Matthew Hubbell is a partner in the firm’s Charleston office, where he focuses on white collar criminal defense and False Claims Act litigation. Matthew began his legal career in 1991 as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina, where he gained extensive experience prosecuting complex white collar cases. He subsequently entered private practice in his own firm, where for 17 years his clients included local and global companies, various health care providers, defense contractors, and numerous CEOs in complex white collar and False Claims Act matters. With many years of white collar and False Claims Act litigation experience, Matthew represents companies and corporate executives in internal investigations, grand jury investigations, parallel proceedings, litigation, and trials in various areas, including antitrust, anti-corruption, health care, environmental, tax, bank fraud, public corruption, securities, customs, forfeiture, and false claims (whistleblowers).
As an Assistant United States Attorney for nearly 10 years, Matthew gained recognition for prosecuting numerous complex white collar crimes involving health care fraud, false claims, environmental crime, securities fraud, computer crimes, wire and mail fraud, tax and money laundering offenses, and public corruption. Among his more high-profile cases were his prosecutions of the first federal criminal health fraud case tried in the District of South Carolina, a shipping company in the largest federal oil spill case in South Carolina, and a state judge for fraud and attempted murder for hire.
In private practice, among many other notable successes, Matthew won a not guilty verdict for his client in a lengthy federal antitrust trial in Charlotte, N.C, and a not guilty verdict for his client in a significant federal Clean Water Act case tried in Charleston, S.C. He also recently successfully represented a S.C. legislator in one of the high-profile prosecutions targeting members of the S.C. General Assembly.
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated Lawyer
- Multiple Consecutive Selections for South Carolina Super Lawyers®
- Chair of the South Carolina Bar Health Care Law Section (2017-2018)
- Top Ten Attorney Award – National Academy for Criminal Defense Attorneys (2014)
- Section Delegate, Health Care Law Section, S.C. Bar House of Delegates (2019)
- President, Federal Bar Association, South Carolina Chapter (2016-2017)
- White Collar Criminal and False Claims Act /Qui Tam Defense Practice (2001 – Present)
- Co-Chair and Founder, Federal Bar Association / S.C. Qui Tam Section (2015-2017)
- Board Member, Federal Bar Association Qui Tam Section (National) (2015-2017)
- Chair, S.C. Bar Health Care Section (2017-2018)
- Council Member, S.C. Bar Health Care Section (2014-2017)
- Volunteer Mentor, Federal Drug Court Program (Bridge) (2015)
- Board Member and Co-Chair of Criminal Section, Federal Bar Association / S.C. (2014-2015)
- Chairman, Merit Selection Panel for U.S. Magistrate Judge, Charleston (2014)
- Executive Board, Charleston County Bar Association (2001-2004, 2006-2007, 2011-2012)
- United States Magistrate Judge Selection Panel (2007)
- Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of South Carolina (1991-2000)
- Permanent Member, 4th Circuit Judicial Conference
- Speaker, Health Care Fraud and Collateral Consequences, “How an Investigation Begins, Civil Investigative Demands and Defending Health Care Fraud Cases”, South Carolina Bar, November 14, 2019
- Guest Lecturer, White Collar Crime Seminar, Charleston School of Law, April 11, 2019
- Panel Moderator, “Developments in Health Care Enforcement”, South Carolina Bar Convention, Myrtle Beach, SC, January 2019.
- Panel Speaker, “Crisis Management”, K&L Gates Conversation Series, Charleston, SC, November 8, 2018.
- Panel Speaker, “Emerging Trends in Qui Tam/FCA Cases,” South Carolina Bar Convention, Kiawah Island, S.C. January 2018.
- Panel Speaker and Course Sponsor, “Current Trends in False Claims Act/Qui Tam Whistleblower Litigation,” Federal Bar Association/South Carolina Bar-Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Charleston, S.C., May 12, 2017.
- Panel Speaker, “Sometimes It’s About More Than Just Money: Defending Parallel Criminal Prosecutions of Qui Tam Cases,” South Carolina Bar Convention, Greenville, S.C. January 2017.
- Speaker, “FCA Developments: Escobar and Beyond,” Federal Bar Association –Federal Litigation & Qui Tam Conference, Washington, D.C., October 18, 2016.
- Panel Moderator and Course Planner, “False Claims Act/Qui Tam Whistleblowers Litigation Involving Health Care Providers,” Federal Bar Association/South Carolina Bar-Continuing Legal Education Seminar, May 6, 2016.
- Panel Discussion with U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs and U.S. Magistrate Judges Mary Gordon Baker, Kaymani D. West, and Leo Brisbois: “Increasing Diversity Among Federal Magistrate Judges,” The Federal Magistrate Judges Association Board and Diversity Committee, U.S. District Court, Charleston, SC, April 12, 2016.
- Moderator, “Panel Discussion: Current False Claims Act Issues” with U.S. Attorney William Nettles, 2016 South Carolina Bar Convention, Healthcare Law Section CLE.
- Speaker, “Highlights of Proposed Revisions to OIG Exclusion Authority & Trends in Fourth Circuit False Claims Act Case Law,” 2015 S.C. Bar Convention, Healthcare Law Section CLE.
- Panel Moderator and Course Planner, “Settling False Claims Act and Qui Tam Cases,” 2015 South Carolina Bar Convention, Healthcare Law Section CLE.
- Panel Moderator, “Health Care Law in South Carolina: Hot Topics, Tips, and Trends Seminar, South Carolina Bar”, May 9, 2014.
- “Federal Fraud Enforcement of Health Care Law,” Healthcare Law in the Federal Courts, Federal Courts Law Review Symposium, Charleston School of Law, January 28, 2011.
- “Effects of the Financial Crisis on White Collar Crime,” Symposium on Crime and Punishment, Charleston School of Law, February 19, 2010.
- “Ethics: Prosecution and Defense Points of View,” Elements and Defenses of South Carolina Crimes Seminar, South Carolina Bar, June 12, 2009.
- Federal and State Securities Enforcement Seminar, South Carolina Bar, December 9, 2008.
- “Defense is Not the Dark Side,” South Carolina Federal Criminal Law Update, Charleston School of Law, July 7, 2006.
- “Health Care Fraud and Collateral Consequences,” Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, October 25, 2006.
- Federal Computer and Intellectual Property Crimes Seminar, South Carolina Bar, March 28, 2003.
- Co-Author, Health Care Fraud and Collateral Consequences, 2d Edition (S.C. Bar 2011)
- Co-Author, Federal and State Securities Enforcement, (S.C. Bar 2008)
- Co-Author, Computer and Intellectual Property Crimes, (S.C. Bar 2003)
- Co-Author, “Health Care Reform: Recent Developments in Fraud Enforcement,” (S.C. Bar 2008)