Matt Haverstick is a managing partner of the Firm and a partner in the Litigation Department. He represents government officials, private entities, and individuals in high-profile, media intensive litigation and appeals, ranging from major grand jury investigations to Pennsylvania Supreme Court arguments over the constitutionality of state laws. Referred to in media reports as “counsel of choice for state Republicans in a number of recent policy fights” for his work on matters that garner national press attention, Matt has a strong understanding of local, state, and federal governments, their stakeholders, and the media.
Matt is well known for his appellate advocacy on matters involving important government, public policy issues, Pennsylvania constitutional law, and state grand jury practice. He has argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court numerous times, and he has argued and briefed upwards of 100 matters in Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court. Matt also frequently represents both private and public entities in white collar criminal matters, regulatory investigations, and high-stakes civil litigation.
In addition, Matt has successfully handled various newsworthy legal matters, including his representation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg, which were both included in the grand jury report on child sex abuse in Catholic churches. He has represented State Senate Republicans and congressmen in legal fights such as redistricting, gubernatorial COVID-19 emergency orders, and election outcomes; as well as the Pennsylvania Treasury in a multi-million dollar dispute with the State of Delaware that is pending in the U.S. Supreme Court’s original jurisdiction. Matt also handled litigation against the NCAA, which overturned all sanctions against Penn State and caused the NCAA to cede control of a $60 million trust, resulting in the funds being solely spent in Pennsylvania to combat child abuse.
Matt understands the critical importance of serving as a trusted advisor and counselor to his clients and is adept at handling media inquiries and often serves as a spokesman on behalf of his clients. He has been featured in various television and print outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, Time, and the BBC.
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)
Western District of Pennsylvania
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 is listed in Chambers USA: The Client’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Commercial Litigation (2015 – present), is recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, and has been named in the 2020 and 2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Criminal Defense: White-Collar.
Speaking and Publications
Quoted, Despite Abuse Horrors, Attys Feel Duty To Defend The Church, Law360, August 17, 2018
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.