Matthew Chabal, III, Esq. focuses his practice on Construction Law and Commercial Litigation. Throughout his career of more than 30 years, he has represented owners, contractors, design professionals, and developers on complex construction litigation matters in state and federal courts and various alternative dispute resolution forums. He frequently advises on construction contracts, bid disputes, claims, non-compete agreements, termination agreements and architect and engineer licensing.
Matt is admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania state and federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court and has been admitted pro hac vice in numerous states. He is an experienced mediator and arbitrator who provides alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services through Optimal Dispute Resolutions. He also serves as a Certified Mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and as a panelist for the Dauphin County Bar Association Mediation Program.
Matt is a former Navy pilot. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2007 with the rank of Captain (O-6) after 30 years of service. Following his flying tours, he was assigned as a Deputy Inspector General, completed two tours in the Pentagon Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, commanded a Navy Reserve Unit and served as a Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO). As a Navy Reservist, he was activated in 2001 and assigned to the Pentagon following 9/11 and in 2005 for recovery efforts during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Before joining Saxton & Stump, Matt was a partner at a law firm in Hershey, PA, and previously was a partner at Duane Morris LLP, one of the largest law firms in the country. After receiving his J.D., he served as a law clerk to Hon. William W. Caldwell in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Matt has written and lectured on construction law topics, arbitration, and mediation and serves on various related committees.