Matt Gatewood: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Matt Gatewood

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Energy Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Crisis Management
  • Class Action Defense
  • Tax Controversy & Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0122
Fax: 202-637-3593
University West Virginia University, B.A., summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa
Law SchoolWashington and Lee University School of Law, J.D. Managing Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review
Admitted2005, West Virginia; 2007, District of Columbia

Professional Activities
Board Member, Young Lawyers' Section, Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Member, West Virginia State Bar


Matt Gatewood, a member of the firm's Crisis Management and Complex Litigation Team, resolves conflicts encountered primarily by energy, transportation, and insurance clients. He helps clients respond to federal and state government investigations and advises clients on process safety compliance, risk management, and employment issues. Mr. Gatewood coordinates internal investigations and litigation stemming from catastrophic workplace incidents and injuries. He has litigated cases throughout the United States, most recently serving on the trial team representing an international drilling contractor in the multidistrict litigation arising from the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

In addition to traditional litigation in federal and state courts, Matt advises clients facing investigations from Congress, Presidential-appointed task forces and state agencies. He also has experience in employment and tax-related litigation.

Matt serves on the firm's Hiring Committee.

Selected Experience
Sutherland guides drilling contractor through litigation, crisis management and regulatory inquiries following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Sutherland represents a national transportation company in matters concerning employment classification of individuals who pick-up, transport and deliver packages throughout the country.

Sutherland represents international oil company in litigation of $100 million claim.

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Supreme Court of Texas Finds Purchasers of Used Goods Can Recover on Implied Warranty Claims in a Case That Highlights Risk of Failing to Plead Affirmative Defenses
Matt Gatewood,Carter L. Williams, June 23, 2014
In a significant decision issued earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Texas held that the implied warranty of merchantability, unless properly disclaimed, passes to purchasers of used goods. The decision in Man Engines & Components, Inc. v. Shows, No. 12-0490, on appeal from the Court of...

No SLUSA Protection Absent Material Connection With Sale/Purchase of Covered Security
Thomas M. Byrne,Nicholas T. Christakos,Thomas W. Curvin,Ellen M. Dunn,Matt Gatewood, March 10, 2014
In Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice, the U.S. Supreme Court held on February 26, 2014, that the victims of Allen Stanford’s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme can proceed with their claims against law firms, insurance brokers, and a financial services company that allegedly helped...

State Attorney General Parens Patriae Actions Are Not Removable to Federal Court as CAFA “Mass Actions”
Keith J. Barnett,Thomas W. Curvin,Matt Gatewood,Phillip E. Stano,Lewis S. Wiener, January 17, 2014
This week the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp. that parens patriae actions in which the State is the sole plaintiff are not “mass actions” under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA or the Act). The ruling means that such...
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Matt Gatewood

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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