Areas of Practice
  • French
  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1993, Managing Editor, The Yale Law Journal
  • Syracuse University Main Campus, B.A., with honors, 1989, 1989 Syracuse Scholar
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. Conrad K. Cyr, US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maine

Matthew J. Herrington

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 8164
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Matthew J. Herrington is a partner in Steptoe's Washington office with nearly 20 years of experience in white-collar defense and complex civil litigation. 

Mr. Herrington has succeeded in a variety of individual and corporate representations in the areas of securities fraud, accounting fraud, environmental crime, FCPA, and international extradition defense.  He has guided public corporations and their boards through multi-jurisdictional FCPA investigations, and represented both individuals and institutions in investigations and inquiries conducted by the Department of Justice, PCAOB, SEC, US House of Representatives, US Senate, and a variety of other administrative and regulatory agencies. Mr. Herrington counsels a wide variety of domestic and international institutions on BSA/AML, FCPA and OFAC compliance and enforcement.

Mr. Herrington also has extensive experience managing and conducting civil litigation, including trial experience with a special emphasis on complex scientific and financial issues.  A substantial portion of Mr. Herrington’s civil practice is devoted to the defense of professional negligence claims against lawyers, accountants, and auditors.  He has represented several leading law firms in cases seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, with the underlying malpractice alleged to have occurred in intellectual property, transactional, and litigation areas of practice.  Mr. Herrington has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex, high-stakes business-to-business contract disputes related to technology development.

Mr. Herrington represented Riggs Bank N.A. in connection with both Senate investigations and hearings as well as the Department of Justice’s investigation and prosecution of the Bank, and related civil litigation.  

Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Herrington served as Counsel for the Presidential Campaign Finance Inquiry on behalf of the US Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, where he managed the investigation of campaign finance law compliance.  In this position, Mr. Herrington gained substantive experience in campaign finance, tax, and immigration fraud.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Board Member, Law360's Legal Ethics Editorial Advisory Board
  • International Criminal Law Committee, Section of International Law, American Bar Association
  • Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Hearing Commissioner, District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility