R. Matthew Cairns - Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, PC

R. Matthew Cairns

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012

Matt Cairns represents the interests of individuals, insurers, manufacturers, transportation and other companies in diverse commercial, complex and traditional litigation matters in all state and federal courts and state agencies.

Matt also serves as general counsel to several closely held businesses in New Hampshire. He is also experienced in general corporate and municipal representation, and risk management training.

Since 1996, Matt has been an active member, award recipient, and leader of DRI — The Voice of the Defense Bar, the largest international organization of attorneys committed to defending the interests of businesses and individuals in civil litigation. In October 2011, Matt completed a one-year term as the 2011 president of DRI.

Matt is selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®in the fields of Labor & Employment Litigation, Municipal Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation and Construction Litigation, for which Best Lawyers further recognized him as "Lawyer of the Year" 2015, Concord, NH. He is also selected to the 2014 list ofNew England Super Lawyers® for Personal Injury Defense - Products. Matt is the only New Hampshire lawyer listed in theInternational Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2014 under Product Liability Defense.

His other active affiliations include:

Matt teaches and writes on topics of leadership, Medicare reimbursement, electronic discovery, products liability, professional liability and other legal issues. He was the First Circuit editor for DRI's Daubert On-Line newsletter from 2006-2008.

He is admitted to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

He is a 1983 graduate of Brown University, and graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Law in 1986.

Additional Information

Practice Areas

Insurance Law

Employment Law


Municipal Law

Brown UniversityCase Western Reserve University
DRI - Voice of Defense BarABOTAFederation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)

Office Location

214 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Construction of the Concord Metro Area
R. Matthew Cairns has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Litigation - Construction
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Litigation - Municipal
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Other Information

Gender: Male