Imad Matini is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Imad is a seasoned first chair litigator with extensive trial and appellate experience who helps clients solve their most difficult legal problems. He has taken numerous cases to trial in state and federal courts across the United States, and also appeared before many state and federal appellate courts as well. 

Imad’s practice focuses on business and healthcare litigations and regulatory compliance. His representations have involved complex, “bet the company” litigations involving healthcare, international law, trade secret, communications, and administrative law issues. He also has ample experience handling internal and government investigations from start to finish. On the regulatory front, Imad advises telecommunications and healthcare companies on compliance issues and proactive measures to ensure compliance with the ever-evolving web of regulatory challenges imposed by state and federal governments.

In addition to his practice, Imad is actively involved in the firm. He currently serves as a Lead of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group at the Washington, D.C., office, and is a member of the Recruiting Committee and Pro Bono Committee. 

Outside of the firm, Imad is actively engaged in the legal community. He currently serves a co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar’s Judicial Practice Committee and is an instructor for the DC Bar’s annual course on state and federal procedure. He is also an active member of numerous bar associations.

Prior to joining the firm, Imad clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit as well as at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. Imad's article, "Distinctions with a Difference," has also been published in the University of Tennessee Law Review.

While in law school, Imad served as Editor-in-Chief of his law review, was a member of the Tax Moot Court team, and worked on behalf of indigent clients as part of his school’s U.S. Supreme Court Clinic.



  • Litigated and first-chaired numerous state and federal trials involving complex commercial and healthcare disputes as well as international entities.
  • Litigated and first-chaired domestic arbitrations involving provider-payor and commercial disputes.
  • Successfully defended client-executives against defamation claims worth over $15 million.
  • Litigated and second-chaired international arbitration held in London, UK, on behalf of global manufacturer.
  • Obtained dismissal of multi-million dollar counterclaims against private equity firm, affiliates, and officers.
  • Obtained dismissal of federal class action worth over $100 million against healthcare client and prevailed on appeal.
  • Represented Korean telecommunications company in federal court, including before the Second Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Secured asylum status for client’s son and reunited him with his family after 15 years apart.
  • Advises clients on global and local compliance with telecommunications and healthcare laws and regulations.



Gardner Gillespie Environmental Pro Bono Award, 2024

Bob Gerber Pro Bono Award, Sheppard Mullin, 2020

Recommended Lawyer - Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory, Legal 500, 2022



FCC Law Blog Posts

Trade Secrets Law Blog


Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements



Member, American Bar Association

Member, Virginia State Bar Association

Member, New York State Bar Association

Member, Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Member, Federal Communications Bar Association

Co-Chair, Judicial Practice Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association


J.D., West Virginia University, Editor in Chief, The West Virginia Law Review, 2014, Order of the Coif

M.B.A., West Virginia University, 2014

B.A., College of William and Mary, 2011


  • Law clerk to the Honorable Stephanie D. Thacker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for Northern District of West Virginia


  • New York
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
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