Matt Gatewood: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Matt Gatewood

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Crisis Management
  • Energy Litigation
  • Product Liability - Commercial
  • Commodities Enforcement & Investigations
  • Class Action Defense
  • Labor & Employment
  • 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 (2009-2014), Young Lawyers' Section of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Member, West Virginia State Bar


Matt Gatewood, the creator of and a member of Sutherland's Crisis Management and Complex Litigation Team, counsels clients through every stage of litigation while seeking the most advantageous business outcome. His litigation experience includes serving on the trial team for the drilling contractor involved in the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill litigation and representing companies in disputes involving commodities trading, product liability, insurance coverage, creditors' rights and other commercial matters. Matt helps clients navigate government investigations, including actions by the U.S. Congress, Presidentially appointed task forces, the U.S. Department of Justice, states' attorneys general, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other federal and state agencies.

Matt created to help companies track key developments in safety-related litigation and regulatory activity. The site is not industry-specific but assists manufacturing, oil and gas, automotive, and mining companies, among others. Matt advises companies on best practices in process safety and crisis management planning, and helps guide companies through incident investigation and response in the event an unexpected incident or an operational failure occurs.

In addition to Matt's work on large-scale commercial matters, he has represented clients on employment and benefits issues in approximately 45 states, including disputes involving workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, disability benefits and worker classification.

Matt serves on the firm's Hiring Committee.

Selected Experience
One of lead counsel, BP oil spill litigation, and guided drilling contractor through crisis management and regulatory issue 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.

Client Tools
•Safety Litigation Blog
•Crisis Management
•Worker Classification


The Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia


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New Jersey Creates More Difficult Independent Contractor Test for State Wage Law Purposes
Thomas R. Bundy,Matt Gatewood,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy,H. Karl Zeswitz, February 13, 2015
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of New Jersey articulated the test to be used in determining whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee for purposes of the state’s Wage Payment Law and Wage and Hour Law. Any company that contracts with independent contractors in New Jersey...

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...
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Matt Gatewood

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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