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Matt Leland specializes in complex commercial litigation. He has handled cases for plaintiffs and defendants in difficult adversarial proceedings, including trial-level litigation, arbitrations and government enforcement actions. He often represents clients when they are involved in multiple court proceedings at the same time and during various stages of the litigation process.  In addition to his litigation work, Matt — a former congressional aide and campaign staffer — has an active political law practice and he advises clients involved in all aspects of the political process.  He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in AmericaLegal 500, and Super Lawyers.

In his litigation practice, Matt is a courtroom attorney, brief writer, negotiator and strategic advisor.  He has appeared in courts across the country, and most frequently in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (the "rocket docket").  Matt has represented clients among many industries, including those in healthcare, pharmaceutical research and manufacturing, energy, agriculture, construction, and campaign finance and elections. His past litigation matters involved contract and commercial disputes, business torts, unfair business and deceptive trade practices, trade secrets, restrictive covenants, fraud, bribery, conspiracy, RICO, defamation, and money laundering. 

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, including while he was a student in law school. 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 supports his community through work on behalf of individuals with disabilities.  He is a board member and the former President of The Arc of Northern Virginia, a chapter of the largest non-profit organization advocating for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and a member of the Arlington County Special Education Advisory Committee.  Matt also is a member of the firm's Mental Health & Lawyers with Disabilities Affinity Group.

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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

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

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.

Successfully defended national political party against claim that it violated terms of a consent decree through ballot security activities in the 2016 election.

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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.

Successfully defended national political party against claim that it violated terms of a consent decree through ballot security activities in the 2016 election.

Obtained dismissal of all claims against leading manufacturer of heavy equipment in putative class action and several individual cases.

Represented health care provider in litigation against health benefit plans for payment practices in violation of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act.

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.

Successfully defended national political party against claim that it violated terms of a consent decree through ballot security activities in the 2016 election.

See more
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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.

Successfully defended national political party against claim that it violated terms of a consent decree through ballot security activities in the 2016 election.

Obtained dismissal of all claims against leading manufacturer of heavy equipment in putative class action and several individual cases.

Represented health care provider in litigation against health benefit plans for payment practices in violation of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act.

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

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

Virginia