Matthew A. Cordell

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Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 33009
Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Professional Experience

Mr. Cordell's practice encompasses a broad spectrum of business and regulatory matters, with a particular emphasis on financial institutions and financial services. He handles business transactions, securities offerings and reporting, mergers and acquisitions, corporate matters, lending and financing, consumer protection compliance, and privacy and information security issues, as well as a variety of matters involving government and quasi-governmental entities. Mr. Cordell is leader of the Privacy and Information Security Practice Group, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional.  He has been a frequent writer and speaker on privacy and information security issues, as well as on corporate, banking and commercial law matters. Mr. Cordell has been rated by his peers as being "preeminent" in his fields of law, and has been recognized by a number of organizations and peer surveys. He is an active leader in the legal profession, serving in a number of statewide leadership roles, including as Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division. In addition to his passion for helping his clients meet their goals, Mr. Cordell enjoys contributing to his communities. He devotes significant time to providing free ("pro bono publico") legal services for the benefit of those in his communities.

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2007
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2013-2016
  • "Rising Star," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
  • "Young Lawyer of the Quarter," North Carolina Bar Association, 2012


  • J.D., with honors, The University of North Carolina School of Law, 2007. The North Carolina Law Review.
  • M.B.A., with distinction, Campbell University, 2004
  • B.B.A., summa cum laude, Trust and Investment Management, Campbell University, 2004

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association — Division: Young Lawyers
  • American Bar Association — Section: Business Law
  • Craven County Bar Association (2007-2014)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Craven Alumni Association; Leadership Craven Alumnus, Class of 2009; Young Professionals Group charter member)
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Committee: Strategic Planning & Emerging Trends; Mentoring Subcommittee (2012-2013); Bar Association Subcommittee (chair, 2013-2014)
  • North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy (Class of 2012)
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Division: Young Lawyers (Chair; Division Director, 2013-2015; chair, Newsletter Committee, 2010-2013; and editor of The Advocate 2008-2012)
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Section: Business Law
  • Toastmasters International, New Bern Chapter (charter member, vice president, 2013-2014)
  • Wake County Bar Association

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