Matt Riffee is a partner in Goodwin’s Financial Industry group and ERISA Litigation and Consumer Financial Services Litigation practices. Matt's practice focuses on ERISA litigation, class actions, and counseling and representing banks and financial institutions in government investigations, and enforcement actions. He regularly litigates class actions and derivative actions under ERISA, and counsels and represents financial services companies in litigation and enforcement matters concerning an array of financial services and products, including mortgages and ERISA-covered retirement plans.
Matt is a lead editor to Goodwin’s Consumer Financial Enforcement Watch blog, which is the marketplace’s first resource for real-time reporting on the full range of public federal and state consumer finance enforcement activity. He is also an editor and author to Goodwin’s annual Consumer Finance Year in Review, which recaps each year’s most significant developments and offers analysis and predictions on what the mortgage, credit card, student lending, credit reporting, auto lending, debt collection, TCPA, payday lending, and FinTech industries may expect in the coming year. He joined Goodwin in 2013.
Matt has represented clients in federal and state courts throughout the United States. His work for clients includes:
- Representation of numerous financial services companies, employers, and individuals in lawsuits brought by 401(k) and ESOP plan participants alleging violations of ERISA
- 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
- Representation of a national mortgage servicer in lawsuit brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, state attorneys general, and state financial regulators
- A national bank in a lawsuit alleging systemic violations of the Fair Housing Act
- 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
- 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 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
- 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
Areas of Practice
The George Washington University Law School
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Recognition & Awards
Matt was recognized in 2022 by The Legal 500 for his work in Commercial Lending and in 2020 for his timely and detailed client work for Goodwin’s ERISA practice.
Matt is an editor and contributor to Goodwin’s Consumer Finance Enforcement Watch blog, the marketplace’s first resource for real-time reporting on the full range of public federal and state consumer finance enforcement activity.
He is also an editor and author to Goodwin’s annual Consumer Finance Year in Review, which recaps each year’s most significant developments and offers analysis and predictions on what the mortgage, credit card, student lending, credit reporting, auto lending, debt collection, TCPA, payday lending, and FinTech industries may expect in the coming year.
Matt is the author of “Protecting Transportation and Homeland Security Through Congressional Oversight: Legislative Recommendations to Fill Gaps in Whistleblower Protections Relating to Sensitive Security Information and Controlled Unclassified Information” in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal (March 2013).