Diversity & Inclusion
Litigation, SEC Enforcement and White Collar Criminal Defense
Matt Sloan is a partner in Skadden’s Los Angeles Litigation Group. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, SEC enforcement actions and complex commercial litigation. He has extensive trial experience and has handled a variety of civil and criminal matters.
In his more than 20 years of experience, both in private practice and as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Sloan has successfully defended and prosecuted individuals and corporations in all phases of complex criminal, civil and regulatory matters, including those involving alleged securities fraud, stock option backdating, health care fraud, defense contractor fraud and whistleblower matters involving the False Claims Act (FCA). He has also conducted several internal investigations for large domestic and foreign companies, involving allegations of insider trading, securities fraud and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
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 is one of the lead partners representing Agility Logistics, a Kuwait logistics company that was the prime vendor for all food supplied to the U.S. military in Iraq during the Iraq War (2003-2010), in one of the largest government fraud prosecutions in U.S. history. The criminal and civil FCA cases, brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, allege that Agility defrauded and overcharged the government in connection with its nearly $9 billion prime vendor contract.
Mr. Sloan also has played a major role in several other significant matters during his career, including:
Some of Mr. Sloan’s current representations include:
Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Sloan served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles from 2002 through 2007, and as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia from 1998 through 2002.
During his tenure in the U.S. 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 and moderated panels sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the American Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Committee in Los Angeles, and the American Bar Association’s National Institute on White Collar Crime. Mr. Sloan repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Criminal Defense: White-Collar and was named one of the top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in White Collar & Cyber Crimes Law by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2015.
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