Matt is a partner in the Providence, Rhode Island office, and a member of the firm’s Complex Litigation Practice Group. He serves on the board of directors of the Defense Counsel of Rhode Island and has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, and as a Rising Star for Employment Law. He maintains a diverse practice with a focus on products liability, premises liability, mass torts, and other complex tort litigation as well as employment law, insurance defense, infectious disease counseling and litigation, trucking and transportation law, and maritime law. He regularly counsels and represents corporate clients in a variety of employment, business, and risk management matters. He regularly updates and prepares employee policy manuals for both a variety of clients and he is a frequent speaker at compliance training seminars on a diversity of topics including the FLSA, FMLA, and ADA. Matt routinely defends clients against claims arising in negligence, breach of contract, breach of warranty, wrongful death, and failure to warn. His legal experience also has led him to represent educational institutions where, for example, he investigates alleged student and faculty misconduct after which he prepares and presents comprehensive reports evaluating policy changes. Additionally, Matt frequently advises universities and secondary schools on statutory and regulatory compliance such as with the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Matt serves as Regional Coordinating Counsel for a leading aeronautics company. In this role, he is responsible for the coordination and management of the client’s litigation throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southern United States. Additionally, Matt was appointed by the Rhode Island Superior Court to serve as an arbitrator for the Court Annexed Arbitration Program where he holds hearings, evaluates evidence, and issues awards.
Matt received his law degree magna cum laude from Roger Williams University School of Law. During law school, he participated in the Judicial Extern Program serving as a clerk to Superior Court Justice Allen Rubine. Matt received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island where he earned a B.A. in both History and Political Science. Afterward, he earned his M.A. in Political Science with a focus on American Foreign Policy and International Politics.
He is admitted to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut as well as before the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.