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Matthew Gerend


1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101 

P: 206.623.1900
F: 206.623.3384



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

2010, Washington

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, 2014-2020.

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).

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