Matthew S. DeAntonio: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Matthew S. DeAntonio

Charlotte,  NC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Entertainment
  • Franchise
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology Disputes and Litigation
University University of South Carolina, B.S., 2006
Law SchoolUniversity of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2009
AdmittedNorth Carolina; U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit; U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina; U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina; U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit

Civic & Professional Memberships

•Mecklenburg County Bar Association - Professionalism, Lawyer Life & Culture Committee (2014-present)
•Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute (2014)
•Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Western District of North Carolina (2012-present)


Matt DeAntonio is a business litigator who helps his clients navigate complex commercial disputes.

Matt's clients range from multinational corporations to closely held companies. He brings a strategic, problem solving approach to litigation. Matt has tried multiple cases to jury verdict and has appeared in state and federal appellate courts.

A significant portion of Matt's practice involves representing franchisors in litigation matters such as franchisee terminations, enforcement of post-termination covenants, and trademark infringement. He represents clients in a variety of other commercial settings, such as:
•Deal disputes, including breach of warranty and earnout claims arising out of asset purchase and stock purchase agreements;
•Business contract disputes, including disputes arising out of corporate operating agreements, sales contracts, distribution agreements, commercial leases, and financing agreements;
•The formation and operation of partnerships and joint ventures;
•Non-competition agreements and other employment matters;
•Disputes relating to investment and private equity funds; and
•Defamation and the First Amendment.

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Franchise POST: A Franchise Chain's Non-compete Agreement Comes Under Congressional Scrutiny, January 6, 2015

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.

Outside Nexsen Pruet

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. Matt is an avid runner and enjoys hiking and mountain biking.

Reported CasesNotable: Matt represented a national franchisor in a termination proceeding against a former franchisee. The trial court issued preliminary and permanent injunctions preventing the former franchisee from continuing to use the franchisor's trademarks and from violating post-termination covenants. The trial court also awarded the franchisor seven years of lost profits damages for the franchisee's abandonment of the franchise.; Matt represented a commercial shopping center developer in a lawsuit against the owners of its former tenant. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the developer and awarded the owners $0.00 for their counterclaims. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the jury verdict.; 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 an 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.

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Franchise POST: A Franchise Chain's Non-compete Agreement Comes Under Congressional Scrutiny
Matthew S. DeAntonio, April 14, 2015
Tremors were felt throughout the franchise community when a recent article in The Huffington Post reported that the Jimmy Johns sandwich franchise is under Congressional scrutiny for its franchisees’ practice of requiring lower level employees to sign non-competition agreements. The...
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Matthew S. DeAntonio

227 W. Trade St., Ste. 1550
CharlotteNC 28202


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