Matthew Mazzotta

Associate

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  • JD, magna cum laude, Boston College Law School, 2010; Order of the Coif; symposium editor, Boston College Law Review
  • BA (History), Haverford College, 1995

Qualifications

  • Massachusetts, 2010

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2013
  • Honorable Mark L. Wolf, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Honorable Fernande R.V. Duffly, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
  • Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts Amicus Organizing Committee
  • Supreme Judicial Court Law Clerk’s Society Board
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers – Rising Star (2016)
  • 2013 Civil Rights Pro Bono Recognition Award, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice

Matthew Mazzotta

Associate

Matthew Mazzotta joined Ropes & Gray in January 2013. His practice focuses on civil litigation, securities litigation, international arbitration, and appellate advocacy. He also provides litigation-related services and advice to businesses and non-profits.

Matthew recently served as trial counsel for a Massachusetts company in several international arbitrations, including winning one of the largest arbitration judgements ever awarded in Hong Kong. He has previously secured dismissal of securities class action and shareholder derivative lawsuits in the United States District Court in Massachusetts and the First Circuit. He has also successfully represented clients in several contractual disputes at both the trial and appellate levels.

Matthew maintains an active pro bono practice. He currently represents residents of Lowell, Massachusetts who allege that the city’s municipal election system violates the Voting Rights Act. He also successfully sued several Massachusetts state agencies and offices over failure to provide voter registration services in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act. He has also drafted several amicus appellate briefs on behalf of pro bono clients.

Matthew graduated from Boston College Law School in 2010. Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, he clerked on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Between clerkships, he served as a legal fellow in the Office of the Governor’s Legal Counsel for former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Prior to law school, Matthew worked as a television and radio journalist in Boston.

Experience

  • International Arbitration. Trial counsel during month-long international arbitration in Hong Kong involving breach of warranty claims brought against Chinese supplier. Won a $98.5 million award on behalf of client, one of the largest international arbitration awards ever decided in Hong Kong or China.
  • International Arbitration. Trial counsel during three-week international arbitration defending client in dispute over product warranty and contractual claims, as well as claims under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, Chapter 93A.
  • Securities Litigation. Secured dismissal of parallel securities class action and derivative litigation in United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts against medical device manufacturer alleging securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. Both dismissals affirmed by the First Circuit.
  • Delaware Civil Litigation. Won settlement in Delaware indemnification litigation for private equity client against former owner of acquired business.
  • Appellate Advocacy. Successfully defended trial judgment on appeal in the Massachusetts Appeals Court on behalf of a Massachusetts hospital group arising out of litigation over ground lease.
  • Massachusetts Civil Litigation. Successfully defended client in Massachusetts state court litigation over lease dispute and claims under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, Chapter 93A.
  • Litigation Diligence and Regulatory Compliance. Advised companies and non-profits with regard to prospective litigation, due diligence matters, and regulatory compliance.
  • Government Investigations. Represented clients in government investigations and regulatory inquiries.
  • Pro Bono Voting Rights Act Litigation. Representing residents of Lowell, Massachusetts in lawsuit alleging that the city’s municipal election system violates the Voting Rights Act.
  • Pro Bono NVRA Litigation. Won settlement in lawsuit against multiple Massachusetts state agencies over failure to provide voter registration services in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act.
  • Pro Bono Appellate Advocacy. Drafted amicus briefs for pro bono clients on issues relating to criminal justice and other matters.

Publications

  • Matthew Mazzotta,"Balancing Act: Finding Consensus on Standards for Unmasking Anonymous Internet Speakers," 51 Boston College Law Review 833 (2010)
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