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.

Publications & News


January 12, 2018

Reject The Mistaken Qui Tam FCA Resealing Doctrine

In this article published by Law360, Jonathan Cedarbaum and Matthew Benedetto highlight why it's imperative for courts to reconsider the resealing doctrine, the increasingly common view that a relator's amended complaint, particularly one that includes substantial additions, should be filed under seal, even after the initial complaint was unsealed and the government has declined to intervene.

January 9, 2018

False Claims Act: 2017 Year-in-Review

False Claims Act recoveries topped $3.7 billion in fiscal year 2017, marking the eighth straight year of annual recoveries in excess of $3 billion.

January 31, 2017

False Claims Act: 2016 Year-in-Review

In 2016, the Department of Justice continued to give high priority to False Claims Act investigations and prosecutions. This WilmerHale Client Alert was republished by Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report.

June 29, 2016

National LGBT Bar Association Recognizes Matthew Benedetto as a Best Lawyer Under 40

The list includes young lawyers who have distinguished themselves in their fields and have demonstrated a commitment to LGBT equality.

June 28, 2016

My First Trial: Lessons I Learned in a Pelican Bay Prison Case

An article by Matthew Benedetto, published by California Lawyer, recounts life and legal lessons he learned during his first trial.

January 12, 2016

False Claims Act: 2015 Year-in-Review

In 2015, the Justice Department continued to give high priority to False Claims Act investigations, bringing in nearly $3.6 billion in settlements and judgments.

June 17, 2015

What You Need To Know As A Summer Associate

Matthew Benedetto is quoted in this article, published by Law360 on June 17, 2015.

December 3, 2014

Statistical sampling on the rise in False Claims Act cases

An article by Matthew Benedetto published in the November 20, 2014 edition of the Daily Journal.

January 21, 2014

SB 538: Overhauled anti-securities fraud provision

An article by Michael Mugmon and Matthew Benedetto, published in the January 21, 2014 edition of The Daily Journal.

October 3, 2013

California Overhauls State Anti-Securities Fraud Statute

On September 23, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 538—which overhauls the anti-fraud provision of the California Securities Law of 1968, and will likely make it more difficult for would-be plaintiffs to maintain lawsuits for securities fraud.

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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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, summa cum laude, Dartmouth College, 2000, High Honors in English, Phi Beta Kappa

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