Matthew K. Handley

Director of Litigation

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Matthew Handley is the Committee’s Director of Litigation. Mr. Handley manages the Committee’s active litigation docket, focusing on representation of individuals and classes of victims of employment discrimination, wage theft, public accommodations discrimination, police misconduct and other civil and human rights abuses.

For more than a decade, Mr. Handley has represented victims of corporate and government misconduct, focusing on individual and class actions on behalf of persons who have suffered civil and human rights abuses in a wide variety of areas. Prior to joining the Committee, Mr. Handley was a partner at the law firm of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, where he represented foreign workers who had been trafficked and otherwise abused while employed by U.S. companies abroad, disability rights groups advocating for the availability of accessible housing, detainees unlawfully held by the U.S. government in Guantanamo Bay and a variety of other victims suffering from corporate and government wrongdoing.

Before joining Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, Mr. Handley was an associate at the law firm of Covington & Burling, where – along with the Committee – he represented customers of restaurants in Arkansas and Mississippi who had been discriminated against on the basis of their race.

Prior to joining Covington & Burling, Mr. Handley was a law clerk for the Honorable William Wayne Justice, United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas.

Mr. Handley’s commitment to serving others was evident even prior to his becoming a lawyer. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal, where he served for two years as a rural construction engineer.

In 2013, Mr. Handley was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as a Rising Star.


  • JD, with high honors, University of Texas School of Law
  • BSE, Princeton University

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US District Court for the District of Columbia
  • US District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


  • Honorable William Wayne Justice, United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas


  • Why Crocodiles, Elephants, and American Citizens Should Prefer Foreign Courts: A Comparative Analysis of Standing to Sue, 21 REV. LITIG. 97 (2002).
  • Combating Human Trafficking in Iraq: Adhikari v. Daoud, ABA International Law News, Volume 38, Number 1.
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