F. Matthew Ralph

F. Matthew Ralph




Matt is Co-Chair of Dorsey’s Antitrust Practice Group and a member of Dorsey’s Commercial Litigation Group. He specializes in antitrust and other complex litigation. He has represented or advised numerous Minnesota companies on antitrust litigation matters involving the Sherman Act, Clayton Act, government investigations, horizontal price-fixing and bid-rigging, vertical restraints, monopolization and attempted monopolization, exclusive dealing, loyalty discounts, bundled discounts, Walker Process fraud, and the Noerr-Pennington doctrine. Matt has experience in numerous industries, including financial services, transportation, optical, telecommunications, and medical devices.

Matt has also represented clients in complex contractual disputes, Foreign Sovereign Immunity matters, international arbitrations, securities and ERISA class actions, First Amendment, and consumer protection matters.

Matt has won cases in federal and state courts throughout the country, in district court and on appeal. He was named a Minnesota Super Lawyer in Antitrust Litigation in 2015. He was a Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year in 2013. Matt is an active member of the ABA’s Antitrust Section and former chair of the Antitrust Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (2013). Matt also teaches antitrust as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and at St. Thomas Law School.

Before joining Dorsey, Matt clerked for the Hon. Diana E. Murphy on the Eighth Circuit. Matt graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as Article Editor for Michigan Law Review and was named best oralist in the Jessup International Law Moot Court regional competition. Matt also earned an M.A. in European Intellectual History from University of Wisconsin and an A.B. in history from Dartmouth College.

Education & Admissions

University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2001), cum laude; Executive Article Editor, Michigan Law Review 

University of Wisconsin (M.A., German Intellectual History, 1996)

Dartmouth College (B.A. History, 1992), magna cum laude


  • Montana
  • Minnesota
  • Arizona
  • U.S. Supreme Court    
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Eighth and Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Honorable Diana E. Murphy, 2001-2002


Representative Litigation

Antitrust Cases 
  • Representing national bank in credit card antitrust litigation
  • C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. v. XPO Logistics, Inc. (Hennepin County, MN)Defending freight broker against monopolization counterclaims
  • Cave Consulting Group, Inc. v. OptumInsight, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) Representing patent holder against claims of Walker Process fraud
  • In re: Photochromic Lens Antitrust Litig. (M.D. Fla.) Representing lens manufacturer asserting antitrust claims
  • In re: Municipal Derivatives Antitrust Litig. (S.D.N.Y.) Defending investment bank against bid-rigging allegations
  • In re: National Arbitration Forum Litig. (D. Minn.) Defended arbitration service provider against allegations of conspiracy to implement mandatory arbitration and class action waiver clauses in credit card contracts  
  • UltiMed, Inc. v. Becton, Dickinson and Company (D. Minn.) Represented manufacturer of insulin syringes asserting antitrust claims


  • Representing Republic of Ghana in litigation matters in the U.S. and in international arbitration

First Amendment

  • Pfau v. Mortenson, 858 F.Supp.2d 1150 (D. Mont. 2013), aff’d -- Fed. Appx. --, 2013 WL 5545801 (9th Cir. Oct. 7, 2013) Successfully defended publisher against fraud claims based on alleged false marketing of Greg Mortenson’s best-selling autobiographies Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools as nonfiction when the books allegedly contained factual inaccuracies and falsehoods
  • Stutzman v. Armstrong, No. 2:13-CV-00116, 2013 WL 4853333 (E.D. Cal. Sep. 10, 2013) Successfully defended publisher against consumer fraud claims based on alleged false marketing of Lance Armstrong’s best-selling autobiography It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life as nonfiction when the book allegedly contained falsehoods

Class Actions

  • Town of Davie Police Officer Retirement System v. RightNow Technologies, Inc. (18th Mont. Jud. Dist.) Defending high-tech company in shareholder litigation related to cash-out merger
  • Morrison v. MoneyGram Int’l, Inc. (D. Minn.) Defended Company, officers, and directors against allegations that it was imprudent to maintain Company stock in 401(k) due to Company’s investment portfolio risk in mortgage-related securities
  • In re Touch America Holdings, Inc. ERISA Litig. (D. Mont.) Defended former officers against allegations that it was imprudent to maintain Company stock in an ESOP during a corporate restructuring and divestiture
  • In re ADC Telecommunications ERISA Litig. (D. Minn.) Defended public company against allegations that it was imprudent to maintain a Company stock fund in the Company's 401(k) plan during the telecommunications downturn  

Industries & Practices

Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement
  • Antitrust & Competition Law
  • Appellate
  • Banking
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Electronic Discovery
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Health Care
  • Health Litigation
  • Indian & Alaska Native
  • Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Adjunct Professor, Antitrust, University of Minnesota, 2013-present, University of St. Thomas Law School, 2009-present
  • American Bar Association (Antitrust Section) 
  • Federal Bar Association 
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Antitrust Section, Council Member 2009-present; Secretary-Treasurer 2010-11; Vice-Chair 2011-12; Chair 2012-13)


F. Matthew Ralph - Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of the Year 2013

  • Listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2015-2016
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2013
  • 2012 and 2013 MSBA North Star Lawyer
  • 2010 Dorsey & Whitney Scales of Justice Award for representing Kenyan asylum applicant resulting in Gathungu v. Holder, 725 F.3d 900 (8th Cir. 2013)
  • 2008 Advocates for Human Rights Volunteer Award for briefing and arguing the appeal in Hassan v. Gonzales, 484 F.3d 513 (8th Cir. 2007)
F. Matthew Ralph