Linklaters bolsters global Dispute Resolution offering with senior Department of Justice hire

Linklaters today announced the hire of Matt Axelrod to the firm’s global Dispute Resolution practice. Prior to joining the firm, Matt served as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, one of DOJ's highest ranking officials and a member of its senior leadership team. He advised the Deputy Attorney General and the Attorney General on every significant matter within DOJ, including all major Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Bank Secrecy Act, money laundering, health care fraud, and other white-collar cases and policy directive. Matt was heavily involved in the development and implementation of DOJ’s policy concerning individual accountability for corporate wrongdoing (known as the “Yates Memo”) and personally reviewed every corporate resolution over US$200m.  Matt also took the lead in advising on crisis management within DOJ, working closely with the White House, Congress, the FBI, and the media on DOJ’s most sensitive and high-profile matters.

During his time at DOJ, Matt developed strong relationships with senior officials across government, including on Capitol Hill, with regulators and law enforcement agencies, and with the country's United States Attorneys.  He also received the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.

Matt previously spent six years as a federal prosecutor in Miami, where he tried 19 felony jury cases and argued three cases before the Eleventh Circuit. As well as his public service roles, Matt has worked in private practice for major law firms in Boston and Washington D.C.

His appointment is part of Linklaters’ Dispute Resolution division’s strategic priority to further strengthen its U.S. government risk team, and follows Adam Lurie’s joining as head of the firm’s Litigation and Government Investigations practice in Washington, D.C., and Doug Tween joining its U.S. Cartel and Government Investigations practice.

Michael Bennett, head of Linklaters’ global Dispute Resolution practice, said:

“Matt’s hire is a key development in progressing Linklaters’ global ambitions to strengthen further our government risk, FCPA and civil litigation offering. We are delighted to have Matt join our Dispute Resolution Practice as, in addition to his impressive litigation credentials, he further enhances our U.S. regulatory, white collar crime and FCPA capabilities for our clients in the U.S. and globally.”

Scott Bowie, head of Linklaters’ global U.S. practice, said:

“Our clients have increasingly been experiencing the impact of the complex and evolving regulatory regime created by the reach of FCPA and other regulations. We are reacting to our clients’ needs by bringing Matt on board and he is one in a series of expansions most recently evidenced by the hires of Adam Lurie to head our Litigation and Government Investigations practice in Washington, D.C. and Doug Tween to our U.S. Cartel and Government Investigations practice.”

Adam Lurie, head of Linklaters’ Washington D.C office, said:

“We are thrilled to have Matt join the firm. One of our key priorities is to ensure that we enhance even further our top global investigations practice. I've known and respected Matt for many years; our clients will benefit from his extensive experience, outstanding judgment and exceptional advocacy skills. He is a great addition to our global team and I'm excited he is with us in D.C."

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