Matthew J. Dowd

Professorial Lecturer in Law


2000 H Street, NW Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Matthew Dowd is an appellate and litigation attorney and the founder of Dowd PLLC.  He focuses on intellectual property, with an emphasis on patent law.  Mr. Dowd represents patent owners, patent challengers, and others in all phases of high stakes patent proceedings—from the Patent Office, to district court, the Federal Circuit, and the Supreme Court. 

His appellate experience includes arguing more than a dozen federal appeals and briefing many more in areas including patent law, copyright law, Fifth Amendment takings, government contracts, government employment issues, and others.  

At GW Law, Mr. Dowd has coached law students in moot court competitions, including the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition (trademark law) and the Rothwell Intellectual Property Law Moot Court Competition (patent law).  He is also called upon to teach the occasional patent law class.

Mr. Dowd is the recipient of numerous honor and awards.  While in law school, his writing was recognized with first place prizes in the Marcus B. Finnegan Writing Competition, the NYIPA Hon. William C. Conner Writing Competition, and the Paralyzed Veterans of America Annual Writing Competition.

Mr. Dowd served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Paul R. Michel (ret.) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  

BS, The College of William and Mary; JD, George Washington University