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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Gardner Joins Wiley Rein's Cybersecurity and White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Practices

May 4, 2015

Matthew J. Gardner, former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, has joined Wiley Rein LLP’s Cybersecurity and White Collar Defense & Government Investigations practices as of counsel. Mr. Gardner, who worked in the Cybercrime Unit as a federal prosecutor in both the Eastern District of Virginia and the Southern District of California, has tried over 20 federal felony jury trials and served as lead prosecutor on dozens of investigations involving computer crimes and cybersecurity issues. He also has extensive experience in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), and the Wiretap Act.

Mr. Gardner will advise Wiley Rein clients on cybersecurity, data privacy, and electronic surveillance matters, including litigation and investigations involving security breaches and privacy violations.

“We are delighted to welcome Matt to the firm,” said Managing Partner Peter D. Shields. “As part of our strategic plan, Wiley Rein continues to grow its cybersecurity practice. Matt’s government service and technical knowledge, combined with his deep background in cybersecurity and data privacy issues, will complement our existing capabilities in this area and provide invaluable assistance to our clients.”

“I am thrilled to be joining Wiley Rein,” said Mr. Gardner. “The firm has an excellent reputation across its core practices, with a great focus on cybersecurity. The unfortunate persistence of ‘mega breaches,’ and the resulting policymaker interest and potential for litigation, are a growing concern for industries across the board. I look forward to working with lawyers in the firm’s Cybersecurity and White Collar Defense & Government Investigations practices to address these myriad and complex issues.”

In addition to his extensive government service, Mr. Gardner has prior private practice experience in litigation matters. He also clerked for Judge J. Frederick Motz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from Loyola College in Maryland.