Partner, Washington D.C.
“The risk that companies and financial institutions face from enforcement agencies is increasingly global and multidimensional. My 13 years at the U.S. Department of Justice, from in-the-trenches prosecutor to senior official overseeing all Department operations, have given me the insight, judgment, and experience necessary to help clients navigate through situations that threaten their business or their liberty.”
Education and qualifications
- A global infrastructure company: representing in a DOJ criminal fraud and civil False Claims Act investigation.
- A global telecommunications company: conducted an internal investigation concerning allegations of bribery.
- A global accounting firm: represented in connection with a DOJ securities fraud case.
- A global construction company: appointed as Independent Compliance Consultant as part of DOJ and EPA settlement.
- A global construction and engineering company: represented in Inter-American Development Bank debarment proceedings.
- A global infrastructure company: represented in the aftermath of World Bank debarment proceedings.
- A senior executive of a global chemicals company: representing in a multijurisdictional DOJ and SEC FCPA investigation.
- A senior executive of a global aerospace company: represented in a multijurisdictional DOJ FCPA investigation.
- Senior executives of a global pharmaceutical company: represented in a DOJ and SEC FCPA investigation.
- A senior executive of a global industrial company: represented in a DOJ and SEC FCPA investigation.
- A senior executive of a global financial institution: representing in a DOJ money laundering investigation.
In the press, Matt has made appearances on network television, is frequently quoted in national publications, and has been profiled by the New York Times. Additionally, he has authored several op-eds, including one in The Hill on the nomination of U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and another in The Times UK about the DOJ’s enforcement practices toward global businesses in the new administration.
Notable Broadcast Coverage:
- CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, CNN, February 17, 2020
- CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, CNN, December 9, 2019
- CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, CNN, November 10, 2019
- Sky News Center Live, Sky News, May 29, 2019
- CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, CNN, May 29, 2019
- CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, CNN, April 3, 2019
- CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, CNN, March 21, 2019
- Hardball with Chris Matthews, MSNBC, January 9, 2019
- CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, CNN, December 20, 2018
- The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, November 13, 2018
- The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, August 24, 2018
- Sky News with Cordelia Lynch, Sky News, August 22, 2018
- The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, January 5, 2018
- All Things Considered, NPR, November 3, 2017
- New Day with Chris Cuomo, CNN, October 31, 2017
- Sunrise, Sky News, October 31, 2017
- New Day with Chris Cuomo, CNN, July 2017
- CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, CNN, July 20, 2017
- CNN Newsroom, CNN, June 10, 2017
- MSNBC Live with Ari Melber, MSNBC, May 14, 2017
- The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, May 8, 2017
- Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, March 10, 2017
Notable Print Coverage:
“Public companies face little risk of punishment for taking PPP loans, legal experts say”, CNBC, May 17, 2020
“US attorney-general called to testify on interference claims”, Financial Times, February 12, 2020
“THE BIG QUESTION: Matt Axelrod, Linklaters”, Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence, December 31, 2019
- “African kleptocrats are finding it tougher to stash cash in the West”, The Economist, October 10, 2019
- “Justice Department Issues Guidance on Inability-to-Pay Claims”, The Wall Street Journal, October 8, 2019
- “The Mueller report no one’s talking about”, Politico, March 6, 2019
- “Prosecuting Bankers Proves Exercise in Frustration”, The Wall Street Journal, March 3, 2019
- “Senate Confirms William Barr as Attorney General”, The New York Times, February 14, 2019
- “Mueller speaks. But will he comment again?”, Politico, January 23, 2019
- “Why replacing Russia probe chief Rod Rosenstein will not be easy”, Financial Times, September 25, 2018
- “Anti-Corruption 2019”, Chambers and Partners Practice Guides, USA Edition, 2018
- “M&A: DoJ stresses cooperation is key”, International Financial Law Review, July 31, 2018
- “Matt Axelrod: One and the same”, Commercial Dispute Resolution, April 3, 2018
- “Prosecutors strike blow against Trump inner circle”, Financial Times, April 10, 2018
- “Trump breaches boundaries by saying DOJ should be ‘going after’ Democrats”, Washington Post, November 3, 2017
- “Justice Department briefing at White House fuels ethics worries”, Politico, July 27, 2017
- “With Mueller at Helm, FBI’s Russia Probe Gains Credibility”, Bloomberg, May 18, 2017
- “Ex-DOJ Insider on Trump’s Prosecutor Purge and Life Government”, The National Law Journal, March 13, 2017
- “Former Deputy at the Justice Dept. Joins Linklaters Law Firm”, The New York Times, March 5, 2017
Matt has also spoken at various conferences and seminars including:
- Panelist, “Driving Corporate Sustainability Through Inside Counsel,” Berkeley Sustainable Business & Investment Forum (BSBIF), San Francisco, California, October 11, 2019
- Panelist, “How to Apply the Right Training Methods that Resonate with a Global Workforce,” 9th Global Forum on Anti-Corruption Compliance in High Risk Markets, Washington, D.C., July 26, 2018
- Panel Moderator, “Rule of Law”, Democracy in the Balance Symposium, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., April 26, 2018
- Speaker, “DOJ Enforcement Trends: What they mean for compliance officers,” Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Philadelphia Regional Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 8, 2017
- Panelist, “Prosecutor Alumni Panel: What’s Next? How Has the Risk Map Changed? – How Life Sciences Companies Should Determine Where and How Much to Invest in Anti-Corruption Compliance,” 11th Advanced Forum on FCPA & Anti-Corruption for the Life Sciences Industry, New York, New York, June 28, 2017
- Keynote Speaker, “Changing Enforcement Priorities Under the New Administration,” CIECI Spring Forum, May 17, 2017
- Keynote Speaker, “An Armchair Conversation about the Deputy Attorney General’s Memorandum on Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing,” American Bar Association 26th Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud, Indian Wells, California, May 12, 2016
- Panelist, “Agency Enforcement and Prosecution of Regulatory Crimes,” Administrative Conference of the United States Workshop on Criminal Law and the Administrative State: Defining and Enforcing Regulatory Crimes, Washington, D.C., May 13, 2014
- Co-Keynote Speaker, “Perspective from the U.S. Department of Justice,” Ethisphere Global Ethics Summit, New York, New York, March 5, 2013
- Panelist, Defense Criminal Investigative Organization Panel on Parallel Proceedings and Debarment, Department of Defense Procurement Fraud Working Group Annual Training Seminar, Daytona Beach, Florida, March 29, 2012
- Department of Justice Witness, “Current State of Federal Sentencing,” United States Sentencing Commission Public Hearing on Federal Sentencing Options after Booker, Washington, D.C., February 16, 2012
Education and qualifications
Matt obtained an undergraduate degree in English, cum laude, from Amherst College, and holds a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, where he was Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Following law school, Matt worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Ralph K. Winter, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for the Honorable Janet C. Hall, United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Matt is member of Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts State Bars, United States.