Matthew Boxer Partner and Chair, Corporate Investigations and Integrity Practice

New YorkNew Jersey
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As chair of the firm’s Corporate Investigations and Integrity practice group, and with a wide range of experience in the public and private sectors, Matt provides clients informed counsel and aggressive representation in internal investigations, interactions with the government, and commercial litigation.

Matt has conducted numerous high-stakes internal investigations for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to state agencies, focusing on issues including employee misconduct, vendor fraud, and company expenditures and related internal controls. Matt first gained renown for leading fair and effective investigations during his six-year term as New Jersey’s State Comptroller.

A former federal prosecutor, Matt has successfully argued numerous cases to verdict and has litigated a wide range of complex civil and criminal cases. He also is a skilled appellate advocate, having successfully argued multiple appeals before the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Having served in the cabinet of two New Jersey governors, Matt also uses his government experience to help clients navigate government interactions ranging from basic licensing issues to avoiding regulatory or law enforcement proceedings.

Appointed as State Comptroller in 2008, Matt oversaw a staff of more than 130 employees responsible for examining the efficiency of government programs, investigating misconduct by government officers, scrutinizing the legality of government contracts, and recovering improperly expended Medicaid funds. He and his staff uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars in wasted taxpayer funds, spurring the passage of several remedial state laws and receiving praise from organizations throughout the state.

Prior to his appointment as State Comptroller, Matt spent two years directing the state Authorities Unit, where he monitored the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the Economic Development Authority, and other independent agencies. He was a federal prosecutor from 2001 to 2006, serving in the terrorism unit, the criminal division, and the special prosecutions division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. As a federal prosecutor, he led the successful prosecution of numerous public officials on corruption charges, including 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.

Representative Engagements

Since his return to the firm, Matt’s engagements have included the following:
  • Hired by the New Jersey Division of Equal Employment Opportunity to investigate allegations of workplace discrimination at the New Jersey National Guard.
  • 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 New Jersey university in conducting an internal investigation into alleged misconduct by a senior official at the university.
  • 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 (2015-2016) – 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

  • Panelist, “Unraveling a Multi-Million Dollar Fraud in Newark,” Columbia Law School Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, March 23, 2016

  • Matt has 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.

  • Panelist, "Crime Doesn't Pay! Finance Executives as Corporate Fraud Gatekeepers and Investigators," CFO Studio Innovation Conference & Awards, May 12, 2015

  • Panelist, "Internal Investigations – Perspectives, Immediate Steps, The Long Haul," Northeast Corporate Counsel Forum, April 20, 2015

  • Speaker, "Ethical Issues that Arise in Internal Investigations," New Jersey Law Journal In-House Counsel CLE Series, November 21, 2014

  • 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 other 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.

Publications

SEC Restricts Ability of Companies to Silence Employees with Confidentiality Agreements
Employee Relations Law Journal, Autumn 2015
Matthew Boxer, Nari Wang
SEC Restricts Ability of Companies to Silence Employees Interviewed in Internal Investigations
Corporate Investigations and Integrity Client Alert, May 27, 2015
Matthew Boxer, Amy Schwind
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
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Press Mentions

Matthew Boxer is featured in the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity Profile’s in Public Integrity series for his work as New Jersey’s first independent State Comptroller. , Profile in Public Integrity , April 2016
Matthew Boxer is highlighted in Columbia Law School Magazine regarding his discussion on local government corruption, which took place at Columbia’s Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity. , Columbia Law School Magazine , April 5, 2016
In the Asbury Park Press, Matthew Boxer is highlighted for being hired by the Lakewood School Board to assess possible litigation aimed at securing additional funding for the district. , Asbury Park Press , March 22, 2016
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Related Areas

Business Litigation
Corporate Investigations & Integrity
Health Care Investigations, Compliance, & Litigation
Litigation
Securities Litigation
Trial and Arbitration
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)