Matthew J. Lautman


Matthew J. Lautman

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A litigation attorney, Matt primarily represents businesses and individuals in commercial disputes in both federal and state court. Matt’s experience in these areas includes:

  • Breach of contract claims (including collection actions)
  • Construction defect claims
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Non-competition/non-solicitation claims
  • Mechanic’s Lien claims

As part of his creditor’s rights practice, Matt consults with clients about their overall credit process and contracting documents. In this capacity, he seeks to improve efficiencies and develop practices and procedures that may increase the likelihood of payment or collection. Matt routinely represents companies in adversary actions, including preference claims and fraudulent transfer claims.

In addition, Matt frequently represents individuals in will and estate disputes in state orphans’ court. This work involves matters such as:

  • Defending claims against the estate
  • Beneficiaries contesting wills and trusts
  • Principals and interested parties seeking accountings of the actions of an agent with a power of attorney
  • Individuals seeking to reform trust documents


Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Bankruptcy and Collections
  • Will and Trust Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Class President
  • Slippery Rock University
    • B.A.

Published Works

  • What Happens if an Insured Settles a Case Without the Consent of its Insurer?
  • Know the ‘American Rule’, Butler County Business News , August , 2015
  • Step Aside Subcontractors, Open-Ended Mortgages Take Priority
  • What do I do will all that “stuff” my tenant left behind?
  • Legal Tools Used in the Collection of Construction Debt, Part I: Mechanic’s Lien Law
  • Are You Your Mother’s Keeper?
  • Joint and Several Liability Can Cost You More Than Your Fair
  • Bankruptcy Preference Claims: Three Words You Don’t Want to Hear
  • Attorney-Client Privilege
  • Elder Abuse is More Prevalent than You May Think
  • When it Comes to Collections, Construction Professionals Have Some Options Other Industries Do Not
  • Non-Compete Agreements Require Consideration
  • What is Guardianship and How Does it Work?
  • Mechanic’s Lien Law: A Legal Tool to Collect Construction Debt


  • Matt has presented educational seminars on various topics, including “Contract Law for Design Professionals, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Shaking Hands With the Rules.”
  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Shaking Hands With the Rule (Presentation)
  • Protect Your Business Now in Case a Customer Stops Paying Later (Presentation)
  • Considerations When Dealing with a Distressed and/or Bankrupt Customer (Presentation)
  • The Fair Share Act: How It Changes Comparative Negligence in Pennsylvania (Presentation)
  • Mistakes that Cost your Business Money…and how to avoid them (Presentation)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Allegheny County Bar Association (Civil Litigation Section), Member
  • Oakland Planning and Development Corporation, Former Member, Board of Directors
  • Leadership Development Initiative XVII, Graduate
  • Slippery Rock University, Chair, Council of Trustees