- Food & Agribusiness
- Business Litigation
- Intellectual Property
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Product Liability
- Toxic Tort
|Contact Info||Telephone: 314.480.1914|
|University ||Truman State University, B.A., Business Administration, 1997|
|Law School||University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law, J.D., 2000 Journal of Dispute Resolution|
|Admitted||2000, Missouri; 2001, Illinois; 2000, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri; 2002, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois; 2002, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois|
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Bar Association
•American Seed Trade Association
•The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
•Defense Research Institute
•East St. Louis (Illinois) Bar Association
•Illinois State Bar Association
•Madison County Bar Association
•The Missouri Bar
•St. Clair County (Illinois) Bar Association
Matt has extensive experience in a variety of legal issues impacting members of the food and agribusiness industry. His practice has included advising clients on matters such as crop seed bag labeling, patents, trademarks and plant variety protection, as well as legal issues involving crops ranging from corn, soybeans and cotton to alfalfa, canola, milo and kidney beans. For example, Matt has:
•Defended crop seed performance claims in multiple states and jurisdictions for a major agricultural technology company.
Represented a biodiesel refinery client on issues related to soybean oil futures and trade rules.
In addition, Matt routinely defends agribusiness industry members and other clients in state and federal court matters involving alleged exposure to carcinogenic materials, medical monitoring, product liability and other personal-injury matters. Among others, he has litigated claims associated with asbestos, benzene, vinyl chloride monomer, fire, explosion and property damage. Matt has appeared on behalf of clients in state and federal courts - both civil and bankruptcy - across the United States.
Furthermore, Matt has led the defense of several putative nationwide class action matters in state and federal courts, including multidistrict litigation experience. Plus, he has handled the prosecution and defense of a variety of commercial and contractual disputes.
Awards and Recognitions
Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Rising Star, 2012, 2013
Second-chaired trial in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, and conducted the direct examination of the client's damages expert, resulting in a favorable verdict of more than $10 million.
•Second-chaired trial representing an agricultural products manufacturer in a patent infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi, in which jury found that the defendants' infringement was willful and rendered a verdict that resulted in a judgment for more than $15 million.
•Litigated with favorable results in the trial of patent and trademark infringement litigation matters on behalf of a Fortune 500 company.
•Secured dismissal of a putative nationwide class action case involving allegations of deceptive advertising.
•Supervised and managed the coordinated defense of hundreds of toxic tort matters around the country for a Fortune 500 company.
•Represented a biodiesel refinery client involving issues relating to National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) and National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) rules.
•Matt litigated the following cases/decisions:
•Monsanto Co. v. David, 516 F. 3d 1009 (Fed.Cir. 2008)
•Monsanto Co. v. McFarling, 488 F. 3d 973 (FedCir. 2007)
•Monsanto Co. v. Scruggs, 459 F. 3d 1328 (Fed.Cir. 2006)
•Monsanto Co. v. David, 448 F. Supp. 2d 1088 (E.D.Mo. 2006)
•Monsanto Co. v. Hill, 2006 WL 4864419 (E.D.Mo. 2005)
•Monsanto Co. v. McFarling, 363 F. 3d 1336 (Fed.Cir. 2004)
•Monsanto Co. v. Ralph, 382 F. 3d 1374 (Fed.Cir. 2004)
•Monsanto Co. v. Scruggs, 342 F. Supp. 2d 568 (N.D.Ms. 2004)
•Monsanto Co. v. Scruggs, 342 F. Supp. 2d 584 (N.D.Ms. 2004)
•Monsanto Co. v. Scruggs, 342 F. Supp. 2d 602 (N.D.Ms. 2004)
•Monsanto Co. v. McFarling, 302 F. 3d 1291 (Fed.Cir. 2002)
•Monsanto Co. v. Nelson, 2001 WL 34079479 (E.D.Mo. 2001)
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UAVs or “Drones”.... Will They Change Agriculture?
Matthew R. Grant, May 30, 2014
When most consumers hear the word “drone” they envision military or surveillance operations. But, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) appear to be a significant industry and offer a vast array of resources for differing applications. As recently blogged by our team counterparts in the...
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