Matthew C. Hurley

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  • Fordham University (JD, 1996)
  • College of the Holy Cross (BA, 1989)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Supreme Court

Matt is Section Head for the Intellectual Property Section at Mintz Levin. He is a trial lawyer who represents companies in complex business disputes in federal and state courts throughout the country and before arbitration panels.

The primary focus of Matt’s practice is the representation of life sciences companies in disputes involving collaboration agreements, patent licenses, supplier agreements, and distribution contracts. Matt has a deep understanding of the legal and business issues that arise in the life sciences industry and vast experience resolving disagreements over research, development, commercialization, licensing, royalties, and distribution. Matt also represents companies in patent, trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property disputes, and in the past he has handled litigation over real property, employment-related disputes, and bankruptcy court litigation. He also frequently counsels clients on ways to avoid litigation.

From August 2000 to February 2001, Matt served as a special assistant district attorney as part of a firm-sponsored program with the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. During that time, Matt prosecuted over 100 criminal matters and tried 12 jury cases on his own.

As IP Section Head, Matt manages both the Litigation Group and the Patent Prosecution Group, which together consist of nearly 100 attorneys, technical specialists, and other legal professionals, across the US and in London. His responsibilities include strategic planning; budgeting; financial analysis and management; hiring; personnel management; performance assessment; work allocation; marketing; and oversight of attorney practice development. 

Before attending law school, Matt was an active duty officer in the United States Navy. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal for exemplary performance of his duties while serving as a Surface Warfare Officer on a guided-missile cruiser during Operation Desert Storm.

Representative Matters

  • Achieved complete victory as lead trial counsel for an international life sciences company in an arbitration initiated by one of the company’s top suppliers. Following extensive discovery and a two-week evidentiary hearing, a panel of three arbitrators unanimously rejected the supplier’s $12 million breach of contract claim and entered judgment for our client on its counterclaim in a total amount exceeding $2 million, including recovery of our client’s attorneys’ fees and costs.
  • Earned victory for a biotechnology company in an arbitration involving a multibillion-dollar drug development collaboration. A panel of three retired federal judges ruled in our client’s favor following a two-week hearing, a victory that established our client’s right to co-develop one of the world’s largest-selling cancer drugs.
  • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of a molecular diagnostics company in a dispute with one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies over the right to distribute a companion diagnostic kit for use in the oncology market.
  • Successfully represented institutional holders of over $400 million in airport revenue bonds in litigation within the Delta Airlines bankruptcy. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals and US Supreme Court upheld the bankruptcy court’s decision in our clients’ favor.
  • Obtained summary judgment for our bondholder clients in a dispute with United Airlines, which sought to avoid paying over $260 million in special facility airport revenue bonds as part of its bankruptcy reorganization. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the bankruptcy court’s decision in our clients’ favor.  United Air Lines, Inc. v. HSBC Bank USA (453 F.3d 463, 7th Cir. 2006, affirming 322 B.R. 347, N.D. Ill. 2005).
  • Persuaded a Massachusetts state court to deny a plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction in a software licensing dispute involving a popular computer game.
  • Convinced federal court to grant summary judgment to a national textbook publisher in a copyright infringement action.
  • Successfully defended a national printing company against a competitor’s lawsuit seeking to enforce a noncompetition agreement.
  • Achieved trial and appellate victories for a national hotel chain in a contract dispute with a real estate developer.
  • Obtained settlement at mediation on behalf of a state university in an environmental cleanup action.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Navy Achievement Medal for exemplary performance during the Persian Gulf War
  • Navy Commendation Medal for superior performance of duty during a three-year tour on the USS Biddle (CG-34) 
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Intellectual Property (2014)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, and American Bar Association
  • Member, Southborough (Mass.) Zoning Board of Appeals, 2007-13 (Chairman, 2011-13)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Veteran Legal Services, 2012-14