K&L Gates Bolsters Investigations, Enforcement and White Collar Practice with Hire of Former Assistant U.S. Attorney as Charleston Partner

13 November 2017
Charleston, S.C. - The Charleston office of global law firm K&L Gates LLP welcomes Matthew R. Hubbell as a partner focusing on white collar criminal defense and False Claims Act litigation.

Hubbell began his legal career in 1991 as an assistant United States attorney for the District of South Carolina, where he gained extensive experience prosecuting complex white collar cases. He subsequently entered private practice at his own firm where, for the last 17 years, he has represented local and global companies, health systems, defense contractors, and numerous CEOs in complex white collar and False Claims Act matters.

With more than 26 years of white collar and False Claims Act litigation experience, Hubbell defends companies and corporate executives in internal and grand jury investigations, parallel proceedings, litigation, and trials in various areas, including antitrust, anti-corruption, health care, environmental, tax, bank fraud, public corruption, securities, customs, forfeiture, and false claims (whistleblowers).

As an assistant U.S. attorney for nearly 10 years, Hubbell 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.

Among his many notable successes in private practice, Hubbell 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. He also recently successfully represented a S.C. legislator in a high-profile prosecutions targeting members of the S.C. General Assembly.

“We are ecstatic about Matt joining our Charleston office,” said J. Walker Coleman IV, administrative partner of K&L Gates’ Charleston office. “The addition of such an extraordinarily talented and highly-regarded white collar and False Claims Act practitioner will enable us to serve the growing needs of our clients in these very specialized and high-stakes areas that have become, and will continue to be, the increasing focus of state and federal prosecutors throughout the United States.”

Hubbell was the 2016-17 president of the South Carolina chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and currently serves as chair of the South Carolina Bar health care law section. He has co-authored three books on white collar criminal matters: Health Care Fraud & Collateral Consequences, Federal and State Securities Enforcement, and Computer and Intellectual Property Crimes.

Hubbell is the fourth new partner to join K&L Gates’ leading investigations, enforcement and white collar practice this year, following the earlier additions of former U.S. attorney Mike McKay in Seattle; former SEC senior counsel Neil T. Smith in Boston; and former FINRA counsel Michael Dyson in Washington, D.C. The practice has more than 100 lawyers globally and includes former U.S. and state attorneys general, SEC staff, assistant United States attorneys, state securities regulators, deputy state attorneys general, and staff lawyers from FINRA, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), bank regulatory agencies, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice in Hong Kong, and numerous other law enforcement agencies.
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