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Matt Madden is a trial and appellate litigator. In the U.S. Supreme Court, Matt argued a bankruptcy case and won unanimous reversal of the court of appeals’ decision. He has briefed numerous other Supreme Court cases, on an assortment of subjects, at the petition and merits stages. Matt also codirects the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law.
At the appellate level, Matt argued and won an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and has briefed other high-stakes matters in Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits. Many of those matters involved complex bankruptcy disputes, in which Matt has represented bondholders and shareholders in appeals from the bankruptcy reorganizations of a major silicone manufacturer, a national media conglomerate, a large telecommunications company, and a significant lumber operation—regularly defending such appeals against assertions of equitable mootness.
Matt’s trial practice covers a variety of areas. He regularly defends companies and their officers and directors against securities class actions and shareholder derivative lawsuits. He is currently defending two major healthcare companies and their top executives in class-action and shareholder-derivative litigation premised on alleged violations of the False Claims Act. Matt also handles other complex commercial and financial disputes, including with specific expertise in disputes involving trade claims and other sophisticated investments.
Matt also regularly advises accounting firms and their professionals on SEC and PCAOB proceedings, private securities actions, and other litigation. He has, for instance, represented a major accounting firm and a number of its current and former employees in an SEC investigation involving the firm’s audits of a public company. He also represented an international accountancy network in successfully securing the Southern District of New York’s dismissal with prejudice of a federal securities-fraud class action. And Matt has served as lead counsel defending accounting firms against professional malpractice and other claims asserted by former clients.
Drawing upon his broad appellate and trial litigation experience, Matt also regularly advises major investment funds and other clients on strategic opportunities involving pending or potential litigation.
Matt is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, Matt served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen F. Williams on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Last updated July 2019