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Matthew Shapanka represents and counsels corporate, political, and individual clients in criminal, regulatory, and policy matters before government agencies and Congress.

Mr. Shapanka develops and executes public policy initiatives for clients seeking actions by Congress, state legislatures, and federal and state government agencies. He represents corporate and nonprofit clients in complex, multifaceted campaigns with significant legal, policy, and political dimensions. He has experience drafting testimony for both legislative and oversight hearings before Congress, and has prepared numerous witnesses for congressional testimony and depositions. He also has experience in legislative drafting, and has composed multiple bills introduced in Congress and state legislatures, including several that have been enacted into law. 

He also advises and represents clients on the full range of political law compliance and enforcement matters involving federal election, campaign finance, lobbying, and government ethics laws, as well as the election and political laws of states and municipalities across the country.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Shapanka worked as a research analyst in the Massachusetts Recovery & Reinvestment Office, where he worked on all aspects of state-level policy, communications, and compliance for federal stimulus funding awarded to Massachusetts under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. He has also worked for federal, state, and local political candidates in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

  • Advising corporate (for-profit and non-profit), political, and high net worth individual clients, including candidates, PACs, Super PACs, and trade associations, regarding: 
    • federal, state, and local campaign finance laws and regulations; 
    • federal, state, and local pay-to-play rules; 
    • federal, state, and local lobbying and ethics laws; and
  • Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) compliance.
  • Representing Fortune 200 technology company on technology policy and legislation. 
  • Representing national legal organization on state policy matters.  
  • Represented multiple private equity firms in conducting political law due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. 
  • Advised multi-billion dollar pension trust fund on policy matters before Congress and the Administration.
  • Represented statewide political candidate in successful defense of eligibility to appear on the ballot.
  • Represented major financial institutions in investigations before congressional committees. 
  • Represented multiple large pharmaceutical companies responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests before federal agencies. 
  • Represented individual criminal defendant in federal conspiracy and bribery prosecution.

Pro Bono

  • Representing nonprofit Making Every Vote Count on presidential election reform policy and legislation.
  • Representing nonprofit foundation on tax and election law matters. 
  • Representing national homelessness advocacy organization on housing legislation before Congress and the Administration. 
  • Represented Prison Legal News in First Amendment prison censorship litigation, including oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. 
  • Represented Alabama inmate attacking capital sentence in post-conviction proceedings. 
  • Successfully represented Native American tribe in securing formal legislative recognition in the State of Delaware. 

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association       
  • California Political Attorneys Association
  • American Constitution Society   
  • Tufts Lawyers Association, Board Member            
  • National Eagle Scout Association

Previous Experience

  • Law clerk for state senate candidate Eric Lesser in successful defense of ballot access before the Massachusetts State Ballot Law Commission, resulting in favorable published decision. Allen v. Lesser, Mass. SBLC 14-01 (June 20, 2014).
  • United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, Intern, Economic Crimes Unit (2014).
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Judicial Intern, Hon. Amy Berman Jackson (2012).
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts Recovery & Reinvestment Office, Research Analyst (2009-2011).