Matthew R. Litt

Associate
Chair, Appellate Practice & Persuasive Writing


Matthew R. Litt is an adjunct professor of legal writing at Seton Hall University Law School, the author of the historical bestseller Christmas 1945 – The Greatest Celebration in American History, and the Chairperson of the firm’s Appellate Practice & Persuasive Writing Department.

Raised in Monmouth County and now living in Bordentown, Mr. Litt graduated from Ithaca College in 1999 and from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2002. Mr. Litt focuses his practice on legal writing and written and oral advocacy in the representation of employers, self-insureds, and insurance carriers in litigation matters.

Mr. Litt focuses his practice in general litigation throughout the federal and state courts of New York and New Jersey with a concentration on insurance defense matters. He has successfully represented insurance companies in all aspects of litigation in cases involving construction liability, premises liability, bodily injury, property damage, coverage issues and through affirmative RICO litigation in cases involving insurance fraud. He has also represented municipal and private employers in cases involving claims of unlawful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and has counseled management clients on methods for avoiding litigation. Mr. Litt also has considerable experience in defending professional malpractice cases.

Representative Matters

Baldanza’s Town & Country Bakery v. Cognetta – Superior Court, Ocean County
Summary Judgment awarded to Capehart Scatchard professional liability client under federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) (42 U.S.C. §9601 et seq.)

Zaidman v. Marcel Weisman, LLC, 106 A.D.3d 813 (2nd Dept. 2013)

Wilmot v. New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway – Supreme Court, Oneida County
Summary Judgment awarded to Capehart Scatchard railroad client under Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) (45 U.S.C. §§51-60)

Landahl v. City of Buffalo, 103A.D.3d 1129 (4th Dept. 2013)

McLaren v. Turner Construction, 105 A.D.3d 1016 (2nd Dept. 2013)

West Indian Labor Day Parade v. Nature’s Finest Security – Supreme Court, Kings County
Summary Judgment awarded to Capehart Scatchard specialized security firm client involving high-profile shooting at annual parade in Brooklyn

Hernandez v. Dunkin’ Brands Acquisition – Supreme Court, Kings County
Summary Judgment awarded to Capehart Scatchard franchisor client

Hahn v. Tops Markets, LLC, 94 A.D. 3d 1546 (4th Dept. 2012)

Published Works

  • The End of Mixed-Motive Cases Under the Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act & What it Means for New Jersey Litigants­, New Jersey Labor and Employment Quarterly
  • Supreme Court Confirms that Strict Construction of Indemnification Clauses Still the Rule in New Jersey, March, 2011
  • Christmas 1945 — The Story of the First Christmas After the Second World War, History Publishing Company, May, 2010
  • The End of Mixed-Motive Cases Under the Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act & What it Means for New Jersey Litigants, New Jersey Labor and Employment Quarterly, Spring, 2010
  • Court Intervenes To Reduce “Extortionate” Expert Witness Fee, Litigation Quarterly, March, 2010
  • An Employer’s Right to Monitor Employees’ Personal E-mails, Alexander Hamilton Institute Personnel Legal Alert, June 8, 2009

Classes/Seminars

  • Write Like a Lawyer – Clear, Concise and Persuasive Writing for non-Lawyers
  • Curt Flood v. Bowie Kuhn, 407 U.S. 258 (1972) – a Discussion of Major League Baseball’s Landmark Case and Anti-Trust Exemption
  • The Nuts & Bolts of Depositions, Burlington County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Committee, 2011
  • Facebook, Internet, and Blackberries – A Seminar For Creating Effective Policies For Employers In The Age Of Electronic Discovery, seminar presented to Firm clients and friends, 2010
  • Private Practice and the Young Lawyer, Burlington County Bar Association
  • Entrepreneurship for Lawyers – How and Why, Burlington County Bar Association
  • Bates v. Arizona; the History and Future of Attorney Advertising, Bucks County (Pa.) Bar Association
  • Insurance Coverage Bad Faith, South Jersey Claims Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Burlington County Bar Association, Member
  • Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York, Member
  • Monmouth County Bar Association, Member
  • Morris County Bar Association, Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member, Legal Education, Higher Education and Drug & Alcohol Committee
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Member, Executive Committee
  • United States Supreme Court Historical Society, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, Assistant Tribal Prosecutor