Matthew Schlesinger

Matthew J. Schlesinger



  • Northwestern University School of Law, 1989, J.D., Dean’s List, Note and Comment Editor, Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business
  • American University, 1985, B.A., Cum Laude; Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, Psychology, with Business Administration minor

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court - District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin

Matt represents policyholders nationwide in insurance coverage disputes with their insurance carriers, and counsels clients on insurance-related issues. Legal 500 reports that Matt, a leading attorney in this field, “has a depth and breadth of experience and is very sensitive to business needs.” Matt’s clients, well-known Fortune 100 and 500 companies, as well as smaller public and privately held entities, include some of the largest financial institutions, international technology companies, worldwide manufacturers of food and equipment, and an international workforce solutions company.

Using a combination of litigation and alternative dispute resolution, Matt has cost-effectively recovered hundreds of millions for clients in a wide variety of unique and challenging cases. He has successfully handled first-party property damage and business interruption, fidelity bond, mortgage insurance, directors' and officers' liability, errors & omissions, cyber-liability, environmental and asbestos liability, intellectual property, and a range of other coverage disputes and issues. Some of his successes include: prevailing on behalf of a policyholder in a four-week, bad-faith/punitive damages trial involving business interruption and property damage coverage for explosions at two manufacturing facilities; winning summary judgment and an award of attorney's fees in a hotly contested directors' and officers' liability matter; successfully resolving large fidelity bond claims involving mortgage loan fraud; successfully resolving first-party property and business interruption claims involving large machine losses, a hacker attack, and extensive water and mold damage to a hotel; and obtaining favorable settlements with multiple insurers in an intensely litigated environmental case involving hundreds of sites.

Matt also actively consults on policy renewals, helping clients obtain the most favorable policy terms possible. He speaks and writes on insurance coverage issues and has been frequently quoted, and has co-chaired or participated in numerous insurance coverage conferences. Matt is a co-chair of the Fidelity Subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association.

Matt is admitted to practice in the D.C. and Maryland Bars, and in the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and Maryland. Matt earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1989, serving as Note and Comment Editor of the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business. He received his B.A., cum laude, from American University in 1985.

Employment History

  • 2004 - Reed Smith
  • 1998 - McKenna Long & Aldridge
  • 1992 - Howrey & Simon
  • 1989 - Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz

Honors & Awards

  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers - Insurance Coverage (2013, 2014)
  • Rated an AV-Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs Outstanding Achievement Award in the fields of Equal Employment Opportunity and Immigration & Refugee Rights

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association – Co-chair of the Fidelity Subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee