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J. Matthew Szymanski

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Practice Areas:

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

Biography

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, 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.

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. My Chinese driver's license, valid since 2007, has been put to good use.

Education

  • 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

Bar Admission

  • 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

Honors

  • 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.

Current Employment Position

  • Director/Owner with Gammon & Grange, since 2019
  • Senior Adviser (volunteer) with US-Asia Institute, since 2011
  • Licensed Attorney since 1991

Past Positions

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Third-Year Practitioner, 1990
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Attorney-Advisor, 1991 to 1993
  • Gammon & Grange, P.C., Litigation Associate, 1993 to 2001
  • U.S Congress, House Small Business Committee - Special Counsel, 2001 to 2002
  • U.S Congress, House Small Business Committee - Chief of Staff, 2002 to 2007
  • U.S. Congress, US-China Interparliamentary Exchange, Chief of Staff, 2002 to 2007
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., Vice President, 2007 to 2014
  • Several Chinese Universities (mostly volunteer), Lecturer in U.S. Law, 2007 to 2013
  • US-Asia Institute, Senior Adviser (volunteer), 2011 to 2020
  • Self-Employed Consultant, Export Controls/Trade Compliance, 2014 to 2018
  • Gammon & Grange, P.C., Of Counsel, 2018 to 2019