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. He represents individuals and companies as plaintiffs, defendants, and witnesses in sophisticated, high-stakes matters.
Most recently, Mr. Matz won a complete defense victory in a civil jury trial on behalf of a Fortune 500 corporation. The company’s general counsel praised him for being “always in control, giving impeccable guidance throughout, and being prepared for everything thrown our way. I was confident every day in our ability to handle anything, and as an in-house counsel, that is an incredible gift.” Other corporate clients commend 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 acclaim Mr. Matz for “keeping me well informed, educating me throughout his time as my counsel, not jumping to conclusions, keeping his trust and faith in me as a client, and never steering me in a direction without meaningful purpose. He made sure I always understood the options and always treated me with the utmost respect. Because of that, I placed complete trust in him. His temperament is even-keeled. I believe he was the difference-maker. At times, I felt like I was in an impossible situation, but Jeremy’s persistence paid off for me.” Mr. Matz 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.