Severson & Werson is pleased to announce Mary Kate Sullivan has been named the new Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner. The newly elected members of the Executive Committee are Mary Kate Sullivan, Mark Wraight, Mike Murphy and Duane Geck.

Effective, Experienced, Exceptional.

Associate

Matthew J. Esposito

Matthew Esposito banking and financial litigation

Mr. Esposito represents leading financial institutions in a variety of complex litigations surrounding bank fraud. In addition, Mr. Esposito has built a niche practice involving in-branch altercations, commonly working with law enforcement to protect bank employees and customers.

Matthew attended the University of Virginia and moved west following graduation.  He co-founded a startup destination management company and later became the company’s general counsel during which he drafted, structured and negotiated numerous deals with company partners and vendors.  Eventually, he was integral in supervising and effectuating the company’s purchase by a larger competitor.

Matthew’s interest in legal and business affairs drove him to pursue and obtain a J.D./M.B.A. Joint Degree from the UCLA School of Law and the Anderson School at UCLA, graduating as one of only five candidates in the program.  Following graduation, Matthew has worked for Southern California’s top law firms, defending corporate clients and their employees in a variety of customer-driven lawsuits.  Eventually, his practiced diversified to the defense of employment-based claims including claims for wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and violation of trade secret and copyright laws.

Matthew currently defends large banks with fraud and forgery claims.  In addition, he has defended a variety of racial and gender discrimination cases, prevailing through jury trials.  Recently, he has seen an uptick in cases involving altercations at bank branches when an unruly customer shows up at a bank making threats of violence.  He assists employees so that they can be protected, prepared and responsive in such situations and also serves as a conduit between the bank and local law enforcement.

 

 

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles, J.D., 2002
  • University of California, Los Angeles, M.B.A., 2002
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1996

Admissions

  • California