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Matthew T. Kemp

1000 Jackson Street
Toledo, OH 43604


Karen Ayers

An associate in the Litigation group, Matt has extensive experience in business litigation and arbitration, including:

  • Franchise disputes (both franchisor and franchisee side)
  • Contract disputes
  • Unfair competition
  • Trademark and trade dress disputes
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Lease disputes
  • Real property disputes
  • Customer/supplier disputes
  • Class action defense

Matt also has experience in environmental and land use litigation, product liability defense, and federal and state environmental enforcement matters.

Before entering private practice, Matt served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jack Zouhary of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • American Bar Association
  • Toledo Naturalists’ Association (President)
  • Federalist Society, Toledo Lawyers Chapter (President)

News Releases


03.20.2014"California Chemical Regulators Release Initial List of Consumer Products to be Scrutinized; Wisconsin Manufacturers Should Take Note," National Law Review
10.08.2013"Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Proposes Carbon Emissions Rules for New Power Plants," National Law Review
09.19.2013"Federal Court Rules that Compliance with Clean Air Act Permit Does Not Preempt Private Tort Suits Over Air Emissions," National Law Review
08.22.2013"Seventh Circuit Defines Rights to Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) Cost Recovery and Contribution Actions," National Law Review
04.02.2013"New EPA Guidance on Tenants' CERCLA Liability for Leasing Contaminated Properties," National Law Review
06.2012"Greenwash:  Overselling a Product’s 'Greenness,'" Wisconsin Lawyer

Alternate biographies




  • J.D., cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law, 2009
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Dartmouth College, 2004

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Ohio, 2015
  • Michigan, 2015
  • Wisconsin, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin