Matthew Boxer Partner

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Chair, Corporate Investigations and Integrity Practice

As Chair of Lowenstein Sandler’s Corporate Investigations and Integrity practice, Matt Boxer applies his public service experience in representing private clients in government and internal investigations. Matt is widely recognized for his impressive track record of leading fair and effective government investigations while serving for six years as New Jersey State Comptroller.

As New Jersey’s first independent State Comptroller, Matt oversaw a staff of more than 130 employees responsible for auditing government finances, examining the efficiency of government programs, investigating misconduct by government officers, scrutinizing the legality of government contracts and recovering improperly expended Medicaid funds. In that role, Matt and his staff produced a steady body of work that uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars in waste of taxpayer funds. The work of the office resulted in multiple new remedial state laws and was applauded by media outlets throughout the state.

Matt also has extensive litigation experience, having tried numerous cases to verdict and as a Federal prosecutor led the successful prosecution of numerous public officials on corruption charges. Among them were the “Monmouth 11,” a group that included three sitting mayors, four sitting councilmen and a police commissioner, making it one of the largest single-day corruption takedowns in state history.

Prior to his 2008 appointment as State Comptroller, Matt spent two years directing the state Authorities Unit, where he monitored independent agencies including the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the Economic Development Authority. From 2001 to 2006, as a federal prosecutor, Matt served in the terrorism unit, the criminal division and the special prosecutions division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Prior to his public service roles, Matt spent four years as an attorney with Lowenstein Sandler, litigating criminal and complex civil cases with an emphasis on securities fraud.

Representative Engagements

Since his return to the firm, Matt’s engagements have included the following:
  • Represented the board of directors of a global communications company in conducting an internal investigation concerning the conduct of a senior official at the company.
  • Represented a state agency in conducting an investigation concerning a state contract and in resolving the state’s dispute with the vendor.
  • Represented a social media company in conducting an internal investigation concerning possible campaign financing violations.
  • Handled high-stakes litigation and related client counseling in a wide range of matters including white collar criminal, securities, defamation, bankruptcy-related, and government compliance matters.
Matt’s accomplishments as New Jersey State Comptroller include the following:
  • Conducted audits and investigations throughout New Jersey, across all levels of state, county and local government.
  • Led audits and investigations that found more than $100 million in Medicaid fraud each year in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and pursued and achieved recovery of those funds for taxpayers.
  • Identified cases throughout the state in which local governments wrongfully included contractors in the state pension system. In response to the report, Governor Christie, in August 2013, signed an executive order to create a Pension Fraud and Abuse Unit.
  • Led an audit that uncovered $43 million in waste at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. The audit found, for example, public toll dollars being used to pay for an employee bowling league and for unnecessary employee bonuses such as for shoveling snow and for working on a birthday.
  • Oversaw an audit that focused on four government entities and found that none had properly evaluated their options for health care coverage and that, had they done so, they would have saved more than $12 million.
  • Discovered that more than 20,000 inmates in New Jersey’s jails and prisons were improperly paid nearly $24 million in benefits from government programs over a 22-month period.

Other Distinctions

  • Super Lawyers (2015) – Acknowledged in the areas of white collar criminal defense and business litigation.

  • Included in Politicker NJ’s “Power List” of the “100 most powerful political players in New Jersey” (2011, 2012, 2013)

  • Recipient of the Byron M. Baer Memorial Award for public service (2011)

  • Received commendations for his work as a federal prosecutor (2001-2006) from several federal agencies, including the FBI and the IRS

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Citizens Campaign Call to Service: Jersey City Summit, June 14, 2014 

  • Speaker, “Ethical issues that Arise in Internal Investigations,” New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association Spring Reception, May 20, 2014

  • Speaker, “Current Issues in Government and Internal Corporate Investigations”, IIA Fraud Conference, May 14, 2014

  • Matt has been a keynote speaker, lecturer or panelist at dozens of events and seminars sponsored by such organizations as the Citizens Campaign, the New Jersey Society of Public Accountants, the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government and Rutgers University.

  • Matt has also appeared as a featured guest on television shows such as “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” (Fox News), “Good Day NY” (Fox) and “New Jersey Now” (WOR), as well as on radio stations such as WCBS 880 and NJ101.5.

Publications

Federal Circuit Court Clarifies the Scope of the Attorney-Client Privilege in Internal Corporate Investigations
Corporate Investigations and Integrity Client Alert, July 8, 2014
Matthew Boxer, Steven Llanes
Federal District Court Limits the Ability of Companies to Preserve the Confidentiality of Findings of Internal Investigations Not Conducted by Counsel
Corporate Investigations and Integrity Client Alert, April 9, 2014
Matthew Boxer, Nari Wang
Protecting the Integrity of Local Planning Decisions
New Jersey Municipalities, May 2013
Matthew Boxer
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Press Mentions

Matthew Boxer is quoted in The Bergen Record regarding the Teaneck Transparency Trust’s efforts to get Teaneck Township operating in a more efficient way and in compliance with the law. , The Bergen Record , March 2, 2015
In a Star Ledger profile of Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, Matthew Boxer provided comments on Justice Rabner, with whom he worked with at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and then in the Corzine administration. , Star Ledger , September 8, 2014
Matthew Boxer was quoted in Inside Counsel regarding the need for companies to establish credibility with regulators and maintain an effective compliance program. , Inside Counsel , July 24, 2014
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Events

April 20, 2015
Northeast Corporate Counsel Forum


Related Areas

Commercial & Business Litigation
Corporate Investigations & Integrity
Health Care Litigation, Investigations & Compliance
Litigation
Securities Litigation
White Collar Criminal Defense

Education


Columbia University School of Law ( J.D. , 1995 ) , Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Princeton University ( B.A. , 1992 ) , Politics, magna cum laude

Clerkships


U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey , Judge Jerome B. Simandle  1996 - 1997
New Jersey Supreme Court , Justice Gary S. Stein  1995 - 1996

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey

Affiliations


  • Member, Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct (2014 – present)
  • Board Member, the Citizens Campaign (2014 – present)  
  • Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey (2014 – present)
  • American Bar Association (2014 – present)
  • Member, Gubernatorial Transition Team, Governor-Elect Chris Christie (2009)
  • Board Member, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (2006 - 2007)
  • Board Member, NJ Transit (2006 - 2007)
  • Member, New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee (2000 - 2001)