Matt Benner brings his A-Game every day, because he knows that every day is game day. Matt has been the lead author on the briefing for more than a dozen appeals, over two dozen summary judgment and other dispositive motions, and countless non-dispositive and discovery motions. Matt is also an experienced oral advocate, having argued in court, taken depositions, and defended depositions.
Matt's keen sense of how to achieve justice for clients was shaped by his two-year clerkship with the Honorable Lawrence J. Vilardo of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. During his time as a clerk, Matt supported the court’s administration of jury trials, jury selection, pretrial conferences, Daubert motions, dispositive motion hearings, sanctions hearings, and an Empire State-sized volume of discovery disputes (most of which should have been resolved by the parties before reaching court).
Matt's work as a district court clerk also involved cases reaching up the judicial ladder, as he worked on appeals when Judge Vilardo sat by designation on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Before clerking, Matt litigated for four years at a litigation boutique in New York. While in law school at Cornell, Matt wrote for the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy and served on the Moot Court Board.
Matt is a native of the Keystone State.
Cornell Law School
Pennsylvania State University (Schreyer Honors College)
District of Columbia (Pending)