Bar Admission

Virginia State Bar


Cornell University, Employment & Disability Inst., 2015

University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., May 2008, Summa Cum Laude

U.S. Naval Academy, B.S., May 1986, with distinction

  • Cox Fund Scholarship for language studies in the Peoples Republic of China


Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond, VA

Associate, 2008-2010

  • Asset securitization, mortgage backed securities

CEVA Logistics, Detroit, MI

Manager, 1992-2004

  • Directed the operations and finances of a $40 M logistic facility in support of Ford Motor Co.

U.S. Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton, CA

Captain, Infantry 1986-1991

  • Navy Commendation Medal for meritorious service in Desert Shield and Desert Storm

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Matthew Bellinger

Matt brings a wealth of real-world experience and a unique child-centered focus to his practice of law.  


Comprehensive legal support you can trust at prices you can afford.


Hi! My name is Matt Bellinger.  As a parent of a child with special needs, I know first hand the many challenges that families like ours face and how difficult it is to work through issues on your own.  In fact, I got so frustrated one day trying to ​figure out Medicaid waivers as a parent that I threw my pen down and thought "someone would have to quit their job and do this full-time to figure it out."

I started BeneCounsel in 2014 because I believe that all children and adults with disabilities and their families deserve personal, professional, knowledgeable, and cost-effective legal assistance.

president & ceo


BeneCounsel provides high-quality & cost-effective special needs legal services throughout all of Virginia.

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At BeneCounsel, we are eager to assist you by providing free consultations  regarding transition planning, disability benefits planning, and special needs estate planning, and by answering as many questions as we can on a pro bono basis.  Worried about what comes after high school? Call us!



For matters that are more complex, we will advise you on your options after we conduct a thorough review of your family's unique situation and your child's abilities, challenges, and special needs.  By doing so, we can bring a measure of clarity to the choices you face.



We believe that it is best to avoid costly SSI & SSDI appeals if at all possible, but sometimes appeals are unavoidable due to the nature of the Social Security Agency and its myriad of rules and regulations.  If an appeal is unavoidable, we will persuasively advocate for your child's rights.

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