Matthew Cate

Associate

catem@ballardspahr.com
Tel 202.661.7698
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

Matthew Cate represents journalists, news organizations, and other media clients. His practice is informed by his experience as a newspaper reporter and as an advocate for the First Amendment and government transparency. Matt previously practiced as a commercial litigator at a well-regarded law firm in San Francisco, where he represented companies and individuals alike in a range of subject areas–including contract, products liability, antitrust, securities, and real estate–while maintaining an active pro bono practice as a member of the attorney referral services of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Student Press Law Center.

Before his legal career, Matt was a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, primarily covering government and politics at the local, state, and national levels.

Judicial Clerkships and Internships

Hon. Nannette Jolivette Brown, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, August 2013-October 2013

Hon. Carlos T. Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Spring 2013

Hon. Charles R. Breyer, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Spring 2012

Hon. Jeremy Fogel, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Summer 2011

Community Activities

Orleans Public Defenders, Volunteer Attorney, 2014

San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 2018-2019

First Amendment Coalition

Recognitions and Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch," – Commercial Litigation (Washington, D.C.), 2021

University of California, Hastings College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2013)
Member, Hastings Law Journal, 2011-2013

University of Tennessee (B.S., magna cum laude, 2003)

District of Columbia

California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia