- Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1998
- State University of New York, College at Buffalo, B.S., 1993
- New Jersey, 1998
- New York, 1999
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1998
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2000
- New York State Bar Association, Securities Litigation and Arbitration Committee
- New Jersey State Bar Association, Securities Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement Committee, Co-Chair
- Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
- New York City Bar Association, eDiscovery Working Group
“We are very aware of our clients’ cost considerations, while still remaining focused on quality. With our flexible approach, we are able to provide superior work product and results at a much lower cost than many larger firms.”
Matt Plant focuses his practice on securities litigation and regulatory law. He has appeared on behalf of corporate and institutional clients in federal and state courts in New York and New Jersey, and at arbitrations before various self-regulatory organizations. He also represents individual registered representatives and corporate clients in connection with self-regulatory organizations and state investigations and inquiries.
Over the past years, Matt has personally witnessed product failures that have resulted in complex litigation for his clients. These failures have included hedge funds and structured products, among other examples. Matt is highly adept in guiding his clients beyond such obstacles and in overcoming financial product specific litigation claims.
Because Matt understands how financial products and services are structured and managed, his ability to work with witnesses involved in litigation claims is highly developed, and frequently a competitive edge for his clients. Often in partnership with in-house counsel, Matt has worked with his clients to ensure that such matters are handled in a consistent fashion and as efficiently as possible, never losing sight of achieving a positive result.
Matt is also a member of Bressler's Senior Issues: Counseling and Litigation Defense group. The lawyers in this group have a shared interest in providing counsel to corporate clients who confront issues affecting seniors.
Currently, Matt lives in Norwood, NJ with his wife, daughter and cocker spaniel. A sports enthusiast, he enjoys training for and competing in triathlons and playing golf.
Matt’s experience includes regulatory matters and traditional customer initiated arbitrations involving claims of suitability, churning, failing to diversify and misrepresentations. Over the past five years in particular, he has defended claims arising from the failure of a series of two hedge funds, where he serves on the lead defense team. In tandem with three additional regional firms, Matt shaped and coordinated litigation strategy and discovery on a global scale, as well as represented the client in settlement negotiations, mediations and arbitration hearings.
A sampling of Matt’s recent arbitration victories include:
- Heinzerling v. Citigroup: represented Citigroup in connection with claims arising out of the failure of the MAT hedge fund, where the claimant’s claims were denied in their entirety
- Fischer v. Citigroup: represented Citigroup in connection with claims arising out of the failure of the MAT hedge fund, where the claimant’s claims were denied in their entirety
- Tandler v. First Republic: represented First Republic in connection with claims arising out of the failure of a municipal arbitrage hedge fund, where the claimant’s claims were denied in their entirety
- Eickhoff v. Edward Jones: represented Edward Jones in connection with a claim of an unauthorized sale of stock of an elderly client, where the claimant’s claims were denied in their entirety and the Panel recommended the expungement of the matter from the Registered Representative’s CRD record
A selection of representative cases includes:
- Covina 2000 Ventures Corp. v. Merrill Lynch: represented Merrill Lynch in connection with claims arising out of wire transfers based on allegedly fraudulent letters of authorization. The SDNY granted Bressler’s summary judgment motion and dismissed the case based on the UCC’s one year statute of repose. Further represented Merrill Lynch before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed the District Court’s decision
- Broad-Bussel Family Limited Partnership v. Bayou Group, LLC: successfully opposed class certification on behalf of the Hennessee Group LLC, a hedge fund advisor, in connection with a purported class action relating to a third party hedge fund that turned out to be a Ponzi scheme
- February 28, 2019Examining the Gender Gap in Litigation and Compliance - A Lawline Webinar Presented by Matthew Plant and Angela Turiano
Bressler Principals Matthew Plant and Angela Turiano will be presenting the Lawline webinar, "Examining the Gender Gap in Litigation and Compliance". The webinar is … Read more
- January 4, 2019Hot Topics and Trends in FINRA Arbitration - A Clear Law Institute Webinar Presented by Matthew Plant and Angela Turiano
Bressler Principals Matthew Plant and Angela Turiano will be presenting the Clear Law Institute webinar, "Hot Topics and Trends in FINRA Arbitration". The webinar is… Read more
- October 15, 2018Hot Topics and Trends in FINRA Arbitration - A Lawline Webinar Presented by Matthew Plant and Angela Turiano
Bressler Principals Matthew Plant and Angela Turiano will be presenting the Lawline webinar, "Hot Topics and Trends in FINRA Arbitration". The webinar is on October … Read more
- April 19, 2018Lawline Webinar Presented by Principals Matthew Plant and Angela Turiano
Bressler Principals Matthew Plant and Angela Turiano will be presenting the Lawline webinar, "Safeguarding Against Financial Exploitation of Senior Investors: What A… Read more
- April 6, 2017New York State Bar Association Securities Arbitration and Mediation 2017: The Courage to Simplify
The Securities Arbitration and Mediation 2017 seminar and webcast will take place Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 9:00am – 4:30pm at 1540 Broadway in New York.… Read more
- November 5, 20142014 Securities Litigation and Regulatory Update
Matthew Plant will be a moderator at the 2014 Securities Litigation and Regulatory Update to be held at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE Conference Center on Novem… Read more
- March 11, 2014NYSBA Securities Arbitration and Mediation 2014
Matthew C. Plant will be a panelist at the NYSBA Securities Arbitration and Mediation CLE program that was held on March 11, 2014. The program will highlight the mos… Read more
- October 31,2018Spoliation of Evidence; the Surest Road to Sanctions
Financial Institutions and Electronic Discovery Law Alert… Read more
- May 2, 2018FINRA Continues to Crackdown on the Supervision of High-Risk Brokers
FINRA's Latest Regulatory Notices Provide Guidance and Propose Rule Amendments… Read more
- April 24, 2018FINRA Proposes Amending its Suitability Rule
Will broker control in excessive trading claims no longer matter?… Read more
- April 23, 2018What Is Cryptocurrency And Who Is Going To Regulate It?
Cryptocurrency is a digital, encrypted currency that is not issued by any government or other central authority.… Read more
- March 12, 2018The FTC Releases the 2017 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book
Client Alert… Read more
- March 5, 2018FINRA Seeks to Streamline Outside Business Activities Rule
Securities Law Alert… Read more
- March 21, 2014The US Supreme Court Holds That Employees Of Contractors/Subcontractors Are Protected By Sarbanes Oxley Whistleblower Protections
Litigation Alert… Read more