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Matthew Melewski

Matthew Melewski helps entities and individuals throughout the country with a wide range of legal needs, from contracts to corporate law, from regulation to litigation.  Current clients include a major league sports team, two national historic landmarks, international shipping corporations, a solar energy developer, the largest water treatment companies in the world, philanthropists, environmental organizations, and some of the most prominent civil rights leaders in the country.

Most of his work involves managing legal risks, negotiating agreements, and proactively avoiding or resolving disputes. For intractable problems, Matthew has successfully litigated throughout the United States, including against state and federal governments, winning several cases most lawyers deem impossible:

  • won a preliminary injunction against a federal regulation after the statute of limitations expired;
  • awarded attorneys’ fees from the opposing law firm;
  • reversed a child custody determination on appeal;
  • defeated a motion to intervene in a federal environmental case;
  • won a motion to dismiss a case against the state of New York without the support of the attorney general’s office

Matthew also counsels clients on regulatory and environmental matters – he is the most experienced ballast water attorney in the country, and pioneered the use of intervention in Minnesota environmental appeals.  Finally, Matthew spends at least 25% of his time on civil rights, non-profit work, and socially important causes, almost entirely on a pro bono basis.

Matthew was previously an attorney at two of the largest and most respected law firms in the country, Hunton & Williams LLP and Leonard, Street and Deinard (now Stinson Leonard Street LLP).  Matthew has won awards for writing, speaking and pro bono representations.  While in law school, he was a judicial extern to the Honorable Franklin L. Noel, Magistrate Judge at the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Education

JD, University of Minnesota Law School

BA, New York University

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • Washington, DC
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Writing and Speaking

Conference Chairman, 15th Ballast Water Management Summit, Singapore (July 13-14, 2016)

Speaker on Regulatory Discontinuity and Enforcement, BWMTech, London, England (December 8-9, 2015)

Stream Chair and Speaker, Green Ship Technology North America, Washington, DC (November 17-18, 2015)

Moderator and Speaker on U.S. Compliance and Enforcement, BWMTech North America, Miami, FL (September 24, 2015)

Speaker, “Risk, Non-Complaince and Enforcement,” BWMTech North America, Miami, FL (September 25, 2014)

Alumni Profile, Perspectives Magazine (Spring 2014) Download

Multiple Presentations to U.S. and Canadian Agencies Regarding Implementation of, and Litigation Concerning, the U.S.E.P.A.’s Vessel General Permit (2012-2014)

Interview regarding Guantanamo Bay Representations, The Talking Dog (April 3, 2013)

Speaker, Checks and Balances: Implementation of Federally Delegated Environmental Programs in Virginia, Virginia CLE, Lexington, VA (April 5, 2011)

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards: Recent Changes in Security Affect Pharma Facilities, Contract Pharma (June 6, 2009) (co-author)

The Malign Effects of Drug and Crime Control Policies on Black Americans, 37 Crime and Justice 1-44 (2008), reprinted in Thinking about Punishment: Penal Policy Across Space, Time and Discipline (Ashgate, 2009) (with Michael Tonry) Download

Jenna Schwartzhoff, Of Counsel

Jenna Schwartzhoff has extensive experience in transactional corporate law from brand protection strategies to negotiating multi-million dollar contracts. Her practice also includes work in franchise law, intellectual property, data privacy and security. Her unique blend of outside and in-house counsel experience lends itself to a pragmatic approach that considers the specific needs of the business.

Current clients include multi-brand franchisees, individuals with contract needs, and other business consulting work. Having worked for major established international franchisors and expanding new brands alike, Jenna understands the nuances and complexities of the franchise relationship and the challenges facing business owners at all levels of a franchised system.

Jenna also counsels individuals on new business formation, and she spends a significant amount of her time counseling women-owned businesses on a pro bono basis to help them turn their business dreams into reality.

Jenna was previously an attorney at Leonard, Street and Deinard (now Stinson Leonard Street LLP) and Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.

Education

JD, Hamline University Law School

BA, St. Thomas University

Admissions

  • Minnesota

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