For 20 years, Matt Haverstick’s practice has focused on representing government officials and entities in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, as well as other state appellate and federal courts, in matters ranging from public corruption investigations to the Right-to-Know Law to the constitutionality of state laws. Matt also frequently represents both private and public entities in white collar criminal and regulatory investigations. Matt has a strong understanding of local, state and federal governments, their stakeholders and the media. He is well known for his ability to defend important government public policy decisions in front of the Pennsylvania Supreme and Commonwealth Courts.
Matt understands the critical importance of serving as a trusted advisor and counselor to his clients and not just as their litigation counsel. He prides himself in his ability to avoid errors when managing criminal investigations and has been very successful in uncovering corruption, ethics violations and regulatory offenses during the course of internal investigations he has handled. He has handled various high profile matters with success, including his litigation against the NCAA which overturned all sanctions against Penn State and caused the NCAA’s ceding of control of a $60 million trust, resulting in the funds being solely spent in Pennsylvania to combat child abuse.
Fordham University Law School (J.D., 1996)
Editor, Fordham Law Review
Moot Court Board Member
Mulligan Moot Court Competition Finalist
Rendigs National Moot Court Competition
Bucknell University (B.A., 1992)
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Middle District of Pennsylvania
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
United States Supreme Court
Co-Chair, American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Crime Committee, Public Corruption and Extortion Sub Committee
Board Member, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Philadelphia Bar Association
Recognition and Accomplishments
Matt was listed in Chambers USA: The Client’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Commercial Litigation in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and is recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.
Speaking and Publications
Presentation before the United States Representatives regarding the NCAA Accountability Act and the recommended restructuring necessary to ensure that the NCAA can truly follow its original by-laws; hosted by U.S. Representatives Charlie Dent, Bobby Rush, John Katko, and Joyce Beatty, October 2015.
The Future of Robinson Township in the Courts, Philadelphia Bar Institute Seventh Annual Oil and Gas Law Colloquium, September 2015
Prior to joining Kleinbard, Matt was a partner at Conrad O’Brien PC. He has also practiced at Barley Snyder, Arkin Kaplan & Cohen and Proskauer Rose.