Matthew A. Woolf - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Matthew A. Woolf

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 504-566-5262

Matt Woolf, shareholder in the New Orleans office, focuses his practice on the defense of national insurance companies in first-party property claims following catastrophes and natural disasters. He has considerable experience defending class and mass actions against the insurance industry, as well as administrating, managing and defending large volumes of individual claims and lawsuits over a broad geographic region. His experience includes numerous lines of private and commercial property, life, and liability insurance, bad faith, coverage, regulatory and third-party defense. Mr. Woolf also represents clients in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, with particular experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in securities fraud litigation, complex corporate class and mass action litigation, and a variety of contractual disputes, fiduciary duty and business tort litigation. 

Duke UniversityBA 1997Tulane UniversityJ.D. 2000
Tulane Law Review (1998 – 2000) Federal Bar Association American Bar Association New Orleans Bar Association Louisiana State Bar Association

Case History

Recent Representative Matters
  • Extensive representation of national insurance companies in class, mass, and individual first-party property claims in the wake of Hurricanes Cindy, Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike.
  • Obtained $3.5 million summary judgment on behalf of seven plaintiffs in securities fraud litigation.
  • Obtained dismissal of $2.9 million lawsuit against client arising out of the sale of securities.
  • Successfully defended four lawsuits, an ICC arbitration, and two appeals to the U.S. Fourth Circuit in securing confirmation of an international arbitral award on behalf of an international petroleum company. The victory not only resulted in the dismissal of more than $100 million in claims, but ordered reimbursement to the client of over $730,000 in attorneys' fees and arbitration costs.
  • Represented state oil company in ICC arbitration and confirmation proceedings arising out of the sale of multiple shipments of gasoline where claims asserted exceeded $150 million.
  • Represented state oil company in ICC arbitration and confirmation proceedings arising out of the sale of multiple shipments of crude oil and related antitrust litigation.
  • Defended Fortune 100 retailer from COLI class actions in state and federal court

Office Location

201 Saint Charles Avenue, Suite 3600
New Orleans, LA 70170
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Insurance Law