Matthew M. Graves

Matthew M. Graves
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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, among them two dozen criminal and civil jury trials. He has extensive experience in resolving complex international investigations with the Department of Justice and regulators.

Before joining DLA Piper, for nearly a decade Matt worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. For most of his tenure, Matt served in the Office’s fraud and public corruption section. While in this role, he led investigations into foreign and international business organisations. In addition, Matt was charged with personally handling a number of sensitive investigations involving District of Columbia and federal officials. This includes the investigations resulting in former Congressman Jesse L Jackson Jr and his wife Sandi Jackson 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, he has drawn on the perspective he obtained from his time in government to advise clients. In addition, Matt has brought his substantial litigation experience to a number of high-profile civil litigation matters, such as defending British Airways in a suit brought by Executive Club frequent flyer programme members seeking $160 million in damages related to fuel surcharges, and defending Al Jazeera Media Network and others in a defamation suit brought by professional athletes named in a televised documentary.

WWL says: Matthew Graves impresses in our research, drawing widespread plaudits for his deep knowledge of contentious regulatory proceedings.

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