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Matt Baughman has two decades of experience handling the most sensitive and high-profile government investigations of companies in crisis situations.  From 2018-2019, Matt served as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice, as well as the Director of the Task Force on Market Integrity and Consumer Fraud, and Chair of the Department’s Corporate Enforcement and Accountability Working Group.  From 2003-2006, Matt was a Senior Counsel in the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  In private practice, Matt has helped companies navigate the minefield of investigations by multiple government agencies, including in cases involving intense media interest, scrutiny by outside auditors, and public hearings in Congress. 

At the Department of Justice, Matt oversaw white collar enforcement in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General.  He was appointed to be the first Director of the Task Force on Market Integrity and Consumer Fraud, established by the President’s Executive Order 13844 to provide guidance for the investigation and prosecution of cases involving financial fraud, health care fraud, fraud on the government, and cyber and other consumer fraud.  https://www.justice.gov/fraudtaskforce. 

During his time at the Department, Matt spearheaded the development of enforcement policies governing the Department’s 115,000 employees relating to corporate cooperation, individual accountability in corporate cases, fines and penalties in parallel investigations, corporate compliance, monitorships, the use of agency guidance documents in criminal and civil investigations, and False Claims Act cases. 

In private practice, Matt has deep expertise representing pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, hospital systems, and other providers in criminal and False Claims Act investigations by the Department and multiple U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country.  He regularly counsels companies subject to parallel investigations, and his experience enables him to coordinate a client’s response to multiple investigatory, litigation, and public relations challenges that can culminate into an enterprise-threatening crisis. 

Matt also has a breadth of experience representing companies in some of the most intense areas of government interest, including cyber-security, mortgage-backed securities and related products, automobile safety, sanctioned countries, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Matt has also navigated clients through dozens of SEC investigations where no charges were brought against his clients, even in cases where the government sought billions of dollars in penalties against other entities. 

Matt began his career in New York as a lawyer in the litigation department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.  Before going to the Department in 2018, he was a partner in King & Spalding’s Special Matters and Government Investigations practice for more than ten years.

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Credentials

J.D., Harvard University, magna cum laude

B.A., Furman University, summa cum laude

Georgia

New York

Law Clerk, Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

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In the News · Source: Bloomberg Law, Law360, Global Investigations Review, The National Law Journal, Financial Times, The Deal, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Securities Docket

June 10, 2019
Matt Baughman, former Associate Deputy Attorney General at the DOJ, returns to the firm as a partner on the Special Matters and Government Investigations team in Atlanta

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Represented financial institution in cyber-intrusion case investigated by DOJ, SEC, FTC, and state enforcement authorities including Attorneys General.

Represented medical device manufacturer in Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act investigation by DOJ, FDA, HHS-OIG, Veterans Affairs, and Department of Defense; litigated and obtained dismissal of qui tam actions. 

Represented global automotive manufacturer in high-profile congressional and regulatory investigations related to vehicle safety issues.

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Represented financial institution in cyber-intrusion case investigated by DOJ, SEC, FTC, and state enforcement authorities including Attorneys General.

Represented medical device manufacturer in Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act investigation by DOJ, FDA, HHS-OIG, Veterans Affairs, and Department of Defense; litigated and obtained dismissal of qui tam actions. 

Represented global automotive manufacturer in high-profile congressional and regulatory investigations related to vehicle safety issues.

Represented national home health provider in parallel investigations by DOJ, eight U.S. Attorney’s Offices, HHS-OIG, Congress, and the SEC in case involving medical necessity, patient eligibility, and related financial statement disclosures.

Represented pharmaceutical manufacturer in global resolution of off-label investigation, involving DOJ, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, HHS-OIG, and all fifty states.

Represented Big Four audit firm in multiple SEC investigations of mortgage-backed securities issues.

Represented national health system in False Claims Act investigation of hospital short-stays.

Represented former Government official in national SEC investigation of alleged insider trading involving political intelligence firms and Government agencies.

Represented health care provider in largest non-intervened False Claims Act case in history.

Represented Fortune 500 financial institution in self-disclosure to the SEC, resulting in no charges against client.

Represented medical device manufacturer in publicized criminal and civil investigations by DOJ, multiple U.S. Attorney’s Offices, FDA, and VA-OIG of allegations of non-conforming products.

Represented Fortune 50 financial institution in global settlement of municipal securities issues.

Represented Big Four audit firm in SEC investigation involving failed Puerto Rican financial institution.

News

In the News · Source: Bloomberg Law, Law360, Global Investigations Review, The National Law Journal, Financial Times, The Deal, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Securities Docket

June 10, 2019
Matt Baughman, former Associate Deputy Attorney General at the DOJ, returns to the firm as a partner on the Special Matters and Government Investigations team in Atlanta

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Matters

Represented financial institution in cyber-intrusion case investigated by DOJ, SEC, FTC, and state enforcement authorities including Attorneys General.

Represented medical device manufacturer in Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act investigation by DOJ, FDA, HHS-OIG, Veterans Affairs, and Department of Defense; litigated and obtained dismissal of qui tam actions. 

Represented global automotive manufacturer in high-profile congressional and regulatory investigations related to vehicle safety issues.

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Matters

Represented financial institution in cyber-intrusion case investigated by DOJ, SEC, FTC, and state enforcement authorities including Attorneys General.

Represented medical device manufacturer in Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act investigation by DOJ, FDA, HHS-OIG, Veterans Affairs, and Department of Defense; litigated and obtained dismissal of qui tam actions. 

Represented global automotive manufacturer in high-profile congressional and regulatory investigations related to vehicle safety issues.

Represented national home health provider in parallel investigations by DOJ, eight U.S. Attorney’s Offices, HHS-OIG, Congress, and the SEC in case involving medical necessity, patient eligibility, and related financial statement disclosures.

Represented pharmaceutical manufacturer in global resolution of off-label investigation, involving DOJ, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, HHS-OIG, and all fifty states.

Represented Big Four audit firm in multiple SEC investigations of mortgage-backed securities issues.

Represented national health system in False Claims Act investigation of hospital short-stays.

Represented former Government official in national SEC investigation of alleged insider trading involving political intelligence firms and Government agencies.

Represented health care provider in largest non-intervened False Claims Act case in history.

Represented Fortune 500 financial institution in self-disclosure to the SEC, resulting in no charges against client.

Represented medical device manufacturer in publicized criminal and civil investigations by DOJ, multiple U.S. Attorney’s Offices, FDA, and VA-OIG of allegations of non-conforming products.

Represented Fortune 50 financial institution in global settlement of municipal securities issues.

Represented Big Four audit firm in SEC investigation involving failed Puerto Rican financial institution.

News

In the News · Source: Bloomberg Law, Law360, Global Investigations Review, The National Law Journal, Financial Times, The Deal, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Securities Docket

June 10, 2019
Matt Baughman, former Associate Deputy Attorney General at the DOJ, returns to the firm as a partner on the Special Matters and Government Investigations team in Atlanta

View all

Credentials

J.D., Harvard University, magna cum laude

B.A., Furman University, summa cum laude

Georgia

New York

Law Clerk, Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit