Matthew M. Madden

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Fax: 202.775.4510

Education:

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

Order of the Coif

Raven Society

Articles Editor, Virginia Law Review

Winner, William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition

B.A., University of Virginia

Bar Admissions:

District of Columbia

Massachusetts

Matt Madden litigates bankruptcy, securities, investment, and accounting cases, appeals, and enforcement actions.

In bankruptcy matters, Matt has litigated disputes from bankruptcy court to the Supreme Court.  He currently represents Houston-based Alta Mesa Holdings as special litigation and investigations counsel in the company’s chapter 11 case.  In appellate courts nationwide, he’s worked on high-stakes appeals from numerous corporate bankruptcies, and has exceptionally deep experience with navigating bankruptcy appeals at risk of dismissal on equitable-mootness grounds.  And in the Supreme Court, Matt argued and won unanimously a case about bankruptcy conversions to Chapter 7.

Matt’s practice also focuses on defending billion-dollar securities class actions and shareholder derivative cases, litigating complex commercial and financial disputes, and defending accounting firms and their partners against enforcement proceedings and litigation.  Matt also advises investment funds and other clients on pending or potential litigation and other strategic opportunities.

Matt co-directs the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law, and has briefed numerous Supreme Court cases, on an assortment of subjects, at the petition and merits stages.  In the courts of appeals, he has represented businesses, organizations, and individuals in the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits.

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.

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 2015-2019 Washington D.C. editions of Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters publication recognizing outstanding lawyers

  • Named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List 2019,” recognizing the “most notable up-and-coming litigation attorneys in the United States.”

  • Representing Alta Mesa Holdings LP as special litigation and investigations counsel in the company’s chapter 11 case, including conducting a related-party-claims investigation that the bankruptcy court called “carefully” done and an “extreme analysis,” examining the company’s chief restructuring officer at a contested $320 million sale hearing, and representing the company in adversary proceedings.

  • Arguing and winning Harris v. Viegelahn, 575 U.S. 510, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court bankruptcy decision concerning the conversion of bankruptcy cases from Chapter 13 to Chapter 7.

  • 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—including defending such appeals against equitable mootness claims.

  • Defending an investment fund in a lawsuit over the disputed ownership of a $195 million claim against the estate of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.

  • Defending an investment fund, as lead counsel, against breach-of-contract litigation over an alleged term-loan trade.

  • Defending major public companies against securities class actions and shareholder derivative cases, including winning dismissal with prejudice of securities lawsuits against an international healthcare provider, and securing the favorable resolution of shareholder cases against a nationwide hospital company.

  • Representing a major accounting firm and its current and former employees in SEC investigations involving the firm’s public-company audits or Appendix K reviews.

About

Matt Madden litigates bankruptcy, securities, investment, and accounting cases, appeals, and enforcement actions.

In bankruptcy matters, Matt has litigated disputes from bankruptcy court to the Supreme Court.  He currently represents Houston-based Alta Mesa Holdings as special litigation and investigations counsel in the company’s chapter 11 case.  In appellate courts nationwide, he’s worked on high-stakes appeals from numerous corporate bankruptcies, and has exceptionally deep experience with navigating bankruptcy appeals at risk of dismissal on equitable-mootness grounds.  And in the Supreme Court, Matt argued and won unanimously a case about bankruptcy conversions to Chapter 7.

Matt’s practice also focuses on defending billion-dollar securities class actions and shareholder derivative cases, litigating complex commercial and financial disputes, and defending accounting firms and their partners against enforcement proceedings and litigation.  Matt also advises investment funds and other clients on pending or potential litigation and other strategic opportunities.

Matt co-directs the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law, and has briefed numerous Supreme Court cases, on an assortment of subjects, at the petition and merits stages.  In the courts of appeals, he has represented businesses, organizations, and individuals in the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits.

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.

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 2015-2019 Washington D.C. editions of Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters publication recognizing outstanding lawyers

  • Named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List 2019,” recognizing the “most notable up-and-coming litigation attorneys in the United States.”

Representative Matters
  • Representing Alta Mesa Holdings LP as special litigation and investigations counsel in the company’s chapter 11 case, including conducting a related-party-claims investigation that the bankruptcy court called “carefully” done and an “extreme analysis,” examining the company’s chief restructuring officer at a contested $320 million sale hearing, and representing the company in adversary proceedings.

  • Arguing and winning Harris v. Viegelahn, 575 U.S. 510, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court bankruptcy decision concerning the conversion of bankruptcy cases from Chapter 13 to Chapter 7.

  • 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—including defending such appeals against equitable mootness claims.

  • Defending an investment fund in a lawsuit over the disputed ownership of a $195 million claim against the estate of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.

  • Defending an investment fund, as lead counsel, against breach-of-contract litigation over an alleged term-loan trade.

  • Defending major public companies against securities class actions and shareholder derivative cases, including winning dismissal with prejudice of securities lawsuits against an international healthcare provider, and securing the favorable resolution of shareholder cases against a nationwide hospital company.

  • Representing a major accounting firm and its current and former employees in SEC investigations involving the firm’s public-company audits or Appendix K reviews.