Matthew Mazzotta joined Ropes & Gray in January 2013. His practice focuses on civil litigation, international arbitration, bankruptcy litigation, securities litigation, 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 is currently representing several entities in adversary bankruptcy proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. 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. 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 benefitted Massachusetts residents statewide. 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, primarily for NECN.
- 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.
- Bankruptcy Litigation. Representing multiple clients in adversary bankruptcy proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
- 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. Won settlement in Voting Rights Act lawsuit alleging that the municipal election system for the City of Lowell, Massachusetts, denied Asian-American and Hispanic/Latinx residents an equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice. Under the terms of the court-ordered consent decree, the City will change its election system by the 2021 elections.
- 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.
- 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)