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  • J.D., Widener University Delaware Law School, magna cum laude
  • B.A., University of Delaware, magna cum laude

    Staff and Board, The Delaware Journal of Corporate Law

    Wolcott Fellow, Honorable Randy J. Holland, Supreme Court of Delaware

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of Delaware

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bankruptcy Institute

Carpenter-Walsh Pro Bono Inn of Court

Delaware Bar Association

Matthew Rifino

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  • T: 302.984.6326
    F: 302.984.6399

Matthew J. Rifino is a Commercial Litigator whose practice focuses on corporate bankruptcy and restructuring matters, commercial disputes, corporate counseling, and pre-suit risk assessment across a broad range of industries, including financial services, oil & gas, and manufacturing.

Matthew represents lenders, equipment lessors, and retailers in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, in which he has assisted clients interested in acquiring the assets of debtors, facilitated the assumption of contracts, obtained payment of pre- and post-petition debts, and gained relief from the automatic stay to allow for the exercise of state law remedies. His bankruptcy practice also includes the representation of a Chapter 7 Trustee where he has overseen the marketing and sale of assets and negotiated financial settlements for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. In addition, he has obtained monetary judgments in state court proceedings against defaulting borrowers and guarantors on behalf of secured creditors.

Matthew also represents companies embroiled in commercial disputes. Relying on his knowledge of Delaware law, in which he has authored numerous articles for the Delaware Corporate and Alternative Law Group, Matthew has litigated disputes concerning, among other things, the interpretation and enforcement of term sheets, asset purchase agreements, and formation agreements.

Further, Matthew works with clients to identify areas of risk in their business practices which could expose them to financial liability. He offers clients a wealth of knowledge based on his experience litigating disputes in state and federal court, and he has written numerous articles published in Law360, Lexology and JD Supra which offer common sense solutions to complex legal issues. Matthew favors a practical approach to problem solving which reflects a respect for the clients’ resources and capabilities.

Finally, Matthew lends his time to various legal aid organizations in the region. He has counseled small businesses through his participation in the Philadelphia VIP Small Business Clinic. He has represented victims of domestic abuse in protection from abuse proceedings and custody disputes through his work with Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Inc. Matthew also assists the Office of Child Advocate as a guardian ad litem for children in foster care to ensure that they receive the necessary social, medical, and financial support.

Representative Matters

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. J.E.M. Enterprises, et al., C.A. No. N16C-07-118 EMD (Del. Super. Ct. Jan. 11, 2018) (granted plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment based on defendants’ breach of a commercial line of credit and guaranty)
Fulton Bank, N.A. v. MTB Land Holdings, LLC, et al., C.A. No. N16C-11-199 PRW (Del. Super. Ct. Jan. 9, 2018) (granted plaintiff’s motion for judgment on the pleadings on breach of contract claim in the amount of $1.6 million, plus interest, attorney’s fees and costs)
Country Life Homes, Inc., et al. v. Fulton Bank, N.A., C.A. No. N17C-02-062 PRW (Del. Super. Ct. Nov. 22, 2017) (granted defendant’s motion to dismiss complaint seeking monetary damages in the amount of $7.2 million for alleged breach of contract and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing)
DeCastro v. Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., et al., C.A. No. 16-951 (D. Del. Aug. 16, 2017) (granted summery judgment in favor of successor to defendant manufacturer in product liability action).
Lavelle v. The Ford Motor Co., et al., C.A. No. N16C-03-079 ASB (Del. Super. Ct. July 27, 2017) (granted summary judgment in favor of defendant manufacturer and landowner in product liability suit).
In re OWP Enviro JV Opco, LLC, Case No. 16-11909-KJC (Bankr. D. Del. Sept. 28, 2016) (granted secured creditor’s motion for relief from the automatic stay to allow collection of unearned premiums and cancellation of policies).
Lehman Bros. Spec. Fin. Inc. v. Bank of America, et al., Adv. Proc. No. 10-03547-SCC (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. June 28, 2016) (granted noteholders’ motion to dismiss complaint alleging preferential transfers, fraudulent conveyances, post-petition transfers, constructive trust, money had and received, and unjust enrichment).
In re Noranda Aluminum, Inc., Case No. 16-10083-399 (Bankr. E.D. Mo. Mar. 8, 2016) (granted vendor adequate assurance in the form of cash in advance payments pursuant to Section 2-609 of the Uniform Commercial Code and Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code).
Capital One, N.A. v. Bachovin, C.A. No. N14L-07-102 EMD (Del. Super. Ct. Oct. 7, 2015) (granted plaintiff’s motion to strike affirmative defenses in a scire facias sur mortgage action).
Lenig v. Cleaver Brooks Co., Inc., C.A. No. 13-07645-ER (E.D. Pa. Mar. 6, 2015) (granted manufacturer defendant’s motion for summary judgment in a wrongful death action based on plaintiff’s lack of exposure to asbestos-containing materials).