J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2007
Order of the Coif
Articles Editor, Virginia Law Review
Winner, William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition
B.A., University of Virginia, 2001
District of Columbia
Matthew M. Madden, Partner
Matt Madden’s appellate and trial litigation practice focuses on sophisticated securities, commercial, and bankruptcy disputes. Matt argued and won a significant Supreme Court bankruptcy case in 2015, and has briefed numerous other cases there at the petition or merits stages. Matt has also argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and briefed other high-stakes appeals in Second, Third, Fifth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits. Matt’s trial practice covers a variety of areas, including securities class action defense, complex commercial and financial disputes, and government enforcement proceedings. Matt also advises major investment funds and other clients on pending or potential litigation and other strategic opportunities.
After law school, Matt served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen F. Williams on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Representative matters include:
Presenting oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court in Harris v. Viegelahn, 135 S. Ct. 1829 (2015), in which the Court unanimously adopted our client’s interpretation of the Bankruptcy Code on an issue that, according to the court of appeals, had “divided courts for thirty years.”
Defending a Fortune 500 company against a $900 million securities class action, including presenting argument on discovery motions, defending key depositions, and briefing a successful motion to dismiss the action in its entirety and with prejudice.
Representing an international accountancy network in successfully securing the Southern District of New York’s dismissal with prejudice of a federal securities-fraud class action.
Defending a prominent investment fund against a breach-of-contract lawsuit over a $195 million claim against the estate of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, including presenting argument to the court, taking and defending depositions, and coordinating the work of expert witnesses.
Representing a major accounting firm and a number of its current and former employees in a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation involving the firm’s audits of a public company, including representing numerous witnesses in testimony before the SEC’s enforcement division.
Representing bondholders and shareholders in appeals from the bankruptcy reorganizations of a major silicone manufacturer, a national media conglomerate, a large telecommunications company, and a significant lumber conglomerate.
Arguing and briefing a winning appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit that reversed a denial of post-conviction sentencing relief, and then successfully opposing the government’s re-sentencing recommendation before the district court.
Representing a major national bank in federal litigation alleging fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty arising out of a $4 billion securitization transaction, including taking and defending depositions and supervising the work of a key expert witness.
Representing a government contractor against false-claims allegations relating to its management of a high-profile government facility, including preparing a presentation to the government that led to a favorable, non-public settlement of all claims.
Professional Activities, Publications and Honors:
Moot Court Panelist, Georgetown Supreme Court Institute
Note, Anticipated Judicial Vacancies and the Power to Nominate, 93 Va. L. Rev. 1135 (2007)
Named a “Rising Star” in the 2015 Washington D.C. edition of Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters publication recognizing outstanding lawyers