Matthew F. Gately

Matthew F. Gately

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Matthew Gately practices primarily in the areas of complex commercial, class action and criminal litigation. He has represented clients in civil and criminal matters in federal and state courts, at both the trial and appellate levels.  His experience ranges from arguing dispositive motions in civil cases to handling proffer sessions, plea negotiations and sentencing arguments in criminal matters. He also has experience conducting internal investigations involving possible criminal conduct by corporate employees and potential data breaches. Mr. Gately is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell (highest level of professional excellence as determined by peers) and was included by (201) Magazine on its list of Bergen County’s “Top Lawyers” in 2016 and 2017 for Commercial Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense. In 2016, he was included in The New Jersey Law Journal‘s list of “New Leaders of the Bar.” In 2017, Thomson Reuters included Mr. Gately on its Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list.

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Prior to joining Cohn Lifland, Mr. Gately was senior law clerk to the Hon. Madeline Cox Arleo, U.S.D.J., D.N.J., law clerk to the Hon. Michael A. Hammer, U.S.M.J., D.N.J., and worked for several years in the commercial litigation group of an AmLaw 100 law firm.

Mr. Gately graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and member of the Columbia Business Law Review.  He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Lafayette College.


  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Lafayette College, B.A., magna cum laude
  • Return of State Court ‘Statutory’ Class Actions: the True Legacy of Spokeo v. Robins, 223 N.J.L.J. 1862 (analyzing Article III’s standing requirement)
  • Note, Much Ado About Nothing: An Analysis of the “Accredited Natural Person” Standard, 2008 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 760 (addressing proposed hedge fund regulations)
  • Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • United States District Courts, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Western District of Arkansas

Mr. Gately is a member of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, the Historical Society for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the New Jersey State Bar Association (and its Federal Practice & Procedure Section), the Bergen County Bar Association (and its Federal Practice Committee), and the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey.  He is also a Barrister of the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court and 4th Degree Knight of Columbus.

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