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Matthew F. Gately

Matthew F. Gately
  • Partner

Location: Saddle Brook, NJ

Phone: 201-845-9600

Fax: 201-845-9423

Email: mfg@njlawfirm.com

Matthew Gately is a litigator who has tried cases in state and federal courts, as well as in private arbitration.  He primarily handles complex commercial/contractual disputes and class/collective actions.  Mr. Gately's class action practice is particularly broad, as he has represented both putative class representative plaintiffs and corporate defendants in cases involving, among other things, securities fraud, ERISA, consumer fraud, and federal and state wage/hour laws.  He also has represented direct purchasers in several "reverse-payment" antitrust class actions. 

Additionally, Mr. Gately has represented clients in personal injury and malpractice cases, investor litigation/arbitration, partnership and other intra-business disputes, and employment discrimination matters.  He has also provided counsel to New Jersey state agencies in environmental cost-recovery litigations.      

Having clerked for two federal judges and both written and presented on issues of federal practice, Mr. Gately often serves as local counsel for out-of-state firms litigating in the District of New Jersey.   

Mr. Gately is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell (highest level of professional excellence as determined by peers), was invited to become the second Associate Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America in New Jersey, and was included in the inaugural list of "Ones to Watch" by Best Lawyers.  He has been named a "New Leader of the Bar" by the New Jersey Law Journal, a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, a "Top Lawyer" by (201) Magazine, and a "Top Lawyer" by Bergen Magazine.  He has also received recognitions for his pro bono service.

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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
  • Business 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
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York


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

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)


  • “Practicing in Federal Court: Tips from the Bench,” October 12, 2017 (moderator)

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
  • “Top Lawyer” by (201) Magazine
  • “Top Lawyer” by Bergen Magazine, 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bergen County Bar Association, Federal Practice Committee, Co-Chair
  • Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
  • 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
  • Knights of Columbus