Matthew D. Thurlow

Partner

Washington, D.C.
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Los Angeles
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Overview

Matt Thurlow is an environmental and toxic tort litigator with significant experience in matters brought under the Clean Air Act, CERCLA, Clean Water Act and TSCA. His clients include major oil and gas companies, utilities, manufacturers and financial services companies. He has significant environmental and toxic tort litigation experience in federal courts across the country, including multi-district litigation.

Matt previously served in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. During that time, Matt acted as lead counsel on a variety of civil enforcement matters, including a major Clean Water Act case, several Superfund cases, and Clean Air Act matters involving power plants and oil refineries.

Matt also has recovered millions in insurance proceeds for clients under Commercial General Liability, Directors and Officers, Errors & Omissions, Environmental and Cyber Liability policies. He has extensive experience submitting and negotiating complex insurance claims involving multiple claims, different carriers and incomplete or missing policy information.

Matt is a frequent writer and speaker for the American Bar Association.

Select Experience

  • Lead counsel for major oil company in federal court litigation relating to legacy ownership of fuel terminal.
  • Lead counsel for major paint manufacturer in enforcement litigation brought by the South Coast Air Quality Management District alleging sale and distribution of coatings exceeding limits on concentrations of volatile organic compounds.
  • Represents major global aluminum manufacturer in CERCLA cost recovery and breach of contract dispute relating to former ownership of production facility.
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Experience

  • Lead counsel for major oil company in federal court litigation relating to legacy ownership of fuel terminal.
  • Lead counsel for major paint manufacturer in enforcement litigation brought by the South Coast Air Quality Management District alleging sale and distribution of coatings exceeding limits on concentrations of volatile organic compounds.
  • Represents major global aluminum manufacturer in CERCLA cost recovery and breach of contract dispute relating to former ownership of production facility.
  • Recently obtained summary judgment for metal manufacturer in groundwater contamination dispute in federal court. Argued summary judgment motion on CERCLA and RCRA claims.
  • Previously served as lead counsel for a Fortune 50 company in several state-wide MTBE litigations.
  • Negotiated numerous consent decree settlements with the EPA and DOJ involving power plants, industrials and oil refineries.
  • Frequently advises companies in oil and gas, electrical generation and industrial manufacturing regarding Clean Air Act, Prop 65, CERCLA, RCRA and Clean Water Act regulatory compliance.
  • Performs due diligence and advises banks and hedge funds regarding significant potential environmental liabilities.
  • Significant litigation experience against the EPA, Department of Justice and citizens groups in enforcement cases.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2018)
    • Recommended in Industry Focus: Energy Litigation - Oil and Gas (2018)
    • Recommended in Industry Focus: Environment - Litigation (2018)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association: Section of Energy, Environment, and Resources
  • DC Bar Association

Pro Bono

  • Served as liaison for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). 

Prior Positions

  • U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section: Trial Attorney (2008 to 2011)
  • Clerk for the Honorable Jerome Farris, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2005 to 2006)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • California
  • District of Columbia

Education

  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2005; Editor, Yale Law Journal
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2002, with highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa