Matthew M. Oliver Partner and Chair, E-Discovery Task Force

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For almost two decades, Matt has leveraged his commitment to innovation and his strategic thinking to guide clients through the complex legal and regulatory changes impacting corporate America. Specializing in white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, cybersecurity, and corporate governance, Matt brings a wealth of diverse experience to the table on behalf of his clients, whether the setting is the courtroom or the boardroom.

As chair of the firm’s E-Discovery Task Force, Matt deals extensively with issues of evidence preservation and spoliation claims, providing practical solutions to complex problems. He secured a landmark ruling on spoliation of evidence in a pro bono case arising out of a retaliatory assault on an inmate by prison staff. Matt is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional, which allows him to regularly counsel clients on and represent them in connection with data breaches, related litigation and regulatory investigations, and complaints regarding privacy and security practices.

Outside the firm, Matt volunteers his time to a variety of charitable and philanthropic endeavors, including the New Jersey Special Olympics. Matt has served in leadership capacities on several nonprofit boards, including the Scarlet Knights Wrestling Club and the Summit Speech School.

Representative Engagements

Successfully defended a Fortune 500 retailer in parallel investigations brought by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service regarding alleged stock options backdating, as well as related civil suits brought by shareholders. No charges were brought against the company or any of its directors or officers, and all civil claims were dismissed at the pleadings stage.
Successfully defended a publicly traded biotechnology company against civil claims brought in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by warrant holders, arising out of recapitalization and spin-off transactions.
Secured entry into the Internal Revenue Service’s Voluntary Disclosure program on behalf of an entrepreneur whose business interests focused on the securities industry and electronic trading platform technology. No charges were brought despite the failure to report income of roughly $10 million.
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Other Distinctions

  • Super Lawyers (2012–2016; "Rising Star" 2007–2009) – Recognized for white collar criminal defense.

  • Regulatory Compliance Association – Member of the "Chief Compliance Officer University" Faculty of Professors.

Speaking Engagements

  • Lowenstein Sandler GDPR Mini Series: “European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Mini-Series – Session Two” (November 2016)

  • Association of Corporate Counsel New Jersey and Lowenstein Sandler Cyber Day: "2016 Cyber Hot Spots: Laws and Best Practices" (June 2016)

  • Association of Corporate Counsel New Jersey and Lowenstein Sandler Cyber Day: “The Cybersecurity Threat Posed by Your Company Insider” (June 2015)

  • New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association: "Officers in the Crosshairs: The Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine and Other Theories of Individual Liability" (January 2013)

  • NJ ICLE's Corporate Counsel Institute: "Insights and Lessons Learned in Information Governance: Electronic Discovery and Beyond" (January 2013)

  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education's 2012 Corporate Counsel Institute: "Litigation Holds – How to Protect Your Company in a Rapidly Changing Legal Landscape" (January 2012)

  • Regulatory Compliance Association CCO University: "Insider Trading – Protecting Your Firm in 2011" (January 2011)

Publications

Astros And Cardinals Made Rookie Data Security Mistakes
Law360, January 21, 2016
Matthew Oliver, Steven Llanes
Cybercrime in the Big Leagues: Former Cardinals Executive Picked Off While Trying to Steal Astros’ Proprietary Database
White Collar Criminal Defense & Privacy and Information Security Client Alert, January 19, 2016
Matthew Oliver, Steven Llanes
Cybersecurity Breach: The Threat From Within
New York Law Journal, November 10, 2015
Matthew Oliver, Amy Wiwi, Natalie Dallavalle
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Press Mentions

Matthew Oliver’s successful representation of client Ironridge Global IV Ltd. is highlighted in Law360. , Law360 , December 18, 2015
Matthew Oliver is highlighted in Commercial Litigation Insider for successfully reducing an attorney fee award request by over two-thirds in a settled class action on behalf of NeoStem, Inc. , Commercial Litigation Insider , June 18, 2014
Matthew Oliver's pro bono work on the case of Kounelis v. Sherrer, in which he represented a prisoner who alleged he was beaten by corrections officers in retaliation for exercising his First Amendment rights, is highlighted. Mr. Oliver won a landmark ruling in favor of his client, obtaining an award of attorneys fees and an adverse inference jury instruction as a result of the defendants' spoliation of evidence. , New Jersey Law Journal , January 9, 2008
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Related Areas

Corporate Investigations & Integrity
Franchise and Distribution
Life Sciences
Litigation
Privacy and Information Security
Securities Litigation
White Collar Criminal Defense

Education


Rutgers Law School ( J.D. , 1997 ) , with honors, Order of the Coif
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey ( B.A. , 1994 ) , high honors

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey

Court Admissions


1997 , U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
2001 , U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
2001 , U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
2003 , U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
2003 , U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Affiliations


  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
    • Certified Information Privacy Professional