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.