Matthew Welnicki

Director

Matthew Welnicki is an experienced litigator and advisor. In litigated matters, Matt obtains successful results for his clients through trial verdicts, dispositive motions, arbitration awards, and negotiated settlements. He argues successfully before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Connecticut Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Outside of litigation, Matt advises clients how to avoid the risks and expenses associated with legal disputes. He is known for finding simple and creative solutions to difficult problems. Matt also conducts investigations for clients on sensitive matters.

Matt’s experience includes matters related to shareholder disputes, antitrust claims, product and tort defense, environmental remediation, and many types of commercial, construction, and insurance disputes. While he is based in Massachusetts, Matt handles matters in a number of other jurisdictions across the country. His experience also includes helping clients oversee national litigation and claims programs. Matt’s clients are all sizes: large international corporations, small businesses, government agencies, and individuals. He also serves as special counsel to the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners.

Following law school, Matt served as a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court, first in Springfield and then in Boston and Cambridge as a senior law clerk. After his clerkship, Matt worked at other Boston litigation firms, most recently as a senior partner.

Matt publishes frequently and has presented at legal education programs and other seminars. He is involved with local bar associations and worked on several pro bono and community outreach programs. In 2004, he was selected to the Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program. Matt has been recognized as a “Rising Star” and is a “Super Lawyer” in the New England Super Lawyers Publication, and in 2021, included in Boston Magazine’s inaugural list of “Best Lawyers.” His practice has earned him Martindale Hubbell’s highest AV Peer Review Rating.

Outside of the office, Matt served on various boards of non-profit organizations, including the Quincy College Trust, Northeastern University School of Law Alumni Board, and is currently on the Board of Directors for Braintree Youth Hockey. He coaches hockey and enjoys golf, snowboarding, and spending time with his wife and three sons.

Community Involvement

  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Braintree Youth Hockey, Board of Directors

Recognition

  • Top Lawyers, Boston Magazine, 2021
  • Super Lawyers, Litigation, annually since 2013
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2007-2012
  • Boston Bar Association, Public Interest Leadership Program Participant, 2004
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Peer Review Rating

Recent Trial, Appellate, and Motion Practice Experience

  • Lionel Porter v. Board of Bar Examiners (2022); Mass. Supreme Judicial Court, lead appellate counsel on brief and oral argument, unanimous decision affirming the client Board of Bar Examiner’s dismissal of applicant’s bar application.
  • Abrano v. Abrano, Suffolk Business Litigation Session, lead counsel for two of three plaintiffs, obtained multi-million-dollar jury verdict in favor of clients in shareholder and employment dispute.
  • Thomas & Betts v. New Albertsons, D. Mass., co-trial counsel for local manufacturer, obtained defense verdict for client in multi-party, $20 million environmental remediation litigation.
  • Tremont Public Advisors v. CRRA, Conn. Supreme Court, lead appellate counsel on brief and oral argument, unanimous decision affirming the rejection of antitrust claims against quasi-municipal agency; Court clarified prior law in favor of dismissing claims;
  • Amoah v. Smith Transportation, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, lead appellate counsel on brief and oral argument, unanimous panel decision affirming summary judgment in favor of national transportation company client, which is a national transportation company;
  • In re Chalupowski, Mass. Supreme Judicial Court, lead appellate counsel on brief and oral argument, unanimous decision affirming the client Board of Bar Examiner’s dismissal of applicant’s bar application.
  • Kunian v. Smollon, D. Mass., secured dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction over entities and individual in complex dispute involving control and ownership of energy industry business
  • Fraser v. Prudential Insurance Agency, LLC, Mass., as co-counsel, obtained summary judgment on claims against life insurance company involved with dispute over policy lapse provisions;
  • DeSilva v. Eastern States Hockey League, et al., secured early dismissal of USA Hockey and its officers in lawsuit regarding ownership of rights to Junior hockey club.
  • Confidential Arbitration Matter: obtained dismissal of claims against product manufacturer after demonstrating that plaintiff’s failure to conduct adequate investigation precluded its ability to satisfy its burden on causation

Publications

Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation

  • Business Advice and Solutions

  • Construction Litigation

  • Consumer Protection, including Class Action and Antitrust

  • Corporate Investigations

  • Employment Policy and Advice

  • Insurance Law

  • Product and Manufacturing Advice and Defense

Admissions

  • Massachusetts

  • Connecticut

  • Federal District of Massachusetts

  • Federal District of Connecticut

  • First Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals

  • United States Supreme Court

  • Mohegan Tribe Gaming Disputes Court

Education

  • Boston College 1997

  • Northeastern University School of Law 2000