Senior Counsel, Apfel & Associates


Matthew Apfel has been recognized by his peers as a leading attorney in international transactions and currently acts as the President of the Executive Committee of the Arizona State Bar’s International Law Section. Matthew focuses his practice on immigration, trademark and business transactions law.

In his nearly ten years as an attorney, Matthew has practiced law in Beijing, New York City, Washington, D.C, and Phoenix. Because of his studies, interest, and knowledge, Apfel is also a specialist on China especially focused on related trade and legal issues.

He is a member of the New York, District of Columbia and Arizona Bars and is admitted as an attorney-counselor before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

A native of Arizona, Matthew Apfel received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs with a focus in Chinese politics from George Washington University (GWU) in 2005.  While at GWU, he attended Pembroke College, Cambridge University in the United Kingdom where he studied modern Chinese history. He subsequently earned his Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University Law School (GW Law) in 2008. While at GW Law, Apfel was active at various levels in the International Law Society and Student Intellectual Property Association.

He has experience working at the US Senate, Canadian Embassy, Asia Society and the CATO Institute in Washington, DC.  In 2005, he clerked at the Office of the Legal Advisor at the US Department of State where he assisted in the formulation of private international legal treaties in banking and secured transactions at the Private International Law section.

He is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Mandarin Chinese.

*Members of the firm are licensed in Arizona, the District of Columbia, New York, and Venezuela.

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