Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
J.D. 2000, University of Michigan Law School; B.A. 1996, with honors, Michigan State University, James Madison College
District of Columbia; Michigan
Matthew Schneider is the Michigan Supreme Court’s chief of staff and general counsel. As chief of staff, Schneider provides overall direction for administration of the Supreme Court, formulates policy, and serves as the legal advisor to the chief justice and the justices. Schneider represents the Supreme Court in interactions with the governor, the State Senate and House, the federal government, and local governments.
Schneider was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice from 2003 to 2011. He was assigned to the Public Corruption Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office in Detroit. His focus was on prosecuting corrupt public officials and members of organized crime, as well as street gangs and outlaw motorcycle gangs. From 2007 to 2011, Schneider was deputized as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal and was qualified under the federal government’s use of deadly force procedures.
Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Schneider was appointed as senior advisor and assistant general counsel in the White House Budget Office during President George W. Bush’s first term. Schneider helped to develop the President’s major policy, budget, and legal initiatives at the White House. Among other things, he drafted the President’s executive orders and signing statements, advised the President’s cabinet members on their testimony before Congress, and advised senior policy makers on the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the President’s staff, Schneider practiced international law with the Washington, D.C., firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding LLP.
Schneider has taught Constitutional Law I and Constitutional Law II as a visiting professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He has spoken and written on numerous aspects of Constitutional Law.