Matthew B. Barbara

Associate Cleveland


Matt is an associate in Taft’s Litigation practice group, where he focuses his practice on business and commercial disputes, as well as class action defense matters.

Matt received his law degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude, Order of the Coif and was the recipient of the Arthur E. Petersilge Award. He also served as an editor for Health Matrix: The Journal of Law-Medicine, a journal of legal scholarship focusing on the intersection of law, ethics, medicine and policy. Matt graduated from Davidson College, cum laude, with a major in political science.

Matt was selected for the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s exclusive LEAD (Link. Engage. Advocate. Develop.) Program 2019 which develops emerging leaders who have an interest in economic development, and engaging in work that impacts the region.

Matt is licensed to practice in Ohio and Pennsylvania.


  • Greater Cleveland Partnership
    LEAD (Link. Engage. Advocate. Develop.) Program 2019

All Service Areas


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (2015)
  • Davidson College (2012)


  • State - Ohio
  • State - Pennsylvania
  • Federal - Northern District of Ohio
  • Federal - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Affiliations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


  • Greater Cleveland Partnership LEAD Program


Community Involvement

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association/Cleveland Municipal School District 3Rs Program


  • Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center

    Member, New Partners of CHSC