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Education

J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center

B.A., Loyola University Maryland 

Law Journals

Notes Editor, Georgetown Law Journal

Clerkships

Law Clerk for the Honorable J. Frederick Motz, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (2000-2001)

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

California Bar

Maryland Bar

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits

U.S. District Courts for the District of Maryland, Northern District of California, and Southern District of California

Matt advises clients on a wide range of cybersecurity issues, including preparing for and responding to cyber incidents and interacting with regulators and law enforcement. He has extensive experience working with critical infrastructure companies to manage cyber risk, and he routinely advises clients on complicated issues involving the intersection of law and emerging technologies. Matt frequently helps clients prepare for and respond to network vulnerabilities, including working with the U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) to find creative solutions to challenging security issues.   

Representative Experience

  • Successfully litigated computer hacking cases under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), both as a federal prosecutor and in civil litigation.
  • Frequently advised communications companies on compliance with the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), and the Wiretap Act.
  • Advised numerous government contractors on compliance with various cybersecurity requirements, with a particular focus on advising U.S. Department of Defense contractors on obligations under DFARS 252.204-7012 and NIST 800-171.
  • Advised clients on emerging federal government policy related to the Internet of Things, blockchain, and bug bounty programs as well as the application of technical standards published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
  • Successfully litigated over 25 federal jury trials, including prosecuting numerous computer crimes.
  • Represented several individuals in deportation litigation, including successfully obtaining a writ of habeas corpus in the Eastern District of Virginia ordering a bond hearing for an individual detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for over 15 months without a hearing.

Professional Experience

  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia (2012-2015) and Southern District of California (2004-2006, 2008-2012)
  • Private law practice (2001-2003, 2006-2008)
  • New Hampshire Press Secretary, Governor Howard Dean’s Presidential Campaign (2003-2004)

Recognitions

  • Recognized as one of the nation's top Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazers by The National Law Journal (2015)

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