Matthew T. Furton

Partner at Locke Lord LLP

Matthew T. Furton

Matthew T. Furton

Partner at Locke Lord LLP

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Matthew T. Furton is a business litigator. Mr. Furton’s commercial litigation practice includes representation of both plaintiffs and defendants, from pre-suit investigation through trial and appellate proceedings. Mr. Furton’s commercial litigation experience includes claims for breach of contract, fraud, RICO violations, securities fraud, antitrust violations, and various business torts. He has conducted internal investigations and advised client boards regarding disputes, corporate governance, and indemnification issues raised by pending litigation. Mr. Furton has obtained and avoided injunctive relief, obtained arbitration awards and trial verdicts, enforced and vacated arbitration awards, prevailed on appeals, and resolved cases through various ADR methods.Much of the commercial litigation Mr. Furton handles arises from the business of insurance. In the insurance industry, Mr. Furton represents insurers, reinsurers, brokers, third-party administrators, insurance investors and reinsurance pools in disputes arising from the business of insurance. His insurance-related litigation experience includes complex litigation involving class actions, RICO, antitrust, and consumer fraud claims. Many of these cases are influenced by the heavily regulated nature of the insurance industry. Mr. Furton counsels clients on insurance regulatory issues, and has experience in property and casualty, life, and health insurance. This experience includes advising clients with respect to market conduct examinations. Mr. Furton also represents clients in connection with certain types of intellectual property disputes and litigation. He has served as lead counsel in significant disputes involving copyright infringement, trademark infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, and/or trade secret misappropriation claims in the software, insurance, toy, entertainment, construction, and financial services industries. Mr. Furton has obtained injunctions against infringers, used the DMCA take-down provisions, obtained a declaratory judgment of invalidity and settled a case through a licensing agreement worth more than $50 million.Many of Mr. Furton’s engagements involve information technology. Mr. Furton has handled over a dozen significant engagements arising from failed computer system development or implementation projects. He has represented companies in disputes arising from software distribution agreements, troubled IT outsourcing projects, the unauthorized use of software and the unauthorized access of a computer network. Mr. Furton regularly speaks on litigation management, insurance law, copyright law, and IT legal issues. For the past several years, Mr. Furton has been a guest lecturer on dispute resolution and risk management at Northwestern University School of Law’s popular Entrepreneurial Law class. At the end of 2011, he made a presentation on insurance law issues to the Insurance Forum in Chicago. Mr. Furton was also invited to address the Copyright Society of the USA and the ABA’s Copyright Litigation Subcommittee. In addition, Mr. Furton made presentations on avoiding the litigation of IT projects at meetings of the Chicago Software Process Improvement Network and the Chicago Software Association. In 2012 and 2013, Mr. Furton was selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer for business litigation. Mr. Furton joined the firm now known as Locke Lord LLP as a Summer Associate in 1994.

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Matthew T. Furton
Partner at Locke Lord LLP
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1994 - Current

Locke Lord is a full-service, international law firm of 20 offices designed to meet clients’ needs around the world. The Firm has a history that spans more than 130 years and is a worldwide leader in the middle market sector. Locke Lord advises clients across a broad spectrum of industries including energy, financial services, fund formation, health care, insurance and reinsurance, private equity and venture capital, public finance, real estate, and technology, media and telecommunications, while providing a wealth of experience through its complex litigation, intellectual property, tax, regulatory and transactional teams.

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