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Matthew S. Furman

Associate

(617) 218-2076 | matthew.furman@tbhr-law.com | PDFPrint Bio


Matt represents businesses and individuals in litigation matters, focusing primarily on business, employment and real estate disputes.  In representing businesses and their owners, Matt has experience in pursuing and defending claims related to contracts, business torts, corporate governance issues, non-competition agreements, wrongful termination, and wage and hour matters.  His experience with real estate litigation includes handling disputes over easements and commercial leases, as well as defending and challenging variances and permits.

Matt has extensive experience with claims under the Massachusetts unfair trade practices statute (Chapter 93A), a subject on which he has lectured and published articles.

In addition to traditional trial and appellate court litigation, Matt has experience in arbitration and mediation.


Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts Bar
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a Massachusetts Rising Star by Boston Magazine, 2012
  • Suffolk University Law School’s Jurisprudence Award in Antitrust, 2010

Community Involvement

  • Friends of Hebrew SeniorLife, Board of Directors  
  • Syracuse University Alumni Club of Boston

Professional Memberships

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Business Law Section Council, 2010 to 2013


Education

  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School  
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Syracuse University

Presentations & Lectures

  • “An Overview of Chapter 93A,” Bentley University, September, 2013
  • “A Short Primer On Using Risk Analysis Techniques To Help Clients Evaluate Disputes,” Massachusetts Bar Association’s Lifecycle of a Business Series, May, 2012
  • Co-Chair, Massachusetts Bar Association’s Lifecycle of a Business Series, 2011, 2012, 2013

Relevant Experience

  • When an out-of-state business was sued in federal court in Boston, Matt successfully moved to dismiss the case, asserting a lack of jurisdiction.  On appeal, Matt’s brief helped convince the First Circuit to affirm the dismissal.  The result saved the client the time, cost and headache associated with defending a lawsuit on the other side of the country.  A Corp. v. All American Plumbing, Inc., 812 F.3d 54 (1st Cir. 2016).
  • Matt was part of a team of attorneys who received a favorable decision from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for their client, a taxi cab owner.  The decision affirmed that the client had not misclassified its taxi cab drivers, or members of their would-be class, as independent contractors under the state’s wage and hour laws.  Sebago v. Boston Cab Dispatch, Inc. et al., 471 Mass. 321 (2015).
  • A client received a letter from a neighbor’s attorney indicating the neighbor was going to start using an easement over which the parties were already in litigation.  Matt persuaded the Land Court to issue an injunction preventing the neighbor from doing so.
  • After a six-day hearing in which Matt worked with one of the firm’s partners, a panel of three arbitrators from the American Arbitration Association determined that there was nothing improper about a client’s termination of a former employee. 
  • After a client, the seller of a business, was found liable under Chapter 93A by the trial court and multiple damages were entered against him, Matt’s appellate brief helped convince the Appeals Court to reverse the trial court and find no liability under the statute.  
  • After a trial on the merits, homeowner clients were awarded their costs of repairing and completing a substantial amount of work that had been poorly done on their vacation home by home improvement contractors.  The contractors had deviated substantially from the architectural plans, failed to complete the construction in a workmanlike manner, and abandoned the project without justification.  In addition to being awarded repair and completion costs, the court also doubled those amounts and awarded the homeowners their attorney fees under Chapter 93A.
  • When a landlord sought summary judgment in a suit against the president of the former corporate tenant, Matt successfully opposed the motion, thereby requiring the landlord to go to trial on its individual claim against the president.
  • A client was sued by a former customer, who was seeking reimbursement of monies paid under a contract that contained an arbitration clause.  Matt convinced the court to enforce the parties’ pre-dispute agreement to arbitrate, avoiding a potentially costly and time-consuming trial in a forum other than the one to which the parties had agreed. 
  • After a manufacturing client was named as a defendant in a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by a large company in federal court in New York, its insurer denied coverage under the client’s commercial general liability policy.  Through a detailed and meticulous analysis of the lawsuit, insurance policy and applicable law, Matt convinced the client’s insurer to provide insurance coverage to defend the case, allowing the client to resolve the lawsuit in a cost-effective way.
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Publications

“Chapter 93A’s Hannon Right Becomes the Latest Casualty of Arbitration Supremacy,” Massachusetts Law Review, Volume 96, Number 3, April 2015

“How Chapter 93A Consumers Lost Their Day in Court:  One Legislative Option to Level the Playing Field,” Suffolk Journal of Trial & Appellate Advocacy, Volume 15, 2010

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