Matthew D. Levitt

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  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD, cum laude, 2004)
  • Brown University (BA, Political Science, 2001)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Matt’s practice encompasses a range of litigation matters, including False Claims Act defense, securities litigation, complex civil litigation, and white collar criminal defense. He regularly advises clients at all stages of civil and criminal litigation, from pre-litigation counseling and investigation through discovery, trial, and the appeals process.

In 2010, Matt was appointed as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County while on a firm-sponsored leave of absence. In that role, Matt prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases, handled arraignments and bail arguments, argued motions to suppress, and took over a dozen cases to jury and jury-waived trials.
Before joining Mintz Levin, Matt served as a law clerk to the Honorable Martha B. Sosman of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. During law school, he also served as a law intern for the Honorable David N. Hurd, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.
During law school, he served as editor-in-chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended a public company in an SEC investigation and a securities class action that followed from restating its financials due to revenue recognition issues. The SEC investigation was closed with no enforcement action taken, and the class action was dismissed. On appeal, the Sixth Circuit unanimously affirmed the trial court’s dismissal.
  • Represented a longshoreman against federal charges of falsifying records in connection with, and obstructing, a federal investigation. After a three-week jury trial, Matt’s client was acquitted of all charges.
  • Drafted, on behalf of a coalition of domestic violence organizations, an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court that advocated a ban on gun possession by all offenders convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence. In United States v. Hayes, 129 S. Ct. 1079 (2009), the Supreme Court ultimately decided the case in favor of the position advanced in the amicus brief, with the majority citing the brief in the opinion.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical sales executive accused of conspiracy and anti-kickback statute violations. Following a lengthy government investigation into alleged Medicaid fraud, Matt assisted with a three-week federal criminal trial after which Matt’s client and all three codefendants were acquitted of all charges.
  • Advised construction firms with litigation and compliance issues arising out of state and federal public works projects, including the “Big Dig” project in Boston.
  • Performed compliance audits and internal investigations for various companies.
  • Assisted in the successful defense of the nation’s largest hospital chain from an attempt to enjoin one of the largest leveraged buyouts in history.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star – Business Litigation (2012 – 2017)
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce: Boston’s Future Leaders (2014)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Penn Law Boston Alumni Club Steering Committee


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