Matthew J. B. Lawrence
Matthew J. B. Lawrence
Academic Fellow Alumnus

Academic Fellow Alumnus


Matt Lawrence, Academic Fellow 2013-2015, is an expert in the fields of civil procedure, health law, and administrative law. His scholarship has been published in the New York University Law Review, the University of Cincinnati Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, and the Indiana Law Journal. During his fellowship Matt also designed and taught a class at Harvard Law School entitled “Law and Medicine: The Affordable Care Act,” and spoke widely at conferences and events on health law issues.

Matt graduated from Brown University magna cum laude in 2006 and earned his JD magna cum laude from New York University School of Law in 2009. There he was a Furman Scholar, Butler Scholar, Pomeroy Scholar, Lederman-Milbank Fellow in Law and Economics, and Managing Editor of the NYU Law Review.  After law school he clerked for the Honorable Douglas H. Ginsburg of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. At the conclusion of his fellowship, Matt accepted a position at the Department of Justice, where he serves as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch.  


Procedural Triage, 84 Fordham L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015).

Mandatory Process, 90 Ind. L. J. (forthcoming 2015).

Courts Should Apply a Relatively More Stringent Pleading Threshold to Class Actions, 81 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1225 (2013).

The Jurisdiction of the D.C. Circuit, 23 Cornell J. of L. & Pub. Pol’y 131 (2013) (with Eric M. Fraser; David K. Kessler; & Stephen A. Calhoun).

Note, In Search of an Enforceable Medical Malpractice Exculpatory Agreement: Introducing Confidential Contracts as a Solution to the Doctor-Patient Relationship Problem, 83 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 850 (2009).

The Validity of ‘Voluntary’ Medical Malpractice Exculpatory Agreements in New York, 14 Health L. J. 86 (2009).

Research Interests

  • Civil Procedure

  • Health Law

  • Administrative Law

  • Complex Litigation

  • Insurance Law

  • Elder Law


  • JD, magna cum laude, New York University School of Law, May 2009
  • New York University Law Review, Managing Editor; Maurice Goodman Memorial Prize; Order of the Coif; Paul D. Kaufman Memorial Award; Daniel G. Collins Prize; Barry Gold Memorial Health Law Writing Competition, First Prize; Butler Scholar; Pomeroy Scholar; Furman Academic Scholar; Lederman-Milbank Fellow in Law and Economics
  • BA, magna cum laude, Brown University, May 2006

Previous Experience

  • 2010-2013, 2015-, Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Federal Programs Branch

  • 2009-2010, Clerk for the Honorable Douglas H. Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

  • 2008, Summer Associate, Williams & Connolly LLP