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Matt Leland is a partner in our Trial and Global Disputes practice who specializes in complex commercial litigation. He has handled cases for clients in difficult adversarial proceedings, including trial-level litigation, arbitrations and government enforcement actions. In addition to his litigation work, Matt — a former congressional aide and campaign staffer — has an active political law practice and advises clients involved in all aspects of the political process.

In his litigation practice, Matt represents clients in many industries, including those in energy, healthcare, pharmaceutical research and manufacturing, and construction. He has handled matters involving contract and commercial disputes, government regulation, bribery, conspiracy, defamation, fraud, trademark and patent infringement, money laundering, and protection of trade secrets.

In political law, Matt represents clients in enforcement actions by the Federal Election Commission and state enforcement agencies, has served as trial counsel in cases involving national political party committees, and advises clients on campaign finance restrictions, lobbying disclosure requirements, and ethics rules. 

Before practicing law, Matt worked in leadership positions in politics for more than seven years. He served as a top aide to former Senator and Congressman John E. Sununu, and also was the deputy campaign manager of Mr. Sununu’s first congressional campaign.  Matt also served on the grassroots staff of two presidential candidates, publisher Steve Forbes and California Governor Pete Wilson, during New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary.

Matt has been recognized by Legal 500 and repeatedly by Super Lawyers.

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Credentials

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

B.A., University of New Hampshire

District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Virginia

Matters

Represented a Fortune 500 health care provider in litigation against the Federal Government for underpaid services, which ended in a $538 million settlement.

Served as lead counsel on behalf of health care provider in successful action for injunctive relief against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Represented plaintiffs in litigation to secure payment of a multi-million damages award under an expiring letter of credit.

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Represented a Fortune 500 health care provider in litigation against the Federal Government for underpaid services, which ended in a $538 million settlement.

Served as lead counsel on behalf of health care provider in successful action for injunctive relief against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Represented plaintiffs in litigation to secure payment of a multi-million damages award under an expiring letter of credit.

Represented power plant owners in litigation concerning the federal Coastal Zone Management Act.

Defended a major metropolitan sports and entertainment facility in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Represented a pharmaceutical testing firm in a lawsuit regarding an organization’s malicious public media campaign.

Represented a construction firm in breach of contract litigation involving defective building materials, which led to recovery of nearly all of the company’s damages.

Represented an internationally-known private security firm and a pharmaceutical product developer in Congressional investigations.

Represented amici including federal officeholders, national party committees and trade associations in First Amendment cases before the United States Supreme Court (McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, McCommish v. Bennett, Randall v. Sorrell, and Voters Education Committee v. Washington State Public Disclosure Commission).

Defended businesses, trade associations, and individuals accused of campaign finance law violations in agency enforcement proceedings.

Matters

Represented a Fortune 500 health care provider in litigation against the Federal Government for underpaid services, which ended in a $538 million settlement.

Served as lead counsel on behalf of health care provider in successful action for injunctive relief against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Represented plaintiffs in litigation to secure payment of a multi-million damages award under an expiring letter of credit.

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Matters

Represented a Fortune 500 health care provider in litigation against the Federal Government for underpaid services, which ended in a $538 million settlement.

Served as lead counsel on behalf of health care provider in successful action for injunctive relief against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Represented plaintiffs in litigation to secure payment of a multi-million damages award under an expiring letter of credit.

Represented power plant owners in litigation concerning the federal Coastal Zone Management Act.

Defended a major metropolitan sports and entertainment facility in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Represented a pharmaceutical testing firm in a lawsuit regarding an organization’s malicious public media campaign.

Represented a construction firm in breach of contract litigation involving defective building materials, which led to recovery of nearly all of the company’s damages.

Represented an internationally-known private security firm and a pharmaceutical product developer in Congressional investigations.

Represented amici including federal officeholders, national party committees and trade associations in First Amendment cases before the United States Supreme Court (McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, McCommish v. Bennett, Randall v. Sorrell, and Voters Education Committee v. Washington State Public Disclosure Commission).

Defended businesses, trade associations, and individuals accused of campaign finance law violations in agency enforcement proceedings.

Credentials

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

B.A., University of New Hampshire

District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Virginia