Matthew J. Flynn

Partner at Quarles & Brady LLP

Matthew J. Flynn

Matthew J. Flynn

Partner at Quarles & Brady LLP

Biography

Matt Flynn is considered one of Wisconsin's foremost litigators. He handles highly complex and often highly controversial matters. His extensive experience includes

* Defending individuals and corporations who are the subjects of Securities and Exchange Commission proceedings and investigations.
* Representing defendants in class action securities cases.
* Representing news organizations in cases involving libel, invasion of privacy, and newsgathering torts.
* Complex commercial litigation.
* Advising clients on internal investigations.

Representative Cases:

Complex Commercial Litigation:

* Johnson Controls, Inc. v. Employers Insurance of Wausau, 264 Wis.2d 60, 665 N.W.2d 257 (July 11, 2003). Mr. Flynn successfully represented Johnson Controls when it sued its comprehensive general liability insurers to recover costs incurred for environmental cleanup of contaminated sites.
* Lorraine Wilson, et al. v. ATM Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a First American Rental Center, Case No. 98-CV-005945. Mr. Flynn successfully represented ATM Enterprises, Inc. in settlement of this class action, in which the plaintiff class alleged that the defendant violated the Wisconsin Consumer Act and other Wisconsin laws protecting consumer interests.
* Trickle, et al. v. Air Products and Chemicals, et al., Case No. 95-CV-3758. Mr. Flynn represented Air Products and Chemicals in a class action alleging that defendant supplied welding products containing manganese and other metallic substances used at sites where the plaintiff class was exposed to welding emissions containing manganese and other metallic substances. Mr. Flynn's motion to dismiss, granted by the Court, dismissed Mr. Flynn's client with prejudice.
* Pritzlaff v. Archdiocese of Milwaukee, 194 Wis.2d 301, 533 N.W.2d 780 (June 27, 1995). In this highly emotional and controversial case, Mr. Flynn successfully defended the Archdiocese of Milwaukee against sexual abuse claims brought by a victim 30 years after the alleged incidents.
* John BBB Doe v. Archdiocese of Milwaukee, 211 Wis.2d 312, 565 N.W.2d 94 (June 27, 1997). Seven alleged victims claiming that while they were minors, they had been sexually abused by priests, brought damage actions against diocese, churches, and priests. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Mr. Flynn's client, the Archdiocese.
* Annunzio C. Ferraro v. Hyatt Corporation, 124 Wis.2d 154, 368 N.W.2d 666 (June 5, 1985). A former hotel employee brought a wrongful discharge action against Mr. Flynn's client, Hyatt Corporation. The Supreme Court held that an employee handbook may convert an employment-at-will relationship into one that can be terminated only by adherence to contractual terms in the handbook. However, the Court ruled in favor of Mr. Flynn's client on factual grounds.

Securities Litigation:

* Joseph White, et al. v. Heartland High-Yield Municipal Bond Fund, et al., Consolidated Case No. 00-C-1388. Mr. Flynn successfully represented Heartland Group, Inc. in a class action by investors in several Heartland funds.
* In re Van Wagoner Funds, Inc. Securities Litigation, Master File No. C-02-03383 JSW – Consolidated.
* Mr. Flynn has successfully represented UMB/Sunstone, one of the defendants and the administrator of the Van Wagoner Funds, in a class action brought by disgruntled investors.
* Decade's Monthly Income and Appreciation Fund v. W&H, 173 Wis.2d 665, 495 N.W.2d 335 (February 18, 1993). Mr. Flynn successfully represented the limited partnership in the malpractice case brought against a law firm and its legal malpractice insurer.
* Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation v. Robert W. Quinn and Daniel J. Gannon, 922 F.2d 1251 (January 7, 1991). In an action by FSLIC, Mr. Flynn successfully represented an officer of a failed thrift who was recruited by FSLIC to prepare the thrift for acquisition.

Media:

* United States of America v. Anthony J. Peters Appeal of Hearst Corporation and Newspapers, Inc., 754 F.2d 753 (February 8, 1985). Mr. Flynn successfully represented the Hearst Corporation's WISN-TV affiliate in a case involving the exclusion of the public and the media from voir dire of prospective jurors in a criminal case, and the exclusion of a reporter from access to admitted exhibits during the pendency of the trial.
* Bay View Packing Company vs. Jerry Taff, 198 Wis. 2d 653, 543 N.W. 2d 522 (Ct. App. 1995). Mr. Flynn successfully represented an affiliate of the Hearst Corporation, WISN-TV, in a libel case in which the court ruled that the plaintiff was a limited-purpose public figure.

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Education
J.D., Order of the Coif
Class of 1975

The University of Wisconsin Law School is located on historic Bascom Hill in the heart of the beautiful UW–Madison campus. It boasts a renowned faculty, an extensive curriculum and a dynamic student body. As part of a world-class university located in the state’s capital, the Law School also offers an unparalleled wealth of experiences beyond its walls. An extensive curriculum places emphasis on the dynamics of the law—how the law relates to social change and to society as a whole—while at the same time stressing skill development. In addition to nationally recognized programs in several substantive areas, the Law School also has one of the largest clinical programs in the country. UW Law School offers many dual degree programs , concentrations and certificate programs. With a focus on skills-based learning, our students graduate practice-ready and prepared for success. Most UW Law School students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). The UW Law School's nationally recognized faculty and staff work together to provide an outstanding learning environment for our students. Our faculty and staff come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring varying experiences, views and approaches to the Law School. They are inspired by the UW’s distinctive law-in-action approach, and they are committed to helping students develop into confident, successful lawyers.

B.A.
Class of 1969

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Memberships
Member
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Member
Current

The State Bar of Wisconsin is a professional association that provides educational, career development and other services to its 24,000 members. It also provides public services, including attorney referrals, public education and reduced-fee legal assistance for low-income state residents.

Member
Current

The Milwaukee Bar Association is a professional organization of lawyers who create and support the society surrounding the occupation. The bar association is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It provides grants to many local programs through the Milwaukee Bar Association Foundation. The Milwaukee Bar Association was founded in 1858 with 30 charter members. Today the Milwaukee Bar Association has over 2,600 members, accounting for roughly half of the practicing attorneys in Milwaukee County.

Career History
Partner
Current

Quarles & Brady LLP is a large U.S. law firm based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. According to the National Law Journal's 2012 rankings, it is the 107th largest law firm in the United States, and the second-largest firm in the state of Wisconsin. The firm also ranked 184th in profit per attorney on the 2010 AmLaw 200 survey. Quarles & Brady was formed in 1974 by the merger of two older firms: Brady Tyrrell Cotter & Cutler and Quarles Herriott Clemons Teschner & Noelke. In 2000, the firm merged with Streich Lang, a prominent Phoenix, Arizona law firm. After being known in Arizona as Quarles & Brady Streich Lang LLP, the firm shortened its name and is now uniformly known as Quarles & Brady LLP.

Clerk
1975 - 1976

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (in case citations, 7th Cir.) is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the courts in the following districts: Central District of Illinois Northern District of Illinois Southern District of Illinois Northern District of Indiana Southern District of Indiana Eastern District of Wisconsin Western District of Wisconsin The court is based at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago, Illinois. It is one of thirteen United States courts of appeals, composed of eleven judges.

Political Donations
$250
2016

Former Senator from Wisconsin

$250
2014

Representative from Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District

Political Donations Received
$500
2004
$1,000
2004
$500
2004
Awards & Honors
1975
Admitted to the Wisconsin Bar
Court Admission: U.S. Supreme Court
Court Admission: Supreme Court of Wisconsin
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