Mathilda’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration across a variety of areas and industries. Mathilda regularly advises clients in all stages of dispute resolution, from pre-litigation counseling and investigation through discovery, dispositive motion practice, trial, and appeals. Through strategic discovery, well-researched briefing, and effective oral advocacy, she has repeatedly won cases at the summary judgment stage. Although a litigator by training, Mathilda is well-versed in a variety of dispute resolution methods and prioritizes achieving creative, business-oriented solutions for her clients.
Mathilda has national experience litigating complicated contract and business disputes and defending insurance companies in coverage disputes. She regularly defends against class action claims arising under state consumer protection laws, particularly those brought against landlords by residential tenants, and is one of a handful of class action defense lawyers in Massachusetts with in-depth knowledge of the Massachusetts security deposit and submetering laws. In addition to her commercial litigation practice, Mathilda advises clients on legal issues related to higher education, represents individuals and trustees in estate and probate disputes, and navigates novel appellate issues on behalf of litigants and amici curiae in state and federal courts. Mathilda utilizes this broad base of substantive knowledge and understanding of the lifecycle of litigation to provide clients with strategic advice tailored to their individualized needs and goals.
For clients in the education sector, Mathilda draws on her broad experience in the industry, including as a former legal intern at the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, an Education Pioneers Fellow, and an administrator at Columbia University, where she developed university policies and communications. Mathilda has leveraged this experience to advise clients on compliance with federal education laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and aid clients in navigating Title IX investigations on campus, among other ways.
Mathilda also has an active pro bono practice, with a particular focus on immigration issues, for which she has received Mintz’s Pro Bono Award and the Lawyers for Civil Rights Pro Bono Award. In 2017, she helped an immigrant secure release from ICE custody after nearly a year of detention on a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in federal court. She has assisted Lawyers for Civil Rights file briefs of amici curiae in seminal cases involving affirmative action and the inclusion of a citizenship question on the U.S. census before the U.S. Supreme Court, partnered with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts on a seminal case that shifted the burden of proof in bond hearings for certain immigrants detained during removal proceedings, and represented the NAACP – Boston Branch as an intervenor in a high-profile case regarding the admissions criteria for Boston’s highly selective public schools.
Prior to joining the firm, Mathilda served as a judicial law clerk, first to the Honorable Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and then to the Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. During law school, Mathilda was editor-in-chief of the Boston College Law Review and a student attorney in the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau.
- Boston College (JD, magna cum laude)
- Columbia University (MA)
- Oberlin College (BA)
- Prevailed at trial on behalf of a major video game company against a claim brought by a player who was banned from the video game for cheating.
- Regularly represents clients in trust and estate disputes in Massachusetts Probate Court, including trust beneficiaries and trustees.
- Part of a team defending two parent-defendants in the Varsity Blues college admissions prosecution in the District of Massachusetts.
- Defeated a motion for class certification and obtained summary judgment on claims brought by a putative class of tenants of a residential realty company asserting violations of the Massachusetts utility submetering laws and the Massachusetts consumer protection act, chapter 93A.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a class of immigrants subject to discretionary ICE detention in a seminal case in the District of Massachusetts that shifted the burden of proof in bond hearings in the Immigration Court, Pereira Brito et al. v. Barr et al.
- Obtained dismissal of a complex counterclaim asserting violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) in federal district court.
- Drafted briefs of amici curiae for a variety of appellate matters, including in cases before the United States Supreme Court and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
- Defended an insurance holding company against alleged bad faith claims brought under M.G.L. chs. 93A/176D in connection with its handling and adjusting of a wrongful death claim.
- Served as second chair at a trial representing a limited liability company in complex commercial litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery relating to claims concerning contractual interpretation and fiduciary duties.
- Obtained voluntary dismissal of a consumer class action involving unsolicited text messages under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
- Obtained a favorable arbitration award in California in a dispute over an oral joint venture to open and operate a garment manufacturing facility in China.
- Part of a team that obtained complete dismissal of a breach of contract and antitrust complaint in federal district court.
Recognition & Awards
- Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch": Appellate Practice (2022)
- Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch": Commercial Litigation (2021-2022)
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star (2021)
- Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch": Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants (2021-2022)
- Richard Mintz Pro Bono Award (2019)
- Lawyers for Civil Rights, Pro Bono Award (2016 and 2019)
- Order of the Coif
- McGrath & Kane Award, Boston College Law School (2013)
- Member, Subcommittee on Alternative Paths to Admission of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Steering Committee on Bar Admissions (2021- present)
- Member, ABA TIPS Law Journal Editorial Board Standing Committee (2021- present)
- Member, Boston Bar Association Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Section Steering Committee
- Board Member, Lawyers for Civil Rights (2020-present)
- Gubernatorial Appointee, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (2018 – present)
- Member, Supreme Judicial Court Law Clerks’ Society Governing Board (2015 - present)
- Member, Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leadership Program, Class of 2019 - 2020
- Vice Chair and Board Member, Apprentice Learning (2016 – 2019)
- At-Large Member, Oberlin College Alumni Leadership Council (2016 – 2019)
- Member, ONEin3 Advisory Council to Mayor Thomas M. Menino (2013 - 2014)
- Member, Executive Board & Nominations Committee, Oberlin Alumni Association (2011 - 2014)
- Class Trustee, Oberlin College (2007 - 2010)
News & Press
A COVID-19 Ready Campus: Steps Colleges and Universities Should Take to Avoid Future Litigation Over Tuition and Fees
June 29, 2020 | Blog | By Mathilda McGee-Tubb
June 26, 2020 | Blog | By Thomas Wintner, Mathilda McGee-Tubb
Massachusetts SJC Recognizes Limited Affirmative Duty of Universities to Take Suicide Prevention Measures for Known-Risk Students
May 9, 2018 | Blog | By Mathilda McGee-Tubb
Where is the Line? Options for Professional Leagues and Teams Facing On-Field Player Social Activism
February 22, 2018 | Blog | By Mathilda McGee-Tubb
June 23, 2016 | Blog | By Mathilda McGee-Tubb
Settlement Agreements with Students Are Protected Student Records But Must Be Disclosed in Redacted Form Under Public Records Law, Says Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
November 30, 2015 | Blog | By Mathilda McGee-Tubb
News & Press
April 19, 2021
May 22, 2020
The first-of-its-kind class action lawsuit, Pereira Brito v. Barr, was filed in June on behalf of immigrants who were jailed due to flawed detention hearings in which the detainee was required to bear the burden of proof as to not being a flight risk or a danger to the community. The latest ruling holds that the class of immigrants are entitled to bond hearings at which the government bears the burden of justifying an immigrant’s detention, and at which the immigration court must consider someone’s ability to pay when setting a bond amount.
The Mintz pro bono team representing the plaintiffs in this case includes Members Susan Finegan and Susan Cohen, Special Counsel Andrew Nathanson, and Associates Mathilda McGee-Tubb, Jennifer Mather McCarthy, and Ryan Dougherty.