Matt’s practice primarily focuses on criminal matters and government investigations. He has broad experience in representing individuals in complex investigations such as those related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the collapse of the Stanford Financial Group, the Enron scandal, suspected violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and price-fixing allegations.
Matt’s trial experience is equally diverse. He has tried cases to jury verdict for clients in state and federal court over the last twenty-plus years. He has tried wire fraud, bank fraud, government contract fraud and healthcare fraud cases, murder and negligent homicide cases, and cases involving allegations of environmental harm, to name a few.
ST MARY’S UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN LLP
DEGUERIN DICKSON HENNESSY & WARD
HENNESSY LAW FIRM
- Represented several individuals in the investigation of the incident that occurred aboard the Deepwater Horizon in April 2010. None was charged.
- Successful defense of corporate officers in the investigation of the Stanford Financial Group.
- Assisted individuals in several, separate investigations of suspected Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations in Nigeria, Angola, and Azerbaijan.
- Dismissal of a wide-ranging mortgage fraud indictment.
- Defended one of three British citizens in the first prosecution that was filed following Enron’s collapse. Resolution of the case involved coordinating the transfer of the defendants to Britain with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Enforcement Operations (OEO) and the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Successful defense of the target of an investigation into the reporting and auditing of the oil and natural gas reserves of a publicly traded company.
- Represented an individual in a theft of trade secrets matter involving the global computer-chip manufacturing industry. No charges were filed.
- Defended a natural gas trader in a civil enforcement action brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) under the Commodities Exchange Act (CEA).
- The defense of a senior executive in the investigation of the Dynegy—Project Alpha matter resulting in no charges being filed.
- Jury acquittal on bank fraud. A related false statement charge was reversed on appeal.
- Successfully defended a group of hotel owners in a civil asset forfeiture proceeding. The government sought to divest the owners of their interest in the hotel based on its patrons’ conduct and an alleged lack of security. The case was ultimately cited before Congress as an example of government overreach.
Professional Activities & Awards
- Life Member, Texas Bar Foundation
- Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2009-2017
- America‘s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2018