Matt Orwig has more than 30 years of experience investigating and litigating complex civil and criminal cases, including high-profile money laundering, public corruption, securities fraud, insider trading, health care fraud, and civil and criminal fraud cases.
Matt focuses his practice on white-collar criminal litigation and investigations; SEC investigations, including defense of insider trading and accounting fraud allegations; health care fraud and abuse; qui tam litigation; internal corporate investigations; privacy and data security; complex civil litigation; and litigation involving government agencies. He also serves as the head of litigation in the Dallas Office.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Matt served in the U.S. Department of Justice, initially as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and culminating in his presidential appointment as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he was both a criminal prosecutor and the lead civil enforcement attorney responsible for bringing all False Claims Act cases on behalf of the U.S. Attorney's Office. During his 20-year tenure, he acquired extensive experience in civil, criminal, and appellate law.
Local and national media organizations, such as The Wall Street Journal and NPR, often seek out Matt for legal insight on fraud-related crimes. He has served on the faculty of governmental advocacy institutes and two law schools and was a principal author of the Dallas Ethics Code, which was adopted by the Dallas City Council.
Matt is an active member of the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys (NAFUSA) and has served as president of the organization.
Fortune 500 company undergoes internal investigation involving allegations under False Claims Act
Fortune 500 defense company evaluates potential bid protest theories
Global private equity firm seeks cybersecurity advice concerning portfolio company
Honors & Distinctions
Best Lawyers in America: criminal defense - white-collar (2013-2016) and commercial litigation (2016)
Super Lawyers (2009-2016)
Named by D Magazine in its listing of Best Lawyers in Dallas in white-collar criminal defense and Best Business Lawyers listing for his representation of companies involved in government investigations
2007 Alumnus of the Year, Texas Tech University School of Law
Life fellow - Dallas Bar Foundation
Judicial law clerk to Chief Judge Halbert O. Woodward, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (1985-1986)
Served with the United States Department of Justice (1989-2007), including as Assistant U.S. Attorney (1989-2001) and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas (2001-2007), where he directed thousands of federal prosecutions and civil cases