Matthew C. Kane


Matt devotes his practice entirely to litigation, with a focus on white-collar and other complex criminal defense, business, international, and environmental representation, at both the trial and appellate levels. Over more than a decade with the firm, he has been involved in a variety of noteworthy cases such as the acquittal of the chief executive officer in a billion dollar criminal securities case, proceedings to remove a judge before the Oklahoma Court of the Judiciary, and the return of a child to his parent under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.  He is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Western District of Oklahoma, representing indigent defendants on a wide range of criminal matters, and sits on a number of state and county bar committees, including Oklahoma City School of Law National Security Law Workgroup. He has also organized and presented numerous continuing legal education courses for other attorneys.

Matt has been appointed to the List of Counsel for the International Criminal Court - a first for an Oklahoma attorney and one of only approximately 50 in the United States.  This inclusion allows Matt to represent victims and suspects in proceedings before the International Criminal Court, seated in The Hague, Netherlands.  As a result of this admission and other international and criminal law experience, Matt has also been accepted to the International Criminal Bar; at present, he is the first and only Oklahoma member.

Matt is an adjunct professor at the Oklahoma City University School of Law and the University of Oklahoma College of Law, teaching courses on domestic criminal law, international criminal law, comparative law, and comparative approaches to counterterrorism and is a member of the Oklahoma City School of Law National Security Law Workgroup.  He also provides research and drafting support for international criminal law and human rights litigation and has contributed to best practices guidelines and numerous publications.

Prior to joining the firm, Matt served as a legal intern for Chief Judge Robin Cauthron of the Western District of Oklahoma and for the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  In addition, Matt has developed projects for the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism and for the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence relating to the legal aspects of the war on terror.

Among other honors and awards, Matt has received the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Award of Merit for his pro bono representation relating to international child abduction litigation, the annual Oklahoma Bar Association Maurice Merrill Golden Quill Award for the most outstanding article published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal and the Journal Record Leadership in Law Award, recognizing community leadership, significant volunteerism and accomplishment in the legal field. He has also been named to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Oklahoma), the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys: Top 10 Criminal Attorneys (Oklahoma), and Super Lawyers and is rated as a Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent attorney. 

Matt has  served on a variety of covil society committees, including Pros for Africa, which assists with ongoing recovery efforts following the decades of LRA attacks on civilians in northern Uganda, and the Remote Area Medical Oklahoma City Expedition, providing free medical, dental and vision services to local residents, and the Arts Council of Oklahoma City.

Matt and his wife Susan have five children, four of whom are adopted. The Kanes are vocal advocates for adoption and encourage others to consider adoption as a means to expand their families. The story of their latest addition can be found here.


  • J.D., OU College of Law, with Distinction
  • Comfort Scholar and Edwards Fellow
  • International undergraduate/post-graduate studies at Ritsumeikan
         University (Kyoto, Japan); Fudan University (Shanghai, China); Xi'an
         University of Foreign Studies; Beijing University; and St. Andrews
         University (Scotland)
  • B.A., History, University of Oklahoma


  • United States Supreme Court
  • Tenth Circuit of Appeals
  • Federal Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma
  • State of Oklahoma
  • International Criminal Court

Professional Organizations 

  • Oklahoma Bar Association -- Criminal Law Section; Bench and Bar Committee (2011-15); Rules of Professional Responsibility (2012-14);Access to Justice Committee (2011-12)
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association-- Bench and Bar Committee (2010-2011); Briefcase Committee (2010-15)
  • Federal Bar Association -- Editorial Board (2015-2018), National Lw School Subdivision Task Force (2013-14);  OKC Chapter- Vice President (2010-11) & Board of Directors (2011-13)
  • American Bar Association -- Vice Chair -- International Criminal Law Committee (2004-05)
  • American Society of Law and Philosophy
  • American Society of International Law
  • International Criminal Bar

Select Publications


  • Co-editor, with Dr. Stephanie Wolfe and Dr. Tawia Ansah, In the Shadow of Genocide: Memory, Justice, and Transformation within Rwanda (expected 2016 publication)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Naming Names: The Prudence, Propriety and Potential Ramifications of Employing 'Terrorist' Nomenclature for Pro-Russian Militants in Eastern Ukraine" (forthcoming book chapter)
  • "Twenty Years of Litigating the 'Rwandan Genocide' in United States Courts" (in peer review for book chapter in In the Shadow of Genocide: Memory, Justice and Transformation within Rwanda)
  • “Accessible Judgments as a Practical Means to Reengage African Interest and Salvage the International Criminal Court,” African Journal of International Criminal Justice, v. 1, 6-46 (2015), ISSN:2352-068X (peer reviewed publication)
  • "Atrocity Crimes and International Criminal Tribunals - Challenges, Opportunities and Future Developements." in Inside the Minds: Understanding International Criminal Law, 103-114, (Aspatore/Thomson Reuters, 2014); ISBN : 9780314293022
  • “‘A Contradiction in Terms": Crimes of Contempt at the International Criminal Court and the Case Against Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo’s Legal Representatives” Eyes on the ICC, v. 10, 1-46 (2013-2014), ISSN: 1546-508X (peer
    reviewed publication)
  • "Federal Sentencing: The New Frontier of Modern Legal Advocacy," with Daniel G. Webber, Jr., Oklahoma Bar Journal, v.80, n.26, 1791-1796 (October 2009)
  • "Recent Supreme Court Decision Holds Federal Sentencing Guidelines No Longer Mandatory," with Daniel G. Webber Jr., Oklahoma County Bar Ass'n Briefcase, v.37, n. 2, p.1, 10 (February 2005)
  • " The War on Terrorism after September 11: A Perspective from America's Heartland" with Professor Michael Scaperlanda, Daxiyangguo: Revista Portuguesa de Estudos Asiaticos, n.2, sem.2, 2002, 113-23.

Book Reviews and Other Additional Publications

  • "The Extraordinary Chambers of the Cambodian Courts: Addressing the Mass Atrocities of the Khmer Rouge," International Law News (Sum. 2014)
  • "Witnessing Emergence from Atrocity-Personal Recollections on the Twentieth Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda," Oklahoma County Bar Ass'n Briefcase (April 2014)
  • "A Last Resort in Cases of Wrongful Detention and Deportation in Africa," with Susan F. Kane, Forced Migration Review, v. 44 (forthcoming September 2013) (English, French, Spanish & Arabic translation) (extended version with citations available here)
  • “Book Review: Schabas, Unimaginable Atrocities,” International Affairs, v. 89, n. 4, 1024-25 (July 2013)
  • "International Justice Day - Seeking Accountability for Perpetrators of Mass Atrocities," Oklahoma County Bar Ass'n Briefcase, v. 45, n. 6 (June 2013)
  • “Seeking Redress for Violations of the Rights of Human Rights Lawyers before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights,” 8th Edition of the Newsletter of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders (June 2013) (English & French translation)
  • “The Indefinite Detention of Thomas Kwoyelo,” JURIST - Forum, (Feb. 2013)
  • “Surviving Court in a Continental System,” Oklahoma County Bar Ass’n Briefcase, v. 44, n. 11(Nov. 2012)
  • “Book Review: Smith, The Rise and Fall of War Crimes Trials,” International Affairs, v. 88, n. 6, 1345-1347 (Nov. 2012)
  • “Advocating for the White Collar Defendant through Interactions with the United States Probation Office,” with Daniel G. Webber, Jr., ABA White Collar Crime Committee Newsletter (Fall 2012)
  •  “Book Review: Williams, Hybrid and Internationalised Tribunals & D’Ascoli, Sentencing in International Criminal Law,” International Affairs, v. 88, n. 5, 1120-1122 (Sept. 2012)
  • “The Lubanga Verdict: A Milestone for International Criminal Law in Central Africa and Around the World,” (including “Postscript: Taylor Verdict Another Important Step”), with Anjie Zheng, International Law News, v. 41, Issue 3, 28-30 (Sum. 2012)
  • “Trying Africa’s Worst Offenders,” Oklahoma County Bar Ass’n Briefcase, v. 44, n. 5 (May 2012)
  • “Book Review: Scheffer, All the Missing Souls,” International Affairs, vol. 88, n. 2 (March 2012)
  • “Healthcare that Humbles,” with Mark Clayton and Jay M. Mitchell, Oklahoma County Bar Ass’n Briefcase, v. 42, n. 6 (June 2010)
  • “Water, Hope and Love,” with Roy Williams and Jay M. Mitchel, Oklahoma County Bar Ass’n Briefcase, v. 42, n. 5 (May 2010)
  • “Reflection on a Basic Economic System,” with Reggie N. Whitten, Oklahoma Bar Journal, v. 81, n. 14, 1272 (May 2010)
  • “Pros for Africa: The Gift of Hope,” with Jay M. Mitchel, Oklahoma County Bar Ass’n Briefcase, v. 42, n. 4, p. 1, 8-9, 15 (April 2010)
  • “Federal Sentencing: The New Frontier of Modern Legal Advocacy,” with Daniel G. Webber, Jr., Oklahoma Bar
  • “When Homeland Security Comes Calling: A New Agency, Aggressive Prosecutors and Injured Parties Enforce
    Immigration Law in the Workplace,” with Daniel G. Webber, Jr., Oklahoma Bar Journal, v. 75, n. 28, 2557-2564 (October 2004)
  • "Book Review: Allott, The Health of Nations," International Affairs, vol. 79, n. 4 (Oct. 2003)
  • "Safeguards Missing: Military Tribunals and the Guantanamo Detainees," World Today (Sept. 2003)
  • "Book Review: Minow, Breaking the Cycles of Hatred," International Affairs, vol. 79, n. 3, June 2003, 707-708
  • "The World Will Judge," World Today, vol. 59, n. 4, April 2003, 22-23
  • "Book Review: Shapiro and Stone-Sweet, On Law Politics & Judicialization," International Affairs, vol. 79, n. 2, March 2003, 425-426
  • "Rwanda: Coping with Tragedy on Domestic and International Levels," The Sooner Lawyer, 2002, 26-29
  • “A Legal Adventure: Working at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda,” The International Law Student Association Quarterly, 13, 23 (December 2001)
  • “OU Student Confronts Horrors of Genocide,” The Norman Transcript, A3 (July 16, 2001)
  • “Student Describes First Two Months in Rwanda,” The Norman Transcript, A16 (June 29, 2001)

