Matthew G. Wapner


Four Gateway Center
100 Mulberry St.
Newark, NJ 07102

Mr. Wapner is a member of the Business Litigation group, representing corporations, small businesses and individuals in complex litigation involving commercial torts and contract disputes. He handles a broad range of litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels, on behalf of diverse clients representing industries including health care, consumer electronics, software, financial services, alternative energy, manufacturing and real estate, to name a few.

He regularly appears in federal and state court and has extensive experience in domestic, international and maritime arbitration forums. His practice focuses on matters involving shareholder disputes (in both closely held and public corporations), breach of contract, class action defense, trade secrets and non-competition agreements, employment claims and antitrust issues.

Mr. Wapner was selected by the New Jersey Law Journal (NJLJ) for its “40 Under 40” list in 2011. According to its Editor-in-Chief, the NJLJ generally chooses attorneys “who have developed practice niches, demonstrated leadership potential by work in practice groups or committees and amassed a thick book of business and/or a solid record of trial, appellate or transactional work.” The NJLJ selects for inclusion in its “40 Under 40” list those attorneys with “special attributes that supersede their résumés,” and those who stand out as having established themselves “by proven expertise in practice areas, by acceptance of important management roles at their firms, by rainmaking ability and by strong community involvement and volunteerism – all of which make up the stuff of future leaders of the profession.”

Mr. Wapner was recently elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Membership in The Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.


  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1999
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh, summa cum laude, 1996

Bar Admissions

New Jersey, Pennsylvania