University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 2007)
Emory University (B.A., 2004)
Named a “Rising Star” by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2015-2016)
Recipient of the “Pro Bono Roll of Honor” award from the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
Named Volunteer of the Month by the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (March 2009)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
Matt Olesh is an experienced litigator with a diverse practice. In addition to consulting with clients in an effort to avoid litigation, Matt is a fierce advocate for them in federal and state court. Matt employs a pragmatic approach to litigation using strategic decision making and problem-solving, sophisticated legal analysis, and efficiency to obtain favorable outcomes for clients without breaking the bank.
Over the course of his career, Matt has successfully obtained results for clients, including complete dismissal of cases in their favor, defeating requests for injunctions, and getting injunctive relief when necessary. In addition to litigating high profile, “bet the company” cases, Matt is an astute negotiator and has negotiated favorable resolutions to complex disputes. Matt has also handled and resolved internal investigations in order to avoid adverse government action, and successfully defended white collar criminal cases.
Matt is well-versed in the field of alternative dispute resolution. He has represented clients in numerous arbitration cases, and regularly serves as an arbitrator with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Compulsory Arbitration Program, oftentimes chairing panels. Matt has also resolved a number of cases via mediation.
Matt’s diverse practice includes the following areas of law:
- Complex commercial litigation;
- Risk assessment and management;
- Antitrust law;
- Entertainment litigation;
- Securities litigation;
- Business transactions;
- Insurance defense;
- Real estate;
- Employment law;
- Internal investigations and compliance;
- White collar criminal defense;
- Consumer class actions; and
- Corporate governance.
Matt is a strong advocate for pro bono clients, taking on cases in both state and federal court in matters that include child custody and prisoners’ civil rights. In addition, Matt prides himself on his professional and civic engagement. He currently serves as Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He is also an elected Committeeperson for the 30th Ward Democratic Executive Committee, a director and co-founder of the Friends of Chester A. Arthur School Education Foundation, the co-chair of the Philadelphia VIP Recruitment and Retention Committee, and the Vice Chair of the South Street West Civic Association.
Significant Matters and Results
- Defeated a request for an injunction to stop a $150 million development project.
- Obtained dismissal of claims with prejudice brought by professionals seeking forced induction into a hall of fame.
- Defeated class action claim of consumer fraud brought against manufacturer by obtaining denial of class certification motion and affirmance of dismissal on appeal.
- Obtained dismissal of claims brought under the federal RICO Act and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in a complex, multi-party case alleging conspiracy between local government entities and operators of a professional sports team.Resolved U.S. Department of Education investigation into educational institution based on allegations of discrimination with no adverse action taken against client.
- Philadelphia Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Complex commercial litigation attorney Matthew S. Olesh leads the nearly 3,000 young lawyers of the Philadelphia Bar AssociationMarch 16, 2017
- Experienced litigator brings deep knowledge of complex commercial litigation as well as dedication to community and civic engagement