Matthew J. Matule
Boston, Mass. (VLS Trustee Since 2008)
VLS Class of 1994
Matthew J. Matule is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, specializing in securities, corporate, and complex commercial litigation. He also serves as coeditor of Inside The Courts, a bimonthly publication focused on securities litigation developments. Matt received his undergraduate degree from Boston College.
Mr. Matule focuses his practice on the representation of clients in actions brought under state and federal securities laws (including purported class actions), shareholder derivative proceedings and litigation arising from corporate transactions. He also advises clients in connection with internal corporate investigations, as well as proceedings being conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and analogous state agencies. In addition, he has handled a wide range of disputes concerning corporate, commercial, contract, bankruptcy, insurance and employment-related subjects.
Mr. Matule has contested federal securities law claims from the initial motion to dismiss stage to class certification proceedings, through merits discovery and summary judgment and upon subsequent appellate review. Mr. Matule is currently defending several purported class actions brought under the federal securities laws and shareholder derivative actions pending in various jurisdictions in addition to a number of ongoing regulatory investigations involving the federal securities laws. He also has been involved since 2001 in the defense of issuers in so-called initial public offering "laddering" cases in the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Matule's current engagements involve the defense of two "Big Four" audit firms, several Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical companies, an investment bank and numerous present and former senior executives in actions pending in the federal and state trial and appellate courts of Massachusetts and elsewhere. Mr. Matule recently obtained affirmance in the Second Circuit of the dismissal of a multihundred million dollar ERISA breach of fiduciary duties action and the dismissals of shareholders derivative suits in Delaware and Massachusetts. Most recently, Mr. Matule successfully defended at expedited trial in federal court a corporate recapitalization that raised a question of first impression under Connecticut's Business Combinations Act.
Mr. Matule also has experience with other expedited litigations in federal and state courts involving corporate control contests, employee non-disclosures of trade secrets and other confidential information, as well as litigations involving enforcement of covenants not-to-compete and nonsolicitation agreements.
Mr. Matule currently serves as co-hiring partner for the Boston office and is a member of the firm's Diversity Committee. At the request of the Federal court in Massachusetts, Mr. Matule also is handling a pro bono prisioners' rights litigation on behalf of several individuals incarcerated in numerous prisons in Massachusetts.