Matthew T. Collins

Matthew T. Collins



Practice Areas

Matt is a litigator, and has obtained successful verdicts or awards in a variety of commercial and business disputes. Although Matt’s clients include leading local, national, and international construction firms, his litigation experience goes well beyond construction law. Matt has successfully defended against the enforcement of non-compete agreements, obtained a multi-million dollar recovery from a European manufacturing conglomerate, and a defense jury verdict on a claim for breach of a broker’s contract. His construction law experience includes construction claims and contract review, representing owners, architects, contractors, subcontractors, engineers and suppliers.

Matt also provides legal advice to lenders, developers, commercial landlords, tenants and other business entities. Matt’s practice primarily includes advising clients on the following:

  • Construction Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Property and Liability Insurance Claims
  • Surety Claims and Workouts
  • Public Bidding and Procurement
  • Architectural and Engineering Liability
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • OSHA Citation Resolution
  • Shareholder rights
  • Employment litigation
  • Contract Negotiations and Drafting

Representative Cases

Successfully upheld jury defense verdict on appeal and overturned district court’s erroneous application of the Minnesota Prompt Payment Statute.  Meyer Contracting, Inc. v. Fowler, et al., 2019 WL 2494782 (Minn. Ct. App. 2019)

Overturned the assessment of sales/use tax by the Minnesota Department of Revenue on intra-company equipment use by general contractor.  Knutson Constr. Servs. Rochester, Inc. v. Comm’r of Revenue, 2018 WL 3603024 (Minn. Tax July 16, 2018)

Pre-suit negotiated settlement of a $9 million forced acceleration claim on a multi-faceted project involving light-rail, post-tension parking structure, and commercial building; and secured insurance coverage for $3 million of subcontractor claims

Successfully arbitrated $2 million of claims involving fraud claims, partnership fiduciary claims, and construction defect claims arising out of construction of a hotel in the Bakken oil patch.  26th St. Hosp., LLP v. Real Builders, Inc., 879 N.W.2d 437 (N.D. 2016)

Represented general contractor at trial and secured an $850,000 mechanic’s lien against property in downtown Minneapolis

Successfully represented 300 million gallon a year ethanol plant in multi-million dollar design and construction management dispute on appeal before North Dakota Supreme Court, winning vacation of judgment below. Tharaldson Ethanol Plant I, LLC v. VEI Global, Inc., 845 N.W.2d 900 (N.D. 2014)

Represented construction contractor on appeal before United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit, winning reversal of jury award and vacation of judgment below. Graham Construction Services, Inc. v. Hammer & Steel, Inc., 2014 WL 2619717 (8th Cir. June 13, 2014)

Represented general contractor in breach of warranty claim on appeal before the Ninth Circuit. Martin Const., Inc. v. Roscoe Steel & Culvert Co., 542 F. App’x 695, 696 (9th Cir. 2013)

Represented condominium developer in arbitration and recovered $1 million in repair costs for defective construction

Secured and collected $13.0 million arbitration award against foreign engineering and manufacturing conglomerate

Tried foreclosure of five subcontractors’ mechanic’s liens totaling $2.03 million and successfully affirmed judgment on appeal. Minnwest Bank, M.V. v. All, Inc., et al., 2011 WL 781178 (Minn. Ct. App. 2011)

Breach of contract litigation resulting in a judgment recovering lost benefit of bargain and lost profit damages in excess of $4 million.  M.W. Johnson Const., Inc. v. Progress Land Co., 2008 WL 2967022 (Minn. Ct. App. 2008)

Successfully foreclosed a $1.3 million mechanic’s lien on behalf of general contractor, including the recovery of all attorneys’ fees, costs and disbursements

Obtained a zero defense jury verdict involving alleged breach of a broker’s contract with claimed damages in excess of $750,000.  Barnes v., Inc., 2009 WL 3255301 (Minn. Ct. App. 2009).

Represented contractors in disputes with cities, counties, state agencies, and the federal government regarding payment, differing site conditions, delay claims, disruption claims, and other claims for payment

Represented numerous owners, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in drafting and negotiating contracts for various types of project delivery systems, including:

  • Construction contracts
  • Subcontracts
  • Design-build agreements
  • Construction disbursement agreements
  • Indemnity agreements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Termination agreements
  • Assignment agreements
  • Arbitration agreements
  • Settlement agreements

Represented contractors and owners related to mechanic’s lien claims and other claims for payment

Represented contractors and owners related to claims of defective work

Represented contractors in claims against subcontractors, and subcontractors in claims against contractors

Represented contractors and owners in claims seeking coverage under general liability builder’s risk, errors and omissions insurance policies

Represented contractors in connection with bid protest claims

Represented designers and owners related to claims of defective design

Speeches and Publications

Co-presenter, “Session 1: Contract Management – Contractor/Subcontractor Responsibility,” Minnesota Subcontractors Association (October 8, 2020)

Co-author, ABA Forum Committee on Construction Industry, Division 7, Insurance, Surety and Liens: 50 State Survey on Prerequisites to Filing a Mechanic’s Lien, North Dakota and Minnesota (pending)

Panel Member, “Financial Risk Management,” Construction Success 2016, Minneapolis, MN (March 17, 2016)

Presenter, “Knowing and Protecting Important Legal Rights in the Construction Industry,” Graham Construction Services, Inc., Eagan, MN (February 24, 2016)

Co-Presenter, “Condominium Construction and Legal Issues,” PCL Construction Services, Inc., Burnsville, MN (Feb. 10, 2016)

Speaker, “AIA Contracts: Overview of AIA Contracts; Owner/Contractor Agreements; Proving and Pricing Delay Claims,” Bloomington, Minnesota (September 13, 2013)

Speaker, “Bonds, Liens, Insurance, and Indemnity,” Concentrated Course in Construction Law, Federal Publications, Las Vegas, Nevada (May 14, 2012)

Speaker, “LEED’s Short and Long Term Liability,” Minnesota Mechanical Contractors Association, Roseville, Minnesota (March 16, 2011)

Professional Organizations and Achievements

Member, Minnesota Utility Contractors Association

  • Member, Board of Directors, MN Concrete & Masonry Association
  • Scholarship Committee
  • Legislative Government Relations Committee

Member, Minnesota State Bar Association

  • Former Chair, Construction Law Section
  • Former Treasurer, Construction Law Section
  • Former Secretary, Construction Law Section
  • Member of Governing Council, Construction Law Section

Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association

  • Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Section of Litigation

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Minnesota Super Lawyers “Rising Star”

Judicial Clerkship

Law Clerk, Hon. Marian Blank Horn, United States Court of Federal Claims, 2001-2003


  • J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, 2001
  • B.A., Hamline University, cum laude, 1998


  • State of Minnesota
  • State of North Dakota
  • State of Iowa
  • United States District Court, Minnesota
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Court, North Dakota
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
  • Qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice