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Matthew Carlson Law Practice Areas


Mr. Carlson represents defendants and plaintiffs in litigation filed in the state and federal courts of Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., litigating a wide range of issues, including:

  • Tort & Personal Injury

  • Contract Litigation

  • Business Disputes

  • Product Liabilty

  • Subrogation

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Insurance Defense

  • Premises Liability

  • Veterinary Malpractice

  • Medical Malpractice



Mr. Carlson acts as outside corporate counsel to  businesses of all sizes and has experience with many issues that businesses commonly face, including:

  • Employment Law

  • Employee Manuals & Policies

  • Contract Drafting & Negotiation

  • Business Entity Formation

  • Business Disputes

  • Commercial Leases

  • Employment Contracts

  • Severance Agreements

  • Non-Competition Agreements

  • Purchase or Sale of a Business



Mr. Carlson has experience representing employers and employees on various issues affecting the employment relationship, including:

  • Employment Contracts

  • Severance Agreements

  • Wrongful Termination

  • Workplace Disputes

  • Independent Contractor Agreements

  • Non-Compete Agreements


Mr. Carlson has defended claims

against a variety of surety

bonds over the past twenty years, including:

  • Probate Fiduciary Bonds

  • Automobile Dealer Bonds

  • Tax Preparer Bonds

  • Notary Public Bonds

  • Title & Settlement Agent Bonds

  • E&O Liability


Mr. Carlson often associates with attorneys from other jurisdictions as local counsel in litigation pending in the state and federal courts of Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.  He can assist with all aspects of litigation from start to finish, including pro hac vice admissions, guidance on local rules and procedures, issuing subpoenas and taking depositions.






Whether the client is a small local business or a multinational corporation, a veteran of litigation or going to court for the very first time, all clients want the same thing from their attorney -- experienced, knowledgeable and responsive representation.  Mr. Carlson strives to provide each of these things to his business and litigation clients.  He is able to give his clients the benefit of his extensive experience handling a wide range of legal matters while also giving his clients the personal attention that only a sole practitioner can provide.  This combination of experience, knowledge and responsiveness is one of the reasons why many of Mr. Carlson's clients have worked with him for years.  The following are some examples of matters which Mr. Carlson has handled:


  • Lead trial counsel defending a product liability claim against a large manufacturer of a pet containment systems.  Plaintiff, who was represented by a large firm in Washington, D.C., alleged serious injury.  After a four-day trial in Virginia Circuit Court, the jury rendered a defense verdict.  Mr. Carlson also successfully defended the verdict on appeal.

  • Lead trial counsel defending a claim for fraud against a real estate agent and broker seeking $5 million in damages arising out of the sale of a luxury home.  After a five-day trial in Maryland Circuit Court, the jury rendered a defense verdict.  Mr. Carlson was also able to obtain an order requiring the Plaintiff to pay all of his clients' attorney fees and expenses.

  • Lead trial counsel defending one of the largest security corporations in the world in a lawsuit filed in Federal court seeking $4.75 million in damages arising out of an alleged sexual assault by a security officer.  Mr. Carlson was able to gather evidence discrediting plaintiff's claims resulting in a favorable resolution of the case before trial.

  • Lead counsel representing the family of a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a speeding car.  Mr. Carlson was able to obtain a substantial settlement for the man's family without having to file a lawsuit.

  • Lead counsel defending one of the largest defense contractors in the world in complex tort litigation seeking $2 billion in damages.  Mr. Carlson was able to obtain a favorable resolution at an early stage of the matter so that his client avoided the lengthy and expensive litigation which continued for several years thereafter.

  • Lead trial counsel defending the seller of a luxury airplane in a suit filed against it seeking $3 million in damages. During trial, Mr. Carlson obtained a ruling from the court that plaintiff had failed to prove its claims and the case was dismissed without defendant having to present its case.


  • Retained by one of the largest communications companies in Europe to bring its employee handbook and policies into compliance with the law of the District of Columbia and the United States.

  • Retained by an oral surgeon to advise him on how to open his own practice without violating his former employer's non-compete agreement.

  • Retained by a local business to assist in the sale of its assets to a large national retailer.

  • Retained by an executive  to draft and negotiate a severance agreement.


Mr. Carlson has advised business entities of  all sizes on employment matters, severance agreements, employee handbooks and policies, non-competition agreements, contract negotiation and drafting, commercial lease negotiation and drafting, business entity formation and business disputes.  The following are examples of some of the businesses he currently advises:

  • A direct marketing company with approximately 80 employees and offices on the east and west coast;

  • A small retailer in Virginia with one employee;

  • An interpretation and translation company in Washington, D.C., working with 500 independent contractors;

  • A resident management corporation in Washington, D.C., managing 132 housing units.

  • A local retail franchise with multiple locations in Maryland

Disclaimer:  Any information contained on this website with respect to results obtained by Matthew Carlson Law is not intended to be an indication that the same or similar results can or will be obtained in other cases or situations.  Results will vary depending on the facts and circumstances of each individual matter.  Prior results do not predict, warrant or guarantee a similar outcome in other matters.





Matthew W. Carlson, Esq., was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and has practiced law in the Washington Metropolitan area since 1994.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Maryland and his juris doctorate from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.  He is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.  

Prior to opening Matthew Carlson Law, Mr. Carlson was a partner in an insurance defense litigation firm in Washington, D.C.  During his twenty-plus years with that firm, Mr. Carlson represented individuals and businesses in the defense of claims made against them in the state and federal courts of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.  He was lead counsel in numerous civil litigation matters involving a broad range of issues, from personal injury to complex commercial disputes.  Mr. Carlson has also argued appellate matters before the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Maryland Court of Appeals and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

In addition, Mr. Carlson has also provided legal advice to businesses of all sizes and types, from mom-and-pop shops to multi-national corporations.   Mr. Carlson has acted as outside general counsel to businesses providing assistance on the many issues that face business owners, including, employment terminations, severance agreements, noncompete agreements, employee handbooks, commercial contract drafting, business entity formation, the purchase or sale of a business, commercial leases and business disputes.  Mr. Carlson's extensive litigation experience enables him to provide advice that helps his business clients identify possible future issues and take steps to avoid ending up in court.

Mr. Carlson served as the President of the District of Columbia Defense Lawyers Association from 2009-2010 and is a member of the Arlington County Bar Association.  He edited the District of Columbia section of DRI’s Products Liability Defenses:  A State-By-State Compendium for three years and was previously the editor of the District of Columbia and Maryland sections of the Primerus Defense Practice Institute’s Product Liability Compendium.

Mr. Carlson lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children.  In his free time, he coaches youth baseball and has served on the Board of Directors of Arlington Little League and the Board of Directors of NOVA Fellowship of Christian Athletes Baseball.




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