Matthew E. Sloan
Matt Sloan is a partner in Skadden’s Los Angeles Litigation Group. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, SEC enforcement actions and white collar criminal defense matters. He has extensive trial experience and has handled a variety of civil and criminal actions.
Mr. Sloan played a lead role in Skadden’s successful defense of William J. Ruehle, the former CFO of Broadcom Corporation, against criminal and civil charges stemming from Broadcom’s $2.2 billion restatement for allegedly “backdating” employee stock options. Mr. Sloan drafted the motion that led to Mr. Ruehle’s acquittal on all charges and the ultimate dismissal of the SEC’s civil enforcement action against Mr. Ruehle and three other defendants.
Mr. Sloan also has played a major role in several other significant matters during his career, including:
- defending the former CEO of Brocade Communications in the first-ever federal criminal trial charging a corporate executive with securities fraud for improperly “backdating” stock options;
- representing MGA Entertainment and cross-examining Mattel’s lead expert in the “Bratz v. Barbie doll war” litigation over ownership of the Bratz doll franchise;
- representing a large government contractor against criminal fraud and civil False Claims Act charges involving a prime vendor contract with the U.S. military in Iraq; and
- serving as the co-lead trial counsel in a criminal prosecution charging the owners of a large pharmacy in Beverly Hills, Calif., with illegally overcharging Medi-Cal for anti-rejection drugs prescribed to patients in UCLA’s liver transplant program.
Prior to coming to Skadden, Mr. Sloan served as an assistant United States attorney in the Major Frauds Section of the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles from 2002 through 2007, and as an assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia from 1998 through 2002.
During his tenure in the Department of Justice, Mr. Sloan conducted numerous grand jury investigations and was the lead or co-lead counsel in more than 30 trials, including the successful prosecution of defendants for health care fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and various narcotics and firearms offenses. Mr. Sloan also has briefed and successfully argued numerous appellate cases before the Ninth Circuit, the D.C. Circuit and the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
In recognition of his accomplishments as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Sloan won awards from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the California Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Justice. He also has spoken on panels sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the American Bar Association’s National Institute on White Collar Crime. Mr. Sloan was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013.
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1991 (cum laude)
B.A., Yale University, 1987 (magna cum laude, distinction in major), Winner of the Katherine K. Walker Senior Essay Prize
Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, Major Frauds Section (2002-2007)
Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia (1998-2002)
Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. David V. Kenyon, United States District Court for the Central District of California
Member, Executive Committee, Legal Division of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Board Member, Los Angeles County Bar Foundation
Member, Judicial Profile Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association