Overview

Practice Areas

Litigation  •   Securities Enforcement  •   White Collar Defense & Investigations  •  

Industry Experience

Banking & Finance  •  

As Chair of the CSG Law Litigation and White Collar Defense & Investigations Groups and a former federal prosecutor, Matthew Beck brings exceptional skills and insight to representing companies, government entities, and C-suite executives in game-changing complex civil litigation, white collar criminal investigations, and securities enforcement matters. His broad practice also includes acting as outside general counsel for mid-sized private companies, managing their entire portfolio of legal needs.

Whether his clients are facing litigation, subjects of a government investigation, or need his outside general counsel practice, Matt is a problem solver who combines passion, proficiency, and a client-focused approach, finding the solution best suited to achieve his clients’ business objectives and positioning them for the future. 

A Business-Minded Advisor

Matt meets the myriad needs of his clients, helping them achieve their business goals through a combination of inventive yet practical risk avoidance strategies, creative problem solving, corporate governance counsel, and skill at leveraging the legal system to their advantage. His many long-term clients know he deeply cares about them and their issues and entrust him with resolving challenges that fundamentally impact their lives and businesses.

A Top-Tier Litigator

While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office where he was, among other roles, Chief of the General Crimes Unit, Matt oversaw cases, directed strategy, and trained new prosecutors. Among his most notable prosecutions, he led the successful investigation and precedent-setting prosecution of a multidecade, $37 million insider trading scheme that resulted in the longest-ever prison sentence for insider trading.

Knowing how prosecutors think and investigate companies and individuals, Matt excels at defending his clients in white collar criminal matters, regulatory investigations, and government enforcement actions. He has extensive experience with a wide variety of criminal matters including those involving securities fraud, insider trading, healthcare fraud, tax fraud, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, honest services fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, cybercrime, identity theft, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.

In both prosecuting and defending litigation, Matt knows how to overwhelm an opponent to turn a difficult case into a winning one. At the same time, and when appropriate, Matt staffs matters leanly, understanding that overlawyering a matter, even if in a winning position, can effectively change a client’s legal win to a financial loss. Employing an individualized approach in every matter and each client experience, Matt combines a relentless work ethic, empathy, and fierce advocacy to achieve the best result in every matter.

A Recognized Leader

Matt has been recognized by clients and peers as a leader in his field. In addition to maintaining very active advisory and litigation practices, Matt is a member of the CSG Law Executive Committee which is responsible for the management and strategic direction of the firm.

*Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.


Honors

  • Included in Chambers USA, New Jersey Litigation: White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations (2017-2024)
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America®, Criminal Defense: General Practice (2024); Criminal Defense: White Collar (2019-2024); Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement [SEC, Telecom, Energy] (2021-2024)
  • Selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list, Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2019-2024)
  • Included in New Jersey Law Journal, New Leaders of the Bar (2014)

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Involvement

  • The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, Trustee
  • Alumni Association of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey, Co-Head
  • Business and Professionals Network, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey, Co-Head

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 2001)
  • University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1998)

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Overview

  • Hired by the New Jersey Attorney General to conduct an independent investigation into conflicting allegations of corruption by the New Jersey State Police and a County Prosecutors Office in connection with a sexual assault investigation. Resulted in the Beck Report, a more than 100-page public report that received significant press attention.
  • Represented a senior executive of a public company in large-scale accounting fraud investigations conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and SEC for more than three years. The investigation ended with no charges brought against the client and a minimal financial settlement with the SEC.
  • Represented a co-owner of an international commodity company in a hundreds of millions of dollars bank fraud investigation conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. While other senior executives were charged and convicted, Matt’s client was not charged with any wrongdoing.
  • Obtained non-prosecution agreements for a key witness in a Foreign Corrupt Practices case brought by the DOJ and SEC against the CEO and general counsel of a large publicly traded company.
  • Represented a public office candidate charged with taking bribes in the form of cash placed inside a coffee cup. Ultimately, negotiated a favorable resolution where the bribery charges were dismissed and the client pled guilty to a recordkeeping violation, which resulted in a probationary sentence.
  • Serving as outside general counsel to a third-generation family business with revenue exceeding $800 million. Providing all outside legal assistance, including M&A, real estate, employment, and regulatory advice.
  • Hired by the Attorney General’s Office to represent New Jersey’s only female prison and certain senior prison officials in dozens of cases, including two class actions, alleging systematic sexual assaults against prisoners. Achieved global settlement resolving all cases.
  • Representing the owner of a technology company charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for violating the McCain Act by allegedly selling products manufactured by a prohibited Chinese company.
  • Representing a scientist investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for allegedly stealing trade secrets from her former employer.
  • Representing a pool of employees of a company whose owner is accused of bribing a government official.
  • Representing a construction company in a False Claims Act investigation into work performed at a military base.
  • Representing the owner of dozens of fast-food franchises in a federal tax investigation in Ohio.
  • Representing the owner of numerous restaurants in New Jersey in a federal tax investigation.
  • Represented a construction manager in federal and state criminal investigations in Rhode Island into false statements made relating to the environmental impact of construction project.
  • Representing an international electronics company in civil litigation relating to millions of dollars of fraud committed by a vendor.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a Fortune 100 company into millions of dollars of potentially improper vendor payments.
  • Conducted an internal investigation into numerous allegations of impropriety by senior administrators at a community college, which resulted in the issuance of a 200-plus page report to the college’s board of trustees.
  • As federal prosecutor, led a multiyear investigation into one of the largest and longest-run insider trading schemes that resulted in the longest sentence in American history. Interviewed extensively for a CNBC “American Greed” episode about the case.

*Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.