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  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 2000
  • A.B., Princeton University, cum laude, 1997

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, First, Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Memberships & Affiliations

Council for Court Excellence, former Board of Directors

Legal Aid Society, District of Columbia

Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

Matthew Wright

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  • T: 202.753.3402
    F: 202.354.4553

Matt Wright is a seasoned trial lawyer with substantial experience before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and domestic and international arbitration tribunals. He has successfully defended countless high-value actions over his career, and has also obtained nearly $200 million in final judgments and arbitral awards on behalf of his plaintiff clients.

Matt practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation, real estate and property tax litigation, and unfair competition law. He represents clients across multiple industries including, hospitality, healthcare, consumer products, information technology, consumer electronics and the financial services sectors.

Known for his ability to develop and integrate a deep understanding of clients’ businesses and goals into innovative and effective legal representation, Matt takes a pragmatic and business-focused approach to litigation, tailored to meet the business objectives behind each specific case. When litigation is unavoidable, he has an enviable track record of delivering exceptional results. But he is also a skilled negotiator who is able to recognize and take advantage of opportunities for clients to resolve their matter without resorting to potentially disruptive litigation. His practice also includes general counseling on litigation risk management and alternative dispute resolution options and agreements.

Matt’s abilities to represent clients across a broad range of issues is demonstrated by a few of his selected representations below:

  • Currently representing a cellular phone manufacturer in twenty products liability cases pending in DC Superior Court in which plaintiffs allege that they suffered brain cancer as a result of exposure to cell phone emissions.
  • Lead defense counsel for the world’s largest mattress company in a Lanham Act false advertising, trademark, and unfair competition suit. (Select Comfort Corporation v. Tempur Sealy International, Inc., et al., D. Minn. No. 13-cv-02451)
  • Won $69 million summary judgment on behalf of plaintiff patent pool that licenses consumer electronics technology in suit against two Chinese corporations and their individual owners who engaged in fraud, trademark infringement, counterfeiting, and breach of license agreement. The judgment included treble damages, interest, and attorney's fees. (SD-3C, LLC v. Biwin Technology Ltd., et al., N.D. Cal. No. CV-12-00407)
  • Trial counsel for directors of a publicly traded behavioral health company in a shareholder class action. Obtained dismissals for non-executive directors and won a complete defense jury verdict on remaining claims against the CEO following a two-week jury trial (modified post-verdict). (MAZ Partners LP v. Shear, et al., D. Mass. Civ. No. 11-11049; Petition for Certiorari filed September 28, 2018, U.S.S.C. No. 18-403) 
  • Lead counsel for claimant defense contractor in an arbitration proceeding regarding Afghan tax liabilities; won $2.3 million arbitral award.
  • Trial counsel for third-party defendant in breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation, and breach of contract case; won $103.9 million jury verdict on counterclaim and defense verdict on claims asserted against client following a three week trial. Verdict Search ranked the verdict among the largest jury awards in the United States in 2004. (Raymond Schettino, et al. v. Nader Modanlo, et al. (Defendants/Third–Party Plaintiffs) v. Michael Ahan (Third–Party Defendant), Montgomery County, Circuit Court (Maryland) Case No. 220156)
  • Counsel for claimant software services provider in a proceeding before the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration involving breach of a software license agreement by a Chinese joint venture company; won a multimillion dollar award, including attorneys’ fees and costs.
  • Counsel for a group of bondholders in a fraud and breach of contract suit concerning a contested $110 million debt for equity swap of subprime mortgage backed securities. (Delta Funding Residual Exchange Company, LLC, et al. v. Delta Financial Corp., et al., NY Sup. Ct. Index No. 003084/2004)
  • Defense counsel for health care company in a shareholder class action lawsuit brought to enjoin the client’s acquisition in an announced tender offer; acquisition was consummated on time and the plaintiffs’ claims were abandoned with no payment or settlement. (Myskowski, et al. v. Dialysis Corp. of America, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court (Maryland), Case No. C-10-151672)
  • Trial counsel to a large regional commercial and retail bank in a multi-million dollar lease dispute. (GTOWN 1, LLC v. Commerce Bank, N.A., (D.C. Superior Court No. 05-6164)
  • Defense counsel for a major producer and supplier of specialty ferroalloys in consolidated federal antitrust suits challenging alleged attempts to manipulate US import duties; matter resolved favorably for client. (CBCC, et al. v. AIMCOR, et al., D.D.C. Civ. No. 01-00646/01-2878)
  • Represent various hotel, hospital, and nursing home property owners in real property tax assessment appeals against District of Columbia.
  • Litigation counsel for a large pet food manufacturer in Lanham Act false advertising and unfair competition litigation. (Kal Kan Foods, Inc. v. Iams Co., S.D. Ohio Case No. C–3–01–83)

Matthew is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Council for Court Excellence, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice and fostering public education of the judicial system. Matthew works with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, DC Public Schools, to organize and promote geographic literacy and an annual geography tournament for elementary school students in the District. Matthew also volunteers with the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.

Outside of work, Matthew enjoys reading contemporary literature and collecting South African wine and art. Matthew appreciates any opportunity to travel to Southern Africa with his wife and two daughters.


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