Matthew Holian > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Boston, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
BOSTON MA 02110-1447
United States
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Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; Product Liability, Mass Torts and Product Stewardship; Life Sciences; Healthcare


Partner; Global Co-Chair, Life Sciences Sector


Matt Holian serves as the Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper’s Life Sciences Sector. Matt’s practice focuses on litigation, regulatory and enforcement challenges facing pharmaceutical and medical device companies. His litigation practice primarily involves serving as national counsel in complex, multi-jurisdictional product liability suits, for which DLA Piper’s Product Liability and Mass Tort practice group has been recognized by Legal 500 as Tier 1 since 2014 and by Chambers as Band 2 or Band 3 since 2015. In those cases, Matt defends his clients from start to finish, beginning with litigation risk assessments before medications are approved and continuing through pretrial discovery, bellwether trials and, ultimately, resolution. Matt previously served as Co-Chair of its Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Product Liability sub-group. Matt also has litigated cases involving the False Claims Act, consumer fraud, trade secret misappropriation and commercial disputes relating to licensing agreements.

In addition to his litigation practice, Matt also has an active regulatory and enforcement practice, which includes conducting compliance investigations, counseling clients regarding research and development issues (including defending hundreds of claims asserted by patients in clinical trials) and advising life sciences and other clients on a wide range of emerging regulatory issues, such as product labeling, First Amendment challenges to promotional restrictions, real word evidence and value-based contracts.


J.D., Stanford University; B.A., Harvard University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences

Backed by the firm’s global network, DLA Piper LLP (US) has broad based expertise in product liability, regulatory work, IP disputes and portfolio management, and corporate ad financing transactions. Matthew Holian and Andrew Gilbert jointly lead the practice from Boston and Short Hills, respectively; Holian focuses on litigation, regulatory and enforcement challenges, while Gilbert handles corporate finance, M&A and securities transactions. San Diego-based Lisa Haile is a name to note for patent protection. Loren Brown co-chairs the firm’s global litigation practice, and is an excellent strategist who masterfully handles the most sensitive and difficult issuesCara EdwardsChristopher Campbell and Lucas Przymusinski are also recommended for product liability cases and mass tort litigation. Katie Insogna is a star associate in the practice group.