Select Panels/Conference

  • Panelist, What Every Civil Lawyer Should Know about Criminal Procedure, Federal Bar Association, OKC Chapter (Aug. 2015)
  • Speaker, "Introducing Color to the Study of Black Letter Law," Teaching Scholars Initiative, University of Oklahoma (October 2014)
  • “Avoiding the ‘Playpumps’ Legacy: Practical options for reengaging African interest and salvaging the International Criminal Court” (to be presented at Africans and The Hague Justice: Realities and Perceptions of the International Criminal Court in Africa, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, May 2014)
  • “Two Decades of Litigating the Rwandan Genocide in the United States” (presented at Rwanda 20 Years After: Memory, Justice and Recovery in the Shadow of Genocide, Weber State University, March 2014)
  • Panelist, Tenth Circuit Year in Review (Continuing Legal Education seminar), Federal Bar Association, Oklahoma City Chapter, December 2009 - 2013 (annually)
  • Moderator, Oklahoma City University School of Law Sino-American Comparative Law Conference, May 2013
  • Keynote Speaker, Access to Justice for All in Sub-Sahara Africa: War Criminals Excepted? Amnesty International Oklahoma State Conference, April 2013
  • Coordinator/Emcee, Federal Trial Practice:  A Really Useful CLE Series on What Should Happen after a Jury is Selected (Four Session Series), Federal Bar Association, OKC Chapter, 2013
  • Panelist, Responding to the Syrian Crisis, United Nations Association of Oklahoma City, October 2012
  • Panelist, Federal Bar Association (Washington, D.C.) Chapter Leadership Program, April 2012
  • Coordinator/Emcee, A Civil Trial in Four Parts (Four Session Series), Federal Bar Association, OKC Chapter, 2012
  • Participant, Working Group on the Code of Conduct for the International Criminal Bar to the International Criminal Court, International Criminal Bar, February 2003
  • ISC-ICC delegate, First Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court, September 2002 and February 2003 (Resumed Session)
  • Participant, International Law in Practice, International Criminal Law Network (The Hague), June 2002
  • ISC-ICC delegate, Ninth Preparatory Committee for the International Criminal Court, April 2002
  • Panelist, Terrorism, Islam and International Law, University of Oklahoma, October 2001
  • Speaker, Interning at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, National ILSA/ASIL Conference, September 2001

Matthew Kane