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Marshall L. Matz

Phone: (202) 789-1212
Fax: (202) 234-3550

Marshall Matz is a principal with OFW Law and specializes in food, nutrition, and agriculture; he entered private practice in 1980, and joined the firm in 1992. He has devoted his career to representing clients that are increasing food production and improving human nutrition in the United States and around the world. In addition to his law practice, Marshall serves on the Board of Directors of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), the World Food Program—USA (which he co-founded), the Congressional Hunger Center and the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Farm Corporation. Marshall also served as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee of the Obama for America presidential campaign.

After working with South Dakota Legal Services helping to provide representation to Native Americans, Marshall spent seven years on Capitol Hill (1973-1980) as Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition (Senator McGovern, Chairman) and Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (Senator Talmadge, Chairman).  Marshall was counsel to the George McGovern-Bob Dole team in crafting their historic series of nutrition programs.

Marshall was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and received his B.A. from the University of Connecticut in 1968. He received his J.D. from the University of Louisville in 1971. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1971, South Dakota Federal and Tribal Courts in 1972, and the District of Columbia Bar in 1979. 

Bar and Selected Court Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1971
  • District of Columbia, 1979
  • South Dakota Federal Court
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • South Dakota Tribal Courts


  • University of Connecticut, Bachelor of Science, 1968
  • University of Louisville School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1971

Special Agencies

  • All USDA agencies
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • State Department
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • White House Office Agencies


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