Matthew Ferraro

Matthew F. Ferraro

Matthew F. Ferraro advises clients on matters related to defense and national security, cybersecurity, and strategic response. He also conducts internal investigations and counsels clients on a range of government contract issues, including on bid protests. In the financial services sector, he advises clients on anti–money laundering compliance and emerging financial regulations. 

Mr. Ferraro's clients include defense contractors, leading technology companies and financial institutions. He provides clients with strategic counseling and advocacy before a range of governmental and regulatory bodies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the Department of the Treasury, and the Government Accountability Office.

Mr. Ferraro is privileged to maintain an active pro bono appellate litigation practice on behalf of indigent clients. As part of his pro bono practice, he currently represents a client in a constitutional rights case before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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 start-up companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also served as a judicial extern for Judge Richard J. Sullivan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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

Legal Publications:

  • “Groundbreaking” or Broken? An Analysis of SEC Cybersecurity Disclosure Guidance, its Effectiveness & Implications, 77 Albany Law Review 297 (2014)
  • Stateless in Shangri-La: Minority Rights, Citizenship, and Belonging in Bhutan, 48 Stanford Journal of International Law 405 (2012)

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