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.

Education

  • Stanford Law School, J.D., top ten percent, 1998
  • Columbia University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1993

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2016-present

  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Los Angeles Magazine, 2015-present

  • Securities Fraud Coordinator, United States Attorney’s Office, 2011-2012

  • Integrity, Commitment, and Outstanding Service Award, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, 2010

  • Dedication and Excellence Award, United States Postal Inspection Service, 2005

  • Outstanding Service Award, United States Attorney’s Office, 2004

  • Award for Demonstrated Excellence, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2002

Representative Cases

  • Mr. Matz maintains a diverse and successful law practice. He resolves many of his clients’ civil and criminal disputes in a confidential and private manner. His noteworthy accomplishments include the following:

     

    June 2019: Mr. Matz won a total defense victory in a four-week, multi-plaintiff, multi-million dollar wrongful termination jury trial on behalf of a Fortune 500 company. After the plaintiffs presented their case-in-chief, the Court entered judgment for the company before the case ever reached the jury for deliberations.

  • April 2019: In a federal criminal case involving customs fraud and money laundering, Mr. Matz won a sentence of straight probation, no restitution, and no fine for his client.

  • June 2018: In a Texas state court civil case, Mr. Matz won summary judgment for his client, an executive of a global oil company.

  • March 2018: In a federal criminal case involving embezzlement from a publicly-traded company, Mr. Matz won a sentence of straight probation and no restitution for his client, the former chief accountant of the company.

  • January 2018: Mr. Matz convinced a California prosecutors task force not to charge his client, a chief operating officer of a successful internet company.

  • December 2017: Mr. Matz won a highly favorable settlement for his client, a chief executive officer, after the company breached the client’s employment contract.

  • September 2017: Mr. Matz negotiated a favorable settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission that enabled his client, an accounting and auditing firm, to remain successfully in business.

  • September 2016: In a federal criminal case involving gratuities paid to a public official, Mr. Matz won a sentence of straight probation for his client.

  • July 2016: In a civil case brought by the federal government under the False Claims Act, Mr. Matz won a highly favorable settlement on behalf of his corporate client for less than 4% of the government’s claimed damages.

  • May 2014: After Mr. Matz delivered his opening statement and cross-examined the first prosecution witness in a California criminal trial against his client, the prosecution abandoned the case.

  • As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Matz won the convictions of eleven defendants in one of the largest mortgage fraud cases in California history. 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).

  • As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Matz won a conviction of Ralphs Grocery Company, one of the largest grocery chains in the nation, which paid a total of $70 million in restitution and fines for felonies committed during a labor dispute.

  • As a federal prosecutor, 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.

  • As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Matz won a jury trial against a licensed medical doctor in a $1 million fraudulent Medicare billing scheme.

  • As a federal prosecutor, 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.

  • As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Matz won guilty pleas to fraud and money laundering from a defendant who defrauded hundreds of investors out of their life savings in a $26 million international Ponzi scheme.

Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Western Center on Law & Poverty
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Litigation and Criminal Law Sections

Recent News & Events

  • 14 Bird Marella Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America®

    Bird Marella is proud to announce that 14 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America. In addition, principals Joel Boxer and Paul Chan were honored with the “Lawyer of the Year” award for their ...

  • 13 Bird Marella Attorneys Honored as 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers

    Bird Marella is proud to recognize the attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers list: Terry W. Bird – Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation Joel E. Boxer – Business Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation Paul S. Chan – Business Litigation, ...

  • 14 Bird Marella Attorneys Selected to 2019 Best Lawyers in America®

    14 Bird Marella principals have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly 5 million votes on the legal abilities of other ...

  • Jeremy Matz Wins Settlement for Low Income Residents in Pro Bono Matter

    In a major high-impact pro bono case, principal Jeremy Matz and attorneys from several pro bono legal firms won a victory for low-income tenants displaced from residential motels by municipal action in the City of Costa Mesa. The City and a local developer agreed to pay millions of dollars to settle a pair ...

  • 14 Bird Marella Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers

    Bird Marella congratulates Thomas Reichert and Ariel Neuman as Southern California Super Lawyers. In total, 14 Bird Marella attorneys were selected as Super Lawyers for 2018: Terry W. Bird – Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation (Top 100) Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer – Business Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar Joel E. Boxer – Business ...

  • Jeremy Matz Featured in The Hollywood Reporter on 1MDB

    A legal brief signed by Bird Marella principal Jeremy Matz recently was quoted in an article by The Hollywood Reporter on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad forfeiture cases. The 1MDB forefeiture cases is the largest civil forfeiture litigation that has ever been brought by the United States Department of Justice’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery ...

  • Bird Marella Wins Pro Bono Case on Behalf of Low-Income Motel Residents

    Bird Marella attorneys Julian Burns and Jeremy Matz alongside co-counsel won a permanent writ of mandate against a motel owner’s Costa Mesa luxury housing project on Thursday. Back in early 2016, Julian and the Western Center on Law & Poverty began representing several impoverished long-term residents of a Costa Mesa ...

