Jeremy D. Matz
- Stanford Law School, J.D., Order of the Coif
- Columbia University, B.A., magna cum laude
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
- California, 1998
- United States District Court for the Central District of California, 1998
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1999
- Supreme Court of the United States, 2013
- Assistant United States Attorney, Major Frauds Section, Los Angeles
- Law Clerk, Honorable George H. King of the U.S. District Court, Los Angeles
Mr. Matz is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. Before joining the firm, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles for thirteen years.
At the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Matz 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 is also 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 has been 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.
- In one of the largest mortgage fraud cases in California history, Mr. Matz secured the convictions of eleven defendants, including nationally prominent real estate agents. After a six-week jury trial, the Court of Appeals affirmed the convictions of a real estate agent and an appraiser on fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy charges. United States v. Grasso, 724 F.3d 1077 (9th Cir. 2013); United States v. Rizk, 660 F.3d 1125 (9th Cir. 2011).
- In a corporate fraud prosecution spearheaded by Mr. Matz and others, Ralphs Grocery Company — one of the largest grocery chains in the nation — pleaded guilty and paid a total of $70 million in restitution and fines for felonies committed during a labor dispute.
- Mr. Matz was a key prosecutor in a covert securities fraud wiretap investigation that led to the indictments of fifteen defendants in a multi-million dollar “pump-and-dump” scheme.
- Mr. Matz won a guilty plea to securities and investor fraud from the founder and CEO of a NASDAQ-listed media company with a $100 million market capitalization.
- Mr. Matz and a colleague won a jury trial against a licensed medical doctor in a $1 million fraudulent Medicare billing scheme.
- As the lead trial attorney, Mr. Matz won a four-week jury trial in a sophisticated bank fraud, false identity, and money laundering conspiracy. Two spouses were convicted on all counts in a scheme to defraud banks of millions of dollars and launder the money into high-end luxury homes.
- In the aftermath of a $26 million international Ponzi scheme, Mr. Matz secured guilty pleas to fraud and money laundering from a defendant who defrauded hundreds of investors out of their life savings.
- Panelist, Issues Facing Receivers and Trustees in Medical Marijuana Dispensary Cases, sponsored by the California Receivers Forum, 2013
- Panelist, Ethical Issues in Corporate Fraud Cases, ABA National Institute on White-Collar Crime, 2006
- Jeremy Matz panelist at LACBA Family Law Section
- Matz Speaks to Receivers on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
- Bird Marella welcomes Jeremy D. Matz as Principal
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- Securities Fraud Coordinator, United States Attorney’s Office, 2011-2012
- Award for Integrity, Commitment, and Outstanding Service, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, 2010
- Award for Dedication and Excellence, United States Postal Inspection Service, 2005
- Award for Outstanding Service, United States Attorney’s Office, 2004
- Award for Demonstrated Excellence, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2002