Government & Regulatory Affairs Counsel
Matt draws on a sophisticated understanding of the federal legislative, regulatory and legal processes to counsel clients on international trade policy and enforcement in Washington, with an emphasis on import regulations under the Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA), the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) of 2015, Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Matt’s international trade focus extends to policy developments emanating from the European Union and the United Kingdom, particularly in relation to regulations impacting U.S. products and services (including digital service taxes).
Matt previously served on the legislative staff of U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) — a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee and Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation — where he focused on national policy issues related to defense, foreign affairs, and international trade. Matt also served on the government relations team of an Am Law 100 international firm, where he advocated on behalf of multinational clientele in front of Congress and the executive branch on legislative issues related to defense, international trade and financial regulation.
Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism
Matt also counsels international clients on compliance matters related to the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT), a voluntary supply-chain security program to facilitate the secure and efficient flow of global trade.
Immigration Rights & Election Law
Matt maintains an active pro bono practice, with an emphasis on immigration rights and election law. In 2019, he served on the trial team that won a favorable ruling on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Michigan and individual voters in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a 2011 partisan gerrymander of Michigan's congressional and state legislative maps. The three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan permanently enjoined Michigan from conducting elections based on the unconstitutional districts, finding they were deliberately drawn to favor Republican voters and incumbents and disfavor Democrats. The case is League of Women Voters v. Benson.