Crisis management forms the common thread of Matt’s work. He proactively prepares organizations before an incident occurs and navigates the myriad drivers of exposure should a problem arise ranging from internal and external communications to large-scale litigation. For example, Matt currently leads the firm’s defense of a healthcare insurer against three putative class actions filed on behalf of more than one million policyholders alleging injuries stemming from a cybersecurity breach.
A core member of the team representing the international drilling contractor involved in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, Matt participated in all facets of the response to the incident, including the ensuing governmental investigations and multi-district litigation, which resulted in a three-month trial. Matt’s primary responsibilities during the litigation consisted of preparing most of the company’s witnesses, including surviving members of the crew, for deposition and trial. Building on this experience, he created safetylitigation.com to help companies analyze key developments in safety-related litigation and regulatory activity.
Matt has resolved many disputes arising in the workplace, including OSHA and other safety matters, worker classification issues and discrimination allegations. His experience in managing cases from single-plaintiff actions to class actions involving hundreds of witnesses and millions of documents greatly assists clients in approaching and resolving all forms of litigation.
Matt was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, and moved to Washington, DC, in 2006. He and his wife Jen have a one-year-old boy named George.
•Safety Litigation Blog
•Crisis Response & Incident Investigation
The Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
Awards and Rankings
Selected for inclusion in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2014-2018)
“When a client issue or crisis arises, we have the tools and know-how to develop a reaction plan set to a very fast-paced timetable.”
Assisted in the BP oil spill litigation and guided the drilling contractor through crisis management and regulatory issues following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Represents a national transportation company in employment classification matters related to individual owner/operators of delivery vehicles.
Represented an international oil company in connection with a $100 million claim involving a long-term supply agreement.
Represented an oil trading company in a dispute over crude oil contract pricing terms and the underlying parent company guaranty.
Defended an international natural gas trading company against claims for indemnification and contribution in an underpayment of royalty case.
Handled the internal investigation of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill for an international drilling contractor.
Represents an international drilling contractor in the joint Coast Guard/BSEE investigation of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Represents an international drilling contractor in environmental proceedings regarding the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Advises clients on process safety and risk management.
Represented insurance companies in disability benefits cases in West Virginia state and federal courts.
Won asylum for an elderly pro bono client from Cameroon as trial co-chair.
Counsels clients in matters concerning the proper classification of workers for federal and state tax purposes.
Represented a Fortune 100 company in litigation and administrative proceedings involving employment issues in nearly all 50 states.
“Fortunately, you do not have to wait for an incident to practice and reinforce the fundamentals of safety.”
Legal Alert: January’s Privacy Blizzard (February 4, 2019)
In collaboration with Eversheds Sutherland partner Paula Barrett .
As predicted, the start of 2019 provided scant respite from the frenetic pace of privacy and cybersecurity developments during 2018. This past month alone, in a blizzard of activity, regulators ...
Legal Alert: Monsanto verdict reduced but case highlights jury realities in products cases (October 25, 2018)
Recently, a jury in San Francisco was asked to determine whether “Roundup,” the world’s most popular and widely used herbicide, causes cancer-a question debated in hundreds of studies by oncologists, ...
Legal Alert: California’s Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 - The HR Perspective (July 18, 2018)
Businesses with consumers in California may soon find themselves subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the Act). The Act arrives on the heels of the expansive consumer protections ...
Legal Alert: Auto dealers and the exempt service advisor (April 9, 2018)
Auto dealers finally have the answer they have sought regarding compensation for service advisors-and it is favorable. On April 2, 2018, the US Supreme Court issued its much-awaited decision in ...
Legal Alert: Section 162(q) Raises Questions about Deductibility of Employment Settlements (December 27, 2017)
On December 22, President Trump signed a significant tax bill (originally named the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act but later renamed to comply with Senate rules) that includes a provision impacting settlement ...
Legal Alert: Stand Up, Sit Down, Stand Up: Ninth Circuit Revives Spokeo No-injury Suit (August 22, 2017)
In a decision surely welcomed by the plaintiffs’ bar, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held, on August 15, 2017, that a putative class action plaintiff has Article III standing as long ...
Legal Alert: CFPB Single-Director Structure Unconstitutional: CFPB Director Now Serves at President’s Will (October 14, 2016)
A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled October 11, 2016, that the current structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is ...
Legal Alert: What Is Your Starting Salary? New FLSA Regulations Raise The Bar For U.S. Employers (May 23, 2016)
Employers with salaried employees earning under $47,476 annually should evaluate the impact on their organizations of major changes to employee compensation following new federal wage requirements ...
Legal Alert: Implementing the Whistleblower Immunity Notice Provision under the Recently-Enacted Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (May 18, 2016)
The Defend Trade Secrets Act, signed into law on May 11, 2016, includes a whistleblower immunity notice provision. An employer that wants to preserve maximum recoveries for misappropriation against ...
Legal Alert: UPDATE: Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Signed Into Law; Employers May Need to Notify Employees (May 12, 2016)
After overwhelming passage in both the House and Senate, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act into law on May 11, 2016. The Act provides a truly uniform, nationwide set of standards ...
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy review and update: Looking back on 2018 and planning ahead for 2019 (March 1, 2019)
From the implementation of the GDPR to the passage of the CCPA, the year 2018 proved to be a monumental one for cybersecurity and data privacy. Regulators from around the world responded to ...
Are You Prepared for New York State’s Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies? (November 14, 2016)
New York Law Journal
The New York Department of Financial Services recently proposed a set of rules referred to as the “Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies.” If passed in their current form, the ...
