J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center
B.A., College of William & Mary
Executive Notes Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
Bar and Court Admissions
District of Columbia Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits
U.S. District Courts for the District of Colorado, District of Columbia, Eastern District of Virginia, Northern District of Florida, and Western District of Tennessee
Legal Lean Sigma Institute (LLSI) White Belt
Matt represents professional liability and general liability insurers in complex coverage litigation before federal and state courts nationwide. He also provides strategic counseling and serves as monitoring counsel for insurers under a variety of coverages, including directors and officers, financial institution professional liability, cyber risk, lawyers malpractice, employment, and media and technology. Matt, a certified Legal Lean Sigma Institute (LLSI) White Belt, uses the LLSI process and project management tools to continually improve the value proposition the firm delivers to its clients.
- Won dismissal of coverage litigation for insurer in decision holding that policyholder’s “non-specific,” “boiler-plate” notice of potential claim was insufficient as a matter of law to provide notice of an unmentioned $610 million settlement proposal from the U.S. Department of Justice concerning a False Claims Act investigation. First Horizon Nat'l Corp. v. Houston Cas. Co., No. 15-cv-2235-SHL-dkv, 2017 WL 2954716 (W.D. Tenn. June 23, 2017).
- Obtained multiple successful discovery-related rulings for insurer on issues relating to reserves, reinsurance, privilege, work product, compliance with procedural requirements, and discovery regarding claims against other policyholders. First Horizon Nat'l Corp. v. Houston Cas. Co., No. 15-cv-2235-SHL-dkv, 2016 WL 5869580 (W.D. Tenn. Oct. 5, 2016) & 2016 WL 5867268 (W.D. Tenn. Oct. 5, 2016) & 2017 WL 3252238 (W.D. Tenn. Mar. 6, 2017).
- Obtained summary judgment in Florida federal district court that employment practices liability insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify a licensing action involving a dentist alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct with sedated minor patients. Turbyfill v. Scottsdale Indem. Co., 3:14-cv-283, 2016 WL 741657 (N.D. Fla. Feb. 24, 2016).
- Obtained summary judgment in Florida federal district court in favor of general liability insurer that it had no duty to indemnify an underlying personal injury matter because of a pollution exclusion. Shaw v. Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co., No. 6:15-CV-686-ORL-TBS, 2016 WL 561409 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 12, 2016).
- Represented two insurance industry trade associations participating as amici curiae before the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court in one of the first data breach-related insurance coverage cases to reach an appellate court. Zurich Am. Ins. Co. v. Sony Corp. of Am., 651982/11 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. App. Div.).
- Successfully represented insurer in Florida state court in case involving late notice under claims-made-and-reported policies. Close Construction LLC v. Greenwich Insurance Co., 2014CA344 (Fla. Cir. Ct.).
- Provides strategic advice to insurers in coverage matters involving policies issued to financial institutions, law firms, software companies, investment advisers, investment companies, and other public and private companies.
- Regularly serves as coverage and monitoring counsel for insurers in matters involving emerging exposures, including cyber risk, privacy and data breach, and technology claims.
- Legal Intern, U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, Civil Division (2010)
- Research Assistant, Professor Ross E. Davies, George Mason University School of Law (2010)
- Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
News & Insights
- August 2017 | Newsletter
- July 2017 | Newsletter
- July 2017 | Newsletter
- May 2017 | Newsletter
- April 2017 | NewsletterFederal Liability Risk Retention Act Preempts Maryland’s Notice-Prejudice Statute for Non-Chartered Risk Retention Group
- March 3, 2017 | Tucson, AZ | Speaking EngagementABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee SeminarMatthew W. Beato, Speaker
- February 2017 | Newsletter
- February 6, 2017 | ArticleBusiness InsuranceDavid H. Topol, Matthew W. Beato
- November 2016 | NewsletterDocuments Relating to Other Insureds, Reserves, Reinsurance Communications, Claims Handling and Underwriting Manuals Not Discoverable
- October 11, 2016 | Newsletter
- September 2016 | Newsletter
- September 2016 | NewsletterCapacity Issues, Personal Profit Exclusion, and Insured v. Insured Exclusion Do Not Preclude Duty to Defend
- August 2016 | Newsletter
- June 2016 | Newsletter
- May 2016 | Newsletter
- May 2016 | NewsletterInsured v. Insured Exclusion Bars Coverage for Liquidation Trust’s Claim Against Insured Directors and Officers
- April 2016 | NewsletterLetter Asserting that State Government “May” Bring an Enforcement Action if Insured Did Not “Voluntarily” Cease a Particular Activity Is a Claim
- April 5, 2016 | ArticleLaw360Matthew W. Beato
- March 2016 | Newsletter
- February 2016 | Newsletter
- December 2015 | Newsletter
- November 2015 | Newsletter
- October 2015 | Newsletter
- August 2015 | Newsletter
- July 2015 | NewsletterCrime Bond Affords No Coverage Where Insured Bank Fails to Submit Complete Proof of Loss Prior to FDIC’s Appointment as Receiver
- July 2015 | NewsletterNo Coverage Under Claims-Made-And-Reported Policy Where Claim Not Made or Reported During the Policy Period
- June 2015 | Newsletter
- May 2015 | Newsletter
- April 2015 | Newsletter
- March 2015 | NewsletterNo Coverage Where Underlying Complaint Did Not Allege Conduct After Retroactive Date; Suits Involving Nearly Identical Course of Conduct Are Related
- January 30, 2015 | Press Release
- January 2015 | Newsletter
- August 1, 2014 | ArticleFederal Jurisdiction Challenges for Insurers in TCPA and FACTA Coverage SuitsAdvisen Risk NetworkMatthew W. Beato
- April 2014 | Newsletter
- March 2014 | Newsletter
- February 12, 2014 | ArticleData Breaches and CGL Policies: The Emerging Coverage Picture for Private Suits and Credit Card Processor DemandsAdvisenDale E. Hausman, Matthew W. Beato
- February 12, 2014 | Press Release
- January 2014 | Newsletter
- Summer 2011 | ArticleBusiness Corporations Face Easily Fixed Reporting Issues in the StatesGuardian: Council on Government Ethics Laws Vol. 32, Issue 2D. Mark Renaud, Matthew W. Beato