Matthew A. White

Partner

whitema@ballardspahr.com
Tel 215.864.8849
Fax 215.864.8999
Philadelphia

Matthew A. White litigates a wide array of business disputes, including securities, mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate, and complex construction cases (multiple parties, multiple claims and cross-claims, and potential exposure in excess of $10 million). Matt has co-authored the definitive practice guide for the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas for over 20 years and has extensive arbitration and mediation experience, in addition to trying cases in state and federal court.

Significant Matters Since 2015

  • Defended a partnership and its managing partner in a dispute with a limited partner over the management of investment assets. Claims were in excess of $2 million. After a trial, Matt obtained a defense award, including award of attorney's fees in favor of the partnership.
  • Lead lawyer representing a national retailer in a commercial lease dispute. Defeated the $9 million counterclaim on summary judgment. Proceeded to trial (AAA arbitration) and obtained a complete victory, including interest, costs of arbitration, pre- and post-award interest, and attorney's fees. The $2 million award was affirmed by federal district court and by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Lead lawyer defending a major investment bank against suitability claims brought by two plaintiffs in a FINRA arbitration. Potential damages totaled in excess of $5 million. After an eleven-day hearing in which one key witness admitted that she lied and another refused to answer a question on the basis that it would "hurt his case," the Panel, in a reasoned decision, granted a complete defense award ($0) against one plaintiff and minimal award (less than $45,000) against the other. The Panel denied the claimants' requests for punitive damages and attorney's fees.
  • Matt represented the owner of a 95-acre industrial manufacturing facility against a prospective purchaser who threatened to publicize false and misleading statements about the property. In this "drop everything" case that played out in state court in Pennsylvania and Tennessee, Matt successfully obtained a temporary, and then preliminary, injunction from the Tennessee Chancery Court enjoining publication of the commercially defamatory material, achieving a rare prior restraint of speech over state and federal constitutional arguments in favor of publication.
  • Lead lawyer for principal owners of business sold to publicly traded company. The acquiring company sued the sellers for fraud and misrepresentation in Delaware Chancery Court and sought damages in excess of $30 million. After mediation, Matt resolved the case for $0 on the purchaser's claims and a payment on his clients' counterclaims for cash and stock valued in excess of $7 million.

Pro Bono Experience

Matt routinely represents citizens of Philadelphia whose title to real estate is threatened by fraud and tenants in landlord tenant disputes. Matt also participates in Wills for Heroes, drafting estate planning documents for first responders. He also counsels parents on issues surrounding their children's intellectual disabilities.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association, State Civil Litigation Section

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, commercial litigation, 2013-2020

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2012-2019

AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2012-2019

Publications

Co-author, "Court Rejects Philadelphia's Method of Assessing Condominium Properties," Ballard Spahr alert, July 18, 2019

Co-author, The Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Civil Practice Manual, 7th through 18th editions, 1995 to 2017

Speaking Engagements

Frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars on such topics as civil practice, temporary restraining orders and injunctive relief, and legal writing

Community Activities

For almost 20 years, Matt has been General Counsel for the Jewish Family & Children's Services of Greater Philadelphia and a member of its Executive Committee.

Board Memberships

Jewish Family & Children's Services of Greater Philadelphia, 1999-present

Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D. 1989)

Harvard University (A.B., cum laude, 1986)

Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit