Education

  • L.L.M., Georgetown University, Labor and Employment, Chetwood Prize (highest average in graduating class) (2002)
  • J.D., Georgetown University, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, John M. Olin Fellowship in Law & Economics (1993)
  • B.A., Yale University, cum laude (1989)

Bar Memberships

  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia

Publications

  • Financial Reform Bill Includes Significant New Incentives for Whistleblowers, September 3, 2010
  • Closing Protection Letters: Important Tools for Protecting Mortgage-backed Assets, March 2009
  • Court Holds That Insurer Cannot Disclaim Coverage on Grounds Not Included in Its Initial Disclaimer, March 1, 2009
  • Insurance Coverage for Contractors' Asbestos Liabilities: Key Settlement Issues, NIA News, January 2008
  • Non-Products Coverage for Contractors' Asbestos Liabilities, NIA News, August 2007

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August J. Matteis, Jr.

August J. Matteis, Jr.

Washington, DC
(202) 499-7910
amatteis@wmclaw.com
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August J. Matteis, Jr. represents corporate plaintiffs in trials and litigations across the country. Mr. Matteis typically represents companies that have suffered damages from theft of intellectual property, fraud, unfair business practices, and breach of contract. He frequently represents policyholders in complex insurance coverage disputes and bad faith litigation. Mr. Matteis also represents whistleblowers and other individual plaintiffs in cases involving fraud and discrimination.

Recent and current representative matters include:

  • Serving as lead trial counsel in U.S. ex rel. Rigsby v. State Farm 1:06-cv-00433, and obtaining a unanimous jury verdict against State Farm Fire & Casualty Company for submitting a false claim to the federal government. The Rigsby sisters, insiders who adjusted claims for State Farm, filed a qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act after Hurricane Katrina, in which they alleged that State Farm systematically defrauded the federal government by misclassifying hurricane wind damage as flood damage, which caused FEMA to pay for property damage that should have been covered by State Farm homeowners policies. In April 2013, a trial was held in the Southern District of Mississippi to determine whether State Farm submitted a false claim with respect to a single property, which was the test case and the first exemplar claim. A unanimous jury found that State Farm defrauded the government and was liable for the full amount of the flood claim at issue, which was the full policy limit of $250,000. The Rigsbys now seek discovery on the scope of State Farm’s fraud, which could result in the discovery of thousands of additional false claims.
  • Serving as lead trial counsel in In re Outsidewall Tire Litigation, 09-cv-1217, and obtaining a $26 million jury verdict on behalf of Alpha Mining Systems, a Florida-based tire designer and distributor. In October 2009, Alpha filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Virginia against a tire distributor from Dubai and a tire manufacturer from China for stealing Alpha's intellectual property, including blueprints, related to specialized underground mining tires that were designed and developed by the plaintiff. Just eight months later, a jury found that the defendants were liable for copyright and trademark infringement, conversion and civil conspiracy. The verdict was the largest verdict of any kind in Virginia in 2010 and one of the top 100 verdicts in the country.
  • Serving as lead counsel in an insurance coverage trial against the liability insurer of a defunct insulation installer with millions of dollars in asbestos liabilities. After a four-month trial, a New York trial court found that claims arising out of exposure to asbestos while it was being installed were not subject to aggregate limits under comprehensive general liability policies. The trial victory was described as one of the ten most significant insurance coverage decisions of 2007.
  • Representing a class of policyholders in a case that survived dismissal and was certified in 2010 in the Northern District of California against a life insurance company for breaching the terms of their so-called vanishing premium life insurance policies.
  • Representing the former CEO of a major technology company in a dispute with insurers regarding alleged options backdating.
  • Representing the estate of a deceased victim of mesothelioma to secure insurance proceeds related to a jury verdict of nearly $8 million.

Mr. Matteis also has an active pro bono practice. He recently represented disability rights groups and individuals with disabilities against a major hotel chain and a nationwide retailer seeking remedies for accessibility barriers that violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Matteis received outstanding achievement awards from the Washington Lawyers Committee and the Equal Rights Commission for helping to achieve landmark settlements on those matters.

Mr. Matteis began his career as an associate at Skadden, Arps, and then was a partner at Gilbert LLP.