Matthew Corwin focuses his practice in consumer financial services and commercial litigation. He advises and counsels large companies, financial institutions and small business in commercial and banking litigation matters, including contract disputes, lender's liability, complex litigation, fraud claims, real estate controversies, contested foreclosures and negotiable instruments, as well as matters pertaining to UCC, FCBA, FCRA, EFTA and FDCPA. Matt is involved in all phases of the litigation process and FINRA arbitrations including developing legal strategies, drafting of pleadings, overseeing discovery and document production, responses, depositions, hearings and appeals. He also engages in extensive motion practice, including summary judgment and appellate motions and frequent oral argument.
Prior to joining Hinshaw in June 2015, Matt was for more than two years an associate at a Garden City, New York firm and another New York City firm.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Matthew worked with the Major League Baseball Players Association and was a patent litigation paralegal in the New York office of a national litigation firm.
During law school, Matt was a compliance legal intern with Region 2, of the National Labor Relations Board, worked as a research assistant to one of his professors, and was a judicial intern to the Honorable Alfred J. Weiner, New York State Supreme Court, Rockland County.
In addition to his other law school accomplishments, Matt was a student advocate in the school's Unemployment Action Center. He also served as Vice President of the Media Entertainment Sports Law Association.
- Bergen County Bar Association
- Nassau County Bar Association
- New York State Collectors Association, Attorney Chair
Honors & Awards
- Selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Commercial Litigation, 2021
- New York Law School
- Dean's List
- New York Law School
Many of Matt's clients are lending institutions, loan servicer and trustees, which he defends against litigation foreclosure counter-claims, including claims involving mortgage backed securities, predatory lending, bad faith and mortgage fraud. A selection of his representative matters includes:
- Martin Trepel v. Greg Hodkins, et al, No. 2019-232 (2020 NY Slip Op 02735) Prevailed in a New York Appellate Division decision that unanimously affirmed the dismissal of a suit filed by a collector and seller of African art against Hinshaw client the Arizona Board of Regents and its employee, an expert on carbon dating. The collector sued after lab tests conducted by the employee indicated that a supposedly several hundred year-old African statute the collector had purchased was in fact carved from the wood of a tree cut down in 1975. The Appellate Division decision also represents the first time a New York court has applied the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Franchise Tax Board v Hyatt.
- Vedernikov v. Atl. Credit & Fin., Inc., No. 18-15273 (D.N.J. Aug. 30, 2019) Prevailed on a motion to dismiss on behalf of client Midland Funding, LLC in a putative FDCPA class action case. Midland had sought application of judicial estoppel, an "extraordinary" judicial remedy reserved for "the most egregious" cases, for what it alleged was bad faith conduct by plaintiff in a separate bankruptcy proceeding. The court agreed, finding plaintiff had failed to notify the Bankruptcy Court or Trustee that he had initiated a number of FDCPA claims after filing his bankruptcy petition, and the case was dismissed with prejudice.
- Panelist, "NYC DCA Rule Regarding Foreign Language Services," ACA International's Daily Huddle Series, Webinar, July 1, 2020
- Co-Author, "Does New York State's Amended Statute of Limitations for Medical Debt Apply Retroactively? Probably Not, But Too Early to Know for Certain," New York State Collectors Association's The Empire State Collector newsletter, May 2020
- Co-Author, "FDCPA Cases Continue To Define What Congress Did Not," Law360, May 1, 2018
- Sixty-Five Hinshaw Lawyers Recognized in 2021 Editions of Best Lawyers and Best Lawyers: Ones to WatchAugust 20, 2020Three Lawyers Honored as "Lawyer of the Year"
- Hinshaw Client Success: New York Court Invokes Sovereign Immunity To Dismiss $15 Million Claims Against The University of Arizona And One Of Its ProfessorsMay 14, 2020Decision is the first application in New York of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Franchise Tax Board v. Hyatt
- Hinshaw Featured in NYSCA Newsletter: Does New York State's Reduced Statute of Limitations for Medical Debt Apply Retroactively?May 12, 2020
- Client Success: Midland Funding Secures Dismissal of Putative FDCPA Class Action by Highlighting Bad Faith Bankruptcy Conduct by PlaintiffSeptember 10, 2019
- New York Cuts Statute of Limitations for Bringing an Action to Recover Medical Debts From Six to Three Years
- Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Consumer Plaintiff Avila’s Challenge to the Safe Harbor She Established in Avila I Fernando C. Rivera-Maissonet, Matthew B. Corwin
- U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Resolve Circuit Split on When the Limitations Period for FDCPA Claims Should Start
- Consumer Plaintiff Avila Sues Using the Safe Harbor Precedent She Established in Avila Decision—and Loses Fernando C. Rivera-Maissonet, Matthew B. Corwin
- Third Circuit Disagrees with Fourth and Ninth Circuit, Rules that Limitations Period for FDCPA Claims Starts on Occurrence
- New York Federal Court Demands that FDCPA Plaintiffs Read Entire Debt Collection Letter to Determine Creditor's Identity
Consumer Crossroads: Where Financial Services and Litigation Intersect
J.D., cum laude, New York Law School, 2010
B.S., University of Massachusetts – Isenberg School of Management, 2004