Matthew Rifino helps organizations navigate complex commercial disputes, including unclaimed property and corporate bankruptcy and restructuring matters, both in and out of court. He counsels clients on identifying areas of risk in their business practices to help them reduce financial exposure.
With unclaimed property being a growing source of revenue for states and holders of unclaimed property ever more vulnerable to states’ aggressive tactics to collect on this revenue source, Matthew advocates for his clients’ interests, holds states accountable, and where necessary, files suit to prevent violations of his clients’ rights. Matthew has been involved in several high profile litigations affecting the State of Delaware’s unclaimed property program, including the reversal of a multi-million dollar judgment related to a holder’s gift card program.
Matthew also guides creditor clients through the bankruptcy process, from the earliest indication of debtor distress through the payment of his client’s claims. Matthew represents secured and unsecured creditors in the finance, manufacturing, and oil and gas industries in bankruptcy proceedings across the country. His experience includes counseling prospective purchasers of assets, facilitating the assumption and assignment of executory contracts, compelling payment of pre- and post-petition debts, and obtaining relief from the automatic stay.
Active in pro bono matters, Matthew’s work has included counseling small businesses as part of the Philadelphia VIP Small Business Clinic, representing victims of domestic abuse in protection from abuse proceedings and custody disputes through Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, and assisting 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.