Matthew D. Benedetto

Mr. Benedetto's practice focuses on complex civil litigation and government investigations. Mr. Benedetto has extensive experience representing pharmaceutical companies, healthcare companies and financial institutions in both federal and state False Claims Act actions. In the healthcare space, he has unique experience litigating California's Insurance Frauds Prevention Act, a qui tam statute in the Insurance Code, including arguing before the California Court of Appeal. 

In his pro bono practice, Mr. Benedetto obtained in November 2015 a rare federal jury verdict in favor of his client, a California state prisoner, in a First Amendment retaliation case brought against state correctional officers. The verdict was covered by the Daily Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle. He argued an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of another California state prisoner in a federal challenge to his conditions of confinement. He also successfully represented a disabled, gay Army veteran in a federal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, obtaining summary judgment in her favor in an action which sought disability compensation for her same-sex spouse. 

Mr. Benedetto serves on the firmwide Pro Bono and Public Service Committee and the West Coast Diversity Committee. In 2016, he received the firm's Pickering Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service.

In 2016, the National LGBT Bar Association named Mr. Benedetto to its list of “Best LGBT Attorneys Under the Age of 40.” He was also selected to be a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 

Before joining WilmerHale, Mr. Benedetto was an associate at another firm in Los Angeles, where he was a member of a trial team in a four-week federal jury trial involving allegations of fraud against a major insurance company in violation of the False Claims Act. Before pursuing his law degree, Mr. Benedetto taught English at Phillips Academy, Andover.

Professional Activities

Mr. Benedetto was the 2015 Co-President of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles, an affinity group of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is also on the Board of Directors of USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association. He is a former elected member of the Young Professional Council (YPC), an educational outreach, fundraising and advisory group to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.

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  • Education

    • JD, University of Southern California Law School, 2007

      Order of the Coif; Hale Moot Court Advocacy Champion, 2006
    • MA, English, Johns Hopkins University, 2004

      Doctoral Studies in English
    • BA, English, Dartmouth College, 2000

      summa cum laude High Honors in English, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Admissions

    • California