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Matthew M. Gerend

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employee Benefits Attorney in Seattle, WA

Keller Rohrback L.L.P.
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-623-1900
Fax: 206-623-3384
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2022
Licensed in Washington Since: 2010
Practice Areas: Employee Benefits, Appellate, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Matthew Gerend practices in the firm’s nationally recognized Complex Litigation Group, representing employees and other investors in litigation to enforce securities laws and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”).

Matt has represented plaintiffs in federal courts across the country to redress harms stemming from breaches of fiduciary duties, investment fraud, and other misconduct that threatens employees’ retirement security.

Matt became interested in the laws protecting retirement and pension benefits as a clerk with AARP Foundation Litigation, where he helped draft a number of amicus curiae briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals regarding the proper interpretation and implementation of ERISA. During law school, Matt also worked as an intern with the Community Development Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Matt believes that lawyers have a unique ability to effect social change, an ethic that has guided his work representing individuals and investors against those engaged in divisive and fraudulent practices.


About Matthew M. Gerend

First Admitted: 2010, Washington

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Contributing Author, Zanglein et. al., ERISA Litigation, Bloomberg BNA, 2015-2016
  • Co-Author with Deborah M. Austin, The Scope and Potential of Section 3 as Currently Implemented, 19 J. Affordable Housing & Commun. Dev. L. 89, 2009

Educational Background

  • Georgetown University Law Center – J.D., cum laude, 2010; Executive Articles Editor, Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, 2010
  • University of Wisconsin – B.A., with distinction, 2005, Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa , 2005

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2016
  • Bar, Supreme Court of the United States, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2011
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Office Location for Matthew M. Gerend

1201 Third Avenue
Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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