Matthew J. Dendinger Partner

(202) 778-4072


J.D., University of Iowa College of Law, 2003, High Distinction, Order of the Coif, Member and Articles Editor, Iowa Law Review, College of Law Merit Scholar

B.S., Northwest Missouri State University, 2000, Cum Laude

For more than a decade, Matt Dendinger has been assisting clients in navigating and resolving their most complex legal issues.  Through creative thinking, rigorous analysis, attention to detail, and an unwavering focus on each client’s specific needs and goals, Matt achieves superior results.

Since joining LJW in 2005, a substantial part of Matt’s practice has been counseling the firm’s insurance industry clients on complex coverage issues and representing those clients in coverage and “bad faith” litigation. Matt’s litigation experience extends to both state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States, and he has counseled clients regarding matters pending in more than twenty states and the District of Columbia, as well as internationally.

In recent years, Matt has become expert in the field of information privacy, including U.S. private-sector privacy laws and regulations and the legal requirements for the responsible transfer of sensitive personal data to and from the U.S., the EU, and other jurisdictions. Matt also has a strong working knowledge of the technical aspects of information privacy and data security, including methods of securing and protecting sensitive data and the mechanics of data breach, ransomware, DDoS, and other cyber attacks.    

Coextensive with the development of Matt’s expertise in the field of information privacy and data security, Matt’s insurance practice has expanded to encompass the often-complex coverage issues that first- and third-party cyber claims can raise under both dedicated technology and cyber liability policies as well as more “traditional” insurance.  As part of Matt’s cyber coverage practice, he helps LJW’s clients to better understand these issues and to craft policy language designed to address them and minimize the unique risks presented by technology and cyber liability claims.

As part of his litigation practice, Matt enjoys helping clients address the significant challenges discovery of electronically stored information (“ESI”) can present. He is an advocate for leveraging evolving technology in a thoughtful and careful way to minimize the costs of e-discovery wherever possible, while ensuring compliance with discovery obligations and the protection of sensitive client information. 

Prior to joining LJW, Matt was an associate in the highly-regarded litigation department of a large Chicago law firm.

Practice Areas

Insurance Coverage Litigation and Counseling

Cyber Liability & Regulation

Public and Private Company and Financial Institutions Directors & Officers Liability

Professional Liability

Insurance Agents & Brokers Liability

Employment Practices Liability

Commercial General Liability

“Bad Faith” Claims and Litigation

General Litigation

ESI and E-discovery

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia

State of Illinois

U.S. Courts of Appeal
– Fourth Circuit
– Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Courts
– Northern District of Illinois
– District of Columbia
– Eastern District of Michigan

Other Professional Affiliations

International Association of Privacy Professionals

American Bar Association

  • Section of Litigation
    • Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
    • Privacy & Data Security Committee
  • Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
    • Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
    • Professional Liability Insurance Committee

Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)

  • Website Review Task Force

The Sedona Conference

  • Working Group 1 – Electronic Document Retention and Production
  • Working Group 11 – Data Security and Privacy Liability


Speaking Engagements and Publications

ABA Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar (March 2013)

  • Whaddya Mean It’s Not Covered?!?! Assessing Potential Broker Liability for Claims Insurers Deny

Strafford Webinars

  • Potential Liability Claims Against Insurance Brokers for Claims Insurers Deny (June 2013)
  • Insurance Broker Liability to Policyholders for Denied Claims (May 2016)