Matt DeAntonio, an Associate in Nexsen Pruet's Charlotte office, focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense.
Matt assists his clients in resolving disputes through mediation and negotiation, at trial, through arbitration, and on appeal. He has appeared in the North Carolina state and federal courts and has extensive experience representing clients before the North Carolina Business Court.
Matt has a broad civil litigation practice. He has significant experience litigating deal disputes, including breach of warranty and earnout claims arising out of asset purchase and stock purchase agreements. He represents clients in a variety of other commercial contract settings, including disputes related to corporate operating agreements, sales contracts, distribution agreements, commercial leases, and guarantees. His experience also includes litigating disputes related to
•The formation and operation of partnerships and joint ventures;
•Corporate fiduciary duties;
•Defamation and First Amendment issues; and
•Non-competition agreements and other employment matters.
Matt has jury trial experience defending against federal white collar crimes. He is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Western District of North Carolina. In that capacity, he represents indigent criminal defendants in federal court.
Matt earned a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina Honors College, where he was a Carolina Scholar and studied economics and mathematics. He spent the summer of 2005 studying at Universidad VERITAS in San Jose, Costa Rica.
He graduated with his law degree, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law. While there, he served as an Articles Editor of the South Carolina Law Review; he was also a member of the Moot Court Bar (Order of the Barristers), the Order of the Coif, and the Order of the Wig and Robe. During law school, Matt worked as a law clerk for the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee, where he drafted a legal guide to redistricting under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1964.
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Outside Nexsen Pruet
From Linebacker to Litigator
When Matt was born, the local news (where his dad worked as a sportscaster) announced his birth and proclaimed that he, as a 10-pound baby, would be the future middle linebacker for the local football team. Although his athletic career did not live up to expectations, Matt has spent every waking moment since obsessing about college football.
In the offseason, Matt enjoys traveling and the outdoors. He has recently visited Greece, Peru, and Spain; and he hopes his next excursion will be the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Matt is an avid runner and enjoys hiking and mountain biking.
Speaking & Writing
An Unfortunate Surprise: When an Arbitration Agreement Exposes Your Client to the Threat of Litigation in Perpetuity
Nexsen Pruet attorneys Val Stieglitz and Matt DeAntonio authored an article to address a growing body of law that holds the statute of limitations does not apply in arbitration proceedings. Val and Matt offered a statutory solution to remedy the uncertainty and unpredictability this line of cases has wrought.
Matt defended a large regional employer in a proposed class action lawsuit alleging systematic racial discrimination. The trial court dismissed the case during the discovery phase and awarded the plaintiffs nothing.
Matt represented a media client that filed a First Amendment challenge seeking access to court proceedings and sealed documents. The trial court ordered the proceedings to be open and the documents to be unsealed, and the appellate court affirmed that decision.
Matt defended a contractor against claims brought by the owner of a chemical manufacturing facility, who sought nearly $20 million for breach of warranty and delay damages. After a nearly year-long arbitration, the arbitrators rendered a decision in favor of the contractor.