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Matthew Horowitz surety bonds Hartford attorney

Matthew M. Horowitz

Of Counsel

750 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06103

Phone: 860.548.1122 | Fax: 860.548.1223

Education

  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • Tufts University, B.A., summa cum laude
Biography

Matthew Horowitz has been representing sureties and fidelity carriers in Connecticut and Massachusetts for approximately 30 years. He regularly assists sureties with performance and payment bond disputes and claims arising under probate and other commercial bonds, as well as in salvage and recovery matters. He litigates in state and federal courts, appellate courts, and arbitration forums, as well as representing sureties in mediations and informal negotiations. He also provides representation to sureties in transactional matters, including drafting and negotiating takeover and tender agreements, completion contracts and documents in aid of indemnity obligations.

Matt is a member and has held leadership positions in the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the American Bar Association. He is a co-sponsor of the Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference held annually in New Jersey. He has published extensively in the surety industry including contributing chapters or serving as editor for ABA publications such as the Law of performance Bonds, the Law of Payment Bonds and the Law of Commercial and Miscellaneous Bonds. Matt is a frequent speaker at surety and fidelity conferences. He has developed extensive relationships in the surety industry and is in regular contact with surety claims professionals, surety claims consultants, and surety lawyers from other jurisdictions.

Matt frequently teaches as an adjunct professor in the mediation program at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute of Community Research, a non-profit organization located in Hartford, Connecticut. He is also a member of the Town of West Hartford Civilian Police Review Board.

He earned his B.A, summa cum laude from Tufts University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Texas, and the District of Columbia. In addition, he is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Fifth Circuit, and the United States District Court, District of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Professional Memberships
  • American Bar Association, Surety and Fidelity Law Committee
  • Surety Claims Institute
  • National Bond Claims Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
Honors & Awards
Community
  • Institute for Community Research, Member, Board of Directors
  • Town of West Hartford Civilian Police Review Board, Member
Publications
  • The Law of Commercial Surety and Miscellaneous Bonds (3rd Ed.), American Bar Association, chapter co-author
  • The Law of Performance Bonds, American Bar Association, co-editor (2nd Ed.)
  • The Law of Payment Bonds, American Bar Association, chapter author
  • The Law of Commercial and Miscellaneous Bonds, American Bar Association, chapter author
  • The Contract Bond Surety’s Subrogation Rights, American Bar Association, chapter author
  • Appleman on Insurance, Performance Bond Chapter, co-author
  • CGL/Builder’s Risk Monograph, American Bar Association, co-editor
Speaking Engagements
  • The Law of Commercial Surety and Miscellaneous Bonds, American Bar Association, May, 2022, Presenter
  • Annual presentations at the Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, addressing topics including: the availability of consequential damages as a remedy for a performance bond claims, strategies for protecting the penal sum in the course of a surety takeover, mediation ethics, probate bond claims arising out of businesses operated by a probate estate, the admissibility of expert testimony in surety and fidelity bad faith litigation, to what extent a surety bond producer’s knowledge is imputable to the surety, and recovering assets from limited liability companies
  • Presentations at various American Bar Association Surety and Fidelity Law Committee conferences addressing topics including priority disputes between sureties and the Internal Revenue Service to undisbursed contract funds, surety indemnity rights on projects located on Native American reservations, and commercial crime policy coverage issues posed by ponzi schemes and lapping scams
Classes & Seminars
  • Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims conference, Program Co-chair and Annual Presenter
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Mediation Clinic
  • 2016 ABA Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, Mid-Year Fidelity Conference, “Mediating the Complex Fidelity Claim: How to Get it Right,” Program Co-chair
Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Texas
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts