Cutts

Matthew D. Cutts

Partner

With an extensive background in corporate litigation and his knowledge of Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch, Matthew Cutts is known for getting things done for clients where business, law and policy intersect. Specifically, he coordinates large multilayered public policy initiatives and helps his policy clients achieve their most sought-after federal legislative objectives.

Though he works across many public policy disciplines, he spends the majority of his time advocating on federal tax policy. In this role, he monitors and advocates on the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Plan; counsels clients on so-called tax inversions; seeks to ensure tax parity and fair treatment for his clients; and advocates tax policies intended to spur economic growth and development.

Beyond tax advocacy, Matthew has designed and executed projects that have successfully led to obtaining the first-ever Department of Energy license to export liquefied natural gas; spurring competition in a government space launch monopoly; and successfully defending a pharmaceutical company in a debarment proceeding.

Matthew counts among his clients publicly traded financial institutions; one of the world’s largest online retailers; a US rocket manufacturing company that has developed two new launch vehicles; a privately held global financial services firm with more than US$125 billion under management; and an international logistics company with more than US$3 billion in annual revenue from the federal government.

Matthew is also a leader in the firm, serving as co-chair of the Strategic Advocacy Public Policy Group, chair of the Tax & Financial Services Public Policy Group and as a member of the firm’s Recruitment Committee.

His community activities include serving on the Executive Committee of the Federal City Council, a nonprofit business association dedicated to improving the District of Columbia, and on the board of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, a nonprofit organization that provides promising young African Americans with the financial resources to attend the country’s finest educational institutions.

Previously and by mayoral appointment, Matthew chaired the Board of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission, an independent authority responsible for promoting sports and entertainment events in the District of Columbia, including the on-time, on-budget construction of the US$600 million Washington Nationals’ baseball stadium. He also served as a board member of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, as well as on the Board of Visitors of the Georgetown School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

In addition, Matthew served on Presidential Candidate Obama’s Mid-Atlantic Finance Committee and assisted President-Elect Obama’s transition team with the vetting and hiring of senior appointments within the Executive Branch.

After law school, Matthew served as the senior law clerk to Chief Judge Annice M. Wagner of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

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Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1994

Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2001
  • Maryland, 1997

Courts

  • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Columbia
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Maryland

Clerk Experience

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
    Chief Judge Annice M. Wagner
    September 1997 - September 1999

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