Matthew N. Klebanoff is a commercial litigator with substantial experience litigating and settling complex insurance coverage and commercial disputes.

Matt has represented a wide variety of leading insurance industry clients in coverage, bad faith, fraud and rescission actions, with an emphasis on D&O, E&O, fiduciary liability, healthcare and managed care risk, ERISA coverage, EPL, reinsurance, and other lines and coverages. Matt also routinely represents commercial clients in a wide variety of industries in breach of contract, fraud, and other business disputes.

Matt volunteers as a pro bono attorney with the Support Center for Child Advocates, where he represents dependent children committed to the temporary care of the Department of Human Services. He is also an active member of the American Bar Association, where he is a member of the Section of Litigation, as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Matt earned his law degree, cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law, where he was a Managing Editor of the Villanova Law Review. During law school, Matt served as an intern for the Honorable Franklin S. Van Antwerpen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He received his undergraduate degree in English from Pennsylvania State University.

Representative Matters

  • Connect America Holdings, LLC, et al. v. Arch Insurance Company (E.D. Pa.) – Secured jury verdict in favor of Arch in $5 million D&O coverage litigation arising from underlying trademark infringement actions. Phase two of the coverage litigation involving allegations of bad faith was never reached.
  • Cigna Corporation v. Executive Risk Indemnity, Inc., et al. (Pa. Super. Ct.) – Successfully represented two insurers in coverage litigation arising from an ERISA dispute that reached the U.S. Supreme Court, in which Cigna Corp. sought $20 million in insurance coverage plus punitive damages for alleged bad faith. In a published opinion, the Pennsylvania Superior Court unanimously affirmed the summary judgment we obtained in favor of our clients in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. We then successfully opposed Cigna’s petition for appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
  • Massachusetts Bay Ins. Co. v. American Healthcare Services Association, et al. (N.H.) – Represented Insurer in the trial court and before the Supreme Court of New Hampshire in case involving a multi-million dollar healthcare insurance dispute stemming from dozens of patients contracting Hepatitis C while being treated at a New Hampshire area hospital, which ultimately led to a criminal prosecution.
  • Represents three quota-share insurers and MGU under Reps & Warranties insurance policy in confidential arbitration of multi-million dollar dispute stemming from alleged breaches in connection with insured private equity firm’s acquisition of a company.
  • United States Fire Insurance Co. v. Kelman Bottles, LLC (W.D. Pa.) – Represented CNA in coverage and bad faith action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, with over $100 million in damages alleged. The case settled after jury selection – after we had already won summary judgment on all bad faith claims.
  • Highmark Life Insurance Co. v. Elite Underwriting Services (Pa. Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County) – Obtained $3.6 million award in arbitration in favor of Medical Stop Loss Insurance MGU in dispute concerning commissions, and then successfully litigated Pennsylvania state court action seeking vacature of the award.

Honors & Awards

Named a Rising Star by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine as the result of a statewide survey of lawyers, 2018 – Present

Villanova Law Review, Managing Editor

Award Methodologies

Memberships & Community

American Bar Association, Section of Litigation

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Support Center for Child Advocates, Volunteer Attorney