Matthew Rossman joined the Law School's faculty in 2004. Prior to coming to Case Western Reserve, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Baltimore. Before teaching, Prof. Rossman was in private practice with the New York offices of Latham & Watkins and Christy & Viener. His practice areas included corporate, securities, real estate, intellectual property, tax and nonprofit law.
Prof. Rossman coordinates and co-teaches the Community Development Clinic, through which third-year law students provide transactional and business law services to community-based nonprofit organizations and sustainable business ventures in the Cleveland area. In his legal career, Prof. Rossman has represented the full spectrum of public and private entity clients, ranging from mom-and-pop businesses and grass-roots community groups to municipalities and foundations to Fortune 500 companies and Wall Street investment banks. Through the Community Development Clinic, he aspires to teach law students the array of skills necessary to succeed in representing "organizations," no matter the size or setting.
Prof. Rossman also created and teaches the Urban Development Lab. The UDL functions as a legal think tank focused on the redevelopment and revitalization of urban areas. In the Lab, law students research and prepare reports on topics identified by local nonprofit development organizations as significant to their efforts to rehabilitate urban properties and to make urban areas like Cleveland more livable and sustainable. Most recently, Prof. Rossman has worked with students to prepare reports on tax increment financing, neighborhood-based development authorities, eminent domain, Ohio's municipal home rule amendment and land banks.
With Prof. Kermit Lind from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Prof. Rossman coordinates the Cleveland Roundtable on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. The Roundtable, which consists of practicing lawyers, law students and law faculty, meets monthly during the academic year to discuss important practice related issues in these areas of law.
Prof. Rossman is also a frequent speaker on issues related to nonprofit and small business law. Most recently, he has spoken at the Foundation Center, the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, the Weatherhead School of Management and ShoreBank Enterprise Cleveland.
Prof. Rossman is admitted to practice in Ohio.