housing Trust Fund Corporation in moving to dismiss claims brought by a disaster recovery contractor against the State. ProSource Technologies v. Housing Trust Fund Corp., 26 N.Y.S. 3d 726 (Albany Commercial Division 2015).
  • Successfully defended the Brooklyn Public Library in an Article 78 proceeding challenging a SEQRA review in connection with a development proposed by developers and New York City agencies. Rimler v. City of New York, 506046/2016 (Jimenez-Salta, J., 2016).
  • Successfully defended the former chief executive officer of a national bank in class action litigation alleging violations of the Securities Exchange Acts of 1933 and 1934. He also successfully defended multiple officers and directors against claims asserted in shareholder derivative actions alleging breach of fiduciary duty, abuse of control, and corporate waste. In addition to defending officers and directors against securities law and common law tort claims, Matt has defended clients accused of GAAP and Sarbanes-Oxley Act violations.  Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 51 Pension Fund v. First Bancorp, 409 F. Supp.2d 482 (S.D.N.Y. 2006); In re First Bancorp Securities Litigation, 465 F. Supp.2d 112 (D. Puerto Rico 2006).
  • Successfully defended a Canadian oil and gas consulting company in the Southern District of New York against class action claims asserting various violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and SEC rules thereunder.  Collins v. Oilsands Quest Inc., et al., 11 civ. 1288 (Rakoff, J.).
  • Currently represents a pharmaceutical company in a multidistrict litigation proceeding venued in the Eastern District of New York, defending against product liability claims involving the prescription medication Propecia. In re Propecia (Finasteride) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2331 (Cogan, J.).
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in the Southern District of New York, defending against class action, RICO, and consumer fraud claims involving the marketing and promotion of prescription medications.  New Mexico United Food and Commercial Workers Union’s and Employers’ Health and Welfare Trust Fund v. Purdue Pharma, L.P. et al., 07 civ. 6916 (Koeltl, J.).
  • Represented a nutritional supplement company in the Eastern District of New York in the defense against class action claims asserting violations of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, deceptive advertising under the New York General Business Law, and other common law consumer fraud violations. Brackett v. Rosenstein et al., 12 civ. 2775 (Wexler, J.).
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in coordinating a production of documents from Germany in the United States in connection with a multidistrict litigation proceeding in district court in Minnesota.  In re: Mirapex Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1836 (Rosenbaum, J.).

Other Representative Commercial Litigation Matters
  • Represents a pharmaceutical company regarding Zostavax product liability claims in the Eastern District of New York.
  • Advises a major New York area hospital with regard to construction transactions and related litigation. He has considerable experience in developing and executing strategies to manage construction-related risk and claims from an insurance, bonding, and contractual perspective. He also has experience trying construction litigation cases in the New York State courts.
  • Co-headed a trial team that won a decision in California state court on behalf of several banks and institutional investors.  The action was brought by the trustees of several residential mortgage-backed securities trusts seeking contract reformation.  In the Matter of IMPAC SAC Mortgage Pass-Through Trust, 30-2010-00411604 (Orange Co., California, Bauer, J.).
  • Successfully defended two former British officers and directors of an international manufacturing company against claims alleging civil RICO violations and lender liability statutes. Westernbank Puerto Rico v. Inyx, Inc., 07-01606 (Delgado, J.).
  • Represented Travelers Insurance before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, securing the affirmance of full dismissal of common-law and ERISA claims asserted by retired employees challenging amendments to a public pension benefit plan.  Devlin v. Transportation Communications Int'l.,173 F.3d 94 (2d Cir. 1999).
  • Successfully prosecuted healthcare fraud claims against a medical practice on behalf of a large New York-based healthcare insurance company.
  • In July 2008, successfully moved to dismiss all claims brought against a consumer products company in a patent infringement suit.  Arquest v. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc., 2008 WL 2971775 (McMahon, J.).
  • Has represented clients in investigations conducted by the Office of Foreign Asset Control, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the United States Attorney's Office, and the New York Attorney General's Office.
  • Has successfully defended a preliminary injunction motion raising tortious interference and Lanham Act violation claims against a toy manufacturer.  Plasmart v. Wincell International, 442 F. Supp.2d 53 (Castel, J.).

Activities

Matt is an active member of associations and groups in New York and the firm, including:
  • Partner-in-Charge of New York office of Venable from 2016 to present; Hiring Partner in the New York office from 2005 to 2011; and on the Board of the firm from 2010 to 2015. 
  • Elected to serve as President of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick in the City of New York from 2015 to 2017 and served as Vice-President from 2012 to 2014.
  • Served as the Village Attorney for the Village of Pelham Manor, Westchester, from 2012 to 2015. In March 2015, he was elected to a two-year term as Trustee of Pelham Manor. He served as the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works from 2015 to 2016 and currently serves as the Commissioner of the Fire Department of Pelham Manor.
  • Member of Dean's Advisory Committee to Fordham Law School from 2009 to 2013 and is a member of the Board of the Fordham Law Alumni Association. In 2014, Matt served on the Fordham Law School Dean Search Committee.
  • Served as Lector at Our Lady of Perpetual Help from 2014 to present.
  • Member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Federal Legislation from 1998 to 2001.
  • Member of the Board of the Fund for Modern Courts as of May 2015 and member of the Legislation Committee from 2016 to present.
  • Member of Lawyer's Committee of the Archdiocese of New York.
  • Adjunct Professor of Business Law at Fordham University from 2011 to 2015.