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Matthew A. Kairis (Matt)
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(T) +1.614.281.3605
(F) +1.614.461.4198

Education

  • Harvard University (J.D. cum laude 1991; Editor, Journal of Law and Public Policy); University of Notre Dame (B.A. with honors 1988)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio; U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, Northern District of Illinois (General Bar and Trial Bar), Northern District of Indiana, and Western and Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits; and U.S. Supreme Court

Matt Kairis, head of litigation in Columbus, has spent more than 25 years trying class actions, winning verdicts in mass tort, financial regulation, and consumer fraud litigation. He currently serves as lead counsel for all collegiate institutions in the national football concussion MDL pending in Chicago federal court, a consolidation of approximately 100 class actions against NCAA institutions. Matt routinely handles high-profile matters, such as assisting Notre Dame following a videographer's fatal accident during football practice, defending nationwide legal attacks on electronic voting systems for the industry's leading manufacturer, and leading all litigation efforts in the wake of the multibillion dollar collapse and FBI raid on National Century Financial.

On behalf of First American Financial, Matt obtained the complete reversal of what would have been the largest punitive damages award in an economic injury case in Ohio history. He served as lead trial counsel for First American defeating a putative multibillion dollar consumer fraud RESPA class action and defends mortgage servicers in various servicing class actions. Matt was a member of the lead trial team representing R.J. Reynolds in a $2 billion tobacco class action that resulted in a jury defense verdict, named one of the "Top Defense Wins of the Year" by The National Law Journal.

Matt's trial experience began at a unique program at Harvard Law, serving as a Massachusetts prosecutor with a perfect conviction rate in north Boston. He chairs panels with the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) on financial litigation and serves on the boards of the Columbus Bar Foundation and ProMusica Orchestra.


Honors & Distinctions

  • Recommended litigator by The Legal 500 US (2010), where he is praised as "responsive and proactive" in major representations

    Super Lawyers — Corporate Counsel Edition

    Ohio Super Lawyers for complex litigation (multiple years)

    Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation (multiple years)
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