Jenner & Block

Matthew D. Cipolla is an accomplished litigator who represents corporations and individuals in high-profile criminal and regulatory matters, including before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and New York state and local prosecutors' offices.  He specializes in complex cross-border investigations and monitorships and works at the intersection of U.S. and international laws and regulations, particularly financial crimes, corruption, trade sanctions, and privacy law.  He also counsels clients on attendant civil regulatory and private litigations, including securities law and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA).  In addition, he counsels corporations regarding improvements to the design of their compliance programs.  In 2016, Mr. Cipolla was recognized by the New York Law Journal as a “Rising Star” and by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the “Best 40 Under 40” in the country.

Representative matters include:

  • Monitoring Credit Suisse AG following the bank’s $715 million settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services, part of a broader $2.6 billion settlement that involved the U.S. Department of Justice and federal regulators;
  • Defended the CEO of a healthcare company in his federal securities fraud trial;
  • Defended a global financial institution in a number of financial crisis regulatory inquiries and civil securities class actions;
  • Conducted an internal investigation of a mortgage lender in connection with a Department of Justice fraud investigation;
  • Conducted an internal investigation of a manufacturer regarding compliance with import/export and consumer protection laws;
  • Conducted internal investigations of fashion retailers regarding FCPA and immigration fraud violations;
  • Represented on appeal a manager convicted of federal mail fraud and conspiracy.

Mr. Cipolla is a partner in the firm's Litigation Department and a member of the Investigations, Compliance and Defense Practice. He is a member of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Pro Bono Committee.

Mr. Cipolla maintains an active pro bono practice, which has included representing individual criminal defendants in federal and state court, including vacating a conviction on appeal in the Second Circuit for prosecutorial misconduct, obtaining a below-Guidelines sentence for a criminal defendant in the Eastern District of New York and the dismissal of all charges for an individual criminally indicted by the New York County District Attorney's Office. In 2014, he was awarded the Albert E. Jenner pro bono award for his outstanding commitment to pro bono work, and in 2010, he was recognized with a Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality for his representation of LGBT asylum applicants.