Matt Barkett

Senior Managing Director

Matt Barkett provides cool-headed strategic counsel to clients during some of the most defining moments in their history. He specializes in corporate representation in a wide variety of industries, most prominently in aerospace, mining/energy and manufacturing. Matt also counsels senior managers in many industries through labor union issues and major transactions, including bankruptcy, M&A and downsizing events.

Matt draws on more than 25 years of broad-based experience in senior corporate communications, PR agency and journalism roles when counseling clients from the boardroom to the plant floor or accident scene.Under Matt’s leadership, Dix & Eaton’s crisis practice has been pre-approved by several major insurance companies to advise senior management on large crises.

A Cleveland native, Matt holds an M.B.A. and B.A. from the University of Colorado and is active in support of Providence House, a crisis nursery, as well as the Boy Scouts of America.

Specializes in:

  • Crisis situations
  • Litigation PR
  • Reputation management

Selected engagements and background:

  • Upper Big Branch mine explosion, Massey Energy
  • NTSB investigation of Pacific Gas & Electric pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California
  • Crashes of Colgan Air Flight 3407 and Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3701
  • Bankruptcy and mechanics strike, Northwest Airlines
  • $1.4 billion acquisition of AirTran Airways, Southwest Airlines
  • $50 billion merger of Qwest Communications and US WEST
  • Sago Mine accident in West Virginia, International Coal Group
  • $16 billion acquisition of Imperial Chemical Industries by AkzoNobel

Recent Posts from Matt

#worstauntever hung out to dry

When I saw the headline about the aunt who sued her nephew because he broke her arm in a freak accident, I wondered how that lawsuit made any sense from a publicity…

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