Matt Blaine is a Partner in Business Law and Litigation Department at Davison, Eastman, Muñoz, Lederman & Paone. He is also the Chair of the firm’s Technology and Innovation Committee, where he spearheads the firm’s technological advancements.
Matt focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation of all types, including contractual disputes, business torts, fiduciary responsibilities, oppressed shareholder allegations, construction disputes, insurance coverage disputes, eDiscovery issues, intellectual property rights, consumer fraud allegations, disputes concerning real property, non-compete agreements, arbitration, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, fraudulent transfer, successor and alter ego liability and copyright infringement, among others. He also advises on transactional matters, including technology contract negotiations, business formations, acquisitions, mergers/consolidations and dissolutions.
Matt is a frequent speaker on legal technology issues, and focuses on matters involving practical and ethical considerations of metadata, the impact of artificial intelligence on the practice of law, championing technological change and process improvement within law firms, and addressing e-discovery issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Matt served as an appellate clerk for the Honorable Linda G. Baxter, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University in 2004 and his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law in 2008.
During law school and college, Matt interned for United States Magistrate Judge Tonianne
J. Bongiovanni. He was also an executive board member for the Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion. As an oralist for the 2007-2008 Rutgers-Camden Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court team, Matt traveled to Vienna, Austria and helped place his team in the top 16 of 203 participating international law schools. During college, Matt was an intern for the United States Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey, Trenton branch.
Matt is admitted to practice in New Jersey Superior Court and New Jersey District Court, as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Monmouth Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division and Business Law Section), American Bar Association, BNI – Freehold, Monmouth Ocean Development Council and NAIOP – NJ Chapter.
- New Jersey Superior Court
- United States District Court - District of New Jersey
- Monmouth Bar Association
- New Jersey State Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division and Business Law Section)
- American Bar Association
- BNI – Freehold
- Monmouth Ocean Development Council
- NAIOP – NJ Chapter
Publications / Published Works
- Litigation Technology for the Modern Practitioner, NJICLE (2014)
- September 27, 2017 - Matthew K. Blaine, Chair of the firm's Innovation & Technology Committee, will be speaking at the 2017 Information Governance Conference at the Rhode Island Convention Center. He will be among the panelists covering "Navigating Information Governance Within the Corporate Legal Culture." The panelists will explore key strategies that can be adopted in the quest to bring about an Information Governance roadmap to the Office of the General Counsel (OGC)/Corporate Legal Department (CLD), and put organizations on the path to IG excellence. To learn more about the conference, click here.
- August 14, 2017 - Matthew K. Blaine will be among the speakers at the 2017 ILTACON Educational Conference on August 14, 2017 in Las Vegas. His session, “Stand By Me: A Mock 30(b)(6) Deposition of a Corporate IT Representative” is geared to help information technology professionals understand what to expect during this type of deposition. These professionals are often called upon to shepherd, preserve, collect, and dispose of company data, and discovery challenges can call into question the integrity and sufficiency of these processes. This will be an informative and interactive panel. To learn more about the International Legal Technology Association’s conference, click here.
- January 26, 2017 - Matthew K. Blaine, Partner and head of the firm’s Technology & Innovation Committee, will be among the panelists at “Artificial Intelligence & the Legal Profession - How to Leverage Artificial Intelligence Technology within Your Law Firm’s Practice.” The program is part of the “Law Firm of the Future” series sponsored by Cresa New York. The Keynote Speaker will be Andrew Arruda, CEO and Co-Founder of Ross Intelligence, a recognized leader in the AI field. The other panelists include Dennis Garcia, Esq. from Microsoft's Corporate, External and Legal Affairs and Ann Gorr, Legal Technology Consultant.Among the topics to be discussed are recognizing the potential disruptions to the practice of law which will accompany the implementation of AI and capitalizing on the benefits to law firms by becoming an early adopter of AI within the practice of law.To learn more about the program, click here to download the full conference brochure. The program takes place at 1271 Avenue of the Americas; registration and breakfast begin at 8:00 am.
- August 31, 2016 - Matthew Blaine, Chair of the firm’s Innovation and Technology Committee, will be speaking at ILTACON, the International Legal Technology Association’s 2016 annual conference. His topic, “Face Your Fears: Embracing Change in the Legal Environment” is part of a four-day education conference that takes place in National Harbor, MD. The programs draw on the experience and success of professionals employing ever-changing technology within law firms and legal departments. To learn more, visit: http://www.iltacon.org/home?ssopc=1
- August 1, 2016 - Davison, Eastman & Muñoz, P.A. have announced that effective August 1, 2016, Matthew K. Blaine and Blake R. Laurence have been named partner. “We’re proud of both Matt and Blake for their dedicated service to our clients and to the firm over the past several years. They have worked hard for these promotions,” said James A. Paone II, the firm’s managing partner. To read the full announcement, click here.
- April 14, 2016 - Matthew K. Blaine, Chair of the firm’s Technology and Innovation Committee, will be a panelist at the ICLE seminar, “Designing, Adopting, and Managing Secure Document Collaboration/File Sharing Processes within Your Law Office Environment.” The program takes from 4:00-8:00 pm in New Brunswick. For more information, visit: NJICLE April Program.
- August 20, 2015 - Matthew K. Blaine, Associate and Chairman of the Firm’s Technology & Innovation Committee will be a panelist at “Top Ten Takeaways for Developing a Strategic Legal Technology Roadmap for the Small to Mid-Sized Law Firm”, presented by NJ-ICLE. This innovative technology program is being delivered by attorneys who have been technology project champions within their respective firms and a legal technology consultant whose practice is focused on the Small-to-Midsize law firm. The seminar is designed to provide you with pertinent information and key takeaways to assist you in developing a strategic legal technology roadmap for your firm.
Thank you NJBIZ for the great piece on DEM's new partner and chair of the firm's Innovation and Technology committee, Matt Blaine. http://www.njbiz.com/article/20160904/NJBIZ01/160909937/close-up-matthew-k-blaine-of-davison-eastman--munoz ...Read more
In Part II of our series, we continue our discussion regarding the New Jersey Supreme Court’s recent announcement that it will adopt the recommendations made in the September 14, 2015 Report of the Working Group on Ethical Issues Involving Metadata in Electronic Documents. The amendments will (1) require lawyers to be aware of and safeguard the...Read more
Practice Alert – Metadata To Be Addressed in New Jersey’s Rules of Professional Conduct and Civil Discovery
New Jersey practitioners and litigants should be on alert: metadata is coming soon to rules governing professional conduct and civil discovery near you. On April 14, 2016, the New Jersey Supreme Court announced in an administrative determination that it will be adopting the recommendations made in the September 14, 2015 Report of the Working Group on...Read more
If you have been paying attention to this summer’s headlines, then you know that reports about data breaches are now nearly as common as daily horoscopes and baseball box scores. From the massive data breach of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management that will affect the lives of more than 25 million people, to the 37...Read more