Matthew D. Benedetto

Matthew Benedetto has more than 10 years' experience representing clients in complex civil, criminal and administrative matters, often involving crisis management and public policy responses. Mr. Benedetto is an active member of the firm's False Claims Act Group and 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 the past year, Mr. Benedetto has represented a California-based financial technology company in multiple government plaintiff lawsuits alleging unfair business practices in connection with tax preparation services; a major financial institution in a number of state false claims act litigations around the country; an aerospace manufacturer in a federal criminal investigation of export control practices; and a technology company in a sensitive internal investigation related to allegations of sexual misconduct by an executive.

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 pursuing his law degree, Mr. Benedetto taught English at Phillips Academy, Andover, and pursued a PhD in English at The Johns Hopkins University.

Government Investigations

Mr. Benedetto has represented clients before federal and state regulatory and law enforcement agencies, including the SEC, the California Attorney General’s Office, multiple US Attorneys' Offices and Main Justice. Investigations have concerned allegations of: false claims act violations; securities, accounting and other frauds; consumer fraud; financial reporting and disclosure improprieties; export and trade controls; and privacy–related violations.

Internal Investigations

Mr. Benedetto has led and participated in internal investigations concerning: sexual misconduct by an executive; consumer privacy–related improprieties; consumer fraud allegations; misrepresentations; misappropriation of assets; financial fraud; and non-compliance with legal and regulatory obligations.


Mr. Benedetto has litigated cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts, including the US Supreme Court. Matters have included: state and federal False Claims Act violations; securities fraud; consumer fraud; breaches of contract, false advertising and other business torts; and consumer privacy actions.

Pro Bono

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 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. In the past year, he has represented multiple veterans before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, in connection with claims for service-connected benefits. 

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 was 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 LGBT Center of Los Angeles.


  • Represent a California-based financial technology company in multiple government plaintiff lawsuits alleging unfair business practices in connection with tax preparation services.
  • Represent aerospace manufacturer in federal criminal investigation of export control practices.
  • Represent a federally recognized Indian tribe in California state litigation concerning the status of its reservation land.
  • Represented healthcare client in federal criminal and administrative investigations, state investigations and civil litigation relating to healthcare fraud, wire fraud and consumer fraud allegations.
  • Secured dismissal of a series of False Claims Act cases against a major financial institution in federal and state courts.
  • Represented major pharmaceutical company in novel suit brought under California’s Insurance Frauds Prevention Act by California Insurance Commissioner and whistleblowers; obtained dismissal of whistleblowers on summary judgment.
  • Represented major medical device company in suit brought under California’s Insurance Frauds Prevention Act by whistleblower; prevailed on summary judgment.
  • Represented California–based technology company in a number of government investigations related to consumer privacy and securities disclosures.
  • Represented technology company in sensitive internal investigation regarding sexual misconduct of an executive.
  • Represented Indian tribe in federal district court in challenge to tribal lands designation.
  • Represented defense contractor in sensitive internal investigation involving whistleblower allegations by former employee.
  • Represented individual in USAO grand jury investigation involving international money laundering allegations.
  • Represented technology company in multi-district class action litigation involving Smart TVs and alleged violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) and state law equivalents.

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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