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Matthew Shapanka
Matthew S. Shapanka
Associate
Washington +1 202 662 5136 mshapanka@cov.com Download V-card

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

He advises and represents clients on political law compliance and enforcement matters involving the Federal Election Campaign Act, Lobbying Disclosure Act, the Ethics in Government Act, Congressional ethics rules, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s pay-to-play rules, as well as the election and political laws of states and municipalities across the country.

Mr. Shapanka also develops and executes public policy initiatives for clients seeking actions by Congress and government agencies. He represents corporate and nonprofit clients in complex, multifaceted campaigns with significant 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. 

  • 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;
    • Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) issues; and
    • Political law due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.
  • Representing Fortune 200 technology company on intellectual property policy and legislation.
  • Advising multi-billion dollar pension trust fund on policy matters before Congress and the Administration.
  • Representing trade association on intellectual property policy and legislation.
  • Represented state 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 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.
  • Representing newspaper in First Amendment prison censorship litigation.
  • Representing 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).