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Matthew H. Lembke

Matthew H. Lembke

Partner

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP
Alabama, U.S.A.

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Matt Lembke, one of four Bradley lawyers to have clerked for the Supreme Court of the United States, has the broad range of skills necessary to beeffective in representing clients at both the trial and appellate levels. He has applied those skills for more than 25 years in dozens of high-stakescases.

Matt has extensive experience in handling appeals pending in both state and federal courts, including arguing cases in the Alabama Supreme Court, theAlabama Court of Civil Appeals, and the D.C., Fifth, and Eleventh Circuits. Matt’s accomplishments as an appellate lawyer have been recognized by hiselection as a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL), and he is serving as president of the AAAL in 2019.

At the trial level, Matt has tried cases to verdict in both state and federal courts. In recent years, he has been heavily involved in cases involvingtoxic torts, environmental contamination, the False Claims Act, and complex commercial and securities litigation.

Matt works closely with each client to formulate a creative, cost-effective strategy to achieve his client’s objectives.

Matt has extensive experience in handling high-profile, challenging cases for clients in Alabama and across the region. His experience includes:

  • Served as lead trial counsel for a national hospice company in a 10-week False Claims Act trial that ended with judgment as a matter of law being entered in the client’s favor.

  • Representation of a major healthcare provider in the appellate reversal of a $20 million wrongful death judgment in a medical malpractice case handled at trial by another firm.

  • Representation of a national chemicals company in connection with toxic tort litigation brought by former plant workers.

  • Defense of Monsanto Company in hundreds of personal injury and property damage cases arising from alleged environmental contamination.

  • Represented the State of Alabama for over a decade in litigation with Georgia and Florida concerning interstate water rights.

Outside his law practice, Matt closely follows developing legal issues, and the press often seeks his comments on them. Recently, he has been interviewed on Fox News and MSBNC, as well as by the New York Times, Law360, and Bloomberg Law.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1991

Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1991, Law School Alumni Association Award, 1991; Raven Society, 1991; Thomas Marshall Miller Prize, 1991; Articles Development Editor, Virginia Law Review
  • Rhodes College, B.A., 1988, summa cum laude; Peyton Nalle Rhodes Phi Beta Kappa Prize, 1988; Rhodes Student Hall of Fame, 1988; Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Beta Kappa
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Matt’s experience as an appellate advocate involves briefing and oral argument in dozens of appeals as well as serving on trial teams in major litigation to ensure that appellate issues are properly preserved. Matt has often been called on to serve as appellate counsel in matters where other lawyers handled the trial, including cases with large punitive damages verdicts.

Matt also has extensive experience in handling all aspects of complex trial-level litigation.


Blogs

Declassified
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

The Declassified blog offers commentary and insights on the latest class action suits, significant class action opinions, relevant changes to laws and rules, and important class action trends. Declassified covers topics ranging from significant Supreme Court and appellate court decisions regarding...

Family Business Advocates
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Bradley’s Family Business Advocates Blog is a resource for family business owners and advisors. All business owners must plan ahead, think strategically and manage risk in order for their businesses to thrive. Family business owners must also manage family dynamics in the business, build...

Patent 213
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Patent law, like most things in life, is subject to change. Changes to patent laws not only impact investment in your existing IP, but directly shape strategies to protect your freedom to operate. The Patent 213 blog provides up-to-date, insightful analysis of the evolution in the written...

Tennessee Appellate Review
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

A successful appeal depends on counsel’s substantive understanding of appellate rules, procedures, and strategies. The Tennessee Appellate Review blog is a resource for commentary and insights on the latest state and federal appellate news. Join the conversation as we analyze decisions from the...

The Law of Order
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Bradley’s The Law of Order blog serves as a general parliamentary procedure resource, providing information about creation and revision of governing documents (constitutions, bylaws, or rules), application of Robert’s Rules of Order and other procedural authorities in a variety of contexts (such as...

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