Matt Richards is a litigator who represents owners and general contractors in federal and state court construction litigation and in arbitration. He also has significant antitrust, bankruptcy and appellate experience.
I represent public entities, private owners, and general contractors in all phases of construction, from counseling and contract drafting through litigation of complex construction disputes. When litigation is required, I develop and implement case-specific strategies, from pre-litigation claims investigation through fact and expert discovery to trial and appeal.
My background and experience in bankruptcy and appellate work uniquely positions me to address two key ancillary issues that frequently confront my clients as litigation unfolds—dealing with insolvent adversaries and defending favorable rulings, judgments, and verdicts on appeal. Having also litigated construction defect, mechanic’s lien, contract, insurance, indemnification, and statute of limitation/statute of repose issues from all sides, I can effectively advise our clients to minimize their risk.
I litigate complex commercial matters in industries ranging from technology to logistics and insurance, and in a variety of practice areas, including antitrust, insurance, and trade secrets. I coordinate strategy, handle administrative appeals, and litigate all manner of FOIA and state public records act matters.
I believe the construction industry is on the leading edge of significant structural changes that will fundamentally alter how services are delivered and projects are built. Strategic adoption of disruptive technologies (drones and 3-D printing, to name two high-profile examples) will give savvy owners and contractors alike advantages over less adaptive competitors. These new technologies will raise new legal issues as well, as the law evolves to meet the pace of change.
Engineering News-Record (ENR) | April 27, 2017
San Francisco commercial litigation partner Matt Richards and associate Aldo Ibarra contributed this article about legal risks construction companies should consider as automated drone technology becomes more widely used in the industry. Click here to read the full article.
ENR | April 27, 2017
San Francisco commercial litigation partner Matt Richards and associate Aldo Ibarra contributed this article about legal risks construction companies should consider as automated drone technology becomes more widely used in their industry.
Law360 | April 01, 2016
San Francisco commercial litigation partner Matt Richards and San Francisco commercial litigation associate Stacy Boven authored this column discussing California’s “prompt payment” statutes which provide for contractors and subcontractors to be paid for their work on a timely basis.
Law360 | March 05, 2015
San Francisco Commercial Litigation partner Matt Richards and associate Matt Struhar coauthored this column discussing a California court decision recognizing intentional interference claims for second place bidders in public works contracts.
Law360 | February 03, 2015
San Francisco Commercial Litigation partner Matt Richards authored this article discussing a California appeals court decision that raises questions regarding the circumstances under which California public entities may withhold retention on public works projects.
Construction Alert | 08.17.16
Construction Law Alert | 01.19.16
Construction Law Alert | 02.25.15
Construction Law Alert | 02.02.15
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., cum laude (Order of the Coif; Thurston Society; Editor-in-Chief, Hastings International & Comparative Law Review)
University of California, Berkeley, B.A.with distinction in general scholarship
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
Matt has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by the publishers of the 2013 and 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers magazine. Inclusion in Super Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey.
He has been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2016 editorial for Real estate and construction—Construction (including construction litigation).