Matthew A.Kairis (Matt)

Partner-in-Charge Texas Region

Dallas + 1.214.969.3605 Houston + 1.832.239.3939

Matt Kairis 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 more than 450 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 is the Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Texas Region, which encompasses two offices and nearly 200 lawyers.


  • Universities defend multidistrict putative class action litigation brought by former football playersJones Day is serving as lead counsel for all NCAA member institution defendants in a multidistrict litigation ("MDL") consolidating more than 300 putative class actions brought on behalf of former football players.
  • Insurance company obtains dismissal in putative class actions asserting Medicare secondary payer claimsJones Day obtained dismissals on behalf of an insurance company in two related putative class actions brought in the Southern District of Ohio alleging liability under the Medicare Secondary Payer provision of the Medicare Act.
  • First American Title obtains dismissal in putative class action involving mortgage closing feesJones Day represented First American Title in a putative class action alleging that Texas law proscribes certain fees charged in connection with mortgage closings.
  • CoreLogic Document Solutions defends against FDCPA, RESPA, TILA, FCRA, and Ohio common law claimsJones Day successfully defended CoreLogic Document Solutions against FDCPA, RESPA, TILA, FCRA, and Ohio common law claims arising out of alleged improper document signing activities.
  • Global Fitness Holdings defends two putative class actions alleging consumer fraud violationsJones Day defended Global Fitness Holdings, LLC in two consolidated putative statewide class actions brought by plaintiffs alleging that "Urban Active" fitness centers engaged in various consumer fraud violations.
  • First American Title wins Seventh Circuit appeal affirming denial of Illinois statewide RESPA class certificationOn behalf of First American Title Insurance Company, Jones Day persuaded the Seventh Circuit to affirm the denial of class certification in a putative Illinois statewide class action alleging violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and other laws.
  • University of Notre Dame investigates death of student videographerJones Day served as counsel to the University of Notre Dame in connection with an investigation into the death of a student videographer at Notre Dame football practice.
  • Diebold sells its U.S. election systems business to Election Systems & SoftwareJones Day advised Diebold, Inc in the sale of its U.S. election systems business, primarily consisting of its Allen, Texas-based subsidiary, Premier Election Solutions, Inc., to Election Systems & Software, Inc. (ES&S), a leading company in the election systems industry.
  • First American Title Insurance successfully appeals majority of adverse jury verdict in largest damages award given in economic injury case in Ohio historyJones Day is counsel for First American Title Insurance Company and its executive, James Magnuson, as appellate and retrial counsel after an adverse jury verdict in the amount of $43.2 million.
  • Black Diamond Mining files bankruptcyJones Day represented Black Diamond Mining Company and its affiliated debtors, producers of up to 2 million tons per year of steam coal in Eastern Kentucky, in their chapter 11 restructuring.
  • First American Title successfully defends against putative class action alleging illegal kickbacks to attorney agentsJones Day represented First American Title Insurance Company in a putative class action alleging unlawful payments to attorney agents.
  • Time Warner resolves securities litigation involving AOL's revenuesJones Day, along with other firms, settled and obtained dismissal of client Time Warner Inc. in a $2.5 billion securities litigation case brought by five Ohio public employee retirement pension funds.
  • National Century obtains dismissal of claims by former officer seeking compensation for alleged employee benefitsOn behalf of National Century Financial Enterprises, Inc., Jones Day obtained the dismissal of an adversary proceeding brought by the former head of NCFE that sought $17 million for alleged employee benefits.
  • Diebold Election Systems defends against investigation of voting issues in Cuyahoga County, OhioJones Day represented electronic voting machine manufacturer Diebold Election Systems, Inc. during an investigation of issues related to voting problems in Cuyahoga County.
  • Diebold obtains permanent injunction against third party manufacturer in trade secrets, patent and trademark caseRepresenting Diebold, Incorporated Jones Day prosecuted a trade secrets, patent, and trademark case, obtaining a permanent injunction against a third party manufacturer.
  • Diebold obtains dismissal in breach of contract action brought by Positran ManufacturingOn behalf of Diebold, Incorporated, Jones Day obtained dismissal of a breach of contract action.
  • National Century Financial wins dismissal of $180 million breach of contract case in California federal courtJones Day represented National Century Financial Enterprises, Inc. (NCFE) in defense of a $180 million breach of contract, fraud, civil conspiracy, and unfair business practices complaint in California federal court.
  • Ohio group successfully opposes mandamus and prohibition challenges seeking to exclude State Issue I from 2004 state ballotOn behalf of an Ohio group, Jones Day successfully opposed mandamus and prohibition challenges filed by groups seeking to exclude State Issue I from the November 2004 state ballot.
  • Diebold successfully resolves litigation involving purchase of Mosler assetsJones Day successfully represented Diebold, Incorporated in litigation with ADT over the purchase of the assets of debtor valuing $10 million.
  • Cytodyne defends against product liability suit relating to "Xenadrine" weight loss productJones Day defended Cytodyne Technologies, Inc. in a product liability, negligence, and fraud suit relating to the "Xenadrine" weight loss product which alleged that plaintiff's stroke was caused by ingestion of an ephedra product.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • February 19, 2014
      Effective Implementation of Federal Servicing Rules/RESPA and CFPB Compliance, Mortgage Bankers Association National Servicing Conference
    • December 9, 2010
      Principles of Crisis Management
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