Matthew L. Riffee

Matthew L. Riffee

Associate
Matthew L. Riffee

Matthew Riffee is an associate in the firm’s Financial Industry and Consumer Financial Services Litigation practices, and is also a member of the Government Investigations, Products Liability, and Mass Tort practices. His practice focuses on counseling and representing banks and financial institutions in government investigations and enforcement actions, complex litigation, and class actions. Mr. Riffee also has substantial experience defending clients involved in complex litigation, mass torts, and products liability actions. He is also a contributor to Goodwin’s Consumer Financial Enforcement Watch blog. He joined Goodwin in 2013.

During law school, Mr. Riffee interned for the U.S. Department of Justice, Disability Rights Section and was a summer associate at Goodwin. In addition, Mr. Riffee was an articles editor for the Federal Circuit Bar Journal.

Experience

Mr. Riffee has represented clients in federal and state courts throughout the United States. His work for clients includes:

  • Representation of Quicken Loans in lawsuit filed against the federal government concerning the administration of the FHA loan program and defense of a False Claim Act lawsuit and investigation brought by the Department of Justice.
  • Defense of a financial institution in suit brought by the Federal Housing Finance Agency involving approximately $26 billion in mortgage-backed securities that were purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
  • Defense of financial institutions in putative class actions relating to mortgage loan modifications.
  • Representation of a major cement manufacturing company in mass tort litigation alleging that a breakaway barge caused floodwall breaches during Hurricane Katrina.
  • Representation of a building products company as national coordinating counsel for product liability and mass tort matters.
  • Defense of a financial institution in various suits brought by other financial institutions relating to the purchase of mortgage-backed securities.
  • Representation of corporations involved in government and internal investigations relating to the False Claims Act and other alleged violations of federal and state law.
  • Representation of financial institutions responding to third-party subpoenas seeking loan information relating to loans comprising mortgage-backed securities.
  • Representation of a pro bono client in relation to his claim for unlawful termination resulting from his exercise of his First Amendment rights.
  • Successful representation of a pro bono client seeking waiver of an alleged Social Security overpayment.
  • Representation of a pro bono client involved a landlord-tenant dispute and related civil action.

Credentials

Education

J.D., 2013
The George Washington University Law School
(with high honors)
B.A., 2008
Harvard College

Admissions

Bar

Virginia
District of Columbia

Courts

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
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