Matthew J. Matule
Corporate Disputes, Securities Litigation and Health Care Investigations
Matt Matule represents corporations, business and professional partnerships, financial services firms, special committees, and individuals in complex direct, derivative and class action litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country. He also advises clients in connection with matters arising from corporate transactions and concerning internal corporate investigations, as well as regulatory proceedings being conducted by the Department of Justice, offices of the U.S. Attorney and state attorneys general, as well as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and analogous state agencies.
Mr. Matule also has experience with expedited litigations in federal and state courts involving corporate control contests, employee non-disclosures of trade secrets and other confidential information, as well as litigations involving enforcement of covenants not-to-compete and nonsolicitation agreements. In addition, he has handled a diverse array of matters involving arbitrations, the False Claims Act, bankruptcy proceedings, corporate financings, copyright, insurance, qui tam, whistleblower and other employment matters.
He presently is assisting corporate clients with matters involving government investigations into pharmaceutical sales and marketing practices, as well as a post-transaction litigation arising from disputed provisions of an earn-out arrangement.
In private practice for nearly two decades, he has contested federal securities law claims from the initial motion to dismiss stage to class certification proceedings, through merits discovery and summary judgment and upon subsequent appellate review. He also successfully litigated at expedited trial in federal court a question of first impression under Connecticut’s Business Combinations Act arising from a proposed (and successfully closed post-trial) corporate recapitalization. In an ERISA proceeding, he obtained a rare dismissal on statute of limitations grounds, and affirmance in the Second Circuit of the dismissal, of a multihundred million dollar breach of fiduciary duties action.
Mr. Matule’s clients are located domestically and internationally. He most recently advised a Dutch telecommunications company, following a successful representation in arbitration proceedings involving post-closing financial statement matters, in connection with litigation arising from the sale of certain North American subsidiaries, as well as assisted an office supply and hobby products company based in Sweden defend against alleged breach of contract and trade secret litigation in federal court. He has handled on a pro bono basis numerous federal prisoners’ rights litigations.He secured a First Circuit reversal on a jurisdictional issue of first impression in Massachusetts, a decision that was highlighted by The National Law Journal in Skadden’s “Appellate Hot List” selection. Mr. Matule is involved actively in two matters presently on appeal in the Second and Ninth federal circuit courts.
Mr. Matule serves as co-hiring partner for the Boston office and is both a mentor and a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. He also serves as a founding co-editor of Inside the Courts, the firm’s quarterly publication focused on securities litigation developments. Outside the firm, he has served on the board of trustees of Vermont Law School since 2008, and is presently the chair of the Investment Committee, with responsibility for oversight of the school’s endowment.
J.D., Vermont Law School, 1994 (magna cum laude; Notes Editor, Vermont Law Review)
B.S./B.A., Boston College, 1989
Law Clerk to the late Honorable Shane Devine, U.S. Senior District Judge, District of New Hampshire (1994-1996)
Co-Chair, Corporate Law Committee, Boston Bar Association (2000-2002)