Matthew Antonelli

Matthew Antonelli

Associate

Contact Info

Phone: (202) 295-6608
Fax: (202) 337-6065

Primary Office

Washington
1919 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Suite 550
Washington, DC 20006-3434

Matthew Antonelli

Associate

Matt Antonelli is a commercial litigator who concentrates his practice on port and maritime law, as well as insurance coverage.  

Matt’s experience in the maritime area includes assisting ports, ocean carriers, marine terminal operators and other entities dealing with matters under the Shipping Act, Jones Act and related claims. He regularly counsels clients on Federal Maritime Commission regulations, negotiations and related compliance.

In his insurance practice, Matt represents insurers on coverage-related disputes, including on issues of professional liability, business disruption and cybersecurity. Matthew also has related experience litigating claims arising out of construction contracts, employment disputes and intellectual property.

Prior to joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Matthew was a law clerk for the Honorable William C. Mulford, II, associate judge for the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.

Experience

Select matters include the representation of:

Ports and Maritime
A major port regarding Federal Maritime Commission agreement filing requirements.
A port regarding its rights under a dredging project agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Two major car carriers in multiple private party actions in front of the Federal Maritime Commission in a case involving alleged antitrust violations.
A major port with respect to congestion and labor issues.
A port in negotiating and drafting marine terminal operator agreements with tenants.
A port in negotiating a ship charter for a new vessel service, and negotiating and drafting marine terminal leases and berthing agreements.
A cargo owner in an action against a shipping carrier to recover amounts incurred as detention and demurrage charges in the People‘s Republic of China.
Insurance
A global casualty and property insurer in insurance coverage litigation related to business interruption claims arising out of COVID-19.
A travel insurer in COVID-19 related class-action coverage litigation.
A professional liability insurer in a coverage dispute arising out of errors and omissions policy.
A major insurer in a matter arising out of a coverage dispute under a subcontractor default insurance policy, including at four-day arbitration hearing.
Commercial Litigation
A manufacturer of Class II slot machines in an action brought by a competing manufacturer alleging trademark and trade dress violations under the Lanham Act, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
A company responsible for billing EMS services in a suit brought by county government for alleged breach of contract.
A government contractor in a suit against a former employee for intentional interference with a multi-million dollar contract and for violation of an employee agreement.
A major government contractor in a discrimination action brought by a former employee under Title VII.
A county government in high-profile litigation with a designer, general contractor and special inspector involved with construction of a transit center.

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Named to The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch list, Construction Litigation, 2020

Selected to the Rising Stars list, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2018 to present

Memberships and Affiliations

Maryland State Bar Association

Maritime Administrative Bar Association

American Association of Port Authorities, Law Review Committee

Education

J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2012

  • Symposium Editor, Wake Forest Law Review
  • E. McGruder Faris Memorial Award Recipient
  • The Order of Barristers
  • Mason Scholarship Recipient
  • Teaching Assistant, Legal Analysis, Writing & Research
  • Research Assistant

B.A., Bucknell University, 2009

  • Captain, Bucknell Men's Lacrosse Team, 2008-2009

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Maryland

Matt Antonelli is a commercial litigator who concentrates his practice on port and maritime law, as well as insurance coverage.  

Matt’s experience in the maritime area includes assisting ports, ocean carriers, marine terminal operators and other entities dealing with matters under the Shipping Act, Jones Act and related claims. He regularly counsels clients on Federal Maritime Commission regulations, negotiations and related compliance.

In his insurance practice, Matt represents insurers on coverage-related disputes, including on issues of professional liability, business disruption and cybersecurity. Matthew also has related experience litigating claims arising out of construction contracts, employment disputes and intellectual property.

Prior to joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Matthew was a law clerk for the Honorable William C. Mulford, II, associate judge for the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.