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Matthew Shapanka
Matthew S. Shapanka
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 also advises candidates, companies, PACs, nonprofits, and high net worth individuals on compliance with federal, state, and local campaign finance, election, and lobbying laws. He also conducts due diligence of political law compliance issues for companies engaging in mergers and acquisitions.

  • 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) issues.
  • Representing Fortune 200 technology company on intellectual property policy and legislation.
  • Representing trade association on intellectual property policy and legislation.
  • Advising multi-billion dollar pension trust fund on policy matters before Congress and the Administration.
  • Represented state political candidate in successful defense of eligibility to appear on the ballot.
  • Representing large pension fund on pension policy and legislation.
  • 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 state habeas corpus 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).