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D. Matthew Doden

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D. Matthew (“Matt”) Doden is a senior litigation associate with a focus on complex commercial disputes. Mr. Doden has successfully represented clients in state and federal court, and has significant experience with alternative forms of dispute resolution, including both mediation and arbitration. Mr. Doden also frequently advises commercial clients on statutory and regulatory issues affecting their businesses.

As an experienced litigator, Mr. Doden has successfully litigated a wide variety of business disputes involving contract claims, torts, products liability, agency regulation, the Uniform Commercial Code, constitutional law, tax law, and government enforcement. These matters have extended across numerous industries, including agribusiness, offshore staffing, aviation, medicine, consumer electronics, telecommunications, data storage and protection, commercial fishing, investment, lending, and chemical manufacturing. He has also represented multiple victims of the Madoff Ponzi scheme, both in the Securities Investor Protection Act liquidation proceedings, and with filing claims to the Department of Justices’ Madoff Victim Fund.

Mr. Doden also has unique but extensive experience representing global feed manufacturers engaged in litigation related to the growing field of offshore aquaculture. As this industry expands to meet the growing global demand for food, Mr. Doden’s knowledge and experience with commercial farming practices and fish nutrition has benefited clients both in the United States and abroad.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Doden clerked on the Washington State Supreme Court for the Hon. Mary Fairhurst.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Litigation Section, Washington State Bar (2011–current)

  • Participant in the King County Prosecuting Attorney Trial Readiness Fellowship (2016)

  • Member, 2016 Class of Leadership Tomorrow, a non-profit organization that prepares, challenges, and engages emerging and existing leaders through leadership development for the benefit of the Puget Sound region (2015-2016)

  • Volunteer, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, a non-profit organization committed to environmental conservation in Washington state (2014)

  • Volunteer, United Way of King County, Washington (2013)

  • Volunteer, Aloha Inn Legal Clinic for homeless men and women in transitional housing (2011–2012)

  • University of Oregon, School of Law, Tutor for the Legal Research and Writing and Negotiation courses (2008-09)

  • Student Hurricane Network Volunteer: New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation (2007)
Complex Commercial Disputes and Securities Litigation

  • Represented an international feed manufacturing company in a multi-million dollar lawsuit involving both breach of contract and tort claims, as well as complex scientific evidence in the field of offshore aquaculture.  Keahole Point Fish LLC v. Skretting Canada Inc., Case No. CV11 00675 (D. Haw.).

  • Advised global feed manufacturers in Chile and Australia engaged in litigation related to the growing field of offshore aquaculture and fish farming.

  • Represented a large Seattle-based software company in defense of breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secret claims alleged by a foreign entity for purported activities of one of our client’s subsidiary overseas.  Aster Minds v. MSGD & Microsoft Corporation, Case No. 162-03313-0 (King Cty. Sup. Ct.).

  • Represented numerous victims of the Madoff Ponzi scheme in adversary proceedings brought by the trustee for the bankruptcy estate of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities.  As part of a joint defense group, recently obtained a favorable ruling in the Second Circuit that dismissed many of the trustee’s claims, preserving millions of dollars for victims.  In re Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, Adv. Pro. No. 08-01789 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.); Case No. 12-2557 (2d Cir.).

  • Concurrently represented numerous victims of the Madoff Ponzi scheme who filed claims with the Department of Justice to secure recovery from the government’s parallel restitution fund, the “Madoff Victim Fund.” http://www.madoffvictimfund.com/.

  • Represented a hedge fund engaged in a confidential FINRA arbitration against alleged “finders” of investments after successful removal of claims from federal court. 

  • Represented a mortgage originator in pre-litigation mediation proceedings regarding the bankruptcy and associated claims of Lehman Brothers Holding Inc. In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., Adv. Pro. No. 08-13555 (Bank. S.D.N.Y.).

  • Represented a private investor subject to an SEC investigation through the inquiry and document-collection process. 

  • Represented several commercial fishermen that successfully challenged and overturned federal commercial fishing quotas in the Gulf of Mexico.  Guindon, et al., v. Pritzker, NOAA, NMFS, and CCA, Case No. 13-00988 (D.D.C.).

  • Consulted with and adviced a large online retailer on numerous discrete legal questions posed by federal, state, and local law affecting the ongoing sale, distribution, and advertisement of diverse goods.

  • Represented a large airline parts manufacturer in private arbitration proceedings involving breach of contract claims brought against a supplier. 

  • Represented a large service provider to the telecommunications industry in private arbitration proceedings involving contractual disputes with a customer. 

  • Represented a large consumer electronics manufacturer in the defense of breach of contract claims brought by a software supplier.  Mindtouch, Inc. v. HTC Corporation, et al., Case No. 13 CV 8522 (S.D.N.Y.).

  • Represented a client in a boundary dispute with a neighbor.  Litigation team successfully obtained summary dismissal of neighbor’s adverse possession claims.  Soltys v. The Nelson/Bailey Revocable Trust, et al., Case No. 13-2-16104-4 (King Cty Sup. Ct. Wash.).