Matthew F.X. Craven

Associate

Bio

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

Matt, a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (“CPCU”), 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” multiple years.  He has authored scores of legal opinions for both national and regional insurance companies regarding: auto; home; farm; fire; flood; hurricane; all other perils; personal property; boatowners; commercial property; crop-hail; garage; general liability; public officials’ liability; errors and omissions; employers liability; employment practices liability; liquor liability; commercial package; businessowners; completed operations; equipment breakdown; ocean marine; inland marine; builders’ risk; umbrella; and excess insurance policies.  He has also worked closely with home office counsel to advise and develop insurance policy language and insurer “best practices” to guard against future litigation.

Matt has defended insurance companies and insureds against hundreds of lawsuits arising out of: bodily / personal injury incidents; property damage incidents; fire, water, and flood losses; auto accidents; dram shop liability; breaches of contract; commercial construction claims; workplace accidents; toxic torts; logging operations; equine matters; professional negligence and malpractice; civil rights / constitutional claims; 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 trials, jury trials, and appeals.

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 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 summer law clerk to the Hon. Sandra S. Beckwith, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.  Outside the legal realm, he volunteered for eight years as a firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT).

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

Education

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

Significant Cases

Ohio Valley Physicians v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 197167 (S.D. Ohio Oct. 22, 2020) (adopting the Sept. 28, 2020 Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge reported at 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 197331)

Crown Servs. v. Miami Valley Paper Tube Co., 2020-Ohio-4409

Blue Rock Invests. v. City of Xenia, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 214544 (S.D. Ohio Dec. 12, 2019)

Moore v. Hodge, 1st Dist. Hamilton No. C-180633, 2019-Ohio-4752

Blue Rock Invests. v. City of Xenia, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53014 (S.D. Ohio Mar. 28, 2019)

Tri-Lady Marine v. Bishop Mech. Servs., 763 Fed. App’x 882 (11th Cir. 2019)

Hamlet v. Allstate Ins. Co., 2016 Ky. App. Unpub. LEXIS 92 (Jan. 29, 2016)

Gibbons v. Ky. Farm Bur. Mut. Ins. Co., 2016 Ky. App. Unpub. LEXIS 377 (May 27, 2016)

 

Memberships

  • 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)

Recognitions

  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers-Rising Stars List for 2020
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers-Rising Stars List for 2021

 

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Areas of Practice

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