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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

WWL says

"Matthew is client centric and incredibly easy to work with"
"I was most impressed by his creativity" 


Matthew Graves represents corporations and individuals in government investigations, criminal and regulatory proceedings, and civil litigation. A former Assistant United States Attorney, he is a seasoned trial lawyer who has tried nearly 50 cases, including two dozen criminal and civil jury trials and has unique experience in resolving complex international investigations with the Department of Justice and regulators.

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Matt worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia for nearly a decade, spending most of his tenure in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Office’s Fraud and Public Corruption Section.  While in this Section, Matt led investigations that resulted in the foreign and international business organizations that were the subjects of these investigations collectively paying in excess of $2 billion in financial penalties for violations of US laws.  In addition, Matt was charged with personally handling a number of sensitive investigations involving District of Columbia and federal officials, including the investigations resulted in former Congressman Jesse L Jackson Jr and his wife being convicted of felonies that occurred during his tenure in Congress.  After serving as a line attorney in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section, Matt ultimately became the acting chief of the Section. 

Since joining DLA Piper, Matt has represented financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and individuals in investigations involving alleged criminal and regulatory violations, including alleged violations of the FCPA and sanctions and export control laws.  In all of these engagements, Matt has used the unique perspective he obtained from his time with the government to advise clients.  In addition, Matt has brought his substantial litigation experience to a number of high-profile civil litigation matters, including successfully defending a defense contractor in a False Claims Act suit alleging $8 billion in damages and defending Al Jazeera Media Network and others in a defamation suit brought by professional athletes named in a documentary that the defendants produced.

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