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Matt Cairns represents the interests of individuals, insurers, manufacturers, transportation and other companies in diverse commercial, complex and traditional litigation matters in all state and federal courts and state agencies.
Matt also serves as general counsel to several closely held businesses in New Hampshire. He is also experienced in general corporate and municipal representation, and risk management training.
Since 1996, Matt has been an active member, award recipient, and leader of DRI — The Voice of the Defense Bar, the largest international organization of attorneys committed to defending the interests of businesses and individuals in civil litigation. In October 2011, Matt completed a one-year term as the 2011 president of DRI.
Matt is selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Labor & Employment Litigation, Municipal Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation and Construction Litigation, for which Best Lawyers® further recognized him as "Lawyer of the Year" 2015, Concord, NH. He has also been selected to the list of New England Super Lawyers® since 2007. Matt is the only New Hampshire lawyer listed in the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2014 under Product Liability Defense.
His other active affiliations include:
Matt teaches and writes on topics of leadership, Medicare reimbursement, electronic discovery, products liability, professional liability and other legal issues. He was the First Circuit editor for DRI's Daubert On-Line newsletter from 2006-2008.
He is admitted to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
He is a 1983 graduate of Brown University, and graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Law in 1986.
Recent articles by R. Matthew Cairns:
What Factors Might Allow a Product Manufacturer to Enjoy the Protection of a Construction Statute of Repose?
DRI Product Liability Conference
February 9, 2017
Ethical Considerations for Sharing Documents in the Cloud
IADC Business Litigation Committee Newsletter
Technological Disruption in the Practice of Law
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
Essential Hardware and Configuration for iPad Use in Courtroom
January 2013 (Also published in Trial Techniques and Tactics Committee Newsletter, IADC, April 2013)
A Few Things on My Mind
(Last column as officer of DRI)
For The Defense
Finding the Right Balance
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