Matthew T. Martens
Matthew Martens represents clients in high-stakes criminal and civil matters from investigation through, if necessary, trial. He has defended clients in investigations by the SEC, PCAOB, FINRA, state attorneys general, and the US Department of Justice. In 2017, he obtained a complete dismissal with prejudice of a SEC enforcement action alleging securities fraud that was brought against a prominent public official in federal court in Texas. Martens has more than 20 jury trials in both state and federal courts in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois and California. He is one of the few lawyers who has appeared—and won—at trial at “all four tables”: civil plaintiff, civil defendant, criminal prosecution and criminal defendant. He joined WilmerHale after a long career of government service, first in the US Department of Justice during the George W. Bush administration, and later as Chief Litigation Counsel for the Division of Enforcement at the SEC. He has been recognized as an AmLaw Daily Litigator of the Week, a National Law Journal Litigation Trailblazer, and a Law360 Securities Law MVP.