With experience litigating trials and appeals, Matt Shahabian specializes in providing strategic advice to clients facing novel legal issues in must-win cases.

Matt is a member of the firm's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.  His work covers a range of subject areas and industries, including securities law, white collar defense, constitutional law, and complex commercial litigation.

Matt also maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on immigration and criminal justice matters.

Prior to joining Orrick, Matt served as a law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    • Co-founder v. Co-founder (Ninth Circuit): Matt appealed a multi-million dollar jury verdict against the co-founder of a company in a suit alleging breach of fiduciary duty brought by the company's other co-founder.  After briefing, the case settled to the mutual satisfaction of the parties.
    • Credit Suisse AG v. Claymore Holdings (Texas Court of Appeals, Texas Supreme Court): Matt is appealing a $210 million judgment against Credit Suisse in a suit brought by an investor in a Las Vegas real estate transaction.
    • MF Global v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (S.D.N.Y.): Matt represented PwC as embedded appellate counsel alongside the trial team from another firm in a $3 billion accounting malpractice suit brought by the bankruptcy estate of MF Global.  Three weeks into trial, the case settled to the mutual satisfaction of the parties.
    • United States v. Middendorf et al. (S.D.N.Y.): Matt represents a former accounting partner facing criminal fraud charges in the Southern District of New York; Matt argued the motion to dismiss the indictment on behalf of all the defendants.
    • Credit Suisse RMBS Cases: Matt represents Credit Suisse in several cases arising from the bank's underwriting of residential mortgage-backed securities in the New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division, and on appeal in the Appellate Division, First Department and New York Court of Appeals.  Most recently, Matt's work led the First Department to affirm the dismissal of fraud claims filed against Credit Suisse in a $700 million dollar case.
    • Gateway Project: Matt is advising The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on legal issues arising from the Gateway Project plan to redevelop Northeast Corridor rail infrastructure.
    • Professional Sports Betting: Matt is advising Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and the PGA Tour on the legalization of sports betting in states around the country in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA.

    Recent pro bono matters:

    • Procopio v. Wilkie (Fed. Cir.): Representing a "Blue Water Navy" Vietnam veteran, Matt convinced a majority of the en banc Federal Circuit to overrule its prior precedent and hold that these veterans "served in the Republic of Vietnam" and are therefore entitled to veterans benefits under the Agent Orange Act.
    • Church v. Missouri (W.D. Mo., Eighth Circuit): Along with the ACLU and the MacArthur Justice Center, Matt represents indigent defendants in Missouri who are suing the State and its officials for unconstitutionally underfunding the state public defender system in violation of the Sixth Amendment.  Matt argued and successfully convinced the district court to deny the State's motions to dismiss, and argued in favor of that ruling on appeal before the Eighth Circuit.
    • Friends of P.S. 163 v. Jewish Home Lifecare, Manhattan (N.Y.): Matt argued on behalf of students and parents of a public school in Manhattan before the New York Court of Appeals that a state agency failed to require adequate mitigation of noise and toxic dust when it approved construction of a 20-story building next to their school.
    • Second Circuit Pro Bono Panel: The Second Circuit has appointed Matt pro bono counsel to represent immigrants on appeal in removal proceedings.

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