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Matthew J. Libby

Associate

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Matt is an Associate with PIB Law and focuses his practice on commercial litigation, including the representation of financial institutions in connection with financial services-related litigation.

Matt has extensive experience litigating matters in both state and federal courts, including appellate courts. He has tried over 250 cases to a verdict, with approximately 60 of them to a jury.

Prior to joining PIB Law, Matt was an attorney at Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, LLP, where he focused on commercial litigation, bankruptcy, professional liability defense, and white collar defense and government investigations. Previously, he served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office, where he successfully led the investigation and prosecution of hundreds of serious felonies, including homicides.

Representative Matters

  • Pineda v. Chase Bank USA, N.A., 186 A.3d 1054 (R.I. 2018).  Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled that a lending bank is not liable for the criminal defalcation of its closing agent. 
  • Proal v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., 701 F. App'x 12 (1st Cir. 2017).  Affirming motion to dismiss where mortgage lacked standing to challenge an assignment of a mortgage under the terms of a Pooling and Servicing Agreement.
  • Ray v. JPMorgan Chase & Co., 92 Mass. App. Ct. 1110 (2017) (Rule 1:28 decision).  Appeals Court upheld a judgment on the pleadings and rejected claim that the delivery of a deed is necessary to complete the non-judicial foreclosure sale of property under Massachusetts law.
  • Commonwealth v. Okoro, 471 Mass. 51 (2015).  Affirming the second degree murder conviction of a juvenile and holding that a juvenile may be sentenced to a term of life with the possibility of parole. 
  • Commonwealth v. Basey, 82 Mass. App. Ct. 278 (2012).  Affirming the aggravated rape conviction of a man who brutally beat and sodomized an incapacitated homeless person.
  • Commonwealth v. Loring, 436 Mass. 1012 (2012).  Represented the Commonwealth before the Supreme Judicial Court. 
  • Commonwealth v. Hopkins, 79 Mass. App. Ct. 412 (2011).  Affirming a trafficking in cocaine conviction despite a United States Supreme Court ruling that the admission of a drug certificate is in violation of Sixth Amendment.

Professional Activities

Community & Professional

  • Rhode Island Bar Association Federal Court Bench Bar Committee, 2018-2019 member
  • Rhode Island Bar Association Superior Court Bench Bar Committee, 2018-2019 member

Noteworthy

Honors & Recognitions

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter: Rule 3002.1 Pitfalls Facing Mortgagees in Chapter 13 Cases, 14th Annual Hudson Valley Bankruptcy Bar Association, The New Deal for Consumer Bankruptcy, September 8, 2017, co-presented with Anthony J. Manhart and Hon. Colleen Brown.
  • Keynote Speaker: Internet Safety:  What Parents and Kids Need to Know Before Logging On, presented annually to incoming high school students and parents in Plymouth County, MA.  The one-hour presentation advised families on using the internet safely, how criminals can target children, and the risks and consequences of committing crimes or engaging in inappropriate behavior while online. 

Publications

Publications

  • The Rule 3002.1 Minefield: Mortgagees in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Cases Face Substantial Sanctions for Noncompliance, Matthew J. Libby and Anthony J. Manhart, ABI Journal (January 2017).
  • Deregulating the Electricity Market: What Can Be Learned From California’s Mistakes?, 22 Me. Bar J. 4 (2007).

Admissions

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • District of Maine
  • District of Massachusetts
  • District of Rhode Island
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

University of Maine School of Law, J.D.

  • Moot Court Board
  • Maine Law Review, Editor

University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.S.