Roger D. Matthews


Boston Civil Litigation Attorney

Serving as Senior Counsel, Roger is, by all accounts, one of the region’s top litigators and ADR attorneys. He 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 our 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 and 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 alternative dispute resolution matters.

Prior to joining Dhar Law, LLP, 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 is also 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 MultiDoor Courthouse. He served as a member and, later, chair of the Newton Economic Development Commission.


• Civil Litigation
• Real Estate (including Litigation)
• Land Use Litigation
• Healthcare
• MCAD/Employment Litigation


• 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


• 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


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


• Shriners Hospital 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)


• AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®


• 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


• 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





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