Matthew T. McLaughlin

Matt McLaughlin is a litigator who focuses his practice on complex business disputes and international arbitration. He represents a range of clients in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. as well as before domestic and international arbitral bodies.

What do you focus on?

I work closely with my clients to resolve their disputes as well as to develop strategies to minimize future litigation risk. Today, I concentrate on four main areas.

Private Fund Disputes

I represent private investment partnerships, hedge funds, private equity funds and other alternative investment vehicles in a variety of disputes across the U.S. and frequently work with offshore funds and liquidators in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands.

Securities Litigation

I am currently representing an international financial services company in several multi-billion dollar disputes involving residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS). I also have substantial experience representing and defending corporations, as well their executives and directors, in connection with SEC investigations and litigation, FINRA arbitrations, and complex private securities litigation.

Non-Compete Litigation

I regularly advise and represent clients concerning the enforceability of restrictive covenants, most recently defeating a motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to prevent our client from employing a competitor’s former employee and securing summary judgment in favor of our client concerning the enforceability of a restrictive covenant in federal court in Vermont.

Domestic and International Arbitration

I represent companies in domestic commercial and investment disputes as well as in disputes before international arbitral bodies, including most recently ICSID and the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

What do you see on the horizon?

I anticipate that private investment funds will continue to see an increase in regulatory scrutiny and litigation exposure, often based on untested theories of liability.

Other Experience

In 2013, Matt served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted a range of criminal matters and tried numerous cases to verdict.

Representative Experience

  • Representing international financial services company in several multi-billion dollar disputes involving residential mortgage backed securities.
  • Representing concrete manufacturer in $100 million dispute brought by commuter railroad.
  • Successful defense of former CEO of a public company after four-week jury trial in federal court brought by the SEC.
  • Successful defense of brokerage firm and its registered representative after ten-day FINRA arbitration brought by former investors.
  • Successful defense of target CFO of a public company in SEC investigation of stock option grants.
  • Represented independent power producer in a dispute with an African government in arbitration before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (settled).
  • Represented fiber optic cable manufacturer in a dispute arising out of breach of supply agreement in arbitration before Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (settled).
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of client in dispute over enforceability of employment restrictive covenant.
  • Prosecuted and secured summary judgment award of over $7 million on behalf of investor in dispute with general partner manager of tax credit partnership.

Omnicare Raises Bar on Exec Opinion Suits in 2nd Circ.

Law360 | March 07, 2016

Boston Commercial Litigation partner Matt McLaughlin provides commentary in this piece discussing a Second Circuit decision on securities lawsuits over rosy corporate projections that fail to pan out in light of the Supreme Court’s landmark Omnicare ruling.

A Broadening Risk of Securities Liability after Omnicare

Law360 | July 09, 2015

Boston Commercial Litigation partners Matt McLaughlin and George Skelly authored this column discussing the “case revival” trend following U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Omnicare Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund.


Matthew T. McLaughlin



Phone: 617-345-6154

New York

Phone: 212-940-3038

Fax: 866-440-6480

Boston University School of Law, J.D.

Boston University, B.A., magna cum laude


New York

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Mr. McLaughlin is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Matthew is also active in pro-bono matters. He has successfully represented a number of refugees seeking political asylum in the United States through Human Rights First and also volunteers to represent clients through the Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Matthew is an accredited attorney for the prosecution of claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs and assists veterans and their families with claims for benefits, most recently securing a substantial monetary award from the Board of Veterans Appeals on behalf of a veteran’s widow.

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