Matt Petersen is a talented and accomplished attorney.  Based in the firm’s Denver and Chicago offices, Matt has an active litigation practice and he also counsels clients on general corporate issues.  His nationwide litigation practice covers nearly all types of complex business and commercial matters.  Specifically, Matt’s practice concentrates on (1) food and agribusiness litigation with a focus on claims of crop loss and breach of contract, (2) consumer litigation with a focus on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), and (3) M&A litigation with a focus on indemnification issues.  He also has handled numerous class actions, often obtaining dismissals before class certification, and has tried cases in front of state courts and arbitration panels.  Matt’s goal is always to reach the best possible resolution for the client, and he effectively communicates with clients and advises them through all stages of litigation, including pre-litigation demands, discovery, depositions, motion practice, trial/arbitration, and appeals.  

In addition to his litigation practice, Matt also counsels clients on general corporate matters.  He serves as a trusted business advisor and helps clients identify and address legal needs.  In this role, he has experience advising on compliance issues, as well as negotiating, drafting, and analyzing various types of corporate agreements, including operating agreements, services agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and consulting agreements.     

Matt has also carved out a niche as one of the firm’s foremost experts on issues arising under the FCRA.  He has experience advising all types of clients with business activities that touch the FCRA, ranging from telecommunications companies to employers to loan servicers.  He advises these clients on FCRA compliance issues and also defends them in FCRA litigation across the country.  Matt has successfully defended both class and individual FCRA claims using motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, and at trial.  Matt stays current on recent FCRA developments by giving CLE presentations and authoring articles and client alerts.

Outside of his legal practice, Matt prides himself on being involved in the community.  He's presently active on two non-profit boards—the City Year Denver Associate Board and the Wartburg College West National Advisory Board.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • City Year Denver Associate Board, 2017-Present
    • Wartburg College West National Advisory Board, 2018-Present
    • Wartburg College West National Advisory Board, 2018-Present
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Professional Affiliations

    • Colorado Bar Association
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
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Publications

  • Co-Author, “The Ninth Circuit Raises Bar for Article III Standing,” The Daily Journal, April 2019
  • Co-Author, “Ninth Circuit Finds Inaccurate Credit Reporting Alone Does Not Confer Article III Standing,“ Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, April 2019
  • Co-Author, “Dutta: The Ninth Circuit Strikes Another Blow to FCRA Plaintiffs,” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, August 2018
  • Co-Author, “Loans in Dispute: A Look at the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Evolving Guidance for Using Compliance Condition Codes,” The Banking Law Journal, June 2018
  • Co-Author, “Use of Compliance Condition Codes: Recent Developments and Unanswered Questions Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act,” Colorado Bar Association Business Law Section Newsletter, February 2018
  • Co-Author, “Spokeo IV: Cert Denied and the Circuit Splits Left Behind,” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, February 2018
  • Author,  “The Erie Doctrine & McDonnell Douglas Framework: Much Ado About Nothing or an Issue Worth Analyzing?” St. Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 53, No. 3, Spring 2009
  • Co-Author, “Commission Without A Contract: What Now?” Art Calendar Magazine, October 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • “Credit Reporting Dispute Codes: Recent Developments Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act,” Colorado Bar Association Business Law Section CLE, February 2018