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Matthew Adler


Matt Adler’s diverse skill set and 30 years of experience make him a go-to attorney for commercial disputes in the U.S. and around the world. His clients turn to him for creative solutions in mediation, counseling, U.S. courtrooms, and arbitration panels.


Matt’s clients call on him to protect their interests wherever they do business. He handles commercial disputes before international, administrative, and judicial bodies, including federal and state courts, government agencies, and arbitration panels in the United States and internationally. He has led trial and arbitration teams on virtually every form of business dispute, including sales of businesses, supply contracts, intellectual property, insurance, real estate, lender liability, restrictive covenants, and sovereign immunity.


Matt began his career at a leading Washington, D.C. law firm in which he represented U.S. commercial interests expropriated by foreign governments. That brought Matt to government service with the U.S. Department of State, where he represented the United States in commercial and military claims against Iran at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal located in The Hague, the Netherlands. He later served as counsel to the Bureau of InterAmerican Affairs, where he worked on Central and South American foreign policy issues.


Matt has written extensively on the development of commercial arbitration law in the United States, especially in the wake of the explosion of U.S. Supreme Court cases on this subject in the past 15 years. He is the author of the law school textbook Commercial Arbitration: Cases, Problems and Practice(Carolina Academic Press 2017). He has taught arbitration at Rutgers Law School and, from 2014 to 2018, at the University of Virginia School of Law. Matt is currently on the adjunct faculty at George Washington University School of Law. 


Matt’s scholarship also includes articles and lectures on various commercial aspects of international law, with a special concentration on enforcement of judgments and arbitration awards across borders. He has published on this subject in the U.S. and internationally, including in the Northwestern University School of Law’s Journal of International Law and Business,The International & Comparative Law Quarterly, Georgetown University Law Center’s Law and Policy in International Business, the United States-Mexican Law Journal, and the Fordham International Law Journal, and, most recently, in a series of articles in the Center for Dispute Resolution’s publication Alternatives.