- J.D., Duke University, 2011, Editor-in-Chief, Duke Law and Technology Review, Dean's Award in Post-Crash Banking Regulation
- B.S., University of Florida, 2008
- Law clerk to Honorable Lawrence J. Block, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- Judicial intern to Honorable Graham C. Mullen, U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
Matthew Turetzky is an associate in the Government Contracts, Investigations and International Trade Practice Group in the firm’s San Francisco office.
Areas of Practice
Matthew’s practice focuses on litigation involving government contractors, health care providers, financial institutions, and technology companies in a variety of matters. He has assisted clients in state and federal False Claims Act litigation, contract disputes in state and federal courts, RICO actions, labor and employment litigation, intellectual property disputes, regulatory compliance matters, and international arbitrations.
Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Matthew worked for an AmLaw 100 law firm in Washington, DC and, before that, clerked for the Honorable Lawrence J. Block at the United States Court of Federal Claims.
- Washington, D.C. Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2018
- Assisting a chain of nursing homes in defending a state Attorney General’s False Claims Act suit against the company. The matter is still pending.
- Assisting in the defense of a physician’s group in a federal False Claims Act suit. The matter is still pending.
- Assisting a Silicon Valley client in an age discrimination suit brought under California state employment law. The matter is still pending.
- Representing a client in a RICO action in the Eastern District of California. The matter is still pending.
- Assisting a major U.S. defense contractor in its contract dispute at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims arising out of the performance of a $874 million contract with the United States Postal Service. Worked on all aspects of discovery and motion practice, including defending depositions, preparing for the taking of depositions, drafting dispositive and discovery motions, and working with junior attorneys and paralegals on factual development. The matter is still pending.
- Assisting a record company in the recovery of a money judgment rendered by a United Kingdom court in connection with the client’s copyright infringement and breach of contract lawsuit brought against one of its former artists. The matter is still pending.
- Defended a small business DoD contractor in a qui tam lawsuit brought under the federal False Claims Act. After the relator issued a baseless nuisance value settlement demand, Matthew drafted and filed a Motion to Dismiss, which, among other things, warned the Relator, a disbarred attorney, that sanctions and attorneys’ fees would be sought if the litigation persisted. After being served with the Motion to Dismiss, the relator relented, voluntarily dismissing the action, saving the client significant litigation expense. U.S. ex rel. Joseph v. LAG Sports & Leather Wear, LLC, No. 1:17-CV-421-LMB-TCB (E.D. Va. July 28, 2017).
- Assisted in the successful defense of a medical transportation services provider in a qui tam lawsuit brought under the federal and various state False Claims Acts. The district court dismissed the matter as to all counts on the provider’s motion to dismiss, thereby avoiding unnecessary discovery and protracted litigation. United States ex rel. Ralston v. Lifestar Response of Ala., Inc., No. 2:15-CV-773 (S.D. Ala. Oct. 6, 2016).
- Assisted in the successful defense of the Air Force’s summary judgment motion in a contract dispute over data rights to an aerospace company’s proprietary aircraft maintenance manuals. After successfully assisting the defeat of the Air Force’s summary judgment motion, Matthew helped the company obtain a favorable settlement. Appeal of Alenia North America, Inc., ASBCA 57935 (2014).
- Assisted in the defense of a major defense contractor from a False Claims Act qui tam lawsuit. Matthew helped the company obtain a complete victory on summary judgment. United States ex rel. Michaud v. Northrop Grumman Sys. Corp., No. 1:11-CV-606-TSE-TRJ (E.D. Va. 2014).
- Assisted in the defense of a large pharmaceutical company from a False Claims Act qui tam lawsuit. Matthew helped the company obtain a dismissal under the False Claims Act’s “first-to-file” bar. In re Pharm. Industry Ave. Wholesale Price Litig., MDL No. 1456, Civil Action No. 01-12257-PBS, Subdocket Nos. 08-11200-PBS, 10-11186-PBS, 2013 WL 2420912 (D. Mass. May 31, 2013), aff’d sub nom., United States ex rel. Ven-a-Care of the Fla. Keys v. Baxter Healthcare Corp., Nos. 13-1732, 13-2083, 2014 WL 6737102, at *3 (1st Cir. Dec. 1, 2014).*
- Assisted a major international government services provider and construction company in its international arbitration against a foreign government for failure to make progress payments on the construction of an airport.*
- Assisted a client’s successful GAO bid protest of a $58 million Defense Health Agency contract award. GAO sustained that protest, finding that the Agency’s “evaluation and award decision were inconsistent with the terms of the solicitation and lacked a reasonable basis.” Deloitte Consulting LLP, B-411884, Nov. 16, 2015, 2015 WL 9701026.
