Matthew Povolny is a litigator in the firm’s New York office.  He has experience in complex litigation and class actions, including products liability defense, employment litigation, securities litigation and arbitration, and general commercial matters.  Matthew has also worked extensively on civil rights and employment compliance issues through a court-appointed monitorship, and served as the lead associate in Larabee v. Governor of the State of New York, in which the firm represented the judges of the State of New York in obtaining a favorable ruling regarding judicial compensation.  He has been named one of New York’s Super Lawyers Rising Stars for business litigation each year since 2012.

Matthew is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was a member and director of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court competition team, a participant in the law school tax clinic, and served as a judicial extern at the Minnesota Tax Court.  He received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Boston College. Matthew is proficient in French and is a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Matthew Povolny is a litigator in the firm’s New York office.  He has experience in complex litigation and class actions, including products liability defense, employment…

Education

University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2007); Boston College (B.A., cum laude, 2004)

Bar Admissions

New York State; District of Columbia; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Activities and Affiliations

Secretary, Program Committee of the Federal Bar Council

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court

Litigation and Arbitration

Represent major airline in federal breach of contract action.

Represented a major United States airline in connection with litigation in the Southern District of New York and Western District of North Carolina related to contract disputes arising out of the airline’s lease of several Boeing 737 commercial aircrafts.

Represent Fortune Global 500 electronics manufacturing and services firm in bench trial of breach of contract claims against airplane dealer.  Court ruled for client, awarding all damages sought.

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We are pleased to announce that 33 of our New York and Washington D.C.-based C&G attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year across a wide range of practice areas. Super Lawyers also selected C&G co-founder Mark S Cohen and partners Jonathan S Abernethy and Daniel H Tabak to its list of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, and partner Karen H Bromberg to its list of the top 50 women lawyers in the New York metropolitan area.
We are pleased to announce that thirty of our New York and Washington, D.C.-based C&G attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year across a wide range of practice areas. Super Lawyers also selected C&G co-founders Mark S Cohen and Lawrence T Gresser to its list of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, and partners Karen H Bromberg and Alexandra Wald as two of its top 50 women lawyers in New York. Super Lawyers ranks outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Fewer than five percent of all lawyers in the U.S. receive this honor.

Cohen & Gresser advised Reliance Trust Company, a corporate fiduciary, in its $14.5 million sale of 571 Fulton Street in downtown Brooklyn to RedSky Capital. The complex deal spanned nine months and involved complicated lease issues as well as trust and estate and title issues originating in the 1930s. The sale of the property, which had been an asset in a trust for nearly 60 years, is a significant liquidity event for the beneficiaries. The property is also a key asset in RedSky Capital’s extensive redevelopment of Fulton Street. 

Partner Nicholas J Kaiser led the Cohen & Gresser team, which included Matthew V Povolny, David F Lisner, Eliza Sheridan, and paralegal Camille Delgado.

Twenty-eight of our New York and Washington D.C.-based Cohen & Gresser attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year across a wide range of practice areas. Super Lawyers also named C&G co-founding partner Mark S Cohen to its list of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, and partners Karen H Bromberg and Alexandra Wald to its top 50 women lawyers in New York list. Super Lawyers ranks outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Fewer than five percent of all lawyers in the U.S. receive this honor.

C&G announces the promotion of Mark Spatz to partner and Anna Milleret-Godet and Matthew V Povolny to counsel.

"Congratulations to all three of these outstanding attorneys," said Managing Partner Lawrence T Gresser. "These promotions are the result of their commitment to excellence, integrity, and client service, and reflect our confidence in them and the continuing growth of the firm." 
Sanctuary for Families honored Scott D Thomson and Matthew V Povolny for their pro bono work advocating for a victim of human trafficking entitled to public benefits.
Twenty-two of our New York and Washington, D.C.-based attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year across a wide range of practice areas. Super Lawyers also named C&G co-founding partners Mark S Cohen and Lawrence T Gresser to its list of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, and partner Karen H Bromberg to both its list of top 50 women lawyers and top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area.

Law360's coverage of Empire Hospitality Group's $69.4 million purchase of an Upper West Side hotel. C&G's Nicholas Kaiser and Matthew Povolny represented Empire during this deal. 

The Real Deal covers the selling of a Garment District development site for $54.3 million by Ronald Domb's Empire Hotel Group. C&G attorneys Nicholas Kaiser and Matthew Povolny represented Sam Domb and the Empire Hotel Group in this sale, which was accomplished in ten days from offer to purchase to closing. 

We are pleased to announce that twenty-two of our New York-based C&G attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year across a wide range of practice areas. Super Lawyers ranks outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Fewer than five percent of all lawyers in New York receive this honor.

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