Matthew Ginther

Matthew Ginther Ph.D.

Matthew Ginther Ph.D.
Washington, DC
+1 202 346 4324
Matthew Ginther is an associate in Goodwin’s IP Litigation group and focuses his practice on patent and other intellectual property matters in both the biopharmaceutical and tech spaces. He also has significant experience with healthcare government enforcement and False Claims Act defense. In addition, Mr. Ginther maintains an active pro bono practice, which includes representation of Afghan refugees petitioning for asylum in the United States and collaborations with the ACLU of Massachusetts. Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Ginther clerked for District Judge Indira Talwani of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Ginther served for two years as a law clerk at the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, where his work focused on intellectual property litigation, complex civil litigation, and white collar fraud and other government enforcement actions. Before clerking at the District of Massachusetts, he clerked at the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.

During law school, Mr. Ginther worked as a Network Scholar with the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience and concurrently earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Ginther’s graduate research focused on functional neuroimaging and computational modelling of brain activity.




Vanderbilt University

Doctor of PhilosophyNeuroscience2017

Vanderbilt University

Artium BaccalaureusNeuroscience, Chemistry2009

Bowdoin College


U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Honorable Indira Talwani

U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Honorable Christian Moran



  • Washington, D.C.
  • Tennessee


Mr. Ginther has published his research and analysis across a wide range of journals, including the Journal of Neuroscience, Nature Neuroscience, Vanderbilt Law Review, Seton Hall Law Review, Journal of Law and the Biosciences, and the International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

  • Moral Outrage Drives the Interaction of Harm and Culpable Intent, Emotion, 2021
  • Surprise vs. Probability as a Metric for Proof, Seton Hall Law Review, 2019
  • Decoding Guilty Minds: Attribution of Knowledge and Guilt, Vanderbilt Law Review, 2018
  • Behavioral and Brain Mechanisms of Third-Party Punishment, Journal of Neuroscience, 2016
  • Neuroscience or Neurospeculation?, Journal of Law and the Biosciences, 2016
  • The Language of Mens Rea, Vanderbilt Law Review, 2014
  • Hippocampal Neurons Encode Episodes of Sequences, Journal of Neuroscience, 2011