Matthew R. Hubbell special counsel
Matt Hubbell is a former federal prosecutor with decades of experience advising and defending clients in white collar criminal defense and False Claims Act/Qui Tam cases. Matt began his legal career in 1991 as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina, where he prosecuted complex white collar and other high-profile cases.
In private practice, he brings global law firm experience to a local practice with deep ties to the legal community in South Carolina. Matt has represented many health care providers, defense contractors, and numerous CEOs and other executives in complex white collar and False Claims Act/Qui Tam matters. He has extensive experience in internal investigations, federal grand jury investigations, State grand jury investigations, parallel criminal and civil proceedings, and trials.
Matt handles matters involving government program fraud, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and other Covid relief programs, health care, defense contracting and set-aside programs, environmental enforcement, tax, bank fraud, public corruption, securities, customs, and forfeiture.
Matt is often called upon by corporate counsel to represent individual executives and employees. He has years of experience working in joint defense/common interest groups and serving as local counsel for national and international law firms. He has represented clients in many if not most of the significant and high profile white collar and False Claims Act matters in South Carolina over the last 20+ years. To learn more about Matt's representative experience, click here.
As an Assistant United States Attorney for nearly 10 years, Matt gained recognition for prosecuting numerous complex white collar crimes involving health care fraud, false claims, environmental crime, securities fraud, computer crimes, wire and mail fraud, tax and money laundering offenses, and public corruption. Among his more high-profile cases were his prosecutions of the first federal criminal health fraud case tried in the District of South Carolina, a shipping company in the largest federal oil spill case in South Carolina, and a state judge for fraud and attempted murder for hire.
In private practice, Matt has achieved the best possible result for numerous clients: a non-public “declination” where he persuaded the government to silently close the matter without any prosecution. In the courtroom, Matt won a not guilty verdict for his client in a lengthy federal antitrust trial in Charlotte, N.C, and a not guilty verdict for his client in a significant federal Clean Water Act case tried in Charleston, S.C.
Matt is honored and humbled by the recognitions and responsibilities the legal community has granted him. Among other distinctions, Matt has served as the President of the Federal Bar Association (S.C. Chapter), the Chair of the Judicial Merit Selection Panel appointed by the Chief United States District Judge in the District of South Carolina, and the Chair of the South Carolina Bar Health Care Section. For many years he has been awarded the highest AV Martindale Hubbell peer rating and has multiple consecutive recognitions by Super Lawyers. Read more about Matt's achievements and professional activities by clicking here.
Matt is also well known in South Carolina as a prolific speaker and writer on legal issues related to white collar criminal and False Claims Act/Qui Tam matters. To review a list of Matt's speaking engagements and publications, click here.