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Matthew Modell


Matt focuses on antitrust and other complex litigation at the trial level in federal and state courts throughout the country, including antitrust and trade regulation, internal and government investigations, criminal antitrust defense, class actions, and private and government litigation. Matt is also a CFIUS attorney and has counseled and navigated clients through the CFIUS process, including the clearance process and compliance pursuant to mitigation agreements.
Prior to being in private practice, Matt served as a law clerk to Judge Terrence W. Boyle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.


Representative matters

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. in a U.S. Department of Justice merger challenge of its acquisition of EverWatch Corp.

Chevron in multi-state investigations and litigation alleging fraud, unjust enrichment, and false claims.

SS&C Technologies Inc. in a private antitrust litigation suit alleging violations of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act, Section 3 Clayton, and state antitrust laws.

1-800 Contacts in a class-action antitrust lawsuit related to the intersection of internet search advertising and trademark law.

Corporate and individual clients in Department of Justice criminal investigations, including handling plea negotiations in matters involving automobile parts.

U.S. and international clients in CFIUS approval and mitigation compliance matters.

Fortune 500 companies responding to third-party subpoenas from various state and federal government agencies.

Clients on antitrust and trade regulation matters, joint ventures and competitor collaborations, price discrimination, distributor relations, and other competition-related issues.

Pro bono

Pro bono clients, including a jury trial on landlord tenant, dozens of judicial hearings representing victims of domestic violence, and veterans through NVLSP.

Published Work

  • Modell, Matthew, Co-author, (2019, 2020, 2021) “United States: Cartels”, Americas Antitrust Review, Global Competition Review
  • Modell, Matthew, Co-author, (2020) “DOJ/FTC Release Long-Awaited Vertical Merger Guidelines”
  • Modell, Matthew, Co-author, (2019) “No-Poach Agreements Raise Issue for Companies with Employees in the United States”
  • Modell, Matthew, Co-author, (2012) “Criminal Antitrust Sentencing of Individuals: Prosecutorial Trends and Judicial Involvement”, ABA Antitrust Law Section Spring Meeting

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “DOJ’s Heightened Enforcement on “No-Poach” Agreements: Hot Buttons to Consider”, Live Webinar, May 2021
  • Panelist, “The DOJ’s ‘No-Poach’ Agreements: Navigating Implications to the Year Ahead and Beyond”, Live Webinar, 2020

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Executive Committee Member, Capital Area Food Bank, “Food From the Bar”
  • Member, American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section
  • Young Lawyer Representative, Trade Sports and Professional Associations Committee, Section of Antitrust, American Bar Association (2012)


  • Pro Bono High Honor Roll, DC Bar, 2021, 2020, 2018, and 2016
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll, DC Bar, 2017
  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2021, 2020, 2018, and 2017



Attorney-at-Law, North Carolina, 2009

Attorney-at-Law, Washington, D.C., 2012

Attorney-at-Law, New York, 2019


United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


B.S. (with Distinction), University of Wisconsin, 2003

J.D. (with Honors), University of North Carolina, 2009

President, Student Bar Association

James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.