Matthew F.X. Craven



Matt’s practice is focused on insurance law and civil litigation – particularly the investigation and defense of insurance coverage, tort, and contract claims.

Matt has represented insurance companies and insureds in hundreds of lawsuits arising out of property damage incidents, bodily injury incidents, auto accidents, fire and flood losses, breaches of contract, commercial construction claims, workplace accidents, 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (civil rights / constitutional) claims, logging operations, and related matters, including no-fault insurance (BRB / PIP) and bad faith claims.  He has extensive litigation, trial, and appellate experience and has served as lead counsel for numerous bench and jury trials and appeals.

Matt is one of the top-rated insurance coverage attorneys representing clients in Ohio and Kentucky and has been recognized by “Super Lawyers” as a “Rising Star.”  He has authored scores of legal opinions for both national and regional insurance companies regarding auto, home, farm, fire, flood, hurricane, all other perils, general liability, public officials’ liability, commercial property, businessowners, inland marine, builder’s risk, excess, and health insurance policies as well as worked closely with home office counsel to advise and develop policy language and company policies / procedures to guard against future litigation.

Matt is originally from the Washington, D.C. area and a graduate of Gonzaga College High School.  He met his wife, Lauren, when they were both undergrads at the University of Dayton (go Flyers!).  After the two completed their respective doctoral degrees and Lauren finished her psychological residency, they settled in Lakeside Park, Kentucky, and started a family.

Prior to joining Rolfes Henry, Matt was associate general counsel to a leading insurance industry company, practiced at an AV-rated insurance defense firm in Louisville, Kentucky, and served as a summer law clerk to the Hon. Sandra S. Beckwith, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.  He has also volunteered for many years as a firefighter and EMT.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys golfing, playing with Tucker (his awesome Australian Shepherd), and reading historical biographies.


University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
Juris Doctor, 2011

John Marshall Scholar

Trial Advocacy Board; Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico Pro Bono Award Recipient

University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Sociology, 2008

Presidential Scholar; University Honors Program

Sigma Phi Epsilon, Vice-President; Inter-Fraternal Counsel, delegate

University of Cambridge, Selwyn College, Cambridge, England
Certificate in International Politics, 2006

Admitted to Practice

Federal Courts:

  • Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
  • Southern District of Ohio

State Courts:

  • State of Ohio
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky

Notable Experience


  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court (past barrister)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • The Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (CPCU)


  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers-Rising Stars List for 2020



Areas of Practice

  • Appellate Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Property & Casualty Insurance Litigation