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    Matthew J. MacLean

    Matthew J. MacLean

    T: +1.202.663.8183 F: +1.202.663.8007
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    Matthew MacLean is a partner in the law firm's Litigation practice and is located in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia offices. He represents clients in commercial and criminal matters before federal and state courts with a practice focus on litigation involving business disputes, real estate and intellectual property. He has represented military contractors doing business in Iraq and elsewhere. He has also provided pro bono representation to war veterans with mental health disabilities.

    He has substantial experience litigating matters involving constitutional and international law, including representation of Guantanamo detainees in Boumediene v. Bush, in which the Supreme Court held that detainees in Guantanamo have a constitutional right to habeas corpus. He also represented the American Bar Association in a friend-of-the-court brief in Munaf v. Geren, in which the Supreme Court held that American citizens held by the U.S. military in Iraq have the right to challenge their detention in federal court.

    Before joining Pillsbury, Mr. MacLean was an officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, where he served as a prosecutor, a defense counsel, officer-in-charge of a Trial Defense Service branch office and a legal advisor in the Pentagon. He has litigated dozens of cases as lead counsel on appeal and at trial, including multiple jury trials and a writ in a death penalty case, and has argued before a number of state and federal appellate courts.

    Honors & Awards
    • Legal 500 US, General Commercial Disputes (2016), Commercial Litigation (2016)
    • Washington's Top Lawyers, Military Affairs Law, Washingtonian (2007)

    Virginia Bar Association


    U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, District of Maryland and the Eastern District of Virginia

    District of Columbia
    Commonwealth of Virginia
    State of Maryland
    State of Oklahoma
    State of Tennessee
    J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1999
    B.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 1996

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