Matt D. Basil

Partner

Chicago
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
300 North LaSalle Dr.
Chicago, IL 60654-3406
T 312 728 9020
F 312 728 9199
mbasilwillkie.com

Matt D. Basil is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department. He is regularly called upon by Fortune 500 companies for help with a wide array of commercial disputes, particularly complex contract, financial and fraud litigation. He also advises public and private corporations on internal investigations and employment issues, among other matters.

Matt has tried a number of cases in federal and state courts and represented clients in arbitration proceedings. He served as one of the team leaders in the representation of the court-appointed Examiner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy case. Matt also maintains an active pro bono practice, which has included a range of civil and criminal matters.

Matt D. Basil is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department. He is regularly called upon by Fortune 500 companies for help with a wide array of commercial disputes, particularly complex contract, financial and fraud litigation. He also advises public and private corporations on internal investigations and employment issues, among other matters.

Matt has tried a number of cases in federal and state courts and represented clients in arbitration proceedings. He served as one of the team leaders in the representation of the court-appointed Examiner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy case. Matt also maintains an active pro bono practice, which has included a range of civil and criminal matters.

Selected Significant Matters

Matt handles a wide array of commercial disputes and internal investigations for Fortune 500 companies, with particular emphasis on complex contract, financial and fraud litigation. His representative matters include*:

  • Representation of a large publishing client in a $90 million qui tam action brought under the False Claims Act.
  • Representation of an affiliate of a major telecommunications provider in a civil RICO claim brought by the affiliate, where the telecommunications provider purchased the affiliate for $1.3 billion following a two-week bench trial.
  • Representation, including at a week-long preliminary injunction hearing, of a global consulting company against a competitor’s efforts to obtain injunctive relief barring the consulting company from selling a product.
  • Representation of a global company in a significant internal investigation following notification from the United States Department of Justice.
  • Representation through trial of a large, international client in a multi-million dollar lawsuit involving claims for both damages and injunctive relief in connection with the mass resignation of numerous employees across multiple of the client’s offices.
  • Representation of a major telecommunications company in a nine-figure arbitration hearing involving multiple breach of contract claims brought by a former independent contractor of the telecommunications company.
  • Representation of a global retailer in a series of class action antitrust lawsuits.
  • Representation of a large, international client in a class action alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and seeking damages related to a multi-billion dollar defined benefit plan.
  • Representation of the supplier of a large, international home goods company in a multi-million dollar matter in which home goods company sought both damages and injunctive relief against the supplier.
  • Representation of a start-up telecommunications company in trials before multiple state regulatory commissions in matters initiated by a competitor.
  • Representation, including at trial, of a slot machine manufacturer in a civil trial arising out of damages suffered in connection with Hurricane Katrina.

* Matt advised on these matters prior to joining Willkie.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Willkie, Matt was a partner at another major law firm.

Selected Professional and Business Activities

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
    Member, Corporate Board of Directors
  • Leadership Greater Chicago - 2011 Fellow

Selected Publications and Lectures

  • Recent Developments in Fraud Investigations and Litigation Including Ponzi Schemes, Fraud and Corruption Matters,” Duff & Phelps 2017 General Counsel Symposium, November 3, 2017

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