Matthew Cron is a partner at Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC whose practice consists of litigating civil rights and employment claims on behalf of individuals. Matt has represented minors who have had their federal and constitutional rights violated by school officials, disabled individuals who were unlawfully evicted from their homes, individuals who were subjected to excessive force (including deadly force), wrongful arrest, malicious prosecution, cruel and unusual punishment, and other constitutional violations by law enforcement, and employees who were discriminated and retaliated against on behalf of their sex, race, national origin, disability, religion, and sexual orientation. Matt has also represented employees in breach of contract disputes and whistleblowers who suffered retaliation.
Prior to joining Rathod Mohamedbhai in 2013, Matt served as a judicial law clerk for two years for the Honorable Christine M. Arguello on the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Matt received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 2010, where he twice received the Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar award.
Legal Victories & Community Involvement
Matt began working at Rathod Mohamedbhai in 2013 and has been heavily involved in nearly all of the firm’s biggest and most legally complex cases. Recently, Matt served as lead counsel on Flores, et al. v. Victory Preparatory Academy, where he represented multiple students who were punished by the school after staging a “sit-down” protest during a school assembly, and two parents who were retaliated against for their press activities. The firm’s briefing on novel and complex areas of constitutional law resulted in a published court order that clarifies the free speech rights of students. In Veach v. City of Rawlins, et al., Matt filed the operative complaint, took and defended 8 of the 12 depositions, developed several expert reports, briefed and argued important discovery issues, and prepared a comprehensive mediation letter, leading to a settlement of $925,000 – believed to be the largest civil rights settlement in Wyoming history. Additional results are found in the “Representative Cases” section below.
For his legal work, Matt has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers since 2016. Matt has also received the Colorado Trial Lawyer’s Association Case of the Year award in 2014 and the American Association for Justice Leonard Weinglass in Defense of Civil Liberties Award.
In addition to his legal skills and dedication to his clients, Matt is heavily involved in the community. As a two-term Chairperson of the Colorado Bar Association’s Civil Rights Section, Matt has worked to expand civil rights in Colorado. For the past four years, Matt has served as a mentor for Law School Yes We Can, a mentoring program for students interested in legal careers that come from traditionally unrepresented backgrounds. Matt also serves as the Board Secretary for the Civic Canopy, a community based non-profit organization seeking to transform the way pivotal issues in society are solved through collaborative efforts.
- Flores, et al. v. Victory Preparatory Academy, 18-cv-02916 (D. Colo. 2018) (represented five students and two parents against charter school involving First Amendment student-speech issues and the due process rights of parents. After a preliminary injunction hearing and plaintiffs prevailing on a motion to dismiss, the case settled for $425,000).
- Veach v. City of Rawlins, et al., 17-cv-00188 (D. Wyo. 2018) (represented Estate of John Veach, who was killed by Rawlins Police Department officers on December 30, 2015. After 12 depositions and the completion of discovery, the case settled for $925,000, believed to be the largest civil rights settlement in Wyoming history).
- Five Unnamed Students v. Cherry Creek School Dist., et al., (2018) (part of legal team representing five minor students with respect to education discrimination claims based on sexual abuse by former teacher, resulting in settlement of $11.5 Million and policy changes).
- Shiva Rai v. St. Vrain Valley School District (2017) (represented highly disabled student who was physically abused on school bus, resulting in $3.85 Million settlement).
- Bohm v. Medix Staffing Solutions, Inc., 17-cv-02490 (D. Colo. 2017) (filed lawsuit on behalf of individual who was terminated after completing jury service; the case resulted in a confidential settlement).
- Estate of Jack. J. Jacquez v. City of Rocky Ford, et al., 16-cv-2519 (D. Colo. 2016) (deadly force case resulting in settlement of $1.3 Million).
- Naeschylus Carter-Vinzant v. Aurora Police Department (2016) (deadly force case resulting in $2.85 Million settlement and broad policy changes).
- Estate of Tanya Martinez v. Correct Care Solutions, et al.¸ 15-cv-01140 (D. Colo. 2015) (brought claims for deliberate indifference and medical negligence on behalf of estate of Tanya Martinez, who died in the Pueblo County Detention Facility; the case settled on the eve of trial for a confidential amount).
- MacArthur v. Aspen View Condo Ass’n, No. 15-cv-01439 (D. Colo. 2015) (represented individual who was forced to leave her home due to having a service animal; the case resulted in a confidential settlement).
- Aldrich v. Industrial Cooling Solutions, et al., 14-cv-03206 (D. Colo. 2015) (represented COO in breach of contract and wrongful termination lawsuit; the case settled for a confidential amount after summary judgment briefing was complete)
- Krantz v. Dulacki, 2014cv34756 (Den. Dist. Ct. 2015) (brought claim under Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act, securing attorney fee award of $40,111 after finding that denial of records was “arbitrary and capricious”).
- Wilson v. Jonathan Pauling, et al., 2013cv035298 (Den. Dist. Ct.) (2014) (employment discrimination resulting in jury verdict of $3.9 Million).
- Hunter v. City & County of Denver, et al., 12cv5623 (D. Colo. 2014) (jail abuse case that resulted in settlement of $3.25 Million and significant policy changes).
- Hart v. VK Investment Group, LLC, et al, 13cv02301 (D. Colo. 2014) (Fair Housing Act claim that resulted in settlement of $97,000).
- Green-Tillman v. Head to Toe, Inc., 2013CV31094 (Adams Dist. Ct. 2014) (secured judgment of $200,000 for false imprisonment claim. Subsequently received total judgment of $242,222 on claim against insurance company, and helped successfully defend against multiple appeals by insurance company).
- People v. Sain, 13CR00988 (Den. Dist. Ct. 2013) (dismissal of charges for attempt to influence a public servant and harassment – ethnic intimidation).
- Municipal Liability: Strategies, Critiques, and a Pathway Toward Effective Enforcement of Civil Rights (DU Law Review, Volume 91, Issue 3)
- Religious Minorities Need Not Apply: Legal Implications of Faith-Based Employment Advertising, 43 The Colorado Lawyer 27 (April 2014)
Representative Speaking Engagements
Race Discrimination, (Guest Lecturer), University of Colorado School of Law (February 2020); Employment Law 101: Denver Start-Up Week (September 2019); Leave Those Kids Alone: Civil Rights Law in the Educational Context, CTLA Convention (August 2019); Exhibit Lists and Presentation of Electronic Material, Colorado Bar Association CLE (May 2019); Police Misconduct, Denver University Civil Rights Summit (February 2019); Everyone Wants to Settle: Ethical Issues in Representing Multiple Clients, PELA Ethics CLE (May 2018); The Fair Housing Act and Other Anti-Discrimination Measures in Housing: A Focus on Assistance Animal Litigation CLE, Colorado Bar Association, 2017 (October 2017); Practicing Civil Rights Law: Perspectives from Young Civil Rights Lawyers CLE, Denver Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, (May 2017); Criminal Process (Guest Lecturer), University of Denver, (2016–17); Constitutional Litigation (Guest Lecturer), University of Denver Sturm College of Law, (2015); Leave Your Least Favorite Tenth Circuit Precedents Behind: How to Use Other Circuits Law to Win in State Court, PELA Convention (September 2015); Written Discovery: Making Objections and Working Through Them, Employment Law & Discovery CLE Series (April 2015); Representing Executive Employees, PELA Convention (August 2014); Defending Your Case with the First Amendment, Southeast Metro Law Club (April 2014); Discovery & Evidentiary Issues, CTLA Employment Law Committee (May 2013).
- United States District Court for the District of Colorado
- New York