Matthew J. Herrington is a partner in the Investigations and White Collar Defense practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. For 25 years, Mr. Herrington has partnered with clients, colleagues, and stakeholders to address, resolve, and develop systems to avoid complex cross-border legal challenges. The borders at issue may be national, cultural, or institutional. The approach is the same – he structures and empowers diverse, multi-disciplinary teams to achieve extraordinary results and satisfy the most demanding clients.
Institutional and individual clients from a broad range of sectors choose to work with Mr. Herrington. These include the world’s largest and most respected banking, defense, extractive, pharmaceutical, and professional service firms. He also provides board-level pro bono support to leading civil society organizations and is part of the federal death penalty defense project. High-profile individuals work with him to achieve low- to no-profile resolutions.
Mr. Herrington has tried cases in state and federal court, and both conducted (while in government service with the U.S. Senate) and defended congressional investigations and hearings. In addition to state and federal courts, he represents clients before the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. and foreign financial regulators, both houses of Congress, various inspector generals, the Internal Revenue Service, and professional regulatory organizations. Mr. Herrington has recently represented witnesses in the Office of Special Counsel investigation, and he once tried a case in the Princely Court of First Instance in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.
A recognized authority in FCPA enforcement and ABC compliance systems, he also focuses on banking and securities regulation, sovereign debt issues, tax, government contracting, and both legal and accounting professional responsibility issues.
Mr. Herrington regularly speaks and writes on anti-corruption and legal ethics issues. Active in the D.C. Bar and the Board on Professional Responsibility, he recently chaired a contested reinstatement hearing. An extensive Report and Recommendation was produced, and a District of Columbia Court of Appeals panel unanimously adopted the result.
Paul Hastings Named to World’s Top 10 Best Investigations Practices by Global Investigations Review
October 23, 2020
Paul Hastings Accelerates Lateral Growth with Addition of Leading Entertainment and Media Litigation Partner
June 22, 2020
Paul Hastings Wins National Law Journal’s Washington, D.C. White Collar Litigation Department of the Year Award
May 29, 2020
Paul Hastings Hires OECD Director of Legal Affairs Nicola Bonucci
November 18, 2019
Paul Hastings Energizes Houston Transactional Practice with Partner Duo, Continues Global Lateral Surge
October 01, 2019
Paul Hastings Continues Corporate Growth Hot Streak, Adding Prominent Capital Markets Partner in Los Angeles
August 19, 2019
Paul Hastings’ Leading Latin America Practice Welcomes Preeminent M&A/Capital Markets Team in São Paulo
August 08, 2019
Barrick Gold Deputy General Counsel Joins Paul Hastings in Washington, D.C.
May 13, 2019
Paul Hastings Continues Growth, Adding Top FCPA White Collar Litigators in Washington D.C.
April 10, 2019
Compliance Officer Bulletin: Money Laundering and Financial Crime
October 20, 2020
Human Rights Diligence Catching Up To Anti-Corruption
June 01, 2020
Court Bars Inquiry Into Corporate Counsel’s Preparation of Former Employees for Deposition
May 14, 2020
DOJ National Security Division Updates Its Enforcement Policy
December 23, 2019
New UK Serious Fraud Office Co-operation Guidance: From Avoiding “Trampled Crime Scenes” to Helping Secure Admissible Evidence
August 13, 2019
Recognized among the World’s Top 10 Best Investigations Practices by Global Investigations Review for 2020
Paul Hastings ranked in the Top 10 of Global Investigations Review’s GIR 100, an annual guide to the world’s leading cross border investigations practices. The citation reads in part: “Few firms can boast the breadth of experience that Paul Hastings can. GIR data shows that Paul Hastings is listed as having advised on more FCPA settlements than any other firm since late 2008, and has had more FCPA monitorships than any other firm since 2004."
The following attorneys were noted in the profile based on their exceptional performance across the white collar practice: Kwame Manley, Tara Giunta, Gary Giampetruzzi, Thomas Zaccaro, Robert Luskin, John S. (Jay) Darden, Nat Edmonds, Tim Dickinson, Morgan Miller, Corinne Lammers, Nicola Bonucci, Simon Airey, Tom Best, Matt Herrington, Jonathan Drimmer, Peter Axelrod, Shaun Wu, Jason Fiebig, and Haiyan Tang.
October 23, 2020
Recognized as the National Law Journal’s Washington, D.C. White Collar Litigation Department of the Year
Paul Hastings' Investigations and White Collar Defense Practice was named Washington D.C.’s White Collar Litigation Department of the Year by The National Law Journal. The publication noted the firm’s challenging, high-profile representation of Gordon Sondland, U.S. Ambassador to the EU, in the impeachment proceedings against President Trump. The feature noted how the practice advanced their client’s interests in “a pivotal moment of the impeachment proceedings.” NLJ’s feature also noted the firm’s successful representation of an international bank in a settlement with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) which included no admission of liability and a 98% reduction of OFAC’s penalty demand.
May 27, 2020
Recognized in the Global Investigations Review’s GIR 100 for 2019
Paul Hastings was again ranked in Global Investigations Review’s GIR 100, a ranking of “100 firms from around the world able to handle sophisticated cross-border government-led and internal investigations." Building off rankings in consecutive years, the firm moved up to break GIR's Top 20 list of law firms working in complex global investigations. The following attorneys were noted in the editorial profiling the firm: Ken Breen, Robert Luskin, John (Jay) Darden, Kwame Manley, Tim Dickinson, Tara Giunta, Thomas Zaccaro, Gary Giampetruzzi, Michael Levy,, Corinne Lammers, Morgan Miller, Nat Edmonds, Tom Best, Matt Herrington, Jonathan Drimmer, and Simon Airey.
October 24, 2019