Matt Lalli has tried dozens of cases in courts and arbitration tribunals throughout the United States. Licensed in Arizona, California, and Utah, Matt has a go-anywhere do-anything attitude so long as he can be in a courtroom advocating for his clients. He takes cases from inception through trial and appeal, but frequently takes over cases shortly before trial. (See Publications, below, “A Different Kind of Takeover.”) As one interviewee reported to Chambers USA in 2019, Matt “is incredibly organized and savvy, and he wins cases.” Matt is the practice group leader for the firm’s commercial litigation practice group. He also is a member of the firm’s ethics committee and loss prevention counsel.
Matt represents attorneys, accountants, directors and officers, and other professionals in claims involving malpractice, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, aiding and abetting and negligence. In the area of legal malpractice in particular, Matt has been honored to be among the Best Lawyers in America for legal malpractice defense for a number of years. He has represented lawyers from large firms, small firms, and everything in between.
Corporate and Partnership Control Disputes
For corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and intra-family disputes, Matt represents clients involved in struggles for control assets, shares and voting rights. This representation includes advancing or defending claims regarding fiduciary duties, operating and partnership agreements, dissolutions, non-competition and non-solicitation, and corporate waste.
Matt represents clients in all types of contract disputes, including partnership agreements, operating agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation, insurance, real estate and subscription agreements. His clients participate in a wide variety of industries, including energy and natural resources, network marketing and multi-level marketing, real estate development, insurance, manufacturing and distribution, and health and nutrition.
In addition to defending a variety of insureds under insurance policies for professional liability, errors and omissions, comprehensive general liability, property, and title insurance, Matt also has represented insurers in coverage disputes and claims of bad faith liability. From time to time, Matt also represents insureds in coverage disputes with their insurers.
Securities and Business Fraud Defense
From his earliest days as a lawyer, Matt has represented companies and individuals in securities fraud class actions involving the issuance of public and private securities under federal and state securities laws. Matt also represents individuals under investigation or subpoena by the Securities and Exchange Commission and state counterparts. He represents defendants against allegations of insider trading, registration and regulatory violations, perpetration of Ponzi schemes, and RICO and racketeering participation.
Real Estate and Construction
Matt represents project owners, developers and contractors in real estate and construction disputes. The projects in which he has represented clients range from condominium-hotel developments with thousands of units to small condominium developments with as few as 20 units. Matt has represented real estate agents and brokerage companies, developers of luxury resort properties, residential subdivision properties and owners involved in disputes with contractors.
Matt has represented several financial institutions when sued by customers and non-customers for alleged involvement in various types of fraud, including Ponzi schemes, leased funds schemes and employee misconduct.
Matt has represented companies and individuals in class action matters involving the federal and state securities laws, various consumer statutes and large scale real estate developments.
Brigham Young University (J.D., magna cum laude, 1988)
Lead Notes and Comment Editor, BYU Law Review
University of Utah (B.A., English and Philosophy, cum laude, 1985)