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Matthew X. Etchemendy
Matthew X. Etchemendy
Senior Associate — Appellate
Senior Associate — Appellate

Matthew X. Etchemendy

Matthew X. Etchemendy

2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037

Matthew X. Etchemendy

Max’s principal area of practice is appellate litigation. Prior to joining V&E, he served as a judicial clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States and to Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Experience Highlights

  • (D.C. Cir.) — Principal drafter of brief successfully defending dismissal of claims that FERC’s statutory funding structure violated due process by, among other things, creating bias in favor of approving new pipeline projects 

  • (8th Cir.) – In civil asset forfeiture appeal, successfully petitioned for rehearing en banc, prepared supplemental merits briefs, and successfully argued case before en banc Eighth Circuit, which unanimously overruled contrary Eighth Circuit precedent and reversed adverse district court decision

  • (D.C. Cir.) — Drafted amicus brief supporting FCC’s decision to classify broadband Internet access service as an information service not subject to common-carrier regulation 

  • (U.S.) — Drafted petition for writ of certiorari raising preemption claims under Occupational Safety and Health Act 

  • (U.S.) — Drafted certiorari-stage amicus brief supporting challenge to constitutionality of local taxation of temporarily stored natural gas

  • (AAA) — Wrote multiple briefs in arbitration of breach of contract claim involving multi-billion-dollar construction agreement for military warships 


  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 2012 (Stanford Law Review, Senior Editor; Stanford Technology Law Review, Editor)
  • Stanford University, Ph.D., Philosophy, 2016
  • Stanford University, B.S. Symbolic Systems (with distinction); B.A. Philosophy (with honors and distinction), 2006
  • Law and Philosophy Fellow, University of Chicago Law School, 2016 – 2017
  • Judicial clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Supreme Court of the United States, 2013 – 2014
  • Judicial clerk to Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2012 – 2013
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Eighth and District of Columbia Circuits
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • “American Realism – Development and Critique, Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy,” July 2018 (author)
  • “Naturalism in Legal Philosophy (with Brian Leiter),” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Summer 2017 (co-author)
  • “New Directions in Legal Expressivism,” Cambridge University Press, 2016 (author)