Matthew J. Flynn

Partner at Quarles & Brady LLP

Matthew J. Flynn

Matthew J. Flynn

Partner at Quarles & Brady LLP

Biography

Quarles & Brady LLP Matthew J. Flynn / Partner Professional Experience: Matt Flynn is considered one of Wisconsin’s foremost litigators handling 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 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 they were sexually abused by priests, while they were minors, 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 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. Education and Honors: -University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1975) -Order of the Coif (Member), Wisconsin Law Review (Editor in Chief, 1974-1975). -Yale University (B.A., 1969) Bar Admissions: Wisconsin, 1975 Court Admissions: -U.S. Supreme Court -Wisconsin Supreme Court -U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit -U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin Professional Recognition: -Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2010-present: Commercial Litigation). -“Wisconsin Lawyer of the Year,” Wisconsin Law Journal. -Selected for inclusion in the 2005-2012 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists (General Litigation). -Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated. Professional and Civic Activities: -Law clerk to the Hon. Thomas E. Fairchild, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, 1975-1976. -Milwaukee Bar Association (Member). -American Bar Association (Member). -State Bar of Wisconsin (Member). -Navy veteran. Mr. Flynn has appeared in numerous other state and Federal courts including Illinois, California, South Dakota, Minnesota and Ohio. Languages: Spanish Related Practice Groups: -Litigation & Dispute Resolution -Antitrust & Trade Regulation Litigation -Financial Institutions Litigation -Securities Litigation -Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition Litigation -Antitrust, Trade Regulation & Franchising -Government Affairs Compliance -ERISA Litigation -Franchise and Distribution -Internal Investigations -Lender Liability News: -Monday, November 12, 2012 Thirty-Eight Quarles & Brady Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2012 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® 18 Named to Rising Stars List -Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Quarles & Brady Attorneys Named in The Best Lawyers in America 2013® 160 Quarles & Brady Attorneys Recognized Nationally -Monday, November 21, 2011 Thirty-Nine Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2011 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® 14 Named to Rising Stars List -Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Quarles & Brady Attorneys Named in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 144 Quarles & Brady Attorneys Recognized Nationally -Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Quarles & Brady Attorneys Named in The Best Lawyers in America® 2011 148 Quarles & Brady Attorneys Recognized Nationally -Monday, January 11, 2010 Thirty-eight Wisconsin Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2009 Wisconsin Super Lawyers -Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Thirty-Eight Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2009 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® -Wednesday, August 12, 2009 Quarles & Brady Attorneys Named in The Best Lawyers in America® 2010 152 Quarles & Brady Attorneys Recognized Nationally -Friday, December 21, 2007 51 Milwaukee-Based Quarles & Brady LLP Attorneys Named As Wisconsin Super Lawyers 2007 18 Firm attorneys acknowledged as Wisconsin Rising Stars 2007 The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that 51 of its Milwaukee-based attorneys have been recognized by their peers as Wisconsin Super Lawyers by Law & Politics magazine. Eighteen of the Firm's Milwaukee attorneys also have been recognized as Wisconsin Rising Stars by Law & Politics. -Friday, December 21, 2007 62 Quarles & Brady LLP Attorneys Named As Wisconsin Super Lawyers 2007 51 attorneys based in Milwaukee and 11 in Madison ranked among Wisconsin's best The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that 62 of its attorneys have been selected as Wisconsin Super Lawyers by Law & Politics magazine. Fifty-one of its Milwaukee-based attorneys and 11 Madison-based attorneys have been recognized by their peers as Super Lawyers, and 18 Milwaukee-based attorneys and one Madison-based attorney have been acknowledged as Rising Stars in Wisconsin. Related Publications: Lender Liability Litigation Update - Lenders Beware: In Tough Economic Times, The Government Gets Into the Act

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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.

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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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