Matthew F. Ferraro advises clients on matters related to defense and national security, cybersecurity, emerging technologies and crisis management. He also conducts internal investigations, assists clients in dealings before the US Congress, and counsels clients on a range of government contract issues.

In the mergers and acquisitions sector, Mr. Ferraro helps clients navigate complex transactions before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Representing both US sellers and foreign buyers, he assists clients in the assessment and mitigation of national security-related risks associated with potential transactions.

In addition, Mr. Ferraro provides clients with strategic counseling and advocacy before a range of governmental and regulatory bodies, including the Departments of Commerce, Defense and Treasury, among others.

In the cyber domain, Mr. Ferraro regularly works with companies to prepare for and respond to cyberattacks, including ransomware incidents. 

Mr. Ferraro counsels clients, writes, and speaks on artificial intelligence issues and the threat that digital disinformation and deepfakes pose to corporations, brands and markets—an area of practice he has termed disinformation and deepfakes risk management (DDRM). His articles on these topics have appeared in The Washington Post, CNN, Lawfare, Corporate Counsel, The HillLaw360, Tech Policy Press, Brunswick Review and Studies in Intelligence, the CIA’s journal, among others. He also authored the chapter on disinformation and deepfakes in the ABA Cybersecurity Handbook (3rd ed.).

Mr. Ferraro has helped to prepare senior executives from an array of industries, including the aviation, energy, life sciences, technology and telecommunications sectors, for testimony before or in matters involving the US Congress.   

As part of Mr. Ferraro’s pro bono practice, he has briefed and argued cases for indigent clients before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Constitutional and immigration issues, successfully secured a civil protective order for a client before the Superior Court of Washington DC and represented Americans wrongfully detained abroad.

Mr. Ferraro previously worked as a summer associate at WilmerHale. While attending law school, Mr. Ferraro served in the US Department of State’s Office of the Legal Advisor, as a consultant to the Royal Government of Bhutan through Stanford’s Bhutan Law and Policy Project, and as a clinic student in the Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, where he worked on certiorari petitions and amicus and merits briefs for cases before the US Supreme Court. He was elected co-president of the Stanford Law Association, his law school’s student government, and was selected as an InSITE Fellow, through which he provided legal counsel to startup companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also served as a judicial extern for Judge Richard J. Sullivan, then of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Ferraro is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior fellow at the National Security Institute at George Mason University, where he has also served as an adjunct professor of law. Previously, he was a 2021 Yale Cyber Leadership Forum fellow and a member of Law360’s Aerospace and Defense Editorial Advisory Board.

Before pursuing his law degree, Mr. Ferraro served for several years as an intelligence officer with the US government. He has written widely on technology, intelligence and national security issues. A full list of his publications is available here.

Selected Publications in Legal Periodicals:

  • Matthew Ferraro Pens Article for Corporate Counsel on How Disinformation and Deepfake Media Impacts Businesses

    Writing for Corporate Counsel, Matthew F. Ferraro wrote an article describing how viral disinformation and the growing ease with which believable deepfake media can be created will accelerate a range of business dangers.

    December 15, 2021
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  • Ransomware Attacks Are About to Get Worse. But There Are Ways to Stop Them

    These threats will continue to grow in the months and years ahead because cyberattacks of all kinds are relatively cheap and can be launched at scale. Now, American industry and government must work more closely together to buttress the defenses necessary to thwart these attacks.

    September 14, 2021
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  • Deepfakes and Disinformation: The World of Manipulated Media

    In the fifth episode of WilmerHale’s podcast, In the Public Interest, co-host and Partner John Walsh welcomes Partner Jason Chipman, who moderates a discussion between fellow WilmerHale lawyer Matthew Ferraro and special guest Nina Schick on “deepfakes”—using synthetic media to spread misinformation or disinformation.

    March 30, 2021
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  • Education

    • JD, Stanford Law School, 2013

      with pro bono distinction

      Articles Editor, Stanford Law Review, Senior Articles Editor, Stanford Law and Policy Review

    • MPhil, Historical Studies, University of Cambridge, 2005

      with distinction

    • BA, History, Yale University, 2004

      with distinction

  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • California

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. John G. Koeltl, US District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2015 - 2016

    • The Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2014 - 2015

    • The Hon. Jay S. Bybee, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2013 - 2014