Matthew R. Caton, Esq.
Matthew R. Caton is an American lawyer admitted to the Bars of the State of Maine, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is also dual qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales. His practice has focused on cross-border disputes, including copyright, banking, civil fraud, conflict of laws, asset tracing, and the enforcement of judgments.
Mr. Caton was educated at King’s College, London, England (post-graduate diploma in European antitrust law), the Massachusetts School of Law (Juris Doctor), and Northeastern University (Bachelor’s degree in business administration). He has been engaged in the private practice of law in the United States since January 1997, and in England & Wales since 2001. He attended the Maine Trial Lawyer Association's College of Advocacy in 2011.
Prior to relocating to Maine, Mr. Caton gained his experience in cross-border disputes from the litigation departments of international law firms Gadsby Hannah LLP (now McCarter & English LLP), Howrey Simon LLP, Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, and more recently with SC Andrew LLP.
Among his many professional achievements, Mr. Caton has: advised defendants in the first copyright action to be heard before the U.K. Supreme Court; advised a high profile client on the successful removal of web pages with libelous content; advised a court-appointed receiver on the successful recovery of US$76 million associated with the collapse of hedge fund Lakeshore Alternative Financial Assets; represented judgment creditors regarding the enforcement of an English judgment exceeding UK£500 million in multiple jurisdictions arising from the collapse of Castor Holdings, a Canadian real estate and investment company; advised clients in the insurance industry concerning multi-million dollar subrogation claims arising from the collapse of Enron; advised a natural gas transmission company regarding US$30 million breach of contract and fraud claims arising from the construction and operation of a natural gas pipeline; advised an investment portfolio manager against its predecessor concerning unjust enrichment and the reclamation of U.K. Value Added Tax; advised a global engineering group on competition law due diligence and the application of European Union law; prepared and submitted comparative law paper on antitrust litigation to the European Commission; and represented a national bank in the Czech Republic against a U.S. computer company in a US$100 million civil fraud claim concerning the supply of a retail banking computer system.
Mr. Caton’s keeps abreast of current legal trends and writes regularly on a range of legal topics, including dispute resolution, document retention and litigation readiness, evidence, and insurance.
Mr. Caton is the 2011 recipient of the Vincent L. McKusick Award for his two-part article on abolishing the hearsay rule. He is also a member of the Maine Bar Journal’s Editorial Advisory Committee.