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Matt Benjamin is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of Gibson Dunn’s General Commercial Litigation, White Collar Defense and Investigations, Crisis Management, and Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Innovation Practice Groups, among others. Matt has also served on the firm’s Hiring, Diversity, and Community Affairs Committees.
The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 recognizes Matt as a leading Criminal Defense: White-Collar attorney. In addition, he has been consistently named in the Super Lawyers: New York Metro “Rising Stars” list in the area of litigation since 2013.
Matt’s practice focuses on complex litigation, white collar criminal defense and internal investigations, and crisis management. Matt has deep experience counseling prominent individuals and companies in sensitive and often confidential privacy and defamation matters, reputational recovery matters, private investigations, and founders’ disputes.
Representative matters include:
Matt has a particular expertise in federal sentencing law and policy. In 2012, Matt was appointed a non-voting member of the United States Sentencing Commission’s Practitioners Advisory Group, through which the national defense bar provides the Commission with input on a variety of sentencing-related issues, including proposed amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and legislative initiatives. In 2014, Matt was appointed a member of the Federal Bar Council’s Committee on Sentencing and Alternatives to Incarceration. He has written numerous articles about federal sentencing policy, including in the Federal Sentencing Reporter, and is an annual contributor to the ABA’s two-volume treatise, “Practice Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines,” a comprehensive sentencing resource.
Matt graduated in 2006 from New York University School of Law, where he served as an Executive Articles Editor for the Annual Survey of American Law and a research assistant to Professor Amy Adler. He graduated cum laude from Yale College with a Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art in 2003. From 2008 to 2009, Matt served as a law clerk to the Honorable George Z. Singal in the United States District Court for the District of Maine.
Matt maintains a robust pro bono practice. In 2015, the Federal Bar Council selected Matt to receive the Thurgood Marshall Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Service, recognizing his “extraordinary contribution to public service and persistent dedication to enhancing access to justice for those most in need.” In particular, Matt was honored for his efforts in developing Gibson Dunn’s groundbreaking pro bono program in support of the Alternatives to Incarceration programs of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Through this program, Gibson Dunn attorneys have provided pro bono civil legal services, including representation in housing, public assistance benefits, immigration, professional licensing, transactional, and family law matters, to dozens of defendant participants in the ATI programs. Matt has also represented individual clients in federal courts and agencies in immigration, veterans, criminal, and family court matters. He currently represents the surviving family of a high-profile murder victim in law enforcement and related matters. Matt currently serves on the Board of Directors of Classic Stage Company (CSC), a leading Off-Broadway theater.
Matt is admitted to practice in the State of New York, and before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
New York University - 2006 Juris Doctor
Yale University - 2003 Bachelor of Arts
New York Bar