Matthew J. Peed

Matthew J. PeedMatthew Peed is a litigation specialist with a particular talent for strategic thinking and doctrinal depth. Matt has worked on matters from the trial court level through appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. As a former associate of one of the nation’s premier litigation firms, Matt has worked closely with some of the most highly-regarded civil and criminal litigators in the country. Through Clinton Brook & Peed, Matt brings that experience and expertise to a select group of clients, providing them with a level of access and attention difficult to achieve in a large firm setting.


Representative Matters:

  • Defense against charges of piracy on the high seas: Ali Mohamed Ali, former Director General of Education for Somaliland, was charged with piracy under the law of nations, conspiracy, and hostage taking, stemming from his role in helping to negotiate the release of a ship that had been hijacked by Somali pirates. After a three week trial in November 2013, Mr. Ali was found not guilty of piracy — a charge which carried a mandatory life sentence if he had been convicted– but the jury hung on the remaining counts. Although the government initially sought to retry Ali on the hung counts, the Firm filed a motion arguing that retrial would violate the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Constitution. The government ultimately capitulated and agreed that retrial would be unconstitutional, and the charges were dismissed in their entirety. Many of the key documents in the case may be found here.
  • Represented a major international law firm in connection with government investigations and multiple investor actions stemming from a $2.4 billion financial services fraud in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Achieved a six-figure settlement for violations of constitutional rights by Federal officials and contractors on behalf of a former federal inmate wrongly detained for over five months.
  • Represented a major research university in a dispute involving inventorship of a patent for adipose-derived stem cells in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.
  • Represented a large pharmaceutical company in simultaneous multi-defendant, multi-jurisdictional litigation involving allegations of fraud in the setting of certain pricing benchmarks.
  • Composed petitions to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a prominent religious non-profit organization in cases affecting first amendment liberties.

Previous Legal Experience:

Williams & Connolly LLP, Washington, DC

  • Handled a broad range of legal matters including patent law, civil rights, white collar criminal defense, first amendment law, and complex civil litigation.

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
Law Clerk to Judge James Robertson

  • Conducted legal research, composed bench memos, prepared jury instructions, and drafted opinions for federal civil and criminal cases.

U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC
Law Clerk

  • Conducted legal research, drafted legal memoranda and briefs, and participated in on-site investigations for Civil Rights Division, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section.

International Justice Mission, Nairobi, Kenya
Law Clerk

  • Documented cases of torture, unlawful detention, public corruption, land grabbing, and other abuses. Drafted reports delivered to the president, attorney general, and other government officials. Participated in undercover investigations of child exploitation.

Honors & Recognition:

Publications & Speeches:

  • Stolen Seas: Tales of Somali Piracy, Panel Discussion Sponsored by 100 Reporters (2013)
  • Blacklisting as Foreign Policy: The Politics and Law of Listing Terror States, 54 Duke L.J. 1321 (2005)
  • Real Southern Living: Africa and the Farm Bill, Regeneration Quarterly, Vol. 8, Iss. 1 (Spring 2002)


  • Spanish

Professional Associations:

  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities
    • Section of International Law
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
    • Litigation Section

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