Matthew Mark Horn heads the government relations/foreign affairs practice at Vogel Bach & Horn. He advises a number of organizations and notable international figures on a wide-range of complex international, government relations, legislative, foreign affairs, defense and national security policy matters. His practice spreads across the globe and includes Afghanistan, Latin America, the Middle East, the Balkans, Europe, Asia and Australia. Throughout his practice, Matthew exemplifies his dedication to meeting his clients’ needs and resolving their complex matters. Matthew traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan in late fall 2012, for a series of high-level political and diplomatic meetings. A testament to his exceptional abilities and unique skills are the number of heads of state, senior government ministers and diplomats that seek his counsel and advice on regular basis, as well as those representing multinational organizations including NATO and the OSCE.
- Founding principal of a strategic advisory firm specializing in government relations and federal affairs; served as defense department legislative affairs official in Bush (43) administration; executive and government relations director of AJCongress; legal/policy advisor for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); co-founder and legislative director of non-profit organization
- Proven record of effectively resolving complex and seemingly insurmountable matters
- Skilled negotiator, tactician, and strategist
- Published author and lecturer on congressional relations and legislative affairs, Congress’ role in promulgating foreign and defense policy, investment and business development in emerging economies and privatization, role of lobbyists in congressional decision making, NATO, the Middle East, the Balkans, Cuba, conflict resolution, defense and foreign policy, negotiations and geopolitical strategy
- Three decades of hands-on international experience in emerging economies, including: Cuba, North Korea, the Balkans, Honduras, Nicaragua, the Middle East and Afghanistan
- Recipient of numerous honors, awards and distinctions including the Order of Stjepan Radic (Republic of Croatia) and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service
- Served honorably and with distinction in the United States Marine Corps (Disabled Veteran)
Experience & Representations
- Matthew was decorated by Dr. Ivo Josipovic, the President of Republic of Croatia with the Order of Stjepan Radic – Redom Stjepana Radica. This high honor by Presidential Decree is a testament to Matthew’s exceptional abilities and belief in the mantra “do the job right the first time with tact, diplomacy and excellence.” Matthew was honored for his selfless work strengthening US-Croatia relations and for his tireless advocacy during critical phases in Croatia’s NATO Accession. Since becoming a NATO member, Croatia went through a change of government. Recognizing the importance of Mr. Horn’s contribution to the security and stability of Croatia, the new government made decorating Mr. Horn its priority. Croatia’s NATO membership is essential to a Europe that is “whole, free and at peace.”
- Matthew served as co-Executive Director of the American Jewish Congress and concurrently served as the organization’s Policy Director, a position that he held during his nearly five-year tenure which commenced in October 2005. In addition to co-leading the renowned organization and bearing co-responsibility for its day-to-day operations, he was also the decision-maker on international policy matters. During this time, he is credited for leading the effort in passing key legislation that includes the US-Israel Energy Cooperation Act, H. Res. 125, condemning Hezbollah’s illegal use of human shields in the 2006 war against Israel; and H. Res. 235, calling on NATO to upgrade its formal relationship with Israel. Matthew was widely recognized for developing and implementing the organization’s Congressional and Executive branch policy and legislative advocacy strategy for which he earned high praise and esteem on a bipartisan basis from the House, Senate and the Executive branch agencies.
- Matthew, served as a senior political appointee in the George W. Bush administration, served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Legislative Affairs) where he was the principal point of contact between the Department of Defense (DoD) and Members of Congress and Congressional Staff for all matters pertaining to International Security Affairs (ISA). During his tenure, he also served as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Among his numerous awards and decorations, in October 2005, Matthew was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in recognition of his service to his country.
- Matthew served as the Director of Federal Affairs at a government relations concern in Washington D.C. He managed the firm’s international practice and started its defense practice. He designed and implemented his clients’ legislative and policy initiatives for Capitol Hill. He worked closely with Capitol Hill, the White House and the Departments of State, Defense, Commerce, Energy and Homeland Security. He provided advice and counsel to senior executives and board members representing a diverse clientele that ranged from Fortune 500 companies to non-profit entities.
- Matthew served as the Counsel to the Honorable Benjamin A. Gilman (R-NY-20), then-Chairman emeritus of the House International Relations Committee (HIRC) and Chairman of HIRC’s Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee. Matthew was widely sought after on Capitol Hill as the “go to” person on defense, national security and foreign policy and strategy and legislation, and for resolving complex matters from expropriations and nationalized property to Holocaust era insurance claims to complex visa and immigration cases and ASHA applications.
- Matthew co-founded the Institute for Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies (IEEE) (along with the Publisher of Success Magazine) where he served as the executive, legal, and legislative director. At the IEEE, he developed and implemented entrepreneurship, legal assistance and educational programs in emerging and newly emerging nations; assisted host nations with promulgating legislation and regulations; and designed and managed the international programs. He received the first long-term license issued by Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), in coordination with the Department of State, to carry out projects in Cuba designed to change the economic and political dynamic of the regime. He served as an advisor to the former Chief of Naval Operations on delegations to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK- North Korea) and, served on the Kosovo Diplomatic Observer Mission (KDOM).
- Matthew served as the legal and political advisor for the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) election Missions in Albania, Serbia and Kosovo.
Matthew proudly served in the United States Marine Corps with honor and distinction. He was educated at Pace University School of Law (J.D. with Certificates in International Law and International Trade Law), and Farleigh-Dickinson University (B.A., summa cum laude, International Relations, History and Political Science), and attended the United States Naval Academy (class of 1989) as a Secretary of the Navy enlisted Marine appointee. He was selected by Cambridge’s Who’s Who for inclusion in the 2010-11 edition based on his work in government relations, national security, foreign and defense policy and for his distinguished public service.