(This is the second installment of a bi-monthly feature on The Front Line Blog. Twice a month, I’ll be posting a short introduction to key members of our team at Hillard Heintze. Every member of our team is here because he or she has demonstrated sustained levels of excellence in aspects of security risk management and investigations. They’re here because they bring a rich diversity of backgrounds, talents and interests to what we do for our clients. Get to know Hillard Heintze. Today, let me tell you a bit about Matt Doherty.)


Why I Asked Matt to Join the Team

I didn’t have to think about it twice. Matt is one of the nation’s most experienced senior experts in threat assessment – in assessing an individual’s potential for danger and preventing targeted violence against our nation’s leaders and national critical infrastructure as well as major events and the corporate workplace. What does that mean exactly? I knew that Matt understood the factors that need to be considered when evaluating whether or not an individual is on a path to violence. These are very specific indicators that are not well understood by most practitioners – highly technical, methodology-driven pre-attack pathway analysis to identify behaviors and characteristics likely to foreshadow an act of targeted violence. Very few people have actually been in the position of making decisions about whether a given individual represents a threat to the President of the United States. Matt has. And that’s one of the many reason’s he’s on our team.

What Matt Does at Hillard Heintze

Matt enhances the delivery of the full spectrum of the firm’s services in investigations and security risk management to clients in the Washington D.C. area and all along the Eastern seaboard.

Highlights of Matt’s Career

  • Managed training on threat assessment and targeted violence prevention for over 70,000 federal, state and local law enforcement personnel.
  • Created the first information-sharing database (TAVISS) for the prevention of violence against protected officials, including the U.S. President, Vice-President, cabinet secretaries and governors.
  • Conducted investigations and provided policy guidance to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Administrative Oversight and the Courts Sub-Committee regarding legislative branch oversight issues such as the FBI’s handling of the TWA 800 crash, the Branch Davidian Incident at Waco and whistleblower protection as well as the activities of the Executive Branch Inspector General Offices.
  • Serves on the U.S. Marshal Service Judicial Threats Center for preventing violence against judges.
  • Serves as a law enforcement advisor and trustee award winner with the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, a congressionally chartered think tank supporting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • Featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and television news media for major articles on insider threats, assassinations and school shootings.

Where Matt Spends His Time When He Is Not Working

Matt has been happily married for over 30 years and lives near his daughter, son and daughter-in law. He spends his off-time boating on the Delaware Shore and golfing with his family. Both of his children are out of college and have their own careers, so their desire to spend time on the golf course with their dad is a real blessing. His favorite hobby is playing with his granddaughter. He also volunteers his time serving on the advisory board for Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S).

Education and Degrees

Matt received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Wheeling Jesuit University where he was Senior Class President. He has also completed coursework in executive leadership at Johns Hopkins University and Business Management at George Mason University.

Got a Question for Matt?

Want to know more about his experience with targeted violence prevention? Or what his handicap may be on the golf course? Post a comment below, and Matt will get back to you.