Matt Lewis delivers more than 25 years of broad-ranging experience in complex commercial disputes across diverse industry sectors.
Matt provides insightful counsel and guidance to clients involved in complex commercial litigation cases. He advises businesses, individuals, accounting firms and other entities in jury and non-jury trials, binding arbitrations and mediations.
His experience spans sectors as diverse as accounting, manufacturing, banking, aircraft, music, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, greeting cards, apparel companies and insurance. Clients value his extensive knowledge, and his tenacious approach to safeguarding their intellectual property and general business interests.
Bars and Courts
California State Bar
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of California
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
First-chaired a multi-party, three-week jury trial involving the construction of a large food manufacturing facility.
Representation of a high-profile client in a trust and probate dispute involving multiple trial court and appellate court actions in California and Chile.
Representation of a global consumer electronics company in litigation in three US jurisdictions.
In a jury trial, successful defense of a high-profile client against wrongful termination claims seeking punitive damages.
Following a binding arbitration, obtained a seven-figure judgment for a foreign entity based on the opposing party’s breach of fiduciary duty.
Representation of a partnership in a multi-day bench trial involving the purchase of a business.
Representation of companies in various industries, including footwear, pet care products and canned and packaged foods, against alleged Prop 65 violations.
Obtained a complete defense verdict for client and successfully prosecuted counterclaims in a JAMS arbitration.
Following a jury trial, obtained a directed verdict in favor of all defendants in a real estate dispute involving 160 acres of raw land in Southern California.
Obtained a multimillion-dollar judgment in favor of an electronics manufacturer following a bench trial in federal court.
Representation of an international accounting firm against fraud claims by numerous plaintiffs who alleged they invested in a high tech start-up company in reliance on an audit report prepared by the accounting firm.
Representation of an international accounting firm against negligence claims for alleged failure to detect management fraud by audit client.
Representation of an aircraft management and leasing company in two federal court actions in New York against the lessee of two aircraft.
In a pro bono matter, successful representation of a well-known nonprofit charity in a binding arbitration involving a trademark license.
Representation of a French bank in defense of a class action involving monies on deposit in banks located in Vietnam. The court sustained the bank's demurrer and dismissed the claims against the bank.
Representation of a baking conglomerate against employment-related and fraud claims by numerous delivery drivers. The case was resolved in the Firm client's favor after the trial court granted a non-suit motion following the plaintiffs' opening statement.
Representation of a generic drug manufacturer against claims of patent infringement. The court granted summary judgment in favor of the Firm's client.
Representation of an oil refiner in defense against anti-trust claims. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the Firm's client, and the Ninth Circuit affirmed. Dagher v. Saudi Refining, Inc. et al., 369 F.3d 1108 (9th Cir. 2004).
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