Matthew Karlan 

Special Counsel – New York
T.+1 212 504 6169
matthew.karlan@cwt.com
200 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10281 V-CARD

Matthew Karlan is a special counsel in Cadwalader’s Global Litigation Group. Matthew has experience representing clients in a broad range of complex litigation, including securities, M&A, corporate governance, antitrust, RICO and bankruptcy matters, as well as other commercial disputes. He has tried cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts and arbitral tribunals, including before the Southern District of New York and the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Matthew received his J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law in 2011, where he was a Robert McKay Scholar and served as a Development Editor of the Annual Survey of American Law. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Bowdoin College in 2008. Before joining Cadwalader, Matthew was an associate in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable P. Kevin Castel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Matthew is admitted to practice in the State of New York and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

  • Won a trial victory on behalf of Mar-Bow Value Partners, LLP (Jay Alix) against global consulting firm McKinsey & Co., Inc. in In re Westmoreland Coal Co., an eight-day trial addressing McKinsey’s flouting of bankruptcy disclosure laws.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of mortgage fraud charges against Paul Manafort on statutory double jeopardy grounds, and successfully defended that ruling on appeal to the First Department.
  • Obtained a multibillion-dollar award on behalf of a leading mining company in an LCIA arbitration concerning misrepresentations in connection a West African mining project.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of civil RICO claims brought by a competitor against a leading mining company in the Southern District of New York.
  • Defended a private equity firm against Exchange Act claims brought in the Central District of California related to a portfolio company’s bond issuance, resulting in favorable settlement.
  • Defeated a preliminary injunction motion seeking to block the launch of a new product in a multi-district monopolization case brought by competitors and purported class action plaintiffs.
  • Secured dismissal with prejudice of predatory pricing antitrust claims brought by a competitor against a market research company before the Southern District of New York.
  • Represented a national business federation as amicus curiae before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in a securities case based on the “price maintenance” theory.
  • Represented minority investor in successful trial of books and records action before the Delaware Court of Chancery.
  • Represented minority investor in successful action before the Delaware Court of Chancery to compel an annual meeting of stockholders for the purpose of electing directors.
  • Matthew also maintains an active pro bono practice.  His pro bono matters have included a major federal constitutional and civil rights action against the City of Chicago to address the discriminatory and unreasonable use of force by the Chicago Police Department, resulting in a favorable consent decree; achieving reversal of a client’s New York state criminal conviction on constitutional speedy trial grounds; and securing asylum for a Haitian national who faced political persecution in his home country, among others.  

*Several of the above representations were handled by Matthew prior to joining Cadwalader.

Matthew Karlan 

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • New York

Clerkship

  • Hon. P. Kevin Castel
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Education

  • Bowdoin College
    B.A., 2008, cum laude
  • New York University School of Law
    J.D., 2011, cum laude

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