Matthew R. Alsip

Counsel
Alsip Matthew
Matt Alsip represents clients in complex land use and commercial matters involving zoning and development disputes, federal securities law, consumer claims, shareholder derivative litigation, lender liability actions, contract disputes, and other matters. Matt has achieved favorable results for clients in federal and state courts in Maryland and elsewhere, and in arbitration and mediation proceedings. He 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 to address sophisticated issues related to the preservation and collection of electronically stored information in litigation.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented numerous land owners and developers before Maryland's trial and appellate courts against opposition from neighboring land owners and community organizations
  • Assisted in the successful representation of a trust company in a substantial Delaware trust dispute involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty. Helped coordinate and execute 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
  • Assisted in the successful defense of a national retailer against two federal lawsuits alleging securities fraud against the company and its senior management. One lawsuit was a purported shareholder derivative action, and the other a purported shareholder class action. Was instrumental in researching and drafting the principal pleadings and motions necessary to defend against the lawsuits, including extensive briefing on the impropriety of class certification
  • 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. Helped secure summary judgment in 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
  • 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. Was instrumental in drafting the appellate briefing for the client and argued the matter before the appellate court. (Bechamps v. 1190 Augustine Herman, 202 Md. App. 455, 2011)
  • Successfully defended a national bank, with favorable results, against 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
  • 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 lawsuit voluntarily, with prejudice, after just one deposition
  • Represented numerous lending institutions, in both state and federal courts, in defense against 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

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Credentials
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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

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