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As chair of the firm's Corporate Investigations & Integrity 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 and seasoned trial lawyer, 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.