Key Considerations for a Post-Incident Media Response (March 24, 2016)
In today’s world, news of a corporate disaster or fatal injury travels fast. In less than a minute from the time an incident occurs, media phone calls begin. There are countless recent examples of ...
DOL Releases New Standards for Joint Employment (January 26, 2016)
ABA Section of Litigation, Corporate Counsel Committee
Litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) remains one of, if not the most, active area of litigation in the country. Last week, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of ...
2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (November 24, 2015)
The Litigation Practice Group of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP has published “2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.” This publication reflects important changes to the Federal ...
The Plaintiffs Are Coming: Preparing for the New Wave of Benzene Exposure Litigation against Refineries, Storage Facilities and Product Owners (March 2015)
Published in Hart Energy's FUEL Magazine. Copyright Hart Energy 2015.
For many years, the petrochemical industry has faced legal challenges relating to exposure to certain chemical compounds, including benzene. These challenges generally are mounted by workers ...
W.Va. Leak Is A Message To All Company Safety Practices (January 28, 2014)
In this article, Sutherland attorneys Matt Gatewood and Carter Williams emphasize the importance of companies being mindful of and implementing appropriate process safety systems by examining the ...
Be Prepared for the Inevitable ‘Process Safety’ Attack (January 23, 2014)
Unthinkable and unexpected, catastrophic incidents can leave businesses crippled, but an often overlooked consequence of catastrophes is the assault businesses may face on their risk management ...
Attorney-Client Privilege in the ERISA Context: The ‘Fiduciary Exception' (October 15, 2008)
Health and Welfare Benefit Plans: Responding to Change Panel
The New Map: The Supreme Court’s Guide to Curing Thirty Years of Confusion in ERISA Savings Clause Analysis (Washington & Lee Law Review, Spring 2005)
Managing the New Normal: Safety Regulation and Post-Incident Response (June 22, 2016)
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and FTI Consulting host a panel discussion focused on risk mitigation and effective crisis management on June 22, 2016, in New York, New York. Managing the Current ...
Preparing for and Responding to Environmental Disasters (July 15, 2015)
ACC Legal Quick Hit
Sutherland Partners Matt Gatewood and Susan Lafferty present a Legal Quick Hit entitled Preparing for and Responding to Environmental Disasters hosted by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) ...
Mitigating Environmental Disaster and Preparing for Incident Response (September 29, 2014)
Environmental Compliance and Commitment Legal Summit - 2014
Sutherland Partners David Baay and Matt Gatewood participate on a panel moderated by Lewis Wiener, Sutherland Partner at the Environmental Compliance and Commitment Legal Seminar in New York City. ...
In the News
Monsanto Gets Gift with Two-Stage Roundup Bellwether (February 20, 2019)
Eversheds Sutherland Partner Matt Gatewood is quoted in this Law360 article discussing the recent decision granting Bayer AG Monsanto’s request to bifurcate three bellwether trials in determining if ...
Dealing with the Horrific (December 2016)
Risk & Insurance
In an article published in the December 2016 issue of Risk & Insurance, Sutherland Partner Matt Gatewood provides insight on the increased number of states amending its workers’ compensation laws to ...
DC Federal Judge Dismisses Data Breach Class Action for Lack of Standing (August 17, 2016)
Sutherland Partners Matt Gatewood and Robert Owen are mentioned in this Bloomberg Law article for representing the defendant health insurer in Chantal Attias et al. v. CareFirst, Inc. et al. On ...
Data Breach Case Against Health Insurer Dismissed for Lack of Standing (August 10, 2016)
In this article published by Law360, Sutherland Partners Matt Gatewood and Robert Owen are mentioned for representing the defendant health insurer in Chantal Attias et al. v. CareFirst, Inc. et ...
Oil Firms Agree to Pay Millions in Compensation for Quebec Train Blast (June 10, 2015)
The Wall Street Journal
Partner Matt Gatewood is quoted in an article for The Wall Street Journal regarding the shipping of crude oil and new federal rules and North Dakota law requiring additional crude testing. “Companies ...
16 Eversheds Sutherland (US) Attorneys Named 2018 Washington DC Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (April 23, 2018)
WASHINGTON-Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce that 10 of its attorneys based in Washington DC have been selected as top attorneys in the District of Columbia by Super Lawyers . ...
17 Eversheds Sutherland (US) Attorneys Named 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (April 25, 2017)
WASHINGTON-Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce that 10 of the firm’s attorneys based in Washington DC have been selected as top attorneys in the District of Columbia by Super ...
20 Sutherland Attorneys Named 2016 Washington DC Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (April 21, 2016)
WASHINGTON-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that 13 of the firm’s attorneys based in Washington DC have been selected as top attorneys in the District of Columbia by Super ...
23 Sutherland Attorneys Named 2015 Washington, DC, Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (April 23, 2015)
WASHINGTON (April 23, 2015)-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP today announced that 19 of the firm’s attorneys based in Washington, DC, have been selected as top attorneys in the state by Super ...
26 Sutherland Attorneys Named 2014 Washington, DC, Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (May 9, 2014)
WASHINGTON - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP today announced that 20 of the firm’s attorneys based in Washington, DC, have been selected as top attorneys in the state by Super Lawyers. ...
Sutherland Launches safetylitigation.com (April 29, 2014)
HOUSTON and WASHINGTON - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce the launch of its newest blog, safetylitigation.com. Designed as a resource for in-house lawyers and compliance ...
Sutherland Elects Five New Partners (January 6, 2014)
ATLANTA and WASHINGTON DC-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce the election of five new partners, effective January 1, 2014. “We are grateful to these lawyers for their ...
Board Member (2009-2014), Young Lawyers' Section of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Member, West Virginia State Bar
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