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R. Matthew Cairns


Matt earned an AB in History and International Relations from Brown University in 1983. In 1986, he graduated cum laude from Case Western University School of Law where he was a Law Review Editor and Research Assistant in International Law and Commercial Law.

Matt joined Gallagher Callahan & Gartrell in 2008 after 22 years with another New Hampshire firm. Every day, Matt defends the interests of individuals, businesses, banks, municipalities and insurers in civil and administrative litigation. He litigates at every level of the New Hampshire court system and in the United States District Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. He also is a member of the Vermont Bar where he also practices regularly. Matt’s case load always includes Products Liability, Commercial Litigation, Professional Liability, Trucking, Construction, and Employment cases.

Matt was the DRI President in 2010-2011. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the NFJE and LCJ, and was on the Board of Visitors for the National Judicial College. Previous DRI positions include Northeast Regional Director, New Hampshire State Representative, Chair of the Law Practice Management Committee, and Chair of the National Membership Committee. A fan of alphabet soup, Matt is also a member of ABOTA, the IADC, FDCC and the Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association.


Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell is a leading multidisciplinary law firm with the experience, connectivity and analytical capabilities to tackle the most sophisticated issues confronting business in today's global economy.

Local, national and multinational clients with markets in New Hampshire rely on Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell's in-depth knowledge and innovative guidance when their organizations experience litigation needs and/or must interact with state and local government agencies, legislative bodies, and state and federal courts.

Through its multidisciplinary approach and use of technology, the firm creates efficient, effective customer-driven solutions. By combining legal, legislative, economic, compliance, human resources and communications specialists it helps clients design evolving strategies for success in a complex litigation and business environment.


(603) 496-0864
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40 Westminster St Ste 2 Providence, RI 02903-2595


Commercial Litigation, Employment Law, General Litigation, Governmental Liability, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation, Products Liability, Professional Liability, Transportation/Trucking


Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Diversity and Inclusion
Employment and Labor Law
Governmental Liability
Intellectual Property Litigation
Law Practice Management
Product Liability
Toxic Torts and Environmental Law
Trial Tactics
Trucking Law
Women in the Law


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