Matthew J. Lautman is a graduate of Slippery Rock University where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science. While at Slippery Rock, he was a member of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, the Slippery Rock University Programming Board, and a student member of the Slippery Rock University Judicial Board. Matt then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and received his Juris Doctor. He was president of his law school class.
Today, Matt is an attorney and shareholder at Houston Harbaugh, P.C., a law firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of West Virginia as well as federal district courts across the country.
Matt focuses his practice in commercial, bankruptcy and construction litigation representing companies and individuals in matters such as breach of contract claims, negligence claims, collection actions, commercial tenant disputes, commercial foreclosure actions, products liability matters, and shareholder disputes. Matt routinely represents companies in adversary actions, including preference claims and fraudulent transfer claims. As part of his bankruptcy and collections practice, he consults with clients about their overall credit process, contracting documents, terms and conditions, and works with them to develop procedures that may increase the likelihood of payment or collection. Additionally, Matt handles an array of matters in the construction industry including representation of various parties in asserting and defending breach of contract claims, including mechanics lien claims. He also represents architects and engineers in construction defect claims.
Matt has presented educational seminars on various topics, including: “Contract Law for Design Professionals”; “Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Shaking Hands With the Rules”; “Protect Your Business Now in Case a Customer Stops Paying Later”; “Considerations When Dealing With a Distressed and/or Bankrupt Customer”; and “The Fair Share Act: How it Changes Comparative Negligence in Pennsylvania.”
He is a member of the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association; a graduate of the Leadership Development Initiative, XVII; a volunteer with the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council; and a former member of the board of directors of Oakland Planning and Development Corporation.
Matt currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.