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Who Is Paul Matey?

Paul Matey is President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

Age: 46 (approximate)

Current Position: Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, University Hospital (Newark, NJ)

Education:

  • B.A., University of Scranton (1993)
  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law (2001), summa cum laude; Editor-in-Chief, Seton Hall Law Review; Recipient, Centennial and Presidential Scholarships (full tuition)

Judicial Clerkships: Judge John C. Lifland, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (2001-2002)

Experience:

  • 2003-2005: Associate, Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel & Frederick PLLC (Washington, D.C.)
  • 2005-2009: Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey (Newark, N.J.)
  • 2010-2012: Senior Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer to Governor Chris Christie (Trenton, N.J.)
  • 2012-2015: Deputy Chief Counsel to Governor Chris Christie (Trenton, N.J.)
  • 2015-present: Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, University Hospital (Newark, N.J.)

Career Notes:

  • As the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for University Hospital in Newark, Mr. Matey currently oversees all legal and regulatory functions and supervises the office of the corporate secretary.
  • As Deputy Chief Counsel to Governor Christie, Mr. Matey was a member of the Governor’s senior staff and the second most senior attorney in the administration. He oversaw the analysis of all legislation, administrative regulations, and executive orders. Matey was also responsible for supervising significant litigation, legislative inquires, and internal investigations for the state’s Executive Branch.
  • Matey has extensive litigation experience as both a federal prosecutor and an attorney in private practice. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Matey prosecuted cases involving complex white-collar crime, securities fraud, health-care fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, domestic and international child pornography networks, and child exploitation.
  • In private practice, Mr. Matey represented clients in trial and appellate litigation involving foreign relations, international law, federal securities regulation, telecommunications, and commercial and entertainment matters. He has authored numerous briefs in matters pending before the various federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Matey has served in several leadership roles for The Federalist Society.

Awards: Mr. Matey has been recognized by law enforcement — including the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Homeland Security — for his prosecutorial work. Mr. Matey is also the recipient of the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance.

Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

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