An accomplished and respected trial lawyer, Mr. Matz specializes in complex civil litigation of all kinds, white collar criminal defense, and governmental and internal investigations of corporations and other entities.
Mr. Matz is highly experienced in all phases of litigation, from the earliest stages of civil and criminal investigations, through the filing of complaints and indictments, pre-trial motion practice, trials, and appeals, including to the Supreme Court of the United States. He represents individuals and companies as plaintiffs, defendants, and witnesses in sophisticated, high-stakes matters.
In civil litigation, corporate clients praise Mr. Matz for his ability to “handle the matter brilliantly. No matter what was thrown at him, Jeremy understood the issues swiftly, led the way through the land mines of the investigation, and gave us excellent legal and strategic advice. It has been an absolute pleasure working with him — a more responsive, intelligent and skilled lawyer one could not hope to have by your side.”
In criminal cases, clients appreciate Mr. Matz’s “knowledge, guidance and advice, which have brought much needed peace of mind and a greater understanding of how best to approach the various scenarios which could arise.” He is lauded for being “not only a great and competent attorney, but also a great human being. I could not have asked for a better person to guide me through this difficult time of my life.”
Before joining Bird Marella, Mr. Matz served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles for thirteen years. At the United States Attorney’s Office, he prosecuted nearly every kind of federal criminal case, including white collar offenses, money laundering, corruption, violent crime, and cybercrime. For more than eleven years, he specialized in prosecuting sophisticated economic crimes, including securities and corporate fraud, mortgage fraud, health care fraud, tax evasion, bank fraud, and investor fraud. As the lead trial and appellate attorney, he won convictions in more than ten jury trials and briefed and argued multiple cases in the Court of Appeals, resulting in favorable published appellate decisions. Mr. Matz garnered praise from fellow prosecutors as “one of the most meticulous attorneys to work in the office”, “a first-rate lawyer with excellent judgment”, and a “very strategic and very thorough attorney on every case.” He served as the Securities Fraud Coordinator, supervised new prosecutors, and won awards from several federal law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Matz also serves as a Lecturer In Law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he teaches evidence to second- and third-year law students. He is acclaimed for his “exceptional knowledge of the rules of evidence” and for “bringing the real world to the classroom.”
Mr. Matz speaks fluent Portuguese and has given presentations on criminal law to judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials in Brazil and Mozambique.