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Matt Kaiser has an “unmatched ability to explain complex legal matters in a simple and effective manner” and has an “uncanny ability to relate to prosecutors, co-counsel and clients alike.” – Chambers USA
“Matt Kaiser is articulate, practical, and generous” and has “substantial crisis management, trial, and investigatory experience.“- The Legal 500
Matt Kaiser helps two kinds of clients: people who are facing a crisis that threatens their reputation, livelihood, or liberty; and lawyers, or their clients, who need counsel about issues involving professional responsibility or legal malpractice.
As a former assistant federal public defender, Matt has substantial litigation and courtroom experience. He also has substantial experience resolving cases or controversies outside of the courtroom. In both 2018 and 2019 he was named by Super Lawyers as one of the 100 top lawyers in Washington, D.C. He has been described by Fox News as a “top notch white collar defense lawyer” and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his work in both White-Collar Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Law. He has been recognized by Chambers USA in White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations in Washington, DC.
Matt is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches professional responsibility. He consults regularly on legal ethics and professional responsibility and has lectured on the topic both locally and nationally.
Matt is active in the legal community. Highlights include:
- Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University, 2013 to the present
- Member, ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, 2018 to the present
- Chair and member of the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility. (Member 2016-present, Chair 8/2019-present)
- President of the Bar Association of DC, 2017-2018
- Secretary of the D.C. Bar’s Board of Governors, 2014-2015
- Permanent Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
- Barrister, Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court
- Member, Barristers
- Trial Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Before founding KaiserDillon PLLC, Matt practiced at Williams & Connolly and Zuckerman Spaeder. After law school, he clerked for United States District Court Judge Catherine Blake.
- J.D., The Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude. Senior Articles Editor, The Georgetown Law Journal
- M.A., Tulane University
- B.A., The College of Wooster
- Assistant Federal Public Defender, Maryland Federal Public Defender's Office
- Clerkship, The Honorable Catherine C. Blake, United States District Court for the District of Maryland
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Scott Bernstein featured in Sports Business Daily. “Limitations on boosters could make NIL rules unfair” – By Scott BernsteinMay 28, 2020
Blog post by Jennifer Short: After the Money’s Gone, CARES Act Oversight Will Be ThereMay 22, 2020
Scott Bernstein featured in the Chicago Tribune. “Commentary: The NCAA’s expansion of sexual violence policy is unfair to athletes” – By Scott BernsteinMay 12, 2020
KaiserDillon Blog Post: “NCAA Finally Moves on Compensation- But Pitfalls for Student-Athletes Abound” – By Scott BernsteinMay 4, 2020
Blog Post by Jennifer Short: Compliance and Enforcement Risk Areas for Government Contractors in 2020March 20, 2020
Blog Post by Jennifer Short: Compliance and Enforcement Risk Areas for Government Contractors in 2020March 9, 2020
Blog Post by Jennifer Short: Procurement Collusion Strike Force Likely To Increase Whistleblower Claims For Government ContractorsNovember 6, 2019
KaiserDillon Blog Post: “The Standard for Gagging Roger Stone (Or Any Other Criminal Defendant)” – By Scott BernsteinAugust 12, 2019
Blog Post by Jennifer Short: Tracking the Top 5 False Claims Acts Issues in 2019August 6, 2019
Blog Post by Jennifer Short: Top 5 False Claims Act Trends to Watch In 2019April 23, 2019
Blog Post by Jennifer Short: If You Can Plead It, Can You Prove It? The Supreme Court Shrugs Off Answering Questions About Escobar MaterialityApril 23, 2019
KaiserDillon Blog Post: “Trump’s Lawsuit Against Cummings May Not Be Successful- Byt That might Not Be The Point” – By Scott BernsteinApril 23, 2019
Law 360 – “Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era” co-authored by Bill PittardJanuary 17, 2019
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon in The Washington Post: The Education Department wants to make campus sexual misconduct hearings fairer. It should go further.September 6, 2018
Scott Bernstein and Justin Dillon Opinion Piece in The Washington Post – “The Common App will no longer require disclosure of criminal history. But what it still asks is more troubling.”August 23, 2018
Scott Bernstein Featured in The Washington Post. “The Common App Will no Longer Require Disclosure of Criminal History But What It Still Asks Is More Troubling” – By Scott BernsteinAugust 23, 2018
Scott Bernstin gives expert anaylysis in Law360. “Coach Contract Clauses Are Concerning” – By Scott BernsteinAugust 13, 2018
Law360 – “The Latest On Sexual Harassment Reform On The Hill” by Bill PittardFebruary 23, 2018
Law 360 – “When Russia Investigations Collide” by Bill PittardJune 7, 2017
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed: Minnesota’s Failed Football Boycott Was a Blow to Fairness in Campus Sexual Assault HearingsDecember 20, 2016
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Los Angeles Times: Absurdity Reigns in Campus Sexual Assault Trials.April 21, 2016
Justin Dillon Publishes Op-Ed on Lawnews.com: Why We Are Suing the Government on Behalf of Students Accused of Sexual MisconductApril 13, 2016
Matt Kaiser Guest Blogs on Washington Legal Foundation The Legal Pulse: Overcriminalization Timeline: Mens Rea, Public Welfare Offenses and Responsible Corporate Officer DoctrineNovember 16, 2015
