Roger D. Matthews

Roger D. Matthews

Charlestown, Massachusetts

Roger is, by all accounts, one of the region's top litigators and ADR experts. He gracefully handles this accolade with modesty, but he will admit if pressed that he has successfully handled some of the largest and most complex matters in all of New England. Roger leads the civil practice at the Firm, handling regulatory and civil enforcement actions related to our white-collar criminal and securities matters.

A graduate of Harvard Law School and Yale University, Roger brings 30+ years of experience sophisticated practice concentrating in business and real estate litigation, employment law, product liability, wrongful death, insurance coverage, environmental matters, defending media rights in libel and First Amendment litigation, as well as privacy and public records disclosure issues. He also serves as an arbitrator and mediator in alternate dispute resolution.

Prior to joining the Firm, Roger served as Of Counsel to a Boston law firm. His practice then was focused on commercial litigation, representing banks and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in addition to the defense, prosecution, and appeal of insurance coverage cases.

Before entering private practice, Roger served as chief counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Public Works and legal counsel to the Commonwealth's Secretary of Transportation and Construction. In these posts, he negotiated the $18.5 million acquisition of commuter rail lines in Massachusetts, and drafted the state environmental regulations for the Massachusetts Port Authority, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and the Department of Public Works.

Roger has served as a Hearing Committee member for the Board of Bar Overseers, and is a Commercial Panel Member for the American Arbitration Association. Roger also is a member of the Newton Conservation Commission, a director of the Yale Club of Boston, and has served as Trial Advisor to the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Program, as well as being a participant in the Construction Master/Mediator Program at Suffolk Superior Court and the Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse. He served as a member and later chair of the Newton Economic Development Commission.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Real Estate ( include litigation)
  • Healthcare law
  • ADR
  • Employment

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1971
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1971
    • Honors: Trial Advisor, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Program
  • Yale College, New Haven, Connecticut
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: History

Representative Cases

  • The Shriners’ Hospital for Crippled Children v. Boston Redevelopment Authority, 4 Mass. App. Ct. 551 (1976)
  • Dynamics Research Corp. v. The Analytic Sciences Corp., 9 Mass. App. Ct. 254 (1980)
  • Jefferson Construction Corp. v. Commonwealth, 386 Mass. 142 (1982)
  • Mass. Retired Police and Firefighters Assn, Inc. v. Retirement Board of Belmont, 15 Mass. App. Ct 212 (1983)
  • CVD Incorporated v. Raytheon Company, 769 F.2d 842 (1st Cir. 1985)
  • Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks v. Planning Board of Lawrence, 403 Mass. 531 (1988)
  • Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks v. City Council of Lawrence, 403 Mass.563 (1988)
  • McClintock v. Scahill, 403 Mass. 397 (1988)
  • Palumbo v. Roberti, 843 F. Supp. 46 ( D. Mass. 1993)
  • USM Corporation v. First State Insurance Company, 420 Mass. 865 (1995)
  • Grenier v.Vermont Log Buildings, Inc. v. DAP, Inc., 96 F. 3d 559 (1st Cir. 1996)
  • The Boston Herald v. Sharpe, 432 Mass. 593 (2000)
  • Salvo v. Ottaway Newspapers, Inc. 57 Mass. App. Ct. 255 (2003)
  • Farmers Insurance Exchange v. RNK, Inc. 632 F.3d 777(1st Cir. 2011)
  • White v. Hartigan, 464 Mass. 400 (2013)

Honors and Awards

  • AV rated by Martindale

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Alternate Dispute Resolution, Arbitrator
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution, Mediator
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Business and Litigation Sections, Member
  • Frank J. Murray Inn of Court, Member
  • American Arbitration Association, Hearing Committee Member, Board of Bar Overseer
  • American Arbitration Association, Commercial Panel Member
  • Newton Conservation Commission, Member
  • Yale Club of Boston, Director
  • Inn of Court
  • Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Program, Trial Advisor
  • Frank J. Murray Inn of Court, 1994- Present
  • Construction Master / Mediator Program, Suffolk Superior Court
  • American Arbitration Association, Commercial Panel Member
  • Middlesex MultiDoor Courthouse, Arbitration Panel
  • Mediation Workshop, Harvard Law School, Summer, 1989
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Business and Civil Litigation Sections(prior)
  • Newton Economic Development Commission, 1989-2000
  • Newton Economic Development Commission, Chair, 1994 - 1996
  • Newton Conservation Commission, 1990- 2014
  • Yale Club of Boston, Past Director

Past Employment Positions

  • Denner O'Malley/Denner Pellegrino/Denner Assoc., Parther/Of Counsel, Attorney, 2004 - 2015
  • Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye, Boston, Ma , Of Counsel, 1997 - 2004
  • Madan and Madan , P.C., Boston, MA, Partner, 1989 - 1997
  • Withington, Cross, Park & Groden, Boston, Ma, Partner / Associate, 1975 - 1989
  • Massachusetts Department Of Public Works, Executive Office Of Transportation And Construction, Boston, Ma, 1973 - 1975
  • Secretary Of Transportation And Construction, Commonwealth Of Massachusetts, Boston, Ma, 1972 - 1975