A distinguished academic, Matt served as a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia, and at the Instituto Internacional de Estudios en Seguridad Global (INISEG) in Portugal. These roles have allowed him to both educate the next generation of legal minds and contribute to a global understanding of national security issues.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Matt’s extensive legal career encompasses a variety of roles that reflect his wide-ranging competencies. While today he is an award-winning criminal defense attorney with his own law practice, previously he has served as a State Prosecutor, Federal Special Prosecutor, and Magistrate. Matt’s work in the courtroom is a testament to his legal acumen, strategic mind, and his commitment to justice. Complementing his legal career, Matt’s service in the US Army as a Judge Advocate (JAG) further distinguishes him in the field of national security. His work in Security Threat Assessment Operations for the federal government added another layer of practical experience to his comprehensive background.

Matt’s academic journey reflects his relentless pursuit of knowledge and expertise. He earned his law degree from West Virginia University, then pursued a second law degree – an LLM in National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law – from George Washington University Law School. This specialized education equips him with a profound understanding of complex national security matters and their interplay with U.S. foreign policy.

As a published author, Matt has also contributed to the literature of his field, authoring a textbook on homeland security and a book recounting his experiences at the U.S./Mexico border. He has also published academic papers in the fields of constitutional law, military justice, and criminal procedure. His writing reflects his practical wisdom and offers his readers an intimate understanding of the realities on the ground.

In sum, Matt C. Pinsker is more than just a speaker – he’s a thought leader, a seasoned legal practitioner, and a committed educator. Whether you’re seeking insights into national security, criminal justice, or the intersection of the two, his speeches deliver informed perspectives that stimulate both thought and conversation. He is an asset to any event, ensuring audiences walk away with a richer understanding of these crucial topics.</div>

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War Powers Of The President & Congress

The US Constitution is silent for when can the President unilaterally use the military on his own authority, and when must the President go to Congress. Because of this omission, there has been an on-going debate about how far the war powers of the President goes, and...

Know Your Rights: How to Safely Interact with Law Enforcement

It feels like every day, there is a news story about an interaction with law enforcement which results in arrests, criminal charges, and sometimes even tragic and sometimes fatal outcomes. How do you avoid putting yourself in jeopardy, legally or physically, when the...

Freedom of speech

We know we have freedom of speech, but do we know what that means? What speech is protected by the First Amendment, and what isn’t? What about hate speech, offensive language, or language which may incite a riot? What do US laws and the Constitution say about...

Crisis on the border

In 2018, the US Army mobilized Captain Pinsker and sent him to the US/Mexico border. There, he was designated a federal special prosecutor and handled cases dealing directly with the border crisis including human trafficking, drug smuggling, and more. Matt Pinsker...

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