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2019 Legal Elite | Corporate

CHRIS MATTON

Bandwidth Inc. | Raleigh

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Vita
48; born in Portsmouth, Va.; bachelor’s from University of Pennsylvania and law degree from Wake Forest University; married with two sons.
Why he chose to specialize in this field
I lock arms with great people attacking significant, intellectually stimulating problems. After two years working beside the fantastic corporate lawyer Bill Gwyn, in 1996 I joined [Triangle attorneys] Jim O’Connell and Jim Verdonik to focus on the entrepreneurial community. I applied the same principle when I joined David Morken, John Murdock and the Bandwidth team in 2010. This simple framework — and those decisions — have made all the difference.
Most memorable case
Bandwidth’s November 2017 IPO.
What he’d be if not a lawyer
General manager of Baltimore Orioles. The O’s can use all the help they can get.
Best advice received
Set the standard.
Favorite place
Milan. … La città più interessante del mondo, i Rossoneri, e Panzerotti Luini (the most interesting city in the world, the Red and Black, and Panzerotti Luini).
Passions
Bandwidth and the Bandwidth legal team, skiing, travel, Knausgaard, Haruki Murakami, Phish, A.C. Milan, the Carolina Hurricanes and the Caring Community Foundation.
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When he was 16…
Favorite book
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
TV show
Cheers.
Music
Van Halen.
Hobbies
Reading and tennis.

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