Matthew D. Fender


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  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 2008
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, BA, Political Science, 1995
  • Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Member, The Federalist Society

Member, Section of Antitrust, American Bar Association

Member, Real Estate Section, Virginia State Bar

Allied attorney, Alliance Defense Fund

Matthew represents clients in litigation matters with a focus on commercial, environmental, and insurance coverage matters.  He regularly appears in state and federal courts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and elsewhere.

Matthew has defended clients against environmental claims, including class actions, and he frequently handles insurance coverage claims for policy holders.  He has represented clients in several large commercial arbitrations involving insurance claims.  He frequently handles commercial litigation matters, including contractual and indemnification claims.

Matthew has an active pro bono practice that includes representing indigent clients in landlord tenant matters as well as constitutional and civil liberties litigation.  In 2016 he obtained a $3 million jury verdict for a pro bono client in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Matthew worked for Microsoft Consulting Services in Washington D.C. and New York, as well as Standard and Poor's and American Business Systems. 

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Matthew D Fender
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Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014, 2016-2017

Co-author, Are the Rights Guaranteed by the Third Amendment Sufficiently Deep Rooted and Fundamental to the be Incorporated into the Fourteenth?, 82 TENN. L. REV. 575 (Spring 2016)
Co-Author, "Decommissioning: Better Now Than Later," Energy & Infrastructure, Fall 2014
Presenter, "Religious Institutions and the Law," CLE presentation to live and online audience sponsored by Virginia CLE, November 2016
Presenter, "Top Ten Title Defects Cured," CLE presentation to AUDIENCE, October 2011