Defended mechanical contractor in an action for an injunction on Pennsylvania new school construction project involving a $14 million mechanical contract.
Argued before Commonwealth Court and obtained order enjoining bidding on a state prison project due to flaws in the state’s procurement process.
Defended a challenge to prime contractor’s low bid on $12 million project for construction of a police headquarters in New Jersey where another bidder contended an omission in our client’s bid rendered the bid nonresponsive.
Work Delays and Payment Litigation
Obtained favorable settlement for steel contractor that specially fabricated steel for owner and owner failed to move forward with the project.
Obtained favorable order and opinion from a federal court requiring a Pennsylvania county to arbitrate a delay claim and rejecting the county’s argument that the requirement to arbitrate had been waived.
Obtained favorable settlement for owner in action by contractor claiming entitlement to additional payment on apartment construction project.
Obtained summary judgment in defense of $2.5 million claim brought by subcontractor against prime contractor on project for construction of the Bucks County Courthouse.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of prime contractor against owner of restaurant in action to enforce mechanics’ lien where facts established that despite prime contractor’s contract with the tenant on the property, the improvements to the property were for the owner’s “immediate use and benefit” and the owner was responsible for payment.
Prepared and filed mechanics’ liens for steel subcontractor in order to receive payments ranging from $100,000 to in excess of $1 million.
Payment and Performance Bond Litigation
Obtained favorable settlement for subcontractor on federal courthouse project in action against prime contractor and its surety where discovery revealed that the prime contractor belatedly created backcharges the surety had failed to conduct an investigation as to amounts due and owing.
Obtained verdict following jury trial in favor of prime contractor (plus court-awarded prejudgment and post-judgment interest) against landscaping subcontractor’s performance bond surety where subcontractor defaulted prior to the conclusion of the project and surety failed to pay the costs to complete the project.
Matt serves as a trusted legal advisor to construction owners, contractors and subcontractors, helping clients protect their business objectives and minimize risk. He regularly counsels clients on potential disputes involving project delays, performance and payment bond claims, construction defects, and mechanics’ liens. His work involves preparing bid protests, motions, and briefs in construction-related litigation and representing clients in depositions, arbitrations, mediations, and in court. He has argued before the Superior and Commonwealth Courts of Pennsylvania and handled appellate work in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Disagreements during a public or private construction project can force a contractor to change course, delay work, and incur additional expenses. In those instances, Matt helps clients find solutions for wrongful termination, delay in payment, and breach of contract or other contractual claims. He works to resolve the issues at the earliest possible juncture and regularly guides clients through settlement negotiations and mediations while preparing for the potential arbitration or litigation.
Prior to joining Cohen Seglias, Matt spent several years as an associate at a large suburban Philadelphia law firm, where he practiced primarily in commercial litigation. He represented individuals, businesses, and municipal entities in a wide range of litigation matters in state and federal court.
All major Philadelphia professional sports teams. I very rarely miss watching a Phillies game and never miss watching an Eagles game.
What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
Along with spending time relaxing with my wife and keeping up with our two sons, definitely running. I have run more than 10 marathons but will run races of all distances from 5ks to half marathons to marathons.
What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
I have an undergraduate degree in music education with a clarinet concentration. I would probably be teaching music as well as playing clarinet on the side.
Do you have pets?
I do. I currently have two dogs and a turtle whose name changes on a day-to-day basis depending on the whims of my older son.