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Matthew E. Morningstar

Matthew E. Morningstar

Morgan Stanley
Executive Director & Counsel
New York, NY, USA


Matthew E. Morningstar is an Executive Director and Counsel in Morgan Stanley's US Litigation Department, where he is responsible for managing complex litigation and regulatory matters across the Firm.  His practice focuses on a variety of areas, including securities litigation, credit crisis litigation arising out of the Firm’s structured product businesses, municipal securities litigation and regulatory matters and intellectual property disputes.  Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2005, Matthew was an Associate in the Litigation Department in the New York office of Mayer Brown.

Matthew is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Lawyers (NAMWOLF), and the co-chair of NAMWOLF’s Advisory Council, the corporate counsel advisory board.  Matthew is also the Chair of the Supplier Diversity Sub-Committee of Morgan Stanley’s Legal and Compliance Division Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Matthew was honored to receive the 2013 National LGBT Bar Association Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award in New York.  Matthew was commended for his commitment to diversity in the profession, particularly his visibility as an out senior lawyer and his work concerning expanded use of minority and women-owned law firms.

Matthew also served as Vice-Chair of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) Board of Directors, where he was also Co-Chair of the Governance Committee.  Matthew is also the past Co-chair of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, New York's only year-round voting rights and election protection organization.  Matthew was honored to serve on the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee in 2008, which called for a fully-inclusive non-discrimination act as well as an end to the discriminatory Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.

Matthew is a 1997 graduate of Columbia, and a 2001 graduate of Cornell Law School, where he served as Chancellor of the Moot Court Board.

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