Matthew Schwartz is a Partner in Boies Schiller Flexner’s New York City office. His practice focuses on government and internal investigations, white collar defense, regulatory compliance, and complex civil litigation. A “buttoned-up assassin in the courtroom” praised by his colleagues for his “laser-like focus and precision,” Mr. Schwartz has a reputation for “possessing the consistent ability to take knotty issues and distilling them to their essence” (Forbes, 2014). “Talented and extremely hardworking” (Legal 500, 2017), he has first-chaired numerous jury and non-jury trials and personally argued more than a dozen federal appeals.
From 2005 to 2015, Mr. Schwartz was a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, “where he spent a decade leading blockbuster trials” (Crain’s, 2017). As a member of that office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, Mr. Schwartz led a number of high-profile matters, including the investigations and deferred prosecution agreements with JPMorgan and Commerzbank AG on BSA/AML charges; the investigation and prosecutions related to the “London Whale” trades; and all aspects of the government’s investigation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, including a six-month long jury trial and the forfeiture of more than $9 billion. He conducted numerous investigations in parallel with regulators such as the SEC, CFTC, OCC, Federal Reserve Board, FinCEN, OFAC, and PCAOB; state Attorneys General and other state regulators, such as the New York State Department of Financial Services; and foreign regulators and law enforcement, such as the UK Financial Conduct Authority.
Mr. Schwartz has frequently been recognized for his work. He was named as one of Crain’s New York Business “40 Under Forty” (2017); Law 360 named him to its “Top Attorneys Under 40” list in 2016. And Ethisphere in 2015 and 2016 named him to its list of “Attorneys Who Matter.” He is a three-time recipient of the Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award – the highest award given by the Department to lawyers – and was named in 2013 as Prosecutor of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.
- Columbia Law School, J.D.
- Columbia College, B.A.
- Assistant U.S. Attorney
- Law Clerk to Hon. Thomas J. Meskill (2d Cir.) and Shira A. Scheindlin (S.D.N.Y.)
- Special Master, In re IPO Securities Litigation