Matthew S. Furman


Matt Furman has more than a decade of experience handling business, employment, and real estate disputes for a wide variety of clients.  He has tried cases to judges and juries and regularly appears in Massachusetts courts, including the Business Litigation Session of the Superior Court and the specialized Land Court.  Matt has handled appellate matters before Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court, as well as the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Matt represents businesses and their owners in litigation related to contracts, business torts, corporate governance issues, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and the rights of shareholders, partners, and joint venturers.  On behalf of employers, he has enforced non-competition agreements, defended wrongful termination claims, and handled wage and hour matters that include the defense of class actions.

Matt has extensively represented landowners in a wide variety of real estate conflicts.  He has handled disputes related to title, boundaries, commercial lease defaults, deeds, easements, adverse possession and prescription, partitions, contracts, and other rights to purchase real estate, as well as claims to reform recorded instruments.   Matt is regularly involved in litigation between landowners and the government, including zoning matters on behalf of applicants and abutters, the existence of public ways, historic commission appeals, and compensation for takings.

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  • Background
    • Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers, P.C., (2009, 2010-2017)
    • Judicial Intern, Worcester County Superior Court (2008)
  • Professional Activities
    • Real Estate Bar Association, Member, Litigation Section, New Lawyers Section, and Commercial Leasing Section
    • Boston Bar Association
    • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member of Business Law Section Council (2010-2013)
  • Publications / Lectures
    • "Discerning the Meaning of 'Clear Proof' in Adverse Possession and Prescription Cases," REBA News, March 2022
    • "Claims to reform don’t necessarily accrue on recording," REBA News, September 2020
    • Presenter, Litigating Employment Cases: Recent Trends and Rule Changes, Boston Bar Association, June 2019
    • MCLE Presenter, General and Affinity Bar Associations Panel as part of Practicing and Professionalism Program (2018)
    • "Even after 'Taylor,' difficult litigation will persist," REBA News, September 2017
    • "Chapter 93A's Hannon Right Becomes the Latest Casualty of Arbitration Supremacy," Massachusetts Law Review, Vol. 96, No. 3 (April 2015)
    • "How Chapter 93A Consumers Lost Their Day in Court: One Legislative Option to Level the Playing Field," Suffolk Journal of Trial & Appellate Advocacy, Vol 15 (May 2010)
    • Presentation, "An Overview of Chapter 93A," Bentley University, Consumer Law (2013)
    • Co-Chair, Massachusetts Bar Association's Lifecycle of a Business Series (2011-2013)
  • Awards / Achievements
    • Named to 2023 Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation
    • Named by Super Lawyers to Massachusetts Rising Stars for Business Litigation (2012, 2019-2021)
  • Civic & Charitable Involvement
    • Friends of Hebrew SeniorLife, Board of Directors (2012-2016)
    • Syracuse University Alumni Club of Boston
    • Trustee, 14-unit condominium association (2016-2021)
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