Matthew J. Peed


Washington, DC
(202) 621-1828 (phone)
(202) 204-6320 (fax)

Matt Peed is a litigator whose practice focuses on criminal defense and civil-rights cases in both trial and appellate courts. He has handled dozens of criminal cases, covering a broad range of charges, and he has successfully represented unpopular clients against the government in high-profile cases. 

Matt previously practiced at Williams & Connolly, where his work included white-collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation, and patent, civil-rights, and First Amendment matters.

Representative Matters*:

  • Appointed by federal court to represent Libyan national charged in connection with 2012 Benghazi attacks.

  • Successfully defended Somali national in federal court against prosecution for piracy on the high seas. After a three-week jury trial, we won an acquittal on some charges and then convinced the government to dismiss the remaining charges.*

  • Represented the families of teenagers, who were killed by members of the U.S. Army while on U.S. soil, in Federal Tort Claims Act suit against the United States.*

  • Negotiated six-figure settlement for client illegally incarcerated for nearly two months.*

  • Overturned a 22-year drug sentence; on remand, client received a sentence significantly below the guidelines.*

  • Vacated a 20-year sentence through a federal collateral challenge; client was resentenced to 30 months.*

  • Vacated a conviction for Leaving After Colliding in the first case challenging the meaning of the DC statute since a recent amendment.*

  • Represents defendant convicted of serious felony in federal post-conviction challenge in federal court in Virginia.

  • Obtained below-guidelines sentence on behalf of individual accused of multiple counts of computer crime.*

  • Represented a major international law firm in connection with federal government investigations and multiple investor actions stemming from a $2.4 billion financial services fraud.**

  • Represented a large pharmaceutical company in simultaneous multi-defendant, multi-jurisdictional litigation involving allegations of fraud in the setting of pricing benchmarks.**

*Some listed matters were handled while the firm was in a general partnership called Clinton Brook & Peed

**Matters handled before joining Clinton Brook


Duke University School of Law, J.D.
cum laude
Duke Law Journal, Editor

Harvard University, A.B. in Biochemistry
cum laude


Honorable James Robertson, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


Publications & Speeches

Stolen Seas: Tales of Somali Piracy (panelist), 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, Issue 1 (Spring 2002)


District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia