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Matthew S. Foy


(415) 875-3174
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San Francisco
275 Battery Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94111


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 1996

B.S., University of Southern California, 1992


Recipient of the Moot Court Best Brief Award (1996, SCU School of Law)

American Jurisprudence Award for Insurance Law (1996, SCU School of Law)

Best Business Plan (1992, USC Marshall School of Business)

Super Lawyers® distinction in the field of Insurance Coverage (2016-2020)

Best Lawyers in America© distinction in Insurance Law (2019-2021)

Matthew Foy is a partner in the San Francisco office of Gordon & Rees and serves both as the National Practice Group Leader of the firm's Property and Casualty Insurance practice as well as the Practice Group Leader of the San Francisco Insurance group. Mr. Foy has more than 20 years experience representing national insurers at the claims stage, in trial, and on appeal.
Mr. Foy’s practice focuses on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation and advice involving first party property policies as well as primary and excess liability policies with an emphasis on personal and advertising injury, cyber-liability, complex fire litigation, environmental, asbestos, other mass torts, and construction defect matters. He also regularly handles all aspects of insurance cases involving professional liability insurance, D&O, E&O, inland marine, and life, health, and disability insurance products.
Mr. Foy assists clients with drafting policy language and claims manuals. He also provides in-house client seminars on coverage and claims handling issues, as well as litigation planning.
In addition to his insurance practice, Mr. Foy regularly represents corporate clients in connection with contract negotiation, dispute resolution and related litigation. He also maintains a professional liability defense practice which focuses on the defense of insurance brokers and legal professionals.
Mr. Foy is a frequent speaker on issues confronting the insurance industry and is active with DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, for which he was the immediate past Chair of its Insurance Law Committee and the current Chair of its ALI Task force, which was formed to address concerns with ALI’s Insurance Restatement Project. Matt is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel. 




California State Bar Association
San Francisco Bar Association
Massachusetts State Bar Association
DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar - Immediate Past Chair, Insurance Law Committee