Matt Furton is Co-Chair of the Firm's Litigation Department. He leads a group of nearly 250 attorneys that peer-rating organizations identify as a national, top-tier firm for commercial and intellectual property litigation.
In his personal practice, Matt focuses on commercial and intellectual property litigation. Matt's practice includes representation of both plaintiffs and defendants, from pre-suit investigation through trial and appellate proceedings. Matt’s philosophy prioritizes reaching a prompt business solution at the lowest possible cost. Litigation and trials should always be avoided, but if a mutually acceptable resolution is not possible, Matt is eager to lead a client’s representation at trial.
Matt's commercial litigation experience includes handling claims for breach of contract, fraud, RICO violations, securities fraud, antitrust violations, shareholder derivative actions and various business torts. Matt’s trial work includes handling jury and bench trials in state, federal and bankruptcy courts, obtaining and avoiding injunctive relief, obtaining, enforcing, and vacating arbitration awards, and prevailing on appeals.
Much of the commercial litigation Matt handles arises from the business of insurance. In the insurance industry, he represents traditional insurance industry entities such as insurers, reinsurers, brokers, and third-party administrators in business litigation. His clients also include investors in insurance assets, reinsurance pools, premium financiers, guaranty funds, and joint self-insurance pools that have disputes arising from the business of insurance. His insurance-related litigation and arbitration experience includes arbitrations and complex litigation involving class actions, MDL proceedings, bankruptcy proceedings, RICO, antitrust, and consumer fraud claims. Many of these cases are influenced by the heavily regulated nature of the insurance industry.