Matthew D. Zapadka

Of Counsel

Direct: 202.677.4930
Fax: 202.677.4931
1775 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 1000
Washington, District of Columbia 20006


Matt is of counsel in the Intellectual Property practice and a member of the Litigation practice.

Matt counsels clients on the protection and enforcement of their intellectual property assets, with a focus on patent litigation. In this role, he advises on various intellectual property disputes in federal district court and state court, as well as trials at the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Matt also advises clients on patent prosecution matters, assisting companies ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, Matt has experience litigating commercial disputes. Matt has worked with companies across a variety of sectors, including genetic technologies; biomolecular engineering, such as therapeutic and diagnostic molecules; prosthetics; pharmaceuticals; dietary supplements; cannabis/CBD; nuclear reactors; software; ultracapacitors; consumer products; genetic data visualization systems; and blockchain applications.

In addition, Matt served as a patent examiner with the USPTO, examining applications related to photoelectric and thermoelectric devices, which includes semiconductor, photovoltaic, and integrated circuit technologies. Matt was also a judicial intern for the Honorable Susan G. Braden at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims where he worked on a number of issues, including a patent dispute over drone technology. Prior to law school, Matt was an engineer for a manufacturing company.


  • The George Washington University Law School, Juris Doctor
  • Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Science - Chemical Engineering
  • District of Columbia
  • State of Virginia
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
    • Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court
    • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association


  • Best Lawyers in America®: Ones To Watch, Intellectual Property Law, 2021-23
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2018-22

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