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 handles high-stakes trial, appellate, and enforcement matters. He regularly represents companies, directors, and officers in securities class actions and shareholder derivative lawsuits. He recently defended two major healthcare companies and an international communications-device manufacturer against securities-fraud allegations and other claims. He also represents auditors and their firms in securities litigation, SEC and PCAOB enforcement proceedings, and client disputes.  And Matt advises companies responding to shareholder demands to inspect corporate books and records under Section 220 of Delaware’s General Corporation Law.

In bankruptcy matters, Matt has litigated cases from bankruptcy court to the Supreme Court. He has been special litigation and investigations counsel in a Chapter 11 case. He’s also frequently represented bondholders and other parties appealing from corporate reorganizations in a variety of industries, and has especially deep experience navigating bankruptcy appeals that are at risk of dismissal on equitable-mootness grounds. And in the U.S. Supreme Court, Matt argued and won 9-0 a case about bankruptcy conversions to Chapter 7.

Matt also handles a range of complex commercial cases, including contract disputes, business torts, and other claims. And at the appellate level, he has represented businesses, organizations, and individuals in U.S. Courts of Appeals around the country.

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

  • Defending major public companies and their directors and officers against securities class actions and shareholder derivative cases, including winning dismissal of securities lawsuits against an international healthcare provider and a communications-device manufacturer, and securing the favorable resolution of shareholder cases against a nationwide hospital company.

  • Handling companies’ responses to shareholders’ demands to inspect corporate books and records, including under Delaware’s Section 220, and litigating against such demands when necessary.

  • 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.

  • Obtaining summary judgment for a national bank against claims arising from the bank’s agreement to the cancellation of California’s $450 million wire transfer to an entity that claimed it could provide the state 100 million N95 respirator masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 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 Alta Mesa Holdings LP as special litigation and investigations counsel in the energy 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 multiple adversary proceedings.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 from dismissal on equitable mootness grounds.

About

Matt Madden handles high-stakes trial, appellate, and enforcement matters. He regularly represents companies, directors, and officers in securities class actions and shareholder derivative lawsuits. He recently defended two major healthcare companies and an international communications-device manufacturer against securities-fraud allegations and other claims. He also represents auditors and their firms in securities litigation, SEC and PCAOB enforcement proceedings, and client disputes.  And Matt advises companies responding to shareholder demands to inspect corporate books and records under Section 220 of Delaware’s General Corporation Law.

In bankruptcy matters, Matt has litigated cases from bankruptcy court to the Supreme Court. He has been special litigation and investigations counsel in a Chapter 11 case. He’s also frequently represented bondholders and other parties appealing from corporate reorganizations in a variety of industries, and has especially deep experience navigating bankruptcy appeals that are at risk of dismissal on equitable-mootness grounds. And in the U.S. Supreme Court, Matt argued and won 9-0 a case about bankruptcy conversions to Chapter 7.

Matt also handles a range of complex commercial cases, including contract disputes, business torts, and other claims. And at the appellate level, he has represented businesses, organizations, and individuals in U.S. Courts of Appeals around the country.

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

Representative Matters
  • Defending major public companies and their directors and officers against securities class actions and shareholder derivative cases, including winning dismissal of securities lawsuits against an international healthcare provider and a communications-device manufacturer, and securing the favorable resolution of shareholder cases against a nationwide hospital company.

  • Handling companies’ responses to shareholders’ demands to inspect corporate books and records, including under Delaware’s Section 220, and litigating against such demands when necessary.

  • 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.

  • Obtaining summary judgment for a national bank against claims arising from the bank’s agreement to the cancellation of California’s $450 million wire transfer to an entity that claimed it could provide the state 100 million N95 respirator masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 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 Alta Mesa Holdings LP as special litigation and investigations counsel in the energy 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 multiple adversary proceedings.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 from dismissal on equitable mootness grounds.