Matthew W. Naparty
Since joining MLN more than 15 years ago, Matt has prepared and argued hundreds of significant pre- and post-trial motions and appeals in state and federal courts, including the New York Court of Appeals, across broad areas of practice. He is noted for several key appellate decisions involving the interpretation of New York’s Labor Law (the so-called “scaffold law”), medical malpractice, premises liability and matrimonial law. He is routinely called upon for his appellate expertise and strategic, beyond-the-box thinking in high exposure and complex matters by major insurance companies, corporations, hospitals, individuals and other attorneys.
Matt also chairs the firm’s national Active Trial Monitoring Program where, unlike “monitoring” counsel, MLN’s experienced appellate attorneys partner with and assist trial counsel in developing the overall case strategy, preserving the record, identifying the need for and preparing trial motions and providing an objective appellate perspective throughout the trial. Matt has personally appeared in this capacity in dozens of high exposure cases with tremendous success, including in-limine dismissals of multi-million dollar claims for future medical expenses and lost earnings; development and preservation of issues which led to dismissal on post-trial motion and/or appeal; and favorable settlements during trial prompted by the threat of a meritorious appeal from a well-made record.
In 2011, Matt was honored by Long Island Business News as one of its “40 Under 40“. In 2011 and 2012, he was among the top 2.5% of the lawyers in the region to be named as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers (as published in the New York Times). And each year from 2013-2016, he was among the top 5% of attorneys in the region to be named a New York Metro “Super Lawyer”.
From 2010-2015, Matt served as an appointed member of the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction. The Committee evaluates the practices and procedures of the Court of Appeals and the Appellate Divisions; submits proposals and evaluations to the NYSBA Executive Committee and House of Delegates; and proposes amicus briefs for Executive Committee consideration.
Matt is a Dean’s List graduate of St. John’s University School of Law where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and he received his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College.
Matt is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey, as well as the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeal for the First and Second Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.