J. Matthew Szymanski

J. Matthew Szymanski

Director/Owner since 2019
Associate with Gammon and Grange 2993-2001
Attorney since 1991
McLean, Virginia
949-374-2215 (Cell - Preferred)

J. Matthew Szymanski's career began in 1990 as a Third-Year Practitioner in a U.S. Attorney's Office. From 1991-1993, he was an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C.

From 1993-2001, he was an associate with Gammon & Grange, where he advised and litigated in nonprofit, commercial, employment, tort, civil rights, constitutional, and criminal matters.

From 2001-2007, Mr. Szymanski served on Capitol Hill. He was special counsel for the House Small Business Committee from 2001-2002. He was chief of staff for that Committee and for the US-China Exchange from 2002-2007. While managing those congressional organizations, he oversaw diverse business and trade issues, ran 20 congressional delegations and trade missions to China, led delegations to 13 other countries in Asia and Africa, and hosted many Chinese delegations in the United States.

He moved his family to China in 2007. From 2007-2014, he was vice president of corporate relations for China's largest chipmaker, SMIC, managing its export control compliance, international government and public relations, and corporate social responsibility. He also taught law part-time at Chinese universities and founded the US-Asia Institute's Szymanski Rule of Law Program (www.usasiainstitute.org/ruleoflaw), which he continues to manage for USAI.

In 2014, Mr. Szymanski returned to the U.S., where he began writing and consulting. In 2018, he rejoined Gammon & Grange, first as of counsel and then as a director/owner. For additional details of his background, see his LinkedIn profile (www.linkedin.com/in/matthewszymanski).

Personal Note:
My wife Susan and I live in the D.C. area. Our daughter and son are both in graduate school. As a family, we traveled widely in China and throughout the region. I have had the adventure of visiting every province-level region of China, traveling extensively by plane, train, bus, car, bike, and foot. His Chinese driver's license, valid since 2007, has been put to thorough use.

Areas of Practice

  • Export Control and other Trade Compliance
  • Constitutional and Civil Rights
  • Nonprofit and Commercial
  • General Litigation and Consulting

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • Master of Laws
  • Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Oral Roberts University
    • Bachelor of Arts
  • Case Western Reserve University

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded "Leading Professional" status (among top honors available to foreigners) by the City of Shanghai in 2010 for contributions to the City’s legal, social, and economic development.

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Third-Year Practitioner, 1990 - Present
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Attorney-Advisor, 1991 - 1993
  • Gammon & Grange, P.C., Litigation Associate, 1993 - 2001
  • U.S Congress, House Small Business Committee - Special Counsel, 2001 - 2002
  • U.S Congress, House Small Business Committee - Chief of Staff, 2002 - 2007
  • U.S. Congress, US-China Interparliamentary Exchange, Chief of Staff, 2002 - 2007
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l Corp., Vice President, 2007 - 2014
  • Several Chinese Universities (mostly volunteer), Lecturer in U.S. Law, 2007 - 2014
  • US-Asia Institute, Senior Adviser (volunteer), 2011 - Present
  • Self-Employed Consultant, Export Controls/Trade Compliance, 2014 - 2018
  • Gammon & Grange, P.C., Of Counsel, 2018 - 2019