matthew cushing

Matthew Cushing

Adjunct Faculty

Professional Biography

Matthew Cushing's practice focuses on appellate advocacy and complex litigation in federal and state courts. He has argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and intermediate state appellate courts. He has been the primary author on numerous briefs before the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and federal and state intermediate appellate courts across the country, including the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Sixth Circuits, and the Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals.

Matt has worked for a number of years as an appellate attorney in both public and private practice. Prior to moving to Colorado, Matt was an associate in the Issues and Appeals group of Jones Day. Prior to that, he served as the Simon Karas Fellow in the Ohio State Solicitor's office, which represents Ohio state entities and the Ohio Attorney General in civil and criminal appeals.

Matt graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. During law school, he was an Arthur Littleton and H. Clayton Louderback Legal Writing Instructor, selected by the faculty to teach first-year law students legal writing and research skills in weekly class sessions, culminating in appellate oral arguments before a panel of judges in the spring semester. He was also a member of the school's Supreme Court clinic, where he was involved in drafting briefs at both the certiorari and merits stage and preparing attorneys for argument in cases such as Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356 (2010), Abbott v. Abbott, 560 U.S. 1 (2010), Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S. 586 (2010), Svete v. United States, No. 09-7576, City of Reno v. Conn, No. 09-1361, Yuma Anesthesia Medical Services LLC v. Fleming, No. 09-1146, and Robinson v. Lehman, No. 09-697.

After law school, Matt clerked for the Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.