Matthew D. Green devotes his practice to civil litigation with an emphasis on the following areas: commercial litigation, professional liability, products liability/toxic torts, and insurance coverage. Mr. Green routinely serves as lead counsel in jury trials across Virginia in both state and federal courts. In addition to his jury trial experience, he has successfully represented clients in various forms of alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Green regularly practices in the Eastern District of Virginia’s “rocket docket” and is well versed in its unique, accelerated approach to litigation.
Mr. Green has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2012 and in Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys since 2008. He has been designated a “Rising Star” by Virginia Super Lawyers since 2007. He is a member of several professional organizations including the Virginia State Bar, the Defense Research Institute, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, and the Richmond Bar Association. He is a past recipient of the E. Randolph Williams Award for outstanding pro bono service.
Matthew Green was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and grew up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. Prior to law school, Mr. Green was a Small Business Advisor in the United States Peace Corps stationed in Honduras. He graduated from the Law School at the University of Chicago.
In his spare time, Mr. Green is a Cub Scout leader and coaches youth soccer through the YMCA. His interests include architectural restoration, Civil War history, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mr. Green also enjoys international travel and has trekked across Central America, South America, Europe, and the Indian Subcontinent.
Products Liability/Toxic Torts
Mr. Green has successfully defended product manufacturers and premises owners in hundreds of wrongful death and personal injury claims arising from alleged asbestos exposure causing both mesothelioma and non-malignant scarring. Mr. Green has also successfully defended against personal injury claims stemming from exposure to mold and lead paint.
Mr. Green served as first chair trial attorney on behalf of a national transportation client in a personal injury matter in which plaintiff alleged she sustained Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) as the result of a collision in which a tractor trailer struck her in the rear. The matter included the testimony of six medical experts over five days and ultimately settled before the jury began deliberations.
Mr. Green’s product liability case experience includes recreational vehicles, tires, playground equipment, dog collars, and tainted food claims. He has successfully excluded experts in products liability cases on grounds that their opinions were not based on applicable standards or customs established either by industry or government.
Litigation on behalf of an international manufacturer of heavy forestry equipment against a local dealer regarding termination of an exclusive distribution agreement. The case involved previously undecided issues concerning the application of the Virginia Heavy Equipment Dealer Act and its Commerce Clause implications. Atlantic Machinery & Equipment v. Tigercat Industries Inc., 427 F.Supp.2d 657 (E.D.Va. 2006).
Arbitration on behalf of an Indian software developer in arbitration conducted in the in the American Arbitration Association’s International Centre for Dispute Resolution. The matter included allegations of breach both a professional services agreement and a licensing agreement, as well as a claim of violation of Virginia’s Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA).
Litigation of a breach of contract matter on behalf of a national manufacturer of liquid injection molding machines in a breach of contract matter with one of its customers concerning the functionality requirements in purchased and delivered medical component molding machine.
Litigation of a CGL policy dispute on behalf of an international law firm in an insurance recovery suit against its commercial liability carrier. The carrier initially denied coverage to the law firm in an underlying conspiracy and defamation lawsuit brought by a former partner of the law firm against the law firm and several of its current partners. The case involved an application of the underlying policy’s definition of bodily injury and application of its professional services exclusion.
Litigation of a D&O policy dispute on behalf of a commercial manufacturer in an insurance recovery matter. The carrier initially denied coverage for an underlying employment discrimination suit brought by four former employees based on an alleged violation of the policy’s notice provisions. The matter settled after the parties filed competing motions for summary judgment.
Litigation and successful summary judgment motion on behalf of an insurer of a commercial horse stable complex which collapsed following excessive snowfall. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia held that there was no coverage for the collapse because at least one of its causes, earth movement, triggered a policy exclusion which eviscerated coverage. Great American Ins. Co. v. Rose Marie Bogley, 837 F.Supp.2d 570 (E.D.Va. 2011), aff’d, 487 Fed.Appx. 780 (4th Cir. 2012).
Jury trial and appeal on behalf of a Virginia State Agency in a lawsuit against its independent auditor for breach of professional duties. The week long jury trial centered on the auditing firm’s failure to recognize a $1M skimming embezzlement perpetrated by one of the agency’s employees over a three year period despite the auditing firm’s dedication of a variance in the relevant account equal to the amount of the embezzlement.
Successful mediation on behalf of a commercial manufacturer in a professional malpractice matter against a “Big Four” accounting firm. The accounting firm’s failed to properly record and disclose a substantial deferred tax liability on real estate previously purchased by a rival manufacturing firm which was subsequently purchased by Mr. Green’s client. The matter was resolved prior to suit.
Representation of an Am Law 50 law firm for legal malpractice claims related to the law firm’s underlying defense of a ski resort in a personal injury lawsuit alleging catastrophic injuries.
Morris & Morris
- University of Virginia – McIntire School of Commerce
- University of Chicago Law School
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- Virginia State Bar
- Richmond Bar Association
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
- Davis v. Samuel I. White, P.C., 2014 WL 1604270 (E.D.Va. 2014)
- Dowdell v. Love's Travel Stop, 2013 WL 3655666 (W.D.Va. 2013), aff'd, 544 Fed.Appx. 199 (4th Cir. 2013)
- Taylor v. Bank of America, 2012 WL 871049 (W.D.Va. 2012)
- Great American Ins. Co. v. Rose Marie Bogley, 837 F.Supp.2d 570 (E.D.Va. 2011), aff'd, 487 Fed.Appx. 780 (4th Cir. 2012)
- Villines v. Walgreen Co., 2011 WL 1752113 (E.D.Va. 2011)
- Butler v. Marsh, 2007 WL 983929 (E.D.Va. 2007)
- Atlantic Machinery & Equipment v. Tigercat Industries Inc., 427 F.Supp.2d 657 (E.D.Va. 2006)
- Atlantic Machinery & Equipment v. Tigercat Industries Inc., 419 F.Supp.2d 856 (E.D.Va. 2006)