Matthew J. Matule
Securities, Corporate and Complex Commercial Litigation
Matt Matule represents corporations, business and professional partnerships, investment banks and individuals in complex litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the country. Mr. Matule focuses his practice on the representation of entities, special committees and senior executives in actions brought under state and federal securities laws (including purported class actions), shareholder derivative proceedings and litigation arising from corporate transactions. He also advises clients in connection with internal corporate investigations, as well as proceedings being conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and analogous state agencies. In addition, he has handled a wide range of disputes arising from corporate transactions, bankruptcy, contracts, financings, insurance and employment matters.
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.
Mr. Matule 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 defended at expedited trial in federal court a corporate recapitalization that raised a question of first impression under Connecticut’s Business Combinations Act.
Mr. Matule defeated purported federal securities laws class actions brought against several biopharmaceutical companies and a “Big Four” accounting firm, as well as shareholder derivative actions pending in various jurisdictions. Since 2001, he has been involved in the defense of a technology company issuer and certain of its former officers in the so-called initial public offering “laddering” cases in the Southern District of New York. He also obtained a rare dismissal on statute of limitations grounds, and affirmance in the Second Circuit of the dismissal, of a multihundred million dollar ERISA breach of fiduciary duties action.
Mr. Matule’s engagements involve advising a Dutch telecommunications company, following a successful representation in arbitration proceedings, in connection with financial statement litigation arising from the sale of certain North American subsidiaries, as well as assisting a Swedish office and hobby products company defend against alleged contract and trade secret litigation in federal court. He also has been providing strategic advice to an investment bank concerning the sale of certain structured financial products and assisting a public audit firm in regulatory proceedings involving one of its mutual fund complex audit clients.
At the request of the federal court in Massachusetts, Mr. Matule is handling a pro bono prisoners’ rights litigation on behalf of several individuals incarcerated in numerous prisons in Massachusetts. He secured a First Circuit reversal on a jurisdictional issue of first impression in Massachusetts, a decision which was highlighted by The National Law Journal in Skadden’s “Appellate Hot List” selection.
Mr. Matule serves as co-hiring partner for the Boston office and is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. He also serves as co-editor of Inside The Courts, a bi-monthly publication focused on securities litigation developments.
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)