Matthew J. Craig

Senior Associate

Education

  • B.A., University of North Carolina, 2008
  • highest honors
  • Especialización, Universidad de Los Andes, 2009
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2013
  • magna cum laude

Clerkships

  • Hon. Gerard E. Lynch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Hon. Allyne R. Ross, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Fellowships, Leadership & Recognition

  • Order of the Coif, NYU School of Law
  • Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, NYU School of Law
  • Institute of International Law and Justice Scholar, NYU School of Law
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, Universidad de Los Andes
  • Morehead-Cain Scholar, University of North Carolina

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York
  • New York

Matthew Craig is a Senior Associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink. He maintains a wide-ranging practice in civil, criminal, and public interest matters.

Matthew previously worked at another cutting-edge litigation boutique, Shapiro Arato LLP. His practice there was evenly divided between appellate and trial-level work, and civil and criminal matters. He represented major record labels and their artists, criminal defendants and a subject of a important Justice Department investigation, and the victims of one of the largest Ponzi schemes in United States’ history. His proudest moment came when a New York appellate court vacated his client's 20-years-to-life sentence based on a juror's improper text messaging—the first appellate decision of that type in New York history.

While at Shapiro Arato, Matthew maintained a robust public interest practice. He represented dozens of technologists in Wikimedia’s challenge to an NSA surveillance program. The Fourth Circuit’s decision in favor of Wikimedia incorporated the technological nuances that Matthew had explained in the technologists’ amicus brief, and the ruling was an important civil liberties victory. Matthew collaborated with the ACLU and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University on litigation relating to the First and Fourth Amendments as well.

Thinking strategically about how to approach big challenges, immersing myself in the factual and legal intricacies of a problem, and, most importantly, using my skills to serve someone in need—it’s a privilege that my job lets me do each of these things every day.

Matthew clerked in the Second Circuit and the Eastern District of New York, and served as a Presidential Fellow at the Open Society Foundations. At OSF, Matthew participated in the development of legal and advocacy strategies on numerous pressing issues, including campaign finance reform and drones. Matthew also worked closely with the OSF President on internal strategy matters affecting the dozens of OSF entities spread across the world. Matthew’s fellowship took him to Albania, India, Morocco, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, where he engaged with government officials and civil society leaders.

Matthew graduated magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law, where he was both a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar and an Institute for International Law and Justice Scholar. He participated in the Immigrant Rights Clinic and was a two-time intern at the ACLU. His writing has appeared in the Cardozo Law Review, the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Read about Matthew J. Craig in our Newsroom

Published on: August 7, 2020

E. Jean Carroll, Who Accused Trump of Rape, Can Go Forward With Suit

A judge rejected President Trump’s bid to delay a defamation suit by Ms. Carroll, pointing to the recent Supreme Court ruling over his tax returns. A New York judge has rejected President Trump’s bid... Read More
Published on: July 16, 2020

Lawyers for Trump and E. Jean Carroll Trash Each Other in Dueling Letters on the Impact of Tax Return Decisions

Lawyers for E. Jean Carroll asserted in a letter last week that the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Vance could come back to haunt President Donald Trump in Carroll’s defamation lawsuit in state... Read More
Published on: July 10, 2020

Judge Derides Backlog Of Legal Calls At NYC Jails

The New York federal judge overseeing the dispute between the Federal Defenders of New York and the Federal Bureau of Prisons over attorneys' access to clients in detention on Friday criticized the... Read More