Matthew S. Miner focuses his practice on white collar enforcement and compliance matters, as well as US congressional inquiries and committee investigations. Matt has experience in investigations involving alleged corporate misconduct—including matters related to the FCPA—in jurisdictions on five continents. He regularly represents companies and individuals in grand jury investigations, matters involving the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), internal and audit committee investigations, and inquiries by non-governmental entities, such the World Bank.
A former federal prosecutor and senior counsel to a number of US Senate committees, Matt also represents individuals and enterprises across a range of industries in both House and Senate congressional investigations, including in connection with congressional ethics matters.
Matt has nearly a decade of federal service experience. During his tenure with the Senate, he served as minority staff director for the Committee on the Judiciary. He also served as majority chief counsel for crime, terrorism, and oversight for the Senate Judiciary Committee and majority counsel for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
As part of his Senate responsibilities, Matt participated in key criminal law and national security legislation. He was involved in negotiating the final compromises that led to enactment of landmark legislation, including the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 and the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. He also participated in sensitive negotiations surrounding passage of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2008 and the reauthorization of the Patriot Act in 2010.
As lead crime counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, he had early exposure to the antifraud provisions enacted in the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act and the new amendments to the federal False Claims Act enacted in the 111th Congress. Matt also helped manage numerous high-level confirmation hearings, including the US Supreme Court nominations of Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor and the US Attorney General nominations of Eric Holder and Michael Mukasey.
In 2007, he served as the lead minority counsel in one of the largest congressional oversight investigations in recent history. In that role, Matt deposed many high-level administration officials, handled a dozen congressional hearings, and served as the key minority staffer on questions relating to committee subpoenas and contempt authority.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Matt was a partner in the white collar practice of another international law firm. Earlier in his career, he served as an Assistant US Attorney in the Office of the US Attorney in the Middle District of Alabama, where he tried 12 cases to verdict, served as corporate fraud coordinator, and managed the largest corporate fraud investigation in the district’s history.
Successfully represented a Ukrainian executive in connection with a joint FCPA investigation by the US Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, resulting in no action against the client.
Represented a US bank in connection with grand jury investigation into suspected fraud and identity theft violations.
Led investigation of bribery and improper benefits, including excessive travel, for a US technology company, including disclosure and negotiated resolution with US authorities.
Represented a company in a World Bank investigation of whistleblower allegations in the Middle East.
Successfully defended a US Congressman in an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation, obtaining a unanimous recommendation to dismiss complaint.
Handled defense of a major energy company in SEC investigation of suspected FCPA violations in the Middle East, ultimately obtaining “no action” letter for client.
Represented a US corporate parent in internal investigation of potential trade sanctions violations by its European and Middle Eastern subsidiaries.
Led representation of a government employee in sensitive investigation by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Managed a cross-border investigation of alleged corruption by vendors of a major US manufacturer, including interviews across five countries and enforcement inquiries from US and European law enforcement agencies.
Counseled a beverage company in Senate Commerce Committee investigation, including preparing senior executive for hearing testimony.
University of Cincinnati, 1992, B.A.
University of Michigan Law School, 1997, J.D.
District of Columbia
Clerkship to Judge Richard Vollmer of the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama (1997 - 1998)
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Dispute Resolution - White-collar criminal defense, The Legal 500 US (2017)