Matt’s practice transcends litigation and transactions. In the course of counseling dozens of motor vehicle, manufacturing, and financial clients, he has served not only as a trial attorney, but also a regulatory advisor, transactional-dealmaker, and strategic counselor. At the onset of engagement, Matt asks the question: “Where do you want to end up?” His client’s answer allows him to formulate and implement a tailor-made strategy that furthers the client’s objectives and protects its interests.
Matt has counseled, defended, and pursued claims for a broad spectrum of clients that include electric and traditional motor vehicle manufacturers, manufacturing corporations, and financial institutions. His successes in advocating for those clients include:
- Lead attorney for defendant auto manufacturer in federal lawsuit seeking over $2 million relating to warranty compensation by plaintiff dealer. Matt successfully obtained dismissal with prejudice of the lawsuit on behalf of his client. Feldmann Imports Inc. v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, 20-CV-0750 (WMW/KMM), 2020 WL 7310930 (D. Minn. Dec. 11, 2020).
- Lead attorney for defendant manufacturer in obtaining dismissal via summary judgment on appeal of warranty-related claims by co-defendant. Bd. of Educ. of Palmyra-Macedon C. Sch. Dist. v. Flower City Glass Co., Inc., 117 N.Y.S.3d 388 (N.Y. App. Div. 4th Dept. 2019).
- Lead attorney for a plaintiff electric motor vehicle manufacturer in an arbitration against the client’s lithium battery cell and module supplier. Matt’s client alleged that the supplier had provided defective battery cells and modules. After an arbitration hearing, Matt’s client was awarded damages in excess of $3.8 million.
- Trial attorney for a defendant motor vehicle manufacturer in a state agency action in which an existing dealer protested Matt's client's decision to terminate its dealer agreement. After a trial, the state agency approved the termination, allowing Matt’s client to terminate and appoint a new dealer.
- Trial attorney for a plaintiff demolition/construction company in dispute with state tax authorities regarding improper tax assessments. After a multi-day trial, the court ruled in favor of Matt’s client on all issues, and ordered the refund to his client of all taxes improperly assessed and collected.
- Lead attorney in successfully obtaining dismissal of a defendant financial institution defendant from class action involving allegations of consumer fraud and violations of Illinois mortgage law. Matt also successfully defended the dismissal on appeal.
Transactional & Litigation - Warranty/Audit
A key component of a manufacturer’s business is its warranty, including the warranty terms, compensation paid to its warranty work providers, audits associated with warranty work (and potential chargebacks of warranty claims inappropriately submitted and paid), and the manufacturer’s interactions with customers seeking warranty service. Matt has counseled and assisted his clients with these issues, including:
- Drafting the warranties employed by several manufacturers nationwide;
- Defending manufacturers in warranty-related litigation, including those involving claims of breach of express and implied warranty, lemon law, Magnuson-Moss, and consumer fraud;
- Counseling regarding federal and state warranty regulations, including those concerning warranty work compensation rates and structures; and
- Advising, defending, and resolving audit and chargeback disputes, including chargebacks due to instances of fraud, falsification of records, and failure to follow company policy.
Activities & Honors
- Selected, Illinois Rising Stars, Super Lawyers (2014-2019)
- Member, Rush University Medical Center Associates Board (2014-Present)
- Senior Managing Editor, Indiana Law Journal
- Moot Court Board
Speaking Engagements & Presentations
- September 18-20, 2019 – Speaker, “Labor & Parts Warranty Reimbursement – Warranty 101, Best Practices, & Surcharges” (Sacramento, CA)
Articles & Publications
- May 1, 2020 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- April 15, 2020 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- March 27, 2020 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- March 18, 2020 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- December 22, 2020 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- January 24, 2019
- October 23, 2018 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- January 25, 2018 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- January 17, 2017
- April 4, 2016
- January 11, 2016
- January 1, 2016
- January 14, 2015 – Super Lawyers
- August 19, 2014
Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington, J.D., cum laude, 2004
Hanover College, B.A., 2001
Bar & Court Admissions
- State of Illinois
- U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. Tax Court