Matthew Galeotti focuses his practice primarily on criminal, regulatory, and internal investigations and related civil litigations. Mr. Galeotti has represented financial institutions, corporations, and individuals in connection with inquires conducted by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, US Congress and other US and international agencies. He has particular experience in financial fraud, money laundering and data breach investigations. He has also represented institutions in civil litigations in multiple federal district courts.
From 2013–2014, Mr. Galeotti served as a law clerk to Honorable Pamela K. Chen of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. While in law school, he worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Deborah Batts of the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Mr. Galeotti also has an active pro bono practice. He recently obtained a temporary restraining order in the Eastern District of New York which ultimately led to the return of two kidnapped children to their mother in Mexico. Mr. Galeotti was awarded the Sanctuary for Families 2017 Above & Beyond Pro Bono Award in connection with that matter. Working with Brooklyn Family Defense Project, he also won precedent-setting appeal on behalf of indigent parents in New York State's Second Department Court of Appeals.
Mr. Galeotti's recent criminal, regulatory, and internal investigations experience includes:
- representing a major media and communications company in connection with the successful resolution of the EDNY's investigation into its Argentine joint venture's role in the FIFA corruption scandal;
- representing an international financial services firm in connection with investigations brought by SDNY, MLARS, and the Federal Reserve stemming from the release of the Panama Papers;
- representing an international financial services firm in connection with parallel SEC investigation and DOJ of a former financial advisor employee in the Southern District of New York;
- representing a broker-dealer in connection with parallel SEC investigation and SDNY prosecution of a former bond trader;
- representing several individuals in connection with a long-running cross-border investigation led by the SEC and FCPA Units of the Fraud Section of DOJ;
- conducting a large-scale investigation for a major insurance company in connection with a congressional fraud investigation; and
- conducting internal investigations for a wide variety of institutions into fraud and social misconduct allegations.
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JD, Columbia Law School, 2011Notes and Submissions Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review
BA, Political Science, Villanova University, 2008cum laude
The Hon. Pamela K. Chen, US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2013 - 2014