Matthew Gerend practices in the firm’s nationally recognized Complex Litigation Group, representing employees and other investors in litigation to enforce securities laws and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”). Matt has represented plaintiffs in federal courts across the country to redress harms stemming from breaches of fiduciary duties, investment fraud, and other misconduct that threatens employees’ retirement security.
Matt became interested in the laws protecting retirement and pension benefits as a clerk with AARP Foundation Litigation, where he helped draft a number of amicus curiae briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals regarding the proper interpretation and implementation of ERISA. During law school, Matt also worked as an intern with the Community Development Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Matt believes that lawyers have a unique ability to effect social change, an ethic that has guided his work representing individuals and investors against those engaged in divisive and fraudulent practices.
Bar and Court Admissions
2011, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
2012, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
2013, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
2014, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
2014, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
2015, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
2015, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
2016, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
2016, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
2016, Supreme Court of the United States
2018, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
2018, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin – B.A., with distinction, 2005, Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa
Georgetown University Law Center – J.D., cum laude, 2010; Executive Articles Editor, Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy
Professional and Civic Involvement
Washington State Bar Association, Member
Honors and Awards
Selected to Rising Stars list in Super Lawyers – Washington, 2014-2019
Publications and Presentations
Contributing Author, Zanglein et. al., ERISA Litigation (Bloomberg BNA), 2015-2016
Deborah M. Austin and Matthew M. Gerend, The Scope and Potential of Section 3 as Currently Implemented, 19 J. Affordable Housing & Commun. Dev. L. 89 (2009).