Matthew E. Sierawski

Associate

Overview

Matthew (Matt) Sierawski is an associate and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP.  He joined the firm in 2017 as a summer associate, and is now a member of the firm’s Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice.

Prior to Foley, Matt served as a law clerk to the Honorable M. Casey Rodgers, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. In this role, he helped resolve a variety of disputes at nearly every stage of the litigation process (removal, motion to dismiss, summary judgment, pre-trial, trial, post-judgment), pertaining to myriad legal issues, including failure to state a claim, subject-matter and personal jurisdiction, sovereign immunity, improper venue, arbitrability, maritime limitation of liability, stay, remand, default, settlement and garnishment.

During law school, Matt also served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Helene N. White, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and as a legal extern in the Violent & Organized Crime Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan. 

Before pursuing his legal career, Matt served as an operational intelligence analyst for more than seven years in the Michigan Air National Guard. In 2011, he deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of U.S. Army operations, for which he received the Army Commendation Medal.

Representative Experience

  • Managed all aspects of civil discovery in multi-million dollar automotive warranty dispute, including client employee interviews, document collection and production, supervision of contract document review team, creation of privilege log, service of third-party subpoenas and coordination with retained expert metallurgists
  • Assisted multi-billion dollar energy and telecommunication corporations navigate state tax related issues, including Michigan sales and use tax exemptions and multi-state sales apportionment under the Michigan Corporate Income Tax Act
  • Analyzed viability of contractual force majeure and commercial impracticability due to coronavirus pandemic to counsel publicly traded renewable energy corporation
  • Briefed and argued motion for summary disposition in Michigan state court on behalf of automotive supplier, obtaining dismissal of all tort-related claims with prejudice
  • Serve as lead counsel for plaintiff in prisoner civil rights action set for trial in Eastern District of Michigan

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2018)
    • Contributing editor, Michigan Law Review
    • Delegate, AIFL’s 2017 Law Review Editors Delegation to Israel
    • Participant, 1L Oral Advocacy Competition
    • Recipient of Robert J. Currie Scholarship recipient
  • Michigan State University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2013)
    • Dean’s List (2011-2013)
    • Recipient of MSU Office of Study Abroad Academic Excellence Scholarship
    • Spent final collegiate semester in the United Kingdom studying British law and politics

Publications

  • “The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) Is Enacted into Law,” Foley’s Coronavirus Resource Center (March 27, 2020)
  • “Managing the Commercial Impact of the Coronavirus: President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration and Other Updates,” Foley’s Coronavirus Resource Center (March 16, 2020)
  • “Managing the Commercial Impact of the Coronavirus: Presidential Ban on Certain European Travel,” Foley’s Coronavirus Resource Center (March 12, 2020)
  • “2020 Automotive Update: State of the Market, Cost Recovery, and Market Disruption Opportunities,” Foley’s Dashboard Insights (February 20, 2020)
  • “Supply Contract Update: Michigan Court of Appeals Affirms that a Requirements Contract Need Not Be Exclusive (Cadillac Rubber & Plastics, Inc. v. Tubular Metal Systems, LLC),” Foley’s Dashboard Insights (February 19, 2020)
  • Co-author, “The Real Danger of Outsourced Government Investigations,” Law 360 (January 7, 2020)
  • “A Look Ahead: Forecasting the Top Legal Issues Facing In-House Counsel in 2020,” Foley’s Dashboard Insights (December 19, 2019)

Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Detroit Bar Association
  • Associate, 2020 Detroit Bar Association Inn of Court

Capabilities