Matthew C. Mason
"Nothing is more gratifying than winning a trial, except perhaps negotiating a pragmatic and creative settlement that enables a client to avoid litigation altogether."
Email: [email protected] | Phone: 203-762-9000 (Ext. 323)
Matt has more than two decades of experience in all phases of litigation, including trials and appeals of complex matters. His practice covers commercial, real estate, land use, eminent domain, tax appeals, sewer assessment appeals, construction, products liability and other civil litigation.
Representative matters include representation of the owners of a commercial office building in a $20 million breach of lease case, which resulted in a complete victory for the owners, plus attorney's fees. Lavin v. Emery, 980 F. Supp. 93 (D. Conn. 1997), aff’d 141 F.3d 1151 (2d Cir. 1998). His courtroom success also includes the landmark zoning case of Poirier v. Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Wilton, 815 A.2d 716 (2003), in which the Appellate Court held that Conn. Gen. Stat. 8-26a exempted the homeowners' lot, which was part of a duly approved subdivision, from subsequently enacted zoning regulations. Matt is a frequent lecturer on real estate litigation, including land use appeals.
- Connecticut, 1982
- New York, 1984
- U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1994
- U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1995
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1997
- Member, 2002-present, and Chairman, 2005–present, Wilton Police Commission
- Board of Directors, Stamford-Norwalk Regional Bar Association, 2004–2007
- Member, 1996–2002, and Chairman, 2000–2002, Board of Directors, Nursing and Home Care, Inc.
- Member, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
- The American Bar Association
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- New York Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1982
- Bucknell University, B.A. Economics, 1977
- Articles Editor, New York Law Review, 1980–1982
- Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom, from 1992–1995
- Townley & Updike, 1985–1992
- Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, 1982–1985