Matthew Madden - Trial & White-Collar Defense Lawyer - McDermott Will & Emery


Matthew (Matt) Madden is a first-chair trial lawyer who has tried more than 25 federal criminal trials. The former chief of the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office (USAO) in Chicago, he leverages his more than 15 years with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) when handling white-collar and regulatory enforcement matters, internal investigations, compliance matters and complex civil litigation for clients.

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  • Led the investigation, prosecution and 11-week trial of the former CEO, president and chief financial officer (CFO) of Outcome Health for a $1 billion fraud scheme, which included negotiation of a non-prosecution agreement with the company; worked in parallel with the SEC during a two-year investigation that gathered more than 10 million documents; and presented four-hour rebuttal argument to jury after more than 20 hours of defense closing arguments, after which the presiding district court judge, in complimenting both the government lawyers and the defense lawyers, said, “In 45 years, I haven’t seen a performance like this, ever . . . the work the attorneys did in this case, at least in my judgment with the experience I’ve had, this is unparalleled”*

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  • DOJ Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service for the Outcome Health prosecution and trial
  • Chicago Crime Commission Award for long-term investigation of violent street gang stemming from murder of Chicago Police Department detective
  • Special Commendation Award from Chicago Police Department for making significant impact on public safety and crime prevention


University of Illinois College of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 2002
University of Notre Dame, BA, cum laude, 1996


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