Matthew practices in the firm’s litigation department, with emphasis in commercial litigation, appellate practice, real estate litigation, municipality representation, administrative proceedings, and landlord-tenant and land contract matters.
Matthew’s commercial litigation practice focuses on breach of contract and business tort matters. In particular, Matthew has considerable experience representing both employers and employees in disputes concerning noncompetition agreements. Matthew also represents multiple financial institutions in regards to breach of commercial and consumer loan agreements, and has experience with judicial foreclosure and mortgage foreclosure deficiencies.
Matthew has represented clients on appeal in the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court as well as in state circuit court. Matthew’s appellate experience includes a wide array of subject-matter, including such matters as employment contracts, fraud and misrepresentation, and criminal issues.
In real property disputes, Matthew has represented clients regarding boundary line, ownership and possessory rights disputes. These cases have involved issues such as adverse possession, acquiescence and prescriptive easements.
As counsel for several municipalities, Matthew has defended clients in a variety of contexts, including suits over alleged improper conduct by public officials, a lawsuit brought by a county against a municipality over a Downtown Development Authority, as well as employment discrimination claims. Matthew has also enforced ordinances on behalf of municipalities, including traffic and non-traffic matters.
Matthew has represented clients in administrative proceedings concerning numerous divisions of the State of Michigan. He has appealed liquor license application denials to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. He has also handled unemployment compensation claims with the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency and the Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission. Matthew has also had matters concerning the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (now Licensing and Regulatory Affairs), as well as the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Matthew has extensive experience with landlord-tenant and land contract matters, and routinely handles summary proceedings on behalf of landlords and land contract vendors. Matthew’s practice includes representing a multi-complex public housing client, private businesses, and individuals. These matters have also included both commercial and residential properties.
Matthew previously served as a Special Assistant Prosecutor for Saginaw County. He has also represented criminal defendants in a variety of matters in both trial and appellate courts.
Matthew is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Civil Procedure and Courts Committee, which advises on the development of the Michigan Court Rules and legislation dealing with the courts. Matthew is also a member of Mensa, the High IQ Society.