Matthew Sloan’s 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 25 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 also has 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 has played a major role in several other significant matters during his career, including:
- defending the former CEO of Brocade Communications in the first-ever federal criminal trial charging a corporate executive with securities fraud for improperly backdating stock options;
- representing MGA Entertainment and cross-examining Mattel’s lead expert in the “Bratz v. Barbie doll war” litigation over ownership of the Bratz doll franchise;
- serving as the co-lead trial counsel in a criminal prosecution charging the owners of a large pharmacy in Beverly Hills, California, with illegally overcharging Medi-Cal for anti-rejection drugs prescribed to patients in UCLA’s liver transplant program.
- James Mazzo, the former chairman and CEO of Advanced Medical Optics, in the retrial of insider trading charges brought against him by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California;
- a multinational European supplier of medical devices and operator of medical clinics in an FCPA investigation into operations in Thailand and Taiwan;
- a publicly traded manufacturer of industrial clothing in an internal investigation and later an SEC investigation into revenue recognition issues; and
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.
- 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
Admissions : 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
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