Matthew R. Turnell

Partner, Boston


Seasoned white collar defense counsel Matthew Turnell advises companies in government investigations involving a wide variety of issues involving state and federal regulations.


Matt Turnell is a partner in the global White Collar Practice Group based in the Firm's Boston office. He focuses his practice on government investigations, internal investigations and high-stakes commercial litigation and arbitration.

Matt's clients have included companies involved in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, energy and finance. He has led investigations into allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, accounting fraud, violations of state and federal privacy statutes and other misconduct, and has extensive experience defending clients against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other government agencies. Matt has also litigated a broad range of cases, including complex commercial disputes, class action suits, False Claims Act litigation and administrative appeals.

Matt has also done extensive pro bono work on behalf of the wrongfully convicted, including securing the release of an innocent man who had served 23 years in prison.

Prior to joining White & Case, Matt clerked for the Honorable John W. Darrah of the Northern District of Illinois and worked as a partner at another international law firm.

Bars and Courts
Massachusetts Bar
District of Columbia Bar
US District Court for the District of Massachusetts
US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
University of Michigan Law School
Yale University


Represented a major healthcare company in connection with investigations by the SEC and DOJ concerning compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Advised an international healthcare company regarding an internal investigation in Asia.

Represented a private equity company in connection with a government investigation into accounting practices.

Represented a public company director in connection with investigations by the SEC and DOJ.

Advised a major international sports federation in connection with investigations concerning alleged bribery and self-dealing.*

Advised a major US healthcare company in connection with investigations and litigation regarding alleged violations of the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute.*

Defended a major US pharmaceutical company against qui tam litigation relating to the False Claims Act.*

Represented a major international energy company in international arbitration regarding resource rights.*

Defended healthcare providers in a government investigation of alleged violations of state and federal privacy laws.*

Served as trial and appellate counsel for a non-profit foundation in a major contract dispute.*

*Matters prior to joining White & Case

Speaking Engagements

"2015 Privacy Year In Review & Projections for 2016", March 8, 2016: International Association of Privacy Professionals, Boston KnowledgeNet, Boston, MA, (Co-speaker)


Federal, state law liability for call center operations, New England In-House, August 28, 2014, (Co-author)

Privacy Liability Arising From Credit Card Checkout, Corporate Counsel, July 2, 2013, (Co-author)