Paul W. Matthias-Bennetch

Paul Matthias-Bennetch


Paul Matthias-Bennetch is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Portland office. Mr. Matthias-Bennetch focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, particularly in federal court at the trial and appellate levels.  He also has extensive experience in civil and criminal government enforcement matters, including internal investigations and international business risk mitigation.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Matthias-Bennetch served as a term law clerk to Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Before that, he practiced at an international law firm in Washington, D.C.  In that role, Mr. Matthias-Bennetch maintained an active pro bono practice, which included representing victims of human trafficking, asylum seekers and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

During law school, Mr. Matthias-Bennetch interned at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California and at the Center for Justice and Accountability in San Francisco. He was also co-editor-in-chief of the Stanford Law & Policy Review, and was a member of the Youth and Education Law Project clinic.


  • Stanford Law School, J.D.
  • Cornell University, B.A., Government and Latin
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
  • Oregon
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Oregon Campaign for Equal Justice Associates Committee
  • Oregon State Bar Uniform Civil Jury Instructions Committee
  • Phi Beta Kappa
Honors & Awards
  • Pro Bono High Distinction, Stanford Law School, 2017
  • Ford Foundation Law School Public Interest Fellow, Stanford Law School, 2015
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • French