Matthew D. Berkowitz

Matthew D. Berkowitz

TEL: (202) 310-5541
FAX: (202) 310-5555

2020 K Street, N.W.
Suite 850
Washington, DC 20006

Matthew D. Berkowitz is an experienced civil litigator with significant class action experience who represents businesses and professionals in complex disputes. At the trial and appellate levels, he has successfully defended clients in shareholder derivative suits, trademark infringement claims, breach of contract and negligence suits. He also has successfully defended clients accused of violating Federal & State Consumer Protection Acts, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Matt’s clients include construction companies, auto dealerships, and national restaurant and retail chains in complex tort actions. He also defends attorneys, architects, accountants, and other professionals accused of malpractice. In addition, Matt has defended insurance companies in complex coverage disputes involving toxic tort and environmental cases, and has represented clients in disputes involving medical malpractice, contracts, defamation, employment law, and real property. Furthermore, Matt maintains a Higher Education Law practice and regularly represents accrediting agencies & educational institutions.

Matt clerked for the Hon. Michael W. Farrell of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. At law school, where he graduated summa cum laude, Matt served as managing editor of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review and was a member of the school’s moot court team.

  • Equal Rights Center v. Niles Bolton Associates, 602 F.3d 597 (4th Cir. 2010), cert. denied, Archstone Multifamily Series I Trust v. Niles Bolton Associates, Inc., 131 S. Ct. 504 (U.S. 2010)—successfully defended an architect sued for indemnity, contribution, professional negligence, and breach of contract. Court held developer’s claims were preempted under the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Wag’N Enterprises, LLC v. United Animal Nations, 2012 WL 1633410 (E.D. Va. May 9, 2012)—successfully defended a nonprofit accused of trademark infringement.
  • Robertson v. Cartinhour, 867 F. Supp. 2d. 37 (D.D.C. 2012), aff’d by, 553 Fed. Appx. 1 (D.C. Cir. 2014), cert. denied, Clevenger v. Cartinhour, 135 S. Ct. 138 (U.S. 2014)—successfully defended attorney accused of civil RICO violations, defamation, and fraud.
  • Steele v. Salb, 93 A.3d 1277 (D.C. 2014)— won on summary judgment and on appeal in legal malpractice case where client-attorney was accused of failing to appeal constructive discharge claim.




  • “Construction Law- Negotiating Key Contract Terms,” DC Bar, June 20, 2019
  • “Leveraging Rule 68 Offers of Judgement in Settlement Negotiations,” Strafford Webinar, May 29, 2019
  • “The Future of Class Action,” AM Best Insurance Podcast, April 8, 2019



Matt is an avid hockey and baseball fan. When not working hard on a client’s case, he can often be found at a stadium or arena, or playing pick-up hockey. Matt also has been known to play a practical joke or two.

Practice Areas:
Complex Litigation
Class Action Litigation
Non-Profit &
Charitable Organization

General Liability
Professional Liability
Employment and Labor Law
Appellate Practice
Insurance Coverage

District of Columbia
West Virginia
US District Courts
District of Columbia
District of Maryland
Eastern District of Virginia
Western District of Virginia
Southern District of West Virginia
US Bankruptcy Court
Eastern District of Virginia
US Courts of Appeals
Third Circuit
Fourth Circuit
District of Columbia Circuit
US Supreme Court

Thomas Jefferson School of
Law, JD, summa cum laude
George Washington
University, BBA

Virginia Association of
Defense Attorneys
DC Defense Lawyers’
Maryland State Bar Association
Bar Association of
Montgomery County