Matt’s practice focuses on the defense of companies in complex product liability and class action litigation. Matt has represented numerous product manufacturers in federal and state jurisdictions, including multidistrict litigation and coordinated state court proceedings. Matt’s work includes taking and defending depositions, drafting motions and briefs, and preparing expert and company witnesses for depositions and trial testimony.
Matt has also gained significant experience working with and representing companies in the health care industry. Matt seconded to a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company to assist with ongoing litigation. Before joining Shook, he also interned at Walgreens where he assisted in-house counsel on various state and federal regulatory matters. And before law school, Matt interned for Shire where he helped train pharmaceutical sales professionals and compose a marketing campaign. Most recently, Matt led a team of Shook lawyers in defending a public health department against lawsuits related to a local COVID-19 health order, including a lawsuit filed by Missouri’s attorney general. After significant motion practice, both lawsuits were voluntary dismissed by plaintiffs.
In addition to his practice, Matt actively participates in local and national bar associations. Matt was elected to serve a two-year term as one of Missouri’s delegates to the ABA’s House of Delegates. In 2019, Matt co-chaired the Heartland Diversity Job Fair for KCMBA. In 2018, he was elected to Missouri Bar Young Lawyer’s Section Council, where he has focused on helping new lawyers entering the profession.
In-House Counsel Panel: A View From the Inside, DRI Drug and Medical Device Seminar's Young Lawyers Blockbuster, Washington, D.C., May 16, 2019.
Resume & Interview Skills, University of Kansas School of Law, November 2015.
Pandemic Complicates the Starts of New Careers, The Kansas City Business Journal, April 8, 2022.