Matt McLaughlin, partner-in-charge of Venable’s New York office, is a commercial litigator who represents clients in complex commercial and securities matters, intellectual property and product liability disputes, and construction litigation, primarily in New York state and federal courts, and before arbitration and mediation panels. Matt has extensive experience in transnational litigation and in advising clients in the developing law related to electronic signatures. He also has extensive knowledge of the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) statutes, having advised New York state, municipal, and quasi-governmental not-for-profit organizations responding to and defending against freedom of information requests.
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.
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 corporate separateness, fraudulent transfers, and veil-piercing tactics and defenses. In addition, 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 Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) statutes. He has represented clients in investigations conducted by the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the United States Attorney's Office, and the New York Attorney General's Office.
Matt is also experienced in transnational litigation, including operation of the Hague Convention, and letters rogatory in the Swiss, Canadian, UK, German, and Norwegian courts. His work includes litigating mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) requests by foreign governments under 28 U.S.C. 1782. Matt has also coordinated parallel proceedings in a variety of non-U.S. jurisdictions.
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