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Matthew Jacobs

Vinson & Elkins LLP


Matt is the founding partner and head of the San Francisco office of Vinson & Elkins, and he has offices in both San Francisco and Palo Alto. A former federal prosecutor in the Northern District of California with more than 20 years of experience, Matt is widely recognized as a leading trial lawyer. He has particular expertise in government investigations and complex commercial litigation. Matt has a national and international practice representing companies and executives in high stakes matters involving antitrust, trade secrets, health care, and commercial disputes including IP litigation and consumer class actions. Matt is a seasoned trial lawyer who has tried more than a dozen criminal and civil cases to verdict. As a federal prosecutor in San Francisco, Matt prosecuted many high profile cases involving securities, health care and energy. As a defense attorney, Matt has gained a track record of persuading prosecutors to limit or abandon cases before charges are filed, or fighting hard for his clients where no appropriate resolution can be found. Matt is particularly experienced in “bet-the-company” and high profile matters. He has extensive experience dealing with the press, first as an award winning journalist in Louisiana, and later as the federal prosecutor responsible for handling all media inquiries on behalf of U.S. Attorney (now FBI Director) Robert S. Mueller III. As a prosecutor, Matt was the recipient of the Justice Department’s Director’s Award and the FBI’s Director’s Award.

United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Vinson & Elkins LLP's team, jointly led by Clifford Thau in New York, Matthew Jacobs in San Francisco and William Lawler in Washington DC, represents corporate and individual clients in government investigations, as well as handling a variety of white-collar criminal defense matters, drawing on a deep bench of former federal prosecutors. Although the team lost Craig Margolis and Tirzah Lollar to Arnold & Porter in 2018, it gained Ron Tenpas from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Jennifer Freel, who joined as counsel from Ewell, Brown, Blanke & Knight LLP.  Alden Atkins in Washington DC, Lawrence Elbaum in New York, and Michael Charlson and Jessica Heim in San Francisco are also recommended.

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