Overview

[Matt] has an excellent sense of the legal and business implications in litigation and is very good at communicating and navigating them.” - Chambers USA, 2022 (Client Quote)

Matt Solum is a senior litigation partner in Kirkland’s New York office. Having tried more than thirty cases to decision, he handles all manner of high‑stakes disputes, including securities, M&A and complex commercial matters. Matt has litigated cases in state and federal courts across the United States and before arbitration tribunals throughout the world. His clients have included The Blackstone Group, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Chipotle, Clayton Dubilier & Rice, EQT, Sycamore Partners, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Vista Equity Partners and Wynn Resorts.

Matt has been recognized by numerous professional publications, including Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S., Benchmark Litigation and Law360. His wins have also been featured by The American Lawyer in its “Litigator of the Week” contest. In Chambers, clients praise Matt as having “excellent presence in the courtroom and strong command with senior executives.”

Matt has also been recognized as one of the country’s “Leading Lawyers” for M&A, General Commercial Disputes, and Securities litigation by The Legal 500. According to Law360, Matt has “built a sterling reputation as a go-to closer for companies in fending off large shareholder class actions and other litigation.”

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Thought Leadership

Recent Publications

“Lexology Getting the Deal Through: M&A Litigation 2022,” Lexology, April 2022 

“‘Golden Rule’: Apply Accounting Principles Correctly,” New York Law Journal, December 21, 2021 

”Delaware Derivative Litigation Moves Forward Two Steps,” Securities Regulation Daily, October 8, 2021

“Injunctions in Arbitration,” New York Law Journal, August 20, 2021

“Courts Continue to Express Skepticism Over Confidential Witnesses,” Securities Regulation Daily, June 10, 2021

“Securities Law and the Supremacy Clause,” Securities Regulation Daily, April 30, 2021

“Legal Scrutiny for SPACS on the Rise,” Bloomberg Law, April 29, 2021

“Is There Any Limit to Ostensibly Unfettered Discretion in a Contract,” The New York Law Journal, May 15, 2020

“Federal Securities Liability: When is a Defendant Primarily Liable,” Securities Regulation Daily, May 4, 2020 

“Delaware Supreme Court Approves Provision to Keep Federal Securities Claims in Federal Courts,” Kirkland Alert, March 19, 2020

“Shielding Mergers from Fiduciary Duty Claims Requires Full Disclosure and a Fair Process,” Securities Regulation Daily, January 30, 2020

“The Uncertain Future of M&A Litigation,” Securities Regulation Daily, December 20, 2019

“New SEC Policy for No-Action Requests to Exclude Rule 14a-8 Shareholder Proposals for 2019–2020 Proxy Season,” Kirkland Governance Update, September 9, 2019

“Delaware Courts Continue Limiting Books And Records Demands,” Transaction Advisors, August 27, 2019

“Contract Remedies in the United States,” Financier Worldwide, April 2019

“Mergers & Acquisitions: A Roundtable Discussion,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, February 1, 2019

“Forum-Selection for Federal Securities Claims After Sciabacucchi,” Securities Regulation Daily, January 11, 2019

“When Improbable Claims Come from Unnamed Sources: Defense Strategies in Securities Cases Involving Confidential Witnesses,” Securities Regulation Daily, October 24, 2018

“Comcast Creates Roadblocks for Securities Plaintiffs But Does Not Foreclose All Claims,” Securities Regulation Daily, July 20, 2018

“Recent Trends In Books And Records Demands,” Law360, January 30, 2018

“Pro-Arbitration Policy Gets Put to the Test,” Bloomberg BNA: Labor & Employment, October 26, 2017

Financial Services Mediation Answer Book: Mediation Submissions Chapter, PLI, June 19, 2017

“'GE Oil & Gas v. Turbine Generation Services': An Agreement to (Dis)agree?, New York Law Journal, March 17, 2017

Recognition

Recognized by Chambers USA for Securities Litigation

Recognized by The Legal 500 USA for M&A Litigation, General Commercial Disputes and Securities Litigation

Named a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation

Named a Rising Star for Securities by Law360

Recognized by the The American Lawyer for Litigator of the Week: Runners-Up and Shout Outs, September 24, 2021 and October 2, 2020

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association, Section of Litigation

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2000New York

Courts

  • Matthew is admitted to federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States.

Education

  • Columbia Law SchoolJ.D.1999
    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • University of California, BerkeleyB.S., Chemistry1996
    Research Published in “Monte Carlo Methods in Ab Initio Quantum Chemistry”