Paul W. Matthias-Bennetch

Paul Matthias-Bennetch


Paul Matthias-Bennetch is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Portland office. Mr. Bennetch focuses his practice on commercial litigation and civil enforcement matters, serving local, regional and national clients in a wide array of business disputes.

Mr. Bennetch represents clients at every stage of litigation, from pre-suit advice through trial. He has litigated all manner of commercial contract disputes, as well as claims involving trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty, commercial and securities fraud, business torts, employment discrimination, administrative procedures compliance and constitutional rights. Mr. Bennetch has particular proficiency in matters of federal jurisdiction and appeals. He also has experience in civil and criminal government enforcement matters, including internal investigations and international business risk mitigation.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Bennetch served as a term law clerk to the 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. Mr. Bennetch has always maintained an active pro bono practice, including representing victims of human trafficking, asylum seekers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and the Oregon State Bar.

While in law school, Mr. 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
  • All State Courts in Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • 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
  • Associate Award, Oregon Campaign for Equal Justice, 2024
  • Pro Bono High Distinction, Stanford Law School, 2017
  • Ford Foundation Law School Public Interest Fellow, Stanford Law School, 2015
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • French