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Overview

A former federal prosecutor, Matt concentrates his practice in the areas of compliance, internal investigations, tax, whistleblower defense, white collar defense, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), securities enforcement and business litigation.

He leads the firm’s Government Compliance, Investigations & Litigation practice group.

Matt regularly leads internal investigations on behalf of clients throughout the United States and internationally. In that representation, Matt interacts with the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other state and federal criminal enforcement and regulatory authorities. He frequently represents public and private entities, senior corporate executives, employees and other individuals in matters involving environmental violations and regulatory compliance, False Claims Act/qui tam litigation, financial institution fraud, government procurement fraud, healthcare fraud, insider trading, insurance fraud, securities fraud, tax controversies, tax fraud and evasion and alleged violations of the FCPA.

For nearly a decade, Matt served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the capacity of a white collar prosecutor and deputy healthcare fraud coordinator. In this role, he was responsible for the evaluation, investigation and prosecution of fraud and criminal healthcare matters in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.

Matt founded Jensen Bartlett & Schelp in 2009 and was senior advisor with the Ashcroft Law Firm before joining Husch Blackwell. He previously served three years active duty and 11 years as a reservist in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps.


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Recognition

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2018
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, “Up and Coming Lawyer,” 2007

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law
  • B.S.B.A., University of Missouri Columbia School of Business

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Armed Forces
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • Kansas
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • Missouri Supreme Court
Experience
  • Obtained one of the first ever permanent injunctions under the Defense of Trade Secret Acts in a high profile corporate espionage and deceptive trade secrets case. Monsanto Company et al v. Chen No. 4:16-cv-00876-CDP, United States District Court Eastern District of Missouri.
  • Obtained motion to dismiss in the representation of a healthcare facility in a qui tam matter before the United States District Court, District of Colorado.
  • Successfully obtained the closure of a joint DOJ/SEC investigation of a publically traded national real estate/mall developer.
  • Resolved criminal charges against a doctor and his practice. Handled all phases of the investigation, including the criminal and civil litigation, and favorably resolved Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) exclusion litigation.
  • Represented a variety of individuals and entities in insider trading enforcement actions brought by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
  • Conducted numerous internal investigations for publicly-traded and privately held companies in a variety of industries, including sustainable agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, defense contracting and religious organizations. Internal investigations in the areas of healthcare fraud, employee misconduct, data breaches and environmental violations.
  • Represented individuals and publicly traded entities against allegations by the SEC and DOJ of FCPA violations.
  • Successfully resolved tax controversy issues (civil fraud penalty), thus saving the client more than $2 million.
  • Represented home healthcare provider in criminal investigation by the Missouri Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) regarding allegations of fraudulent billing.
  • Successfully represented employees of a Major League Baseball team in a data breach, corporate espionage matter.
  • Favorably resolved Clean Water Act violation and DOJ environmental criminal investigation and prosecution.
  • Represented adult day-care provider in MFCU investigation.
  • Represented pharmacist and pharmacy corporation in federal criminal prosecution and related resolution of civil False Claims Act lawsuit.
  • Represented a durable medical equipment provider in federal whistleblower matter alleging fraudulent billing practices.
  • Represented a variety of individuals and entities in investigations involving Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) diversion.
  • Represented physicians before the Missouri Board of Healing Arts.
  • Defended pharmaceutical manufacturer in a criminal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation regarding quality controls, validation of manufacturing protocols and timeliness and accuracy of field alert submissions.
  • Participated in the review, implementation and creation of a comprehensive compliance program for a major U.S.-based medical device manufacturer. This engagement involved:
    • Conducted a thorough analysis of the compliance performance and systems. Assessing the early detection system and risk assessment tools.
    • Utilized a risk-reduction strategy to achieve industry-leading, sustainable and profitable compliance practices.
    • Audited systems and controls for compliance-related vulnerabilities.
    • Assessed the effectiveness of the compliance training program. Monitoring initial changes resulting from recommendations and remediation.
    • Assisted the company in addressing necessary cultural changes within the organization.
    • Developed an internal investigative protocol and developing employee whistleblower best practices.
    • Reduced the risk of compliance-related enforcement actions and investigations.
  • Obtained appellate decision affirming trial court's defense verdict in whistleblower case. Plaintiff had alleged that healthcare provider's hospital referrals violated anti-kickback statute, False Claims Act and Colorado state law.