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Los Angeles Times: How to Punish Campus Sexual AssaultNovember 14, 2015
Matt Kaiser Publishes an Editorial in The Washington Times: Being an Executive is not a CrimeNovember 11, 2015
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Editorial in LA Times: Why It’s Unfair for Colleges to Use Outside Investigators in Rape Cases.September 16, 2015
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in the National Law Journal: The DOJ’s Crackdown on White-Collar Crime Creates ‘Cruel Alternative’September 14, 2015
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Op-ed in The Weekly Standard: The Campus Sex Scene: How Congress Can Make It WorseAugust 6, 2015
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-ed in The Washington Post: We’ve defended lots of campus sexual assault cases, so we know just how unfair they areJuly 24, 2015
Matt Kaiser Publishes Editorial in Baltimore Sun: A Minimum of ReformNovember 14, 2014
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in San Diego Union-Tribune: California Bill Won’t Solve Sexual Assault Problem on CampusSeptember 3, 2014
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Boston Herald: College Courts Flunks Fairness TestAugust 16, 2014
Matt Kaiser Publishes an Article for Time Magazine: Some Rules about Consent are “Unfair” to Male Students”May 15, 2014
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Wall Street Journal: The White House Flunks a Test on Sexual AssaultMay 5, 2014
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish a Letter to the Editor in the New York Times: The Rights of the AccusedApril 28, 2014
Jennifer Short authors “The False Claims Act,” and “Settling With The Government,” in The Corporate Compliance Answer Book 2010 by the Practicing Law Institute in June 2010.June 8, 2010
Publication by Jennifer Short appears in the Holland & Knight Health Law and Life Science Alert, titled “Health Care Reform: While Debate Rages, Enforcement Proposals Take Shape.” This article was published August 2009.August 8, 2009
In May 2009, Jennifer Short pens and publishes an article titled “President Obama Signs Landmark Anti-Fraud Bill Into Law,” in the Holland & Knight Government Contracts Alert.May 8, 2009
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What Not to Do If You Are Involved in a Federal Criminal Investigation – Matt KaiserPlay
How Does Immunity Work in a Federal Criminal Case? – Matt KaiserPlay
Do I Have to Talk to a Federal Grand Jury? – Matt KaiserPlay
Targets, Subjects, and Witnesses in Federal Investigations – Matt KaiserPlay
Can I Get Out of Jail While My Federal Criminal Appeal is Pending? – Matt KaiserPlay
What Is Necessary for an Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claim? – Matt KaiserPlay
Do You Need a Lawyer if You were Served a Federal Grand Jury Subpoena? – Matt KaiserPlay
How Long Does a Federal Criminal Appeal Take? – Matt KaiserPlay
Should You Talk to Federal Law Enforcement? – Matt KaiserPlay
What Are the Ways You Can Challenge a Federal Criminal Conviction? – Matt KaiserPlay
What Issues Can You Raise in a Federal Criminal Appeal? – Matt KaiserPlay
How Does Federal Sentencing Work? – Matt KaiserPlay
What Happens in an Appeal in a Federal Criminal Case? – Matt KaiserPlay
How Do the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Work For Fraud Cases? – Matt KaiserPlay
What Happens Before A Sentence Is Imposed In Federal Court? – Matt KaiserPlay
Can You Overturn a Guilty Verdict in a Federal Criminal Appeal? – Matt KaiserPlay
How Does Cooperating with Federal Law Enforcement Work? – Matt KaiserPlay
How Do Federal Conspiracy Charges Work? – Matt KaiserPlay
I Entered a Guilty Plea in a Federal Criminal Case. Can I Withdraw my Plea? – Matt KaiserPlay
What Should You Do If You’ve Been Convicted of a Federal Crime – Matt KaiserPlay
Advice for People Facing Federal Criminal Charges – Matt KaiserPlay
If I’m Charged with a Federal Crime, Should I Plead or Go to Trial? – Matt KaiserPlay
Will hiring a lawyer make me look guilty? – Matt KaiserPlay
What Happens in a Federal Grand Jury? – Matt KaiserPlay
How Do Federal Sentencing Guidelines Work? – Matt KaiserPlay
Should I sue my lawyer? – Matt KaiserPlay
If I’m being threatened with a lawsuit by someone in my life and it would be embarrassing, do I really need a lawyer? – Matt KaiserPlay
If I’m under investigation by the government, how long will it take? – Matt KaiserPlay
I think the firm I want to sue would rather settle than go public. Am I right? – Matt KaiserPlay
What should I do while I’m under investigation? – Matt KaiserPlay
Can I just explain what happened to the grand jury? – Matt KaiserPlay
Can I travel while I’m under investigation by the federal government? – Matt KaiserPlay
Will the fear of bad publicity pressure the other side to settle right away? – Matt KaiserPlay
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Some of the matters that Mr. Kaiser has handled include:
- Represented a key witness in the Special Counsel’s prosecution of Paul Manafort.
- Sued the Georgia Secretary of State for violating the voting rights of Georgians.
- Represented numerous high net worth people in discrete resolutions of varied kinds of alleged wrongdoing.
- Represented attorneys in negotiations and litigation about law firm departures.
- Represented lawyers and clients in fee disputes and legal malpractice litigation.
- Represented a Congressional employee in connection with an investigation by the SEC and DOJ into possible insider trading charges on political intelligence.
- Represented government officials in the executive and legislative branches in connection with investigations of potential. wrongdoing by the Department of Justice, Inspector General Offices, and congressional committees.
- Represented a number of people in federal courts in connection with allegations of securities, commodities, tax, government contracting, bankruptcy, and health care fraud.
- Served as an expert witness multiple times on varied issues of professional responsibility.