Matt Knowles focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and government investigations. He represents clients in a broad range of civil and criminal proceedings at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal court.
Matt graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was the recipient of the Charles H. Smith Bequest Scholarship in 2009 and 2010, and was named a Dean’s Scholar in the Federal Courts and the Federal System. He served as an honors legal intern in the Office of Legal Counsel for the US Department of Defense and as an intern in the office of the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. He also served as an intern to the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
In 2017, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named Matt to its list of “Up & Coming Lawyers,” an award that honors rising stars who have been admitted to the Massachusetts Bar for fewer than 10 years yet have already distinguished themselves in the practice of law.
Matt has written and co-authored a number of publications including: The Telephone Consumer Protection Act and 2014 Data Breaches Highlight a Broad Range of Risks, Privacy and Data Protection 2014 Year in Review; Federal, State Law Liability for Call Center Operators, New England In-House, Vol. 12, No. 3 (2014); This Call May Be Recorded: Class Action Plaintiffs in California Continue to Target Businesses on Call Center Recording, Privacy and Data Protection 2013 Year in Review; The Reinvigorated Confrontation Clause: A New Basis to Challenge the Admission of Evidence from Nontestifying Forensic Experts in White Collar Prosecutions, NACDL Champion, Vol. XXVII No. 3 (2013); FTC v. Actavis: The Supreme Court Decision and Going-Forward Scrutiny of Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (September 2013); Questions from the Box: Jury Questioning and the Adversarial System, published in the Journal of Politics and Society, 17th ed.; and ReadMe: Software for Automated Content Analysis for Distributional Patterns (2007).
Matt also has an active pro bono practice, which has included challenges to wrongful convictions, a death penalty appeal, disputes between students and educational institutions concerning reasonable accommodation and racial discrimination, domestic violence victim protection cases, and employment discrimination matters.