Matthew P. Ritchie
Matthew P. Ritchie is a partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and focuses his practice on complex civil litigation matters, including commercial disputes and business torts, antitrust law, M&A and shareholder litigation, and unfair and deceptive trade practice claims (under Massachusetts G.L. c. 93A). Matt’s civil litigation experience includes a wide range of matters involving contracts, drug and medical device sales and marketing, distributor terminations, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities, insurance and indemnification, and real estate transactions. Matt also counsels clients on antitrust matters, including providing advice on compliance with federal and state competition laws and representing clients in front of federal agencies in merger reviews under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and other merger-related matters. Matt has represented corporate and individual clients before a variety of state and federal agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, and the Massachusetts Securities Division, the Massachusetts Division of Insurance.
Matt’s civil litigation work is focused in the state and federal trial courts in the Commonwealth. He has experience managing large-scale document collections, reviews and productions, and advising clients on litigation holds and document retention policies and procedures. Matt’s experience includes a four week jury trial in Federal District Court in Boston in a case arising from a fire at a luxury hotel in Rome, Italy, in which he helped obtain a defense verdict for the client. Matt’s other representative matters include:
- Defending a manufacturer in a breach of contract claim by a supplier
- Defending a medical device company in distributor termination lawsuits
- Representing former shareholders in a dispute with acquiring company following a merger transaction
- Representing employers in both defending and prosecuting non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
- Defending high-level corporate executives in state and federal government securities fraud and accounting practices investigations
- Defending corporations and banks in shareholder strike suits
- Representing a variety of corporate and individual clients in responding to third-party, government agency, and grand jury subpoenas
- Representing landlords in breach of contract and eviction actions against tenants
- Defending an insurance company against multiple class action lawsuits involving the Massachusetts automobile insurance statutes and regulations
- Representing clients in price discrimination and RICO claims
- Advising business, trade groups, and professional associations on a variety of antitrust claim and compliance issues
Matt gained previous legal experience as an intern for the United States Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. Prior to law school, he spent three years as a paralegal for the United States Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. In that role, Matt investigated mergers in the oil and gas, software, and consumer food products industries.
Matt has also represented indigent criminal defendants and veterans on a pro bono basis, is active in the Boston Bar Association’s Business Litigation Section’s Steering Committee, and coaches youth baseball and basketball.
Nutter represented OSRAM, one of the world’s leading lighting manufacturers with headquarters in Munich, Germany, in its acquisition of Digital Lumens Inc., a Boston-based company that specializes in industrial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.
- CIRCOR International, Inc.
Nutter represented CIRCOR International, Inc. (NYSE: CIR), a leading provider of valves and other highly engineered products for markets including oil & gas, power generation and aerospace & defense, when CIRCOR announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Critical Flow Solutions (CFS) for $210 million.
News & Insights
- Nutter Launches Blog Dedicated to the Business Litigation Session of the Massachusetts Superior Court10.26.2017
- Nutter Elects New Partners to its Intellectual Property, Litigation and Trusts and Estates Practices01.05.2016
- Forty-four Nutter Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Edition of Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars10.30.2015
- October 2013
- 01.31.2018 | Legal Update
- 08.28.2017 | Legal Update
- 01.19.2017 | Legal Update
- 02.29.2016 | Legal Update
- 01.30.2015 | Legal Update
- 01.27.2014 | Legal Update
- March 2010 | Article
- David C. Henderson and Matthew P. Ritchie publish “Employment Rights and Returning Armed Forces Members”December 2009 | Article
- David C. Henderson and Matthew P. Ritchie published “Beyond yellow ribbons: Employers must stay closely tied to USERRA complianceOctober 2009 | Article
- David C. Henderson and Matthew P. Ritchie publish "Government Increases Enforcement Of Employment Rights For Returning Armed Forces Members"July 2009 | Article
- New Federal Rule of Evidence 502 Seeks to Strengthen Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Protections10.13.2008 | Legal Advisory
- Judge Salinger: Defendant’s Letter Disputing Existence of Contract Does Not Trigger Start of Statute of Limitations Period for PlaintiffBLS Blog, 03.09.2018
- BLS Blog, 02.27.2018
- Court Tackles Issue of First Impression in Massachusetts: Defendant Can Move to Strike Class Allegations Under Rule 12(f)BLS Blog, 02.02.2018
- BLS Blog, 01.19.2018
- BLS Blog, 12.04.2017
- BLS Blog, 09.29.2017
- BLS Blog, 09.15.2017
- Splitting from Delaware Corporate Law, SJC Affirms BLS Decision Holding that Directors Owe Fiduciary Duty to the Corporation, not its ShareholdersBLS Blog, 03.21.2017
- BLS Blog, 03.15.2017
- BLS Blog, 06.08.2015
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-2017
Education & Admissions
Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., highest honors and highest distinction
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire
- New Hampshire
Matt has represented corporate and individual clients before a variety of state and federal agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, and the Massachusetts Securities Division, the Massachusetts Division of Insurance.
Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-2017