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Matt Miner Returns to Morgan Lewis Following Service as US DOJ Deputy Assistant AG

January 09, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC, January 9, 2020: Matthew Miner, who since 2018 had served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, at the US Department of Justice, will rejoin Morgan Lewis as a partner on January 21, resident in Washington, DC. Matt’s practice focuses on matters relating to white collar enforcement and compliance, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), crisis management, congressional inquiries, and internal investigations.

At the DOJ, Matt supervised the Criminal Division’s Fraud and Appellate sections, overseeing nearly 180 prosecutors who handled cases in districts across the United States, and leading the FCPA, Health Care Fraud, and Securities & Financial Fraud units. He also co-chaired the interagency Financial Fraud Working Group, a part of the broader Task Force on Market Integrity and Consumer Fraud. As Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Matt was involved in some of the DOJ’s most significant fraud enforcement and FCPA matters.

“We are delighted to welcome Matt back to Morgan Lewis,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “His more than 10 years of US government experience, including his most recent service in a senior role in the DOJ’s Criminal Division, is a valuable asset to our clients facing enforcement investigations and actions, congressional inquiries, and challenging crisis management matters."

During his tenure as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Matt approved or negotiated numerous corporate resolutions, including coordinated resolutions involving multiple authorities. He also played a prominent role in the development of a range of significant policy initiatives, including policy reforms addressing compliance program evaluation, how the DOJ assesses a company’s inability to pay a fine or penalty, the Criminal Division’s approach to the selection of monitors, and various reforms to the Justice Manual’s Principles of Prosecution of Business Organizations (Filip Factors), the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy, and provisions regarding cooperation and individual accountability. In government and private practice, Matt has been a leader in the evaluation of compliance program adequacy and effectiveness, including representing companies in post-misconduct remediation and reporting.

In private practice, Matt has handled investigations involving alleged corporate misconduct—including matters related to the FCPA—in jurisdictions on five continents. He also has regularly represented companies and individuals in grand jury investigations; matters involving the DOJ, US Securities and Exchange Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Office of Foreign Assets Control; internal and audit committee investigations; and inquiries by non-governmental entities such as the World Bank.

At Morgan Lewis, Matt rejoins a top-tier white collar team of lawyers with strong government backgrounds, including two recent former US Attorneys, Zane Memeger and Kenneth Polite, who have wide-ranging experience representing clients in a variety of criminal, civil, and compliance matters. Matt’s arrival in Washington, DC, also bolsters Morgan Lewis’s preeminent white collar and False Claims Act (FCA) defense practice there, which earlier this year added partners Doug Baruch and Jenny Wollenberg.

“We are very excited that Matt is returning to our team,” said J. Gordon Cooney, Jr., leader of Morgan Lewis’s global litigation practice. “In addition to his strong white collar and crisis management experience, Matt has a long, distinguished background of representing clients across a range of industries in both US House and Senate congressional investigations, including in connection with congressional ethics matters.”

Before first joining Morgan Lewis as a partner in 2012 from another global law firm, Matt served in a number of roles at the US Senate, including minority staff director for the US Senate Judiciary Committee; majority chief counsel for crime, terrorism, and oversight at the Judiciary Committee; and majority counsel for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. During his more than five-year tenure at the Senate, he participated in key criminal law and national security legislation, including the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 and the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. He also participated in sensitive negotiations regarding passage of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2008 and reauthorization of the Patriot Act in 2010.