Meet Matthew L. Benson

Family Immigration Law, Immigration Court Proceedings, Federal Immigration Litigation.

Matthew is a Partner at Bartlett & Weigle. Since 2003, he has been practicing Immigration law, primarily in the areas of asylum, removal proceedings defense, and family-based immigration. He has successfully represented clients from all over the world in a number of complex matters including: the reopening of final orders of deportation; cancellation of removal; asylum; as well as waivers of inadmissibility for previous fraud, criminal issues, and unlawful presence in the United States.

Matt received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky in 1999. He then graduated magna cum laude from Northern Kentucky University/Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2003, where he was a member of Law Review and Moot Court. He speaks regularly at seminars and conferences regarding various immigration law topics throughout the country and has been listed as an Ohio Super Lawyer in the field of Immigration.

Matt was previous Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (“AILA”) Ohio Chapter from 2011-2013 and also served as Vice-Chair of both AILA National’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (“EOIR”) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) Liaison Committees. Through his liaison committee work he regularly meets with high-ranking EOIR and ICE Officials voicing concerns of the AILA membership and promoting fair and proper implementation of our immigration laws and procedure. He also regularly meets with Congressmen advocating for reasonable and comprehensive immigration reform.

Matt has lived in Northern Kentucky his entire life and is married to his wife Erin. The couple has two young children, Brody and Bree, who keep them plenty busy. In his spare time, Matt enjoys cheering for his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats and Cincinnati Reds, as well as the occasional card game.

Admitted to state bars, 2003(Ohio) & 2004(Kentucky); U.S. District Courts, Eastern District of Kentucky and Southern District of Ohio and U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

University of Kentucky (B.S. Biology, 1999); Salmon P. Chase College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2003).


  • Cincinnati, Kentucky, Northern Kentucky and Federal Bar Associations
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)


  • Author: “Casenote: United States v. Smithers,” 30 N. Ky. L. Rev. 605
  • Author: “I got a Great Plea Agreement For My Client But He Ended Up Being Deported- Immigration Considerations For the Kentucky Criminal Practitioner” 34 N. Ky. L. Rev. 547 (2007).

Honors & Awards
Former Chair of Ohio AILA Chapter, 2011-2013. AILA National ICE Liaison Committee Member and Vice Chair 2013-2016. AILA National EOIR Liaison Committee Vice Chair 2016-present.