University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., with high honors, 2009, Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, North Carolina Law Review, 2008-09
Washington and Lee University, B.A., cum laude, 2005
Matthew Tilley maintains a diverse litigation practice representing clients in complex disputes at both the trial and appellate levels. His experience covers a wide array of areas, including complex business litigation, large-scale commercial contracts, intellectual property disputes and constitutional law.
In particular, Matthew has experience representing clients in civil suits involving branches of federal, state and local governments. He has argued cases concerning matters of first impression before the North Carolina Supreme Court and North Carolina Court of Appeals, and he has tried cases to verdict in both federal and state courts. Matthew also regularly represents clients in noncompetition, trade secret and other employment matters, and he keeps an active practice enforcing clients' rights in their trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property.
Prior to law school, Matthew worked in government affairs for the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public utility, serving as a liaison to Congress and the executive branch regarding matters of budget oversight, energy regulation and Senate confirmation of presidential nominees to the authority’s board of directors.
Honors & Awards
- North Carolina Super Lawyers, North Carolina Rising Star, business litigation, 2014-17
Secured decision from North Carolina Supreme Court upholding summary judgment for apartment complex and solid waste collection company challenging city’s rate discrimination in its provision of landfill services. Cedar Greene, LLC v. City of Charlotte, 739 S.E.2d 553 (N.C. 2013).
Represented bank and corporate fiduciary in multiparty litigation and trial involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty and unfair and deceptive trade practices arising from administration of express trust.
Represented members of world-recognized racing family in trademark dispute regarding individual family members' use of last name in connection with sponsorship.
Represented amicus curiae before the North Carolina Supreme Court in landmark lawsuits upholding constitutionality of state's school voucher program. Hart v. State, No. 372A14, 2015 WL 4488553 (N.C. July 23, 2015); Richardson v. State, No. 384A14, 2015 WL 4497891 (N.C. July 23, 2015).
Obtained dismissal of repeated patent claims against German corporations and their principal owners. Evonik Energy Servs. GmbH v. Ebinger, 212 N.C. App. 385 (2011); Steag Energy Servs. GmbH v. Ebinger, Civil Action No. 11 CVS 14525 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2012).
Successfully represented numerous charter schools in claims against local school boards for underfunding in violation of state laws, including serving as trial counsel and defending awards on appeal. Thomas Jefferson Classical Acad. v. Rutherford Cnty. Bd. of Educ., 715 S.E.2d 625 (N.C. Ct. App. 2011).
Attained summary judgment on behalf of government contractor, dismissing subcontractor’s claims for breach of contract, fraud and unfair trade practices regarding construction of citywide light rail system. Dew Elec., Inc. v. Mass Elec. Cons.Co., Civil Action No. 3:09CV361-RJC-DCK (W.D.N.C. 2010).
Obtained Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of claims against accounting firm by former client for fraud, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and malpractice.
Secured jury verdict on behalf of municipal employer on claims of gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Secured award of attorneys’ fees and dismissal of appeal on behalf of residential developer against plaintiffs challenging developer’s subdivision plan.
Attained Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of constitutional claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 brought against municipality for alleged police misconduct.
News & Events
- Jan. 26, 2017
- Sept. 26, 2016
- Sept. 7, 2016
- June 10, 2016
- Jan. 27, 2016
- Nov. 11, 2015
- Jan. 21, 2015
- May 1, 2014
- Jan. 21, 2014
- Jan. 25, 2010
- May 20, 2013Robinson Bradshaw Publication
- Jan. 30, 2012Robinson Bradshaw Publication
- June 2011NCBA, Sports & Entertainment Law Section
- North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Board of Directors, 2014-present
- Charlotte Secondary School, Board of Directors, Vice Chairman
- Eagle Scout, 2001