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 is a trial and appellate litigator. In the U.S. Supreme Court, Matt argued a 2015 bankruptcy case and won unanimous reversal of the court of appeals’ decision. He has briefed numerous other Supreme Court cases, on an assortment of subjects, at the petition and merits stages. Matt also co-directs the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law. At the appellate level, Matt argued and won an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and has briefed other high-stakes matters in Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits.
Matt’s trial practice covers a variety of areas, focusing on securities class and derivative action defense, complex commercial and financial disputes, and government enforcement proceedings. Matt regularly advises accounting firms and their professionals on SEC and PCAOB proceedings, private securities actions, and other litigation. 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:
Arguing and winning Harris v. Viegelahn, 135 S. Ct. 1829 (2015), concerning the disposition of certain assets upon conversion of a bankruptcy case from Chapter 13 to Chapter 7.
Defending two major healthcare companies in separate securities class actions and derivative shareholder actions premised on alleged violations of the False Claims Act.
Representing a major accounting firm and a number of its current and former employees in an SEC investigation involving the firm’s audits of a public company.
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 operation—regularly defending such appeals against assertions of equitable mootness.
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 in a lawsuit over ownership of a $195 million claim against the estate of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
Representing a government contractor against false-claims allegations relating to its management of a high-profile government facility, leading to a favorable, non-public resolution of all claims.
Professional Activities, Publications and Honors:
Adjunct Professor, University of Virginia School of Law (Supreme Court Litigation Clinic)
Moot Court Panelist, Georgetown Supreme Court Institute
Moot Court Panelist, National Association of Attorneys General
Named a “Rising Star” in the 2015-2018 Washington D.C. editions of Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters publication recognizing outstanding lawyers
Named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List,” recognizing the “most notable up-and-coming litigation attorneys in the United States.”
Named a 2018 “Rising Star of Law 40 under 40” by DCA Live, a digital news publication covering Washington DC’s tech, legal, association, and non-profit communities