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Matthew W. Bauer



Matthew W. Bauer maintains a complex litigation practice concentrating in transportation, premises liability, product liability and general business disputes.

Matt is a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy at Stanford University. He also served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy from 1988 to 1992.


Representative Experience


  • Represented a variety of over the road national motor carriers, including well-known dry van, moving and food service companies, in defense of personal injury claims.
  • Led the local defense efforts for a large private operator of buses, shuttles and paratransit vehicles.

Products Liability

  • Defended North America’s leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles against both traditional products as well as warranty claims.
  • Has successfully defended cases on behalf of a broad sample of industry, including, plastics, chemical, food and beverage companies.


  • Frequently defends major retailers against the gamut of premises liability claims.
  • Has successfully defended commercial building owners and operators, including those in the entertainment and gaming industries.

Commercial Litigation

  • Has experience defending class actions, including ones filed against a large home warranty company and a large casual dining restaurant chain.


Professional and Community Affiliations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
    • General Council Delegate (2019-2020)
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Barrister, Worrall F. Mountain American Inn of Court
  • American Trucking Associations
  • USLAW Network Transportation Practice Group
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Committee
  • American Bar Association Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee


  • Facilitator, “Defining Corporate Social Responsibility and the Role that Chief Legal Officers and In-House Counsel Play in Protecting Your Company’s Reputation and Its Future,” USLAW Network National Client Conference (Fall 2021)
  • Speaker, "Telling the Good Company Story to Offset Claims of Negligent Hiring Supervision and Training," USLAW NETWORK Worldwide Virtual Retreat: 2021 and Beyond; Online Program (October 2020)
  • Co-chair, Transportation and Logistics Education Track, USLAW Network National Client Conference (Spring 2019)
  • Panelist, “Transportation Claims Are Not Just for the Trucking Industry,” USLAW Network Retail and Hospitality Law Exchange (October 2018)
  • Panelist, "Defending Warranty Cases," Daimler Trucks North America LLC Outside Counsel Meeting (October 2017)
  • Co-presenter, “Is Your TBI Really TBS?” Chubb Group Claims webinar, July 2016
  • Speaker, “Amendments to federal hours of service regulations,” USLAW Network national client conference (Spring 2012)
  • Speaker, “Driver/trucking company conflicts,” USLAW Network national client conference (Spring 2010)
  • Chair, panel discussion on dram shop liability issues, USLAW Network national client conference (Spring 2009)


  • Editor and Contributor, USLAW Network Compendium on Surveillance Law, Fall 2014
  • Contributor, ABA Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee Compendium on Damages, 2013
  • Co-author, USLAW Network Transportation Compendium of Law, Spring 2013
  • Co-author, USLAW Network Compendium on the Offer of Judgment Rule, Fall 2012
  • Co-author, "E-Discovery Under New Jersey Court Rules," New Jersey Lawyer magazine, August 2007
  • Contributor, Defense Research Institute's publication on Evidence

News & Insights


  • Honorable Steven L. Lefelt, J.S.C. (now J.A.D., retired), 1996 - 1997


Rutgers University School of Law (J.D., Rutgers Law Journal Articles Editor and Member, 1996)

University of Pennsylvania (B.A., History and English, 1988)


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