Matthew F. Ferraro

Matthew F. Ferraro advises clients on matters related to defense and national security, cybersecurity, 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 is a thought leader on the threat that digital disinformation poses to corporations, brands and markets. His articles on this topic have appeared in the Washington Post, CNN, Brunswick Review and Studies in Intelligence, the CIA’s journal. 

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 has briefed and argued cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Constitutional and immigration issues. 

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, a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute at George Mason University, 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 intelligence and national security issues. A full list of his publications is available here.

Publications in Legal Periodicals:

  • Environmental Deconfliction 2019: The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2019, 49 Environmental Law Reporter 10220 (2019) (co-author)
  • Environmental Deconfliction: The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 and its Implications for Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources, 18 Pratt’s Energy Law Report 223 (2018) (co-author)
  • Not at Home: Reining in General Personal Jurisdiction After BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell, 86 Bloomberg Law Insights 1239 (2018) (co-author)
  • “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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  • 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