Matt Kairis, head of litigation in Columbus, is a trial lawyer with extensive experience coordinating and trying complex, multijurisdiction, and class action litigation. He has won bench and jury verdicts in antitrust actions, securities actions, and consumer fraud litigation. Matt routinely handles high-profile matters, assisting Notre Dame in football concussion litigation and following a videographer's fatal accident during football practice, defending nationwide legal attacks on electronic voting systems for the industry's leading manufacturer, and leading all litigation efforts in the wake of the financial collapse and FBI raid on National Century Financial Enterprises.
On behalf of First American Title Insurance, Matt recently obtained the complete reversal of what would have been the largest punitive damages award in an economic injury case in Ohio history. He served as lead trial counsel for First American defeating a putative multibillion dollar consumer fraud RESPA class action in Chicago that alleged kickbacks in connection with residential real estate mortgages. Matt also serves as lead counsel in various mortgage servicing class actions involving issues ranging from claimed credit disparagement to consumer fraud. He was a member of the lead trial team representing R.J. Reynolds in a $2 billion tobacco class action that resulted in a jury defense verdict, named one of the Top Defense Wins of the Year by The National Law Journal.
Matt's jury trial experience began at a unique program at Harvard Law, serving as a Massachusetts assistant district attorney with a 100 percent conviction rate through numerous prosecutions in a northern Boston district.
First American Title Insurance successfully appeals majority of adverse jury verdict in largest damages award given in economic injury case in Ohio history
Diebold Election Systems defends against investigation of voting issues in Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Honors & Distinctions
Recommended litigator by The Legal 500 US (2010), where he is praised as responsive and proactive in major representations Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition Ohio Super Lawyers for complex litigation (multiple years) Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation (multiple years)