Matt Cowan

Counsel

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Matt Cowan counsels clients through sensitive internal investigations, inquiries by federal and state enforcement authorities, and related criminal and civil litigation in the energy, technology, higher education, and financial services industries. He provides regulatory and governance advice to companies and Universities, and has considerable experience in complex e-discovery, compliance, and privacy matters. He devotes significant time to the Firm’s pro bono efforts. His recent pro bono work includes leading impact litigation on behalf of a certified class of plaintiffs seeking reform to Nevada’s system of indigent defense.

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Central District of California
  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., Political Science

Professional Activities

Author

  • “Federal Public Corruption Prosecution After ‘Bridgegate’,” The New York Law Journal with Nicole Argentieri (June 2020)
  • Representing the Regents of the University of California and a Special Committee appointed by the Chancellor of UCLA to review and report on allegations of misconduct in the clinical health setting
  • Representing the Audit Committee of Mattel, Inc. in investigation of whistleblower allegations concerning accounting, financial reporting and auditor independence issues
  • Representing the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California in multiple high profile investigations and corporate governance issues.
  • Represented the Board of CenturyLink in conducting a large-scale internal investigation of consumer sales and billing practices following whistleblower suit and regulatory, consumer, and shareholder litigation.
  • Obtained a declination for an investment adviser in an SEC Pay-to-Play Rule investigation.
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