Overview

Matthew D. Rowen is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on appellate and Supreme Court litigation.

Matthew has argued numerous cases in the federal courts of appeals and district courts, and has drafted dispositive motions and appellate briefs in a variety of substantive areas. His matters have addressed constitutional law, including the separation of powers and presidential power, the First Amendment, the Commerce Clause, equal protection, and due process; administrative law; preemption; intellectual property; federal jurisdiction and res judicata; bankruptcy; labor and employment; products liability; and securities law. He has represented a diverse array of clients, including associations of and companies in the pharmaceutical, financial services, high technology, fashion, and energy industries; municipal entities; Native corporations; and individuals.

Matthew has authored a number of briefs in the Supreme Court, including multiple successful petitions for certiorari and successful merits briefs in the following cases:

  • Yellen v. Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, 141 S. Ct. 2434 (2021)
  • TransUnion LLC v. Ramirez, 141 S. Ct. 2190 (2021)
  • Lucky Brand Dungarees Inc. v. Marcel Fashions Group Inc., 140 S. Ct. 1589 (2020)
  • Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro, 138 S. Ct. 1134 (2018)
  • California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, 137 S. Ct. 2042 (2017)

In addition to his appellate and Supreme Court work, Matthew provides strategic counseling to leading companies and organizations on a variety of complex legal issues. He also maintains a robust pro bono practice.

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Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • California

Courts

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims

Education

  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude
  • Columbia College, Columbia UniversityB.A., Political Science & Historymagna cum laude

    Phi Beta Kappa