Lee, Matthew A.

Matthew A. Lee

Of Counsel


Matt Lee is a dual-qualified attorney in New York with trial, arbitration, and appellate experience in the United States, Australia, and Southeast Asia.  He focuses on representing clients in complex commercial litigation, transnational disputes, international arbitration, class actions, appeals, and investigations.  Specifically, Matt’s experience includes natural resources and energy disputes, securities class actions, disputes concerning foreign investment and infrastructure projects, qui tam and whistleblower actions, data privacy investigations, and antitrust, insurance, product liability, real estate, and employment litigation.  

Matt has argued before multiple state and federal courts in the U.S., and has been directly involved in a number of trials, arbitrations, and appeals, including major ICSID bilateral investment treaty arbitrations and ICC arbitrations; a notable trial victory before the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware; and proceedings before the High Court of Australia.  Matt has also advised on protracted litigation concerning personal injury, property damage, and insurance/re-insurance claims arising from one of Australia’s largest bushfires. 

Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel in 2011, Matt worked as a lawyer on appellate, civil and commercial litigation, and legal advisory matters with the South Australian Crown Solicitor and Solicitor General in the High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia, and local courts in South Australia.  Matt was also the Fulbright Australian Alumni (WG Walker) Scholar and the Law Foundation of South Australia Fellow and studied at Harvard Law School, focusing on water disputes, comparative constitutional law, environmental law, and international arbitration.  Matt’s experience across multiple jurisdictions includes having taught law in both Australia and the U.S. and participated as a member of the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.  Matt has also taught a course on International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at New York University and has published a number of articles on transnational dispute resolution and class actions.


  • Representing the ResCap Liquidating Trust in actions against correspondent lenders, relating to the origination and sale of defective residential mortgages.
  • Represented PIMCO, Western Asset Management Company, and dozens of other investors asserting securities claims against Brazilian oil company Petrobras relating to the revelation of a bribery and corruption scandal.
  • Represented AIG in a $10 billion fraud suit against Bank of America and its affiliates arising out of AIG’s purchase of billions of dollars in Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities.
  • Represented Morgan Stanley in multiple federal and state regulatory investigations and enforcement actions arising out of data privacy breach.
  • Represented AIG and obtained dismissal of consolidated policyholder class actions alleging RICO violations arising out of historic workers compensation premium underreporting allegations.
  • Represented Hildene Capital Management and seven other plaintiffs in a suit that enjoined a $3 billion proposed asset sale between BankAtlantic Bancorp and BB&T.  


  • Harvard Law School 
    (LL.M., 2011)

  • University of Adelaide
    (LL.B., First Class Honors, 2008)
    • Adelaide Law Review:
      • Student Editorial Board, 2007-2008

  • University of Adelaide
    (B.A., Politics, First Class Honors, 2005)


The State Bar of New York; A practitioner in the Supreme Court of South Australia; Licensed to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor in the High Court and Federal Courts of Australia


  • South Australian Crown Solicitor’s Office:
    • Solicitor, 2008-2010


  • Selected as SuperLawyer Rising Star (2018) 
  • Fulbright Australian Alumni (WG Walker) Scholar (2010)
  • Law Foundation of South Australia Fellow (2011)


  • Matthew A. Lee, David M. Orta, and Brian Rowe, Class Action Arbitration Under U.S. Jurisprudence, INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION IN THE UNITED STATES (Shore, L., Cheng, T.H., La Chuisa, J.E., Schaner, L., and Senn, M., eds., 2017).
  • Matthew A. Lee, IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration: A Cautionary Introductory Note for Clients, Counsel and Arbitrators, 1(1) THE ACICA REVIEW 1, 35 (2013).
  • Lee, M. and Bento, L., Class Arbitration in the United States Survives Another Battle, But Will it Survive the War, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, June 21, 2013.
  • Bento, L., and Lee, M., Finality Confirmed, Constitutionality Upheld: Major Victory for International Arbitration Community in Australia, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, Mar. 19, 2013.


  • New York University (Fall 2014):
    • Adjunct Instructor, International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (with Lucas Bento)