Other News & Events

  • Panelist, Securities & Exchange Commission’s Joint Regulatory Conference, 2014
  • Guest Speaker, KPCC-FM, “Take Two”, March 20, 2014, “Report: California Top Target For U.S. Cybercrime”, 2014
  • Panelist, International Discovery and Evidence in Federal Court, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2014
  • 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

Publications

  • Author, “How Your Client Can Get An Evidentiary ‘Pass’ For His Alleged Prior Misconduct,” The Federal Lawyer, April 2014

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.

Representative Cases

  • Mr. Matz maintains a diverse and successful law practice. He resolves many of his clients’ civil and criminal disputes in a confidential and private manner. His noteworthy accomplishments include the following:

     

    June 2019: Mr. Matz won a total defense victory in a four-week, multi-plaintiff, multi-million dollar wrongful termination jury trial on behalf of a Fortune 500 company. After the plaintiffs presented their case-in-chief, the Court entered judgment for the company before the case ever reached the jury for deliberations.

  • April 2019: In a federal criminal case involving customs fraud and money laundering, Mr. Matz won a sentence of straight probation, no restitution, and no fine for his client.

  • June 2018: In a Texas state court civil case, Mr. Matz won summary judgment for his client, an executive of a global oil company.

  • March 2018: In a federal criminal case involving embezzlement from a publicly-traded company, Mr. Matz won a sentence of straight probation and no restitution for his client, the former chief accountant of the company.

  • January 2018: Mr. Matz convinced a California prosecutors task force not to charge his client, a chief operating officer of a successful internet company.

  • December 2017: Mr. Matz won a highly favorable settlement for his client, a chief executive officer, after the company breached the client’s employment contract.

  • September 2017: Mr. Matz negotiated a favorable settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission that enabled his client, an accounting and auditing firm, to remain successfully in business.

  • September 2016: In a federal criminal case involving gratuities paid to a public official, Mr. Matz won a sentence of straight probation for his client.

  • July 2016: In a civil case brought by the federal government under the False Claims Act, Mr. Matz won a highly favorable settlement on behalf of his corporate client for less than 4% of the government’s claimed damages.

  • May 2014: After Mr. Matz delivered his opening statement and cross-examined the first prosecution witness in a California criminal trial against his client, the prosecution abandoned the case.

  • As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Matz won the convictions of eleven defendants in one of the largest mortgage fraud cases in California history. 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).

  • As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Matz won a conviction of Ralphs Grocery Company, one of the largest grocery chains in the nation, which paid a total of $70 million in restitution and fines for felonies committed during a labor dispute.

  • As a federal prosecutor, 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.

  • As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Matz won a jury trial against a licensed medical doctor in a $1 million fraudulent Medicare billing scheme.

  • As a federal prosecutor, 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.

  • As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Matz won guilty pleas to fraud and money laundering from a defendant who defrauded hundreds of investors out of their life savings in a $26 million international Ponzi scheme.

Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Western Center on Law & Poverty
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Litigation and Criminal Law Sections

News & Events

14 Bird Marella Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America®

Bird Marella is proud to announce that 14 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America. In addition, principals Joel Boxer and Paul Chan were honored with the “Lawyer of the Year” award for their ...

13 Bird Marella Attorneys Honored as 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers

Bird Marella is proud to recognize the attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers list: Terry W. Bird – Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation Joel E. Boxer – Business Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation Paul S. Chan – Business Litigation, ...

14 Bird Marella Attorneys Selected to 2019 Best Lawyers in America®

14 Bird Marella principals have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly 5 million votes on the legal abilities of other ...

Jeremy Matz Wins Settlement for Low Income Residents in Pro Bono Matter

In a major high-impact pro bono case, principal Jeremy Matz and attorneys from several pro bono legal firms won a victory for low-income tenants displaced from residential motels by municipal action in the City of Costa Mesa. The City and a local developer agreed to pay millions of dollars to settle a pair ...

14 Bird Marella Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers

Bird Marella congratulates Thomas Reichert and Ariel Neuman as Southern California Super Lawyers. In total, 14 Bird Marella attorneys were selected as Super Lawyers for 2018: Terry W. Bird – Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation (Top 100) Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer – Business Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar Joel E. Boxer – Business ...

Jeremy Matz Featured in The Hollywood Reporter on 1MDB

A legal brief signed by Bird Marella principal Jeremy Matz recently was quoted in an article by The Hollywood Reporter on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad forfeiture cases. The 1MDB forefeiture cases is the largest civil forfeiture litigation that has ever been brought by the United States Department of Justice’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery ...

Bird Marella Wins Pro Bono Case on Behalf of Low-Income Motel Residents

Bird Marella attorneys Julian Burns and Jeremy Matz alongside co-counsel won a permanent writ of mandate against a motel owner’s Costa Mesa luxury housing project on Thursday. Back in early 2016, Julian and the Western Center on Law & Poverty began representing several impoverished long-term residents of a Costa Mesa ...

Other News & Events

  • Panelist, Securities & Exchange Commission’s Joint Regulatory Conference, 2014
  • Guest Speaker, KPCC-FM, “Take Two”, March 20, 2014, “Report: California Top Target For U.S. Cybercrime”, 2014
  • Panelist, International Discovery and Evidence in Federal Court, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2014
  • 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

Publications

  • Author, “How Your Client Can Get An Evidentiary ‘Pass’ For His Alleged Prior Misconduct,” The Federal Lawyer, April 2014