Matthew Mazzotta is temporarily on a full-time client Secondment.
Matthew Mazzotta joined Ropes & Gray in January 2013. His practice focuses on civil litigation, international arbitration, investigations, government and regulatory actions and proceedings, bankruptcy litigation, securities litigation, dispute resolution, 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 judgments ever awarded in Hong Kong. He has represented many additional clients in contract and business disputes in both federal and state courts. He has represented numerous pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies in investigations as well as government and regulatory actions and proceedings. He has also previously secured dismissal of securities class action and shareholder derivative lawsuits in the United States District Court in Massachusetts and the First Circuit.
Matthew maintains an active pro bono practice. Most recently, he successfully represented Asian-American and Hispanic/Latinx clients who sued the City of Lowell, Massachusetts, alleging that the city’s municipal election system violated the Voting Rights Act. The resulting consent decree ensures that the city’s municipal election system will be changed by the 2021 elections to a system that ensures equal voting opportunities for all Lowell’s citizens. Matthew also successfully sued several Massachusetts state agencies and offices over failure to provide voter registration services in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act, resulting in new policies and procedures that benefited Massachusetts residents statewide.
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, primary for NECN.
- Won $98.5 million award as trial counsel in month-long international arbitration in Hong Kong involving breach of warranty claims brought by manufacturing client against parts supplier.
- Successfully defended manufacturing client against consumer protection, product warranty and contract claims as trial counsel in three-week international arbitration in Boston.
- Won multi-million dollar settlement in Delaware indemnification litigation for private equity client against former owner of acquired business. Drafted successful opposition to motion to dismiss and assisted with settlement negotiations.
- Successfully defended client as part of trial team in Massachusetts Superior Court litigation involving breach of contract and Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act (Chapter 93A) claims.
False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute Qui Tam Actions
- Helped secure dismissal of False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute qui tam claims regarding services provided by medical device manufacturer in conjunction with sale of devices.
- Assisted with fact and expert discovery on behalf of pharmaceutical company in qui tam lawsuit alleging violations of the False Claims Act over discounts and incentives for anti-depressant medication.
- Advised private equity client in state and federal qui tam litigation over medical imaging portfolio company and related litigation.
Government and Regulatory Investigations and Proceedings
- Assisted with internal investigation for private equity company responding to SEC insider trading inquiry, ultimately resulting in finding of no wrongdoing.
- Performed document discovery and assisted with internal investigation for pharmaceutical client responding to U.S. Department of Justice investigation into prescription drug distribution.
- Negotiated with U.S. Department of Justice and produced documents in response to subpoena and investigation into irregular trading of exchange-traded funds.
- Assisted retail client in responding to FINRA insider trading inquiry related to proposed acquisition.
- Secured dismissal of parallel securities class action and shareholder derivative litigation in United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against medical device manufacturer relating to alleged improper marketing of medical devices. Drafted successful motions to dismiss and First Circuit appellate briefs.
- Assisted with internal investigation and fact discovery related to SEC inquiry and shareholder litigation resulting from bankruptcy of technology and manufacturing client.
Adversary Bankruptcy Proceedings
- Obtained full releases for directors of medical services company in adversary bankruptcy proceedings alleging fraud and breach of fiduciary duties.
- Successfully defended trial judgment arising out of ground lease litigation in Massachusetts Appeals Court on behalf of hospital group.
- Drafted, edited and mooted appellate briefs on issues relating to criminal justice, social justice, and evidentiary matters in Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the United States Supreme Court.
- Advised energy company and mooted successful appeal of tax dispute before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
- Negotiated and drafted settlement obtaining multi-million dollar payment for manufacturing client in dispute with insurance company regarding funds related to workers’ compensation claims.
- Negotiated and drafted settlement on behalf of biotechnology company in dispute with customer, resolving all potential claims and providing mechanism for company to retain customer.
- Negotiated and drafted settlement on behalf of entrepreneur resolving adverse judgment resulting from litigation over failed purchase and sale of industrial buildings.
- Assisted health care client in dispute over funds owed to bankrupt architectural contracting firm, resolving all amounts owed.
- Obtained relief from motion for preliminary injunction seeking to enforce non-compete, permitting client to work for new employer.
- Drafted complaint seeking to enforce non-compete and assisted with settlement negotiations in resolving dispute over former employee’s new job.
- Assisted client with potential litigation and customer notifications resulting from former employee’s retention of company property and customer data.
Pro Bono Voting Rights Litigation
- Litigated through discovery and negotiated consent decree to change the City of Lowell’s election system on behalf of residents claiming the current election system violates the Voting Rights Act.
- Litigated through discovery and negotiated settlements with multiple Massachusetts agencies and offices regarding failures to provide voter registration services in violation of the National Voter Registration Act.
- Quoted, “Consent decree to bring changes to Lowell elections,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 6, 2019)
- Co-author, “Hong Kong Is Becoming A Top Int'l Arbitration Venue,” Law360 (April 11, 2019)
- Matthew Mazzotta,“Balancing Act: Finding Consensus on Standards for Unmasking Anonymous Internet Speakers,” 51 Boston College Law Review 833 (2010)
- JD, magna cum laude, Boston College Law School, 2010; Order of the Coif; symposium editor, Boston College Law Review
- BA (History), Haverford College, 1995