• EDUCATION
  • ADMISSIONS

    Bar
    Massachusetts, 1992
    New York, 1994

    Courts
    U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1995
    U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1996

  • DISTINCTIONS

    Martindale Hubbell Rated “AV” (Preeminent), 2008-present

    Clerkship, Hon. David D. Dowd, Jr., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1992-1994

    2017 Super Lawyer

    Boston Globe’s 2015 Top Rated Lawyers of 2015

    Highest Mark Feb. 1993 Ohio Bar Exam

  • PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Massachusetts Bar Association

    Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association

    Defense Research Institute

    New York Bar Association

Matthew J. Walko, Partner

Matthew Walko has a broad-based civil litigation practice. He is experienced in all aspects of litigation before Massachusetts state and federal courts, ranging from discovery through trial and appeal, including mediation. He represents business, insurance, and individual clients in all aspects of civil litigation and appellate practice. He has more than 20 years of experience in trial practice in state and federal courts. His practice includes products and premises liability litigation, insurance defense and chapter 93A litigation, coverage opinions, construction, business and commercial litigation, and indoor air quality litigation. He is experienced in all aspects of litigation from discovery through trial and appeal, including mediation.

Matt has achieved excellent results for product manufacturers and service providers in fire and explosion litigation involving multi-million dollar claims, for public authorities and contractors in defense of insured-risk, personal injury and property damage lawsuits and construction defect claims, for businesses and individuals in civil lawsuits, and for insurance companies, including non-admitted carriers, with respect to insurance coverage disputes, manuscript-policy and surplus-lines CGL coverage issues, subrogation and chapter 93A and 176D litigation.

He has successfully represented business clients at jury trials before the Massachusetts Superior Court, and has argued and won appeals before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. In particular, his appellate advocacy on expert witness and premises liability issues has secured favorable results for clients

Matt has been a partner of Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo since 2001; he served as Administrative-Managing Partner from 2009 through 2016.

  • Mr. Walko has been a partner of Smith Duggan since 2001. He served as Administrative-Managing Partner from 2009 through 2016.
  • Mr. Walko has successfully represented business clients at jury trials before the Massachusetts Superior Court, and has argued and won appeals before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
  • Mr. Walko has a broad-based civil litigation practice. He is experienced in all aspects of litigation before Massachusetts state and federal courts, ranging from discovery through trial and appeal, including mediation.
  • Mr. Walko has represented business clients in pursuing interlocutory appeals in accordance with the unique Massachusetts Single Justice Appeal practice.
  • Mr. Walko’s appellate advocacy on expert witness and premises liability issues has secured favorable results for clients in such cases as Patterson v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., 48 Mass. App. Ct. 586, 723 N.E.2d 1005 (2000), Canavan's Case, 432 Mass. 304, 733 N.E.2d 1042 (2000), and Peters v. Haymarket Leasing, Inc., 64 Mass. App. Ct. 767, 835 N.E.2d 628 (2005).
  • Mr. Walko successfully represented an insurance company on appeal in its interpretation of its insurance policy in Nautilus Ins. Co. v. 51-67 Stuart St. Realty Trust, 67 Mass. App. Ct. 1102, 2006 WL 2240696.
  • Mr. Walko successfully assisted a computer technology supplier as its local counsel to obtain a Supreme Judicial Court reversal of an interlocutory trial court decision in PCG Trading, LLC v. Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, 460 Mass. 265, 951 N.E.2d 315 (2011).
  • Mr. Walko has lectured for the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association on expert witness issues, including the approach of Massachusetts courts to multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) evidence.
  • Mr. Walko is the author of a chapter for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. entitled "Scientific Evidence and the Use of Lanigan and Daubert."
  • Speaker on expert witness issues, including the approach of Massachusetts courts to multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) evidence (Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association)