Matt Rowen > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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Matthew D. Rowen is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on appellate and Supreme Court litigation.

Matthew has argued numerous cases in the federal courts of appeals and district courts, and has drafted dispositive motions and appellate briefs in a variety of substantive areas. His matters have addressed administrative law; antitrust; bankruptcy; constitutional law, including the separation of powers and presidential power, the First Amendment, the Commerce Clause, equal protection and due process, and preemption; federal jurisdiction and res judicata; intellectual property; labor and employment; products liability; and securities law. He has represented a diverse array of clients, including associations of and companies in the pharmaceutical, financial services, high technology, fashion, and energy industries; municipal entities; Native corporations; and individuals.

Matthew has authored a number of briefs in the Supreme Court, including multiple successful petitions for certiorari and successful merits briefs in the following cases:

  • Yellen v. Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, 141 S. Ct. 2434 (2021)
  • TransUnion LLC v. Ramirez, 141 S. Ct. 2190 (2021)
  • Lucky Brand Dungarees Inc. v. Marcel Fashions Group Inc., 140 S. Ct. 1589 (2020)
  • Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro, 138 S. Ct. 1134 (2018)
  • California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, 137 S. Ct. 2042 (2017)

In addition to his appellate and Supreme Court work, Matthew provides strategic counseling to leading companies and organizations on a variety of complex legal issues. He also maintains a robust pro bono practice.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences

 Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s ‘top-notch’ team advises on transactions and significant litigation. It is particularly known for its IP litigation practice, with partners Jay Lefkowitz in New York and Matt Rowen in Washington DC particularly regarded for their work on appellate litigations. It also acts on major product liability matters, with Lefkowitz advising GlaxoSmithKline, Torrent Pharmaceuticals and Amneal Pharmaceuticals on multiple consolidated class actions related to the drug Zantac. Chicago-based James Hurst is recognized for his work on Supreme Court cases and New York-based Patricia Carson is a key patent strategy advisor.