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


BeneCounsel, Richmond, VA
President, 2014-present

Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond, VA

Associate, 2008-2010

CEVA Logistics, Detroit, MI

Manager, 1992-2004

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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Matt brings a wealth of real-world experience and a unique child-centered focus to his practice of law.  As a parent of an adult-child on the Autism spectrum, he understands the challenges faced by young adults with disabilities.

Matt Bellinger, Esq.

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

Our vision


At BeneCounsel, we are eager to assist families by offering free, in-home consultations regarding transition planning, capacity, supported decision-making and  guardianships, disability benefits planning and appeals, and special needs trusts and estate planning, and by answering as many questions as we can on a pro bono basis.



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.