• Matthew M. Houston

    Matthew M. Houston, a member of the Firm, graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1988. Mr. Houston is a member of the Bar of the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mr. Houston is also admitted to the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Massachusetts. Mr. Houston has been selected as a New York Metro Super Lawyer.

    Mr. Houston has substantial courtroom experience involving complex actions in federal and state courts throughout the country.  Mr. Houston was co-lead trial counsel in one the few ERISA class action cases taken to trial asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims against plan fiduciaries, Brieger et al. v. Tellabs, Inc., No. 06-CV-01882 (N.D. Ill.), and has successfully prosecuted many ERISA actions, including In re Royal Ahold N.V. Securities and ERISA Litigation, Civil Action No. 1:03-md-01539. Mr. Houston has been one of the principal attorneys litigating claims in multi-district litigation concerning employment classification of pickup and delivery drivers and primarily responsible for prosecuting ERISA class claims; In re FedEx Ground Package Inc. Employment Practices Litigation, 3:05-MD-527 (MDL 1700). Mr. Houston recently argued the appeal of claims asserted on behalf of Florida FedEx Ground drivers before the Eleventh Circuit. Mr. Houston also served as lead counsel in multi-district class litigation seeking to modify insurance claims handling practices; In re UnumProvident Corp. ERISA Benefits Denial Actions, 1:03-cv-1000 (MDL 1552).

    In addition to numerous employment cases, Mr. Houston has litigated actions asserting breach of fiduciary duty in the context of mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Houston has been responsible for securing millions of dollars in additional compensation and structural benefits for shareholders of target companies: In re Instinet Group, Inc. Shareholders Litigation, C.A. No. 1289 (Delaware Court of Chancery); Jasinover v. The Rouse Company, Case No. 13-C-04-59594 (Maryland Circuit Court); McLaughlin v. Household International, Inc., Case No. 02 CH 20683 (Illinois Circuit Court); Sebesta v. The Quizno’s Corporation, Case No. 2001 CV 6281 (Colorado District Court); and Crandon Capital Partners v. Sanford M. Kimmel, C.A. No. 14998 (Delaware Court of Chancery).

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