Matthew focuses on commercial litigation, product liability and class action defense. Matthew's commercial litigation experience includes prosecution and defense of unfair competition, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secret and antitrust matters, as well as providing counsel to clients in areas of litigation avoidance, best practices, risk assessment and potential liability exposure. His past and current product liability practice includes representation of manufacturers in repetitive, multiplaintiff pharmaceutical and medical device claims as well as single plaintiff injury cases in state, federal and multidistrict litigation. 

Matthew works on all aspects of trial and trial preparation, including preparing company witnesses and experts for deposition and trial testimony. He also counsels clients on strategies and best practices for cost-effective management of litigation and resolution of cases. Matthew is also heavily committed to pro bono work, representing clients in personal injury and civil rights cases.

Publications

John M. Barkett & Matthew J. Vanis, Break Up or Stay Together? E-Mail Strands and the Attorney-Client Privilege, e-Discovery Connection (Defense Research Institute), Feb. 2008.