Matthew F. Gately

Matthew F. Gately

Of Counsel
Saddle Brook, New Jersey

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.  Mr. Gately's experience in civil cases includes supervising all aspects of discovery, briefing and arguing dispositive and non-dispositive motions, and trying cases in court and arbitration. In criminal cases, Mr. Gately has handled proffer sessions, plea and non-prosecution negotiations, and sentencing arguments.

Mr. Gately is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell (highest level of professional excellence as determined by peers) and was invited to become the second Associate Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America in New Jersey.  He has been named a "New Leader of the Bar" by the New Jersey Law Journal, a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, and a "Top Lawyer" for Litigation and Commercial Litigation by (201) Magazine.

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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.

Areas of Practice

  • Class and Collective Action
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas


  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 2009
    • Honors: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Law Review: Columbia Business Law Review, Member
  • Lafayette College
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 2006
    • Major: Government & Law
    • Major: Philosophy

Published Works

  • 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)

Honors and Awards

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Second Associate Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America in New Jersey
  • “New Leader of the Bar” by the New Jersey Law Journal
  • “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, 2017 - 2018
  • “Top Lawyer” for Litigation, Commercial Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense by (201) Magazine

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bergen County Bar Association, Federal Practice Committee, Co-chair
  • Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, Member
  • Historical Society for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Federal Practice & Procedure Section
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
  • C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court, Barrister
  • Knight of Columbus, 4th Degree