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D. Matthew Doden

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D. Matthew (“Matt”) Doden is a litigation associate with a focus on complex commercial disputes and securities litigation.  Matt frequently advises commercial clients on statutory and regulatory issues affecting their businesses.  He has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts, and has significant experience with alternative forms of dispute resolution, including both mediation and arbitration.

  • Complex Commercial Disputes:  Matt has successfully litigated a wide variety of business disputes involving contract claims, torts, products liability, agency regulation, the Uniform Commercial Code, constitutional law, tax law, and government enforcement.  These matters have extended across numerous industries, including aviation, medicine, consumer electronics, telecommunications, data storage and protection, commercial fishing, offshore aquaculture, investment, lending, and chemical manufacturing.

  • Securities Litigation:  Matt has represented clients in connection with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations, and liquidation proceedings under the Security Investor Protection Act (SIPC) resulting from Ponzi schemes and the mortgage-backed securities crisis. 

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Matt clerked on the Washington State Supreme Court for the Hon. Mary Fairhurst.  He also served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Karsten Rasmussen of the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon for Lane County.  The University of Oregon School of Law hired Matt to tutor both its negotiation and legal research and writing courses. 

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Litigation Section, Washington State Bar (2011–current)

  • Participant in the King County Prosecuting Attorney Trial Readiness Fellowship (2016)

  • Member, 2016 Class of Leadership Tomorrow, a non-profit organization that prepares, challenges, and engages emerging and existing leaders through leadership development for the benefit of the Puget Sound region (2015-2016)

  • Volunteer, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, a non-profit organization committed to environmental conservation in Washington state (2014)

  • Volunteer, United Way of King County, Washington (2013)

  • Volunteer, Aloha Inn Legal Clinic for homeless men and women in transitional housing (2011–2012)

  • Student Hurricane Network Volunteer: New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation (2007)
Complex Commercial Disputes and Securities Litigation

  • Representation of numerous victims of the Madoff Ponzi scheme in adversary proceedings brought by the trustee for the bankruptcy estate of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities.  As part of a joint defense group, recently obtained a favorable ruling in the Second Circuit that dismissed many of the trustee’s claims, preserving millions of dollars for victims.  In re Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, Adv. Pro. No. 08-01789 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.); Case No. 12-2557 (2d Cir.).

  • Concurrent representation of numerous victims of the Madoff Ponzi scheme who are filing claims with the Department of Justice to secure recovery from the government’s parallel restitution fund, the “Madoff Victim Fund.” http://www.madoffvictimfund.com/.

  • Representation of a hedge fund engaged in confidential FINRA arbitration against alleged “finders” of investments after successful removal of claims from federal court. 

  • Representation of a mortgage originator in pre-litigation mediation proceedings regarding the bankruptcy and associated claims of Lehman Brothers Holding Inc. In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., Adv. Pro. No. 08-13555 (Bank. S.D.N.Y.).

  • Representation of a private investor subject to an SEC investigation through the inquiry and document-collection process. 

  • Representation of an international feed manufacturing company in a multi-million dollar lawsuit involving both breach of contract and tort claims, as well as complex scientific evidence in the field of offshore aquaculture.  Keahole Point Fish LLC v. Skretting Canada Inc., Case No. CV11 00675 (D. Haw.).

  • Representation of several commercial fishermen that successfully challenged and overturned federal commercial fishing quotas in the Gulf of Mexico.  Guindon, et al., v. Pritzker, NOAA, NMFS, and CCA, Case No. 13-00988 (D.D.C.).

  • Consultation with and advice to a large online retailer on numerous discrete legal questions posed by federal, state, and local law affecting the ongoing sale, distribution, and advertisement of diverse goods.

  • Representation of a large airline parts manufacturer in private arbitration proceedings involving breach of contract claims brought against a supplier. 

  • Representation of a large service provider to the telecommunications industry in private arbitration proceedings involving contractual disputes with a customer. 

  • Representation of a large consumer electronics manufacturer in the defense of breach of contract claims brought by a software supplier.  Mindtouch, Inc. v. HTC Corporation, et al., Case No. 13 CV 8522 (S.D.N.Y.).

  • Representation of client in boundary dispute with neighbor.  Litigation team successfully obtained summary dismissal of neighbor’s adverse possession claims.  Soltys v. The Nelson/Bailey Revocable Trust, et al., Case No. 13-2-16104-4 (King Cty Sup. Ct. Wash.).