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Matthew D. Gurbach

Co-Chair, Products Liability
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Matthew is a proven trial attorney that represents corporations and individuals in complex disputes involving a wide range of business matters. His experience spans federal and state courts around the country; various arbitral fora – including AAA, JAMS, and ad hoc arbitrations; and acting as coordinating counsel in multiple jurisdictions. Matthew has been first-chair counsel in more than 20 jury trials, served as lead counsel in more than 100 mediations, regularly briefed and argued in various courts of appeals, and directly supervised the successful litigation and resolution of scores of other disputes.

Matthew has represented a broad spectrum of clients, both as plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of industries, with an emphasis on  complex business litigation and product liability disputes.    

Specifically, Matthew has successfully litigated cases involving alleged breaches of contract and warranty claims, trade secrets, transportation and logistics claims, covenants not to compete, and business torts. In the commercial context, buyers and sellers have recently relied upon Matthew’s representation in post-closing disputes involving earnout calculations and controversies pertaining to representations and warranties. Additionally, Matthew co-led a trial team that secured a verdict in excess of 4 Million Dollars on behalf of a plaintiff in a hotly contested multi-week trade secret jury trial.

Clients seek out Matthew's experience in litigating trade secret disputes, both in cases involving employee mobility and in matters involving alleged trade secret theft in business and contractual contexts. He has a wealth of product liability experience. His cases have involved a diverse array of products, ranging from industrial machinery and consumer products to toxic torts such as asbestos matters, to name a few.   Matthew has deep experience defending claims involving alleged catastrophic injury and often serves as counsel in “bet the company” litigation. He is also a member of the firm's nationally preeminent Transportation & Logistics Group.  In addition, Matthew is a member of the steering committee of the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Product Liability Committee, which is DRI’s largest substantive law committee with over 3,000 members.

In addition, Matthew frequently lectures on topics such as trade secret protection, alternative dispute resolution (including arbitration and mediation), evidence, trial tactics and e-discovery. Some of his recent presentations include:

  • “Legal Panel:  Intellectual Property Considerations for the 3D Printed Part; 3D Printing and Product Liability;  Supply Chain Considerations”, Benesch’s Annual 3D Printing Conference (May 2018)
  • “The Best Things in Life Are Free: Low Cost or Free Web-based Resources”, DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar's Product Liability Conference (February 2018)
  • “Demonstrative Exhibits and Documentary Evidence”, The Ohio State Bar Association's Trial Evidence for the Ohio Practitioner Seminar (December 2017)
  • “Protecting Your Trade Secrets: Beyond the Basics”, Cleveland Society of Human Resource Management Legal Affairs Conference (December 2017)
  • “ADR and Settlement”, The Ohio State Bar Association's Litigation Skills Seminar (September 2017)
  • “Win Your Case in Voir Dire”, The Ohio State Bar Association's All-Ohio Legal Forum (August 2017)
  • “Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution”, The Ohio State Bar Association's Litigation Skills Seminar (September 2016)
  • “Introducing Your Case – Strategies for an Impactful and Effective Opening Statement”, The Ohio State Bar Association's All-Ohio Legal Forum (April 2016)


    • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2003, J.D., Concentration in Litigation
    • Youngstown State University, 2000, A.B., History and American Studies
      • magna cum laude

    • Supreme Court of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

    • Member, American Bar Association - Trial Evidence, Corporate Counsel, Business Torts Litigation and Commercial Litigation Subcommittees
    • Ohio State Bar Association – Litigation Section Council, 2012-present
    • Board of Trustees, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2017-present
    • Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter, 2015-2018
    • Board of Directors, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Northeast Ohio, 2013-2015
    • Board of Directors, March of Dimes, Northeast Ohio Chapter,  2011-2014
    • Board of Directors, Youngstown Symphony, 2007-2011
    • Board of Directors, American Red Cross Mahoning Chapter, 2005-2008; Secretary 2008-2011