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Matthew D. Janssen

Matthew D. Janssen is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. His litigation practice, in federal and state courts, has involved many types of complex business disputes, including commercial disputes, corporate litigation, professional liability claims and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Mr. Janssen also represents clients in matters relating to the regulatory activities of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and state securities regulators.

Examples of Mr. Janssen’s experience include:

  • defending through dismissal indemnification, breach of contract and professional negligence claims asserted against an actuarial consulting firm that developed an electronic rating model used in calculating rates for a Louisiana-based HMO. ACMG of Louisiana, Inc. v. Towers Perrin, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88155 (N.D. Ga. 2008), aff’d, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 16536 (11th Cir. 2010).
  • defending through dismissal indemnification, breach of contract and professional negligence claims asserted against an actuarial consulting firm following the termination of a department store’s defined benefit pension plan. Clevenger v. Dillard’s, Inc., 333 Fed. Appx. 907 (6th Cir. 2009).
  • defending through dismissal a claim for an order piercing the corporate veil between a parent corporation and its subsidiary and enjoining the subsidiary to comply with certain contractual restrictions imposed on the parent under an asset purchase agreement. RBC Nice Bearings, Inc. et al. v. SKF USA Inc., Case No. 14 152 01622 09 (American Arbitration Association).
  • defending former directors of an Internet company against breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • defending a petroleum marketing company against breach of contract and fraud claims arising from the termination of a franchisee
  • defending a mortgage company against credit defamation claims asserted by a real estate investor
  • coordinating litigations involving personal injury claims asserted against a company that distributed actuators used in patient lifter machines
  • representing financial services firms in connection with examinations, investigations and enforcement matters instituted by the SEC, FINRA and state securities regulators.

In 2012, Mr. Janssen was named one of 35 Pennsylvania “Lawyers on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer and was selected for inclusion on the 2013 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list. He devotes a considerable amount of time to pro bono matters, including the representation of homeless women living in Philadelphia’s shelter system. From 2007 through 2012, the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania named Mr. Janssen to its Roll of Honor in recognition of his commitment to representing indigent persons in the Philadelphia region. He also serves on the board of directors for the Homeless Advocacy Project, and has served as an at-large member of the Executive Committee for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Public Interest Section. He is currently a member of the firm’s Diversity Liaison Committee.



Education
B.A. 2000, magna cum laude, Colby College
J.D. 2003, magna cum laude, Villanova University School of Law; editor in chief, Villanova Law Review; Order of the Coif

Clerkships
2003-2004, Law Clerk to the Honorable Virginia A. Long, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court

Bar Admissions
Admitted in Pennsylvania and New Jersey


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