Matthew L. McGrath
Founder and Managing Director

Matthew L. McGrath is the Managing Director of Emissary, having founded the firm in late 2018 with the view that top-tier investors should be as analytically-driven in managing their disputes as they are with their investments.

Matt serves as chief executive of the firm, setting overall direction, leading client engagements, and building the team and network. His clients include major business families from the United States, United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East, as well as investors in private equity, energy, infrastructure and international arbitration claims.

Previously, Matt spent nine years with the Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), a global strategy and commercial diplomacy firm in Washington, D.C. founded by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright, former U.S. National Security Advisor Sandy Berger and partners. While at ASG, Matt co-founded the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution practice and advised investor, corporate and foundation clients across over 40 international markets.

Matt began his career in politics, working at the Office of Vice President Joe Biden at the White House, the Democratic National Committee, the European Parliament, the U.S. State Department and the Office of the Governor of Massachusetts.

He also currently serves on the board of the University of Oxford’s Deep Tech Dispute Resolution Lab, as Vice Chair of the Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships in Washington, D.C., and as a member of the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle.

Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, where he is a frequent guest lecturer on global and non-market strategies.