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- 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
- 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
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- 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
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Matthew Craig is a senior associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP. He maintains a wide-ranging practice in civil, criminal, and public interest matters.
While at the firm, Matthew has litigated cases concerning privacy and technology, and helped obtain a preliminary injunction barring the implementation of a New York City law requiring homesharing platforms to share troves of data about their users. He has represented Brown University in multiple lawsuits concerning its athletics program. In one of those suits, he handled the direct examination and cross-examination of witnesses at a two-day hearing at which the plaintiffs unsuccessfully sought to have the court order reinstatement of varsity teams that Brown had transitioned to club status. Matthew has defended Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Jennifer Lopez, and Ariana Grande in copyright lawsuits, and argued a successful appeal before the Second Circuit relating to § 1782 foreign discovery subpoenas and the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. He has advised clients on ways to promote gender equity and safety, and is one of the attorneys investigating gender equity issues in connection with NCAA championships.
Matthew has played a lead role in many of the firm’s public interest matters. He represents the Federal Defenders of New York in their ongoing litigation over the right to counsel at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. That litigation resulted in a rare temporary restraining order in early 2019 that restored legal visitation rights at the facility, and a unanimous decision in favor of the Federal Defenders on appeal in which the Second Circuit found that the lawsuit concerned “a course of events that demands the attention of all components of the system that our country relies on for meting out justice.” Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the parties have worked with former Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch to address Sixth Amendment issues at the MDC as well as the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
Matthew also represents E. Jean Carroll in her defamation suit against Donald Trump and represents a putative class in an action against the Trump family over their fraudulent promotion of a multi-level marketing company. He currently serves as appellate counsel to an individual facing a prison term of 23.5-27 years, and frequently serves as amicus counsel in cases before the Supreme Court and other appellate courts in cases relating to constitutional rights, discrimination, national security, and administrative law.
Previously, Matthew worked at another cutting-edge litigation boutique, Shapiro Arato LLP, where his practice was divided between appellate and trial-level work. One of his cases resulted in the first appellate decision in New York history vacating a criminal conviction due to a juror’s improper text messaging. He also represented major record labels and their artists, and victims of one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history. Matthew clerked on the Second Circuit and the Eastern District of New York, and served as a Presidential Fellow at the Open Society Foundations. At OSF, he helped develop legal and advocacy strategies on a wide range of issues, and worked closely with the OSF President on initiatives affecting the dozens of OSF entities across the world.
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. His writing has appeared in the Cardozo Law Review, the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.