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Spotlight

Top Prosecutor Takes on New Challenge: Matthew Martens '96

Matthew Martens

After more than a decade in a prosecutorial role, it was time for a change for Matthew Martens '96.

“In terms of what I enjoy the most, it’s defending people against government overreach,” he says. That may sound odd coming from a former federal prosecutor, but he adds, “I hope that mindset caused me to use good judgment as a prosecutor during the time I did that.”

Martens has joined Washington, D.C., law firm WilmerHale as a partner defending clients faced with investigations or prosecutions by financial regulators or the U.S. Justice Department.

Though he has spent more than a decade as a prosecutor, the challenge on the defense side is not that different. He’ll still need to explain complicated business issues in a simple, compelling way to jurors who may have little financial knowledge, with or without TV cameras watching his every move.

“I like the adversarial system,” he says. “I like the strategy and the combat of litigation.”

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