Matthew C. Curran

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Matthew Curran concentrates his practice on commercial litigation.  His practice also includes civil litigation and general business matters.

Matt litigates cases involving contracts such as partnership and business ownership agreements, operating agreements, franchise agreements, and other matters including leases, supplier and vendor contracts, severance agreements, service agreements, and construction contracts.  He also litigates cases involving property damage, premises liability, commercial collection, foreclosures, evictions, trespass, defamation, fraud, negligence, professional malpractice, probate, and personal injury claims.  

Matt regularly advises businesses and business owners on a variety of subjects including risk assessment, risk mitigation, and dispute resolution.  As part of his practice, he negotiates private shareholder disputes and drafts leases and non-compete agreements.  

In addition, Matt has led internal investigations and has experience responding to governmental investigations, subpoenas, and facility inspections. Matt also has conducted employee training on various matters.

Prior to joining Lindhorst & Dreidame, Matt served as an in-house attorney in the global litigation group of a multinational corporation with retail, wholesale, and manufacturing divisions.  Matt started his career in the Cincinnati office of large law firm practicing complex commercial litigation.


Matt is a Cincinnati native who went to Indiana University and ultimately to Boston College Law School. 

 Prior to attending law school, he worked in Chicago for an international marketing and public relations firm.  As part of his duties, he acted as a national spokesperson for a telecommunications company that was a major sponsor of the National Football League.  In that role, he traveled the country attending Monday Night Football games as part of a publicity tour, hosting ticket giveaways, autograph signings with NFL Hall of Fame players, and giving promotional interviews on local and national television and radio.  He currently resides in Oakley with his wife, son, and the family beagle, Pudge.


Representative Cases

Relo Franchise Services, Inc. v. Gilman, et al., United States District Court, S.D. Ohio, Western Division, 2019 WL 324215

Successfully enforced non-compete agreement and obtained injunction after a two day hearing on behalf of franchisor against former franchisee.

City of Cincinnati v. Rennick, 1st District Court of Appeals, 2022-Ohio-1110, 2022 Ohio App. LEXIS 1025

Prevailed as appellee on an appeal filed by the City of a denial of a motion to dismiss in the trial court based on immunity.

In re Estate of Cherry, 1st District Court of Appeals, 2021 Ohio App. LEXIS 1633

Prevailed as appellee on an appeal opposing party filed in litigation involving a trust and a related estate.

Camper 29 v. Unique Auto Lot, LLC, Court of Common Pleas, Hamilton County, Ohio, Case No. A2000494

Won summary judgment on behalf of landlord in a commercial eviction case.

Next Stage LLC v. Cynci Scene LLC, Court of Common Pleas, Hamilton County, Ohio, Case No. A2003409

Won motion to enforce settlement agreement and was awarded attorney fees on behalf of landlord against commercial tenant. 

Sirius Equity Partners LLC v. BGN 3919 Montgomery, LLC, Municipal Court, Hamilton County, Ohio, Case No. 20CV09565

Won summary judgment for client in commercial real estate dispute.

E-Deft Solutions, LLC v. OSS Jobs, Inc., Court of Common Pleas, Warren County, Ohio, Case No. 20CV093002

Prevailed after filing for summary judgment on behalf of client accused of breaching a professional services contract.

Relo Franchise Services, Inc. v. Needful Changes, Inc., et al., Court of Common Pleas, Hamilton County, Ohio, Case No. A 1806496

Won arbitration award after a three day hearing in front of an arbitrator from the American Arbitration Association, successfully enforcing a franchise agreement and defending against breach of contract and fraud claims.   The award was confirmed by the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.

Tashmukhamedov v. Gulyamov, Court of Common Pleas, Warren County, Ohio, Case No. 17CV089439

Obtained injunction on behalf of business owner against former partner who had been attempting to misappropriate company assets.

TNT Cincy Inc. v. Kasee, Court of Common Pleas, Hamilton County, Ohio, Case No. A1405325

Won summary judgment on liability for breach of non-compete contract on behalf of a buyer of a bar/restaurant against the prior owner.  Client awarded attorneys fees after a three day bench trial on remaining claims and damages.

Byrnside v. Clyde Power Marine, Court of Common Pleas, Hamilton County, Ohio, Case No. A1704404

Represented marina that performed repairs on a boat and defeated attempt by plaintiff to recover possession of the boat prior to paying for repairs.  Won a judgment on counterclaims for lack of payment.  Successfully foreclosed on non-paying customer’s boat and forced judicial sale to compensate client for repairs that had been made.

Parker Woods Apartments, LLC v. KMRR Properties, LLC, Court of Common Pleas, Hamilton County, Ohio, Case No. A1905338

Obtained judgment on behalf of landowner against neighbor requiring neighbor to remediate dangerous condition or reimburse landowner for costs incurred in performing the work.

Brown v. Brown, Court of Common Pleas, Hamilton County, Ohio, Case No. A1603900

Successfully represented beneficiary in a partition action who owned a partial interest in real property that was sold.

Greener Portion Aquaponics, Inc. v. Keegan, et al., Hamilton County, Ohio, Case No. 14CV19730

Obtained an injunction granting access to leased premises on behalf of commercial tenant who had been improperly locked out by the landlord.


Practice Areas:

  • Business and Commercial Litigation


  • Boston College Law School, Newton, Massachusetts
    • J.D.
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    • B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 2003