Matt’s practice is focused on insurance law and civil litigation – particularly the investigation and defense of contract, tort, and insurance including coverage claims.
Matt has represented insureds and insurance companies in hundreds of lawsuits arising out of property damage accidents, bodily injury incidents, auto accidents, fire and flood losses, breach of contract, commercial construction claims, workplace accidents, 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. Further, his many years of experience as a volunteer firefighter and EMT give him unique insights into the cases he handles.
Matt has also authored scores of legal opinion letters for both national and regional insurance companies regarding auto, home, fire, flood, hurricane, all other perils, general liability, commercial property, 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 procedures to protect 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 the associate general counsel to the insurance industry’s leading health insurance claims recovery company, where he oversaw hundreds of subrogation analysts and issued detailed legal guidance and litigation strategy to over 60 national health insurance companies (with 200+ million members) concerning ERISA actions. He has additionally practiced at an AV-rated insurance defense firm as well as served as a summer law clerk to the Hon. Sandra S. Beckwith, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.
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