Matthew J. McGowan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Providence, RI

Salter McGowan Sylvia & Leonard, Inc.
 | 56 Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 800-578-9149
Fax: 401-453-0073
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Business (40%),
  • Business/Corporate (30%),
  • Banking (30%)
Attorney Profile

As principal attorney at Salter McGowan Sylvia & Leonard, Inc., Matthew J. McGowan handles legal cases related to creditor rights, business bankruptcy, bank and credit union counseling, and receivership and other insolvency matters. Representing both individuals and corporations in matters of corporate and commercial restructurings, litigation, disputes, and loans and additional transactional matters, he is a valuable resource for those in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

A graduate of The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, Mr. McGowan also has an undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island. He taught at Roger Williams University School of Law to students studying bankruptcy law. For his commitment to legal ethics and professional accomplishments, he earned the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

As an advisor to credit unions and banks, he counsels regarding federal and state defense and compliance matters, along with foreclosure proceedings and other related issues. Mr. McGowan was intrinsically involved in the City of Central Falls municipal bankruptcy case as he represented over 100 firefighters and police officers in securing their pensions. In Rhode Island, he also handles matters of reference receivership.

He gained valuable experience as an employee of the United States Trustee’s office and as a trustee, master and court-appointed receiver. For over 20 years, he has been named as one of New England’s 100 overall lawyers and one of Rhode Island’s top 10 attorneys. A regular speaker at seminars on insolvency and bankruptcy, Mr. McGowan has also published articles in both national and regional law publications.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Bankruptcy (40%): Bankruptcy Law

Business/Corporate (30%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Banking (30%)

Focus Areas

Bankruptcy Law, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations


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Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2018

Certificates and Credentials

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About Matthew McGowan

Admitted: 1982, Rhode Island

Professional Webpage:


  • Certificate of Appreciation, United States District Court, District of Rhode Island
  • Top 100 Lawyers Overall in New England, Super Lawyers
  • Top 10 Lawyers Overall in Rhode Island 
  • Highest Attorney Peer-rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Federal Board of Bar Admissions (Bankruptcy Law Presentation) by United States District Court Judge Torres (2005), and re-appointed for further three-year term by Chief Judge Lisi (2008).
  • Court's Board of Bar Admissions, 2005-2011

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Faculty Member, Environmental Claims in Bankruptcy Cases, American Bankruptcy Institute's First Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, Ogunquit, Maine, July 21-24, 1994
  • The Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994, R.I. Bar Association, CLE Seminar, January 1995
  • Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law, February 1995
  • R.I. Tax Officials Assn. Talk on Bankruptcy Law, June 1995
  • Speaker at Rhode Island Certified Public Accountants CPE Program on Bankruptcy, November 1995
  • Protecting Creditors from Bankruptcy and Bad Debt Losses, December 1997
  • Bankruptcy and Personal Injury Cases: Direct Actions vs. Insurers, October 1998
  • Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Issues in Rhode Island, February 2001 Basic Bankruptcy Litigation, May 2000
  • Non-bankruptcy Alternatives, American Bankruptcy Institute, Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, Stowe, Vermont, July 12-15, 2001
  • Commercial Lending Requirements and Loan Documentation in Rhode Island, August 2001
  • Real Estate in Bankruptcy and Receivership, Rhode Island Bar Association, October 2002
  • Judgment Enforcement in Rhode Island, Lorman Educational Services, May 2003
  • Bankruptcy Litigation, National Business Institute, October 2003
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, Speaker on Bankruptcy Topics, July 2004
  • Bankruptcy Appeals and Procedures, Rhode Island Bar Association, October 2004
  • Researched and wrote federal Board of Bar Admissions Materials on Bankruptcy Law and Procedure, 2005-11, presented with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Arthur Votolato
  • Understanding the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005 in Rhode Island; The Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005, Rhode Island Bar Assn., June 2005
  • Bankruptcy Practice Under the "Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005" Prepared and presented materials for United States District Court Conference, Providence, RI, Sept. 22, 2006
  • Collection Law From Start to Finish, National Business Institute seminar, Nov. 8, 2006
  • Automatic Stay Implications for Lenders Under BAPCPA, American Bankruptcy Institute, Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, Newport, RI, July 13-14, 2007
  • What All Attorneys Should Know About Bankruptcy and Receivership Law and Practice, Rhode Island Bar Association, Annual Meeting June 18-19, 2009
  • Author, Enjoining Enforcement of 100% Tax Penalty in Corporate Chapter 11 Cases, Rhode Island Bar Journal, 1986
  • Author, The Peculiar Incidents of Tenancies by the Entirety, Rhode Island Bar Journal, 1999
  • Author, Why We Should All Be Booing Boodrow, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, July-August 2000 Edition
  • Author and Presenter, Bankruptcy vs. Receiverships: How Do They Differ, and Corporations and LLC's In Insolvency Contexts and How They Differ, R.I. Bar Association, Annual Meeting sessions, 2010
  • Author and Presenter, Recent Developments in Receivership & Insolvency Law and on Municipal Financial Distress, R.I. Bar Association, Annual Meeting sessions, 2014, 2016 and 2017
  • Contributing Author, Bankruptcy Exemption Manual, West Publishing Company's national Bankruptcy Series, 2000-present
  • Contributing Author, A Practical Guide to Residential Real Estate Transactions and Foreclosures in Rhode Island, MCLE Treatise, March 21, 2012
  • Teacher, Roger Williams University School of Law

Educational Background:

  • University of Rhode Island

Industry Groups

  • Banks
  • Credit Unions
  • Health Care
  • Internet
  • Medical Device Manufacturing
  • Precious Metals
  • Professional Practices And Family Businesses
  • Seafood Processing
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Office Location for Matthew J. McGowan

56 Exchange Terrace
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 800-578-9149

Fax: 401-453-0073

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Last Updated: 3/14/2019

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