Matthew F. Ferraro

Senior Associate

Matthew 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)

Publications & News


March 22, 2018

Infrastructure Series: Cost-Sharing with State and Local Governments

As discussed in previous issues of WilmerHale's Infrastructure Series, the Trump Administration proposes several initiatives to seek and secure long-term changes in the government's approach to funding infrastructure projects.

March 22, 2018

Not at Home: Reining in General Personal Jurisdiction After BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell

An article by Andrew Shipley and Matthew Ferraro, published by Bloomberg Law Insights, US Law Week, March 22, 2018.

June 21, 2017

Treasury Report Proposes Revamping Post-Crash Financial Regulation

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department released a 150-page report that recommends revamping many of the rules for banks and other financial services firms put in place after the 2008 financial crisis through the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Speaking Engagements


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JD, with pro bono distinction, Stanford Law School, 2013, Articles Editor, Stanford Law Review, Senior Articles Editor, Stanford Law and Policy Review

MPhil, Historical Studies, with distinction, University of Cambridge, 2005

BA, History, with distinction, Yale University, 2004

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia



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

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