- Assisted in the successful prosecution of one of the largest GAO bid protests of 2013. GAO sustained that protest, finding that NASA, the procuring agency, had failed to consider the effect of the awardee’s corporate reorganization on the awardee’s ability to perform at the particular price it proposed. In addition to sustaining the protest, GAO issued a rare “directed award,” in which it essentially instructed the agency to award the contract—worth approximately $1 billion—to the protester. Wyle Labs., Inc., B-408112.2, Dec. 27, 2013, 2014 CPD ¶ 16.*
- Advised a client on the export of various ITAR-controlled Defense Articles to search-and-rescue outposts in Northern Europe.*
*Denotes matter worked on before joining Sheppard Mullin.
- Co-author, "Feature Comment: Lessons Learned On The Second Anniversary Of Universal Health Servs., Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar," The Government Contractor, Vol. 60, No. 21, June 6, 2018
- Co-author, "Statistical Sampling Lowers Bar for Plaintiffs in False Claims Cases," Daily Journal, May 17, 2018
- Co-author, "Courts Remain Skeptical Of FCA Statistical Arguments," Law360, April 10, 2018
- Co-author, "Fraud, Debarment & Suspension Conference Briefing Paper," West Government Contracts Year In Review Conference, Washington, DC, February 23, 2018.
- Co-author, "Feature Comment: Making Fuzzy Math Less Fuzzy—a Practical Guide for Litigating and Winning False Claims Act Cases Involving Statistical Sampling," The Government Contractor, Vol. 59, No. 35, September 27, 2017
- Co-author, "Feature Comment: Right on the Bullseye? Fourth Circuit Takes Its Shot at Applying Escobar’s Materiality Standard After Scotus Sends Iraqi Security Guard Case Back for Further Consideration," The Government Contractor, Vol. 59, No. 21, June 7, 2017
- Co-author, "Live By the Sword, Die By the Sword: Making the False Claims Act’s Attorney Fee Provisions Equitable," Westlaw Journal: Government Contract Expert Analysis, Vol. 31, May 8, 2017
- Co-author, "U.S. Can Veto FCA Settlements, Fourth Circuit Holds," The Government Contractor, Vol. 59, No. 9, March 8, 2017
- Co-author, "Fraud, Debarment & Suspension Conference Briefing Paper," West Government Contracts Year In Review Conference, Washington, D.C., February 14-17, 2017
- Co-author, "Seal Violation Does Not Require Dismissal, Supreme Court Holds," The Government Contractor, Vol. 58, No. 46, December 14, 2016
- Co-author, "Feature Comment: Weathering The Storm: Forecasts For FCA Enforcement In The Trump Era," The Government Contractor, Vol. 58, No. 44, November 22, 2016
- Co-author, "Feature Comment: Sealed To Perfection? Supreme Court Considers What To Do When A Relator Violates The FCA Seal Requirement," The Government Contractor, Vol. 58, No. 42, November 9, 2016
- Co-author, "Justices Appear to Seek Limiting Principle in FCA Case," Daily Journal, April 22, 2016
- Co-author, "When It Comes To Crop Insurance, The FCA Bears Fruit," Law360, June 1, 2015
- Co-author, "Feature Comment: KBR v. United States – New Fed. Cir. Authority on Cost Reasonableness Determinations and the Interpretation of Fraud-Related Actions," The Government Contractor, Vol. 55, No. 292, September 25, 2013
- "Surviving Motions to Dismiss Under Section 1500," Law360, December 14, 2012
False Claims Act Defense Blog Posts
- "Materiality Part IV: Labels Matter, But Not As Much As They Used To," April 26, 2018
- "Materiality Part III: It Is Not Enough That The Government Could Refuse Payment—The Question Is Whether The Government Would Refuse Payment," April 16, 2018
- "MWI Lives On One Year After the Supreme Court Denied Certiorari," January 10, 2018
- "Materiality Part II: Government Knowledge," January 5, 2018
- "DOJ Releases its 2017 False Claims Act Recovery Statistics," December 26, 2017
- "Change in Policy or Same Old Story? DOJ Suggests it Will Dismiss Unmeritorious Qui Tam Suits," November 3, 2017
- "Head on Collision: 5th Circuit Crashes Into Massive $663M Guard Rail Jury Verdict on Materiality Grounds," October 12, 2017
- "Materiality Part I: Distinguishing Important Representations from the Minor or Insubstantial," August 11, 2017
- "Escobar: Year One," June 16, 2017
- "Straight Shooter: The Fourth Circuit Stands By Its Earlier Decision In Case About Iraqi Security Guards Whose Inability To Shoot Straight Gave Rise to FCA Liability," May 17, 2017
- "Fourth Circuit Punts at Rare Opportunity to Rule on Statistical Sampling," February 16, 2017
- "First Circuit on Escobar Remand: Relators’ Allegations of Regulatory Violations Sufficiently Material to State a Claim Under the FCA," November 23, 2016
- "Fifth Circuit: No Anti-Kickback Violation When Defendant Merely Hopes or Expects Referrals from Benefits Designed for Other Purposes," November 18, 2016
- "The Government’s Take on Materiality After Escobar," September 15, 2016
- "DOJ Seeks Rehearing in D.C. Circuit Case, Hoping to Resurrect Liability for a Contractor’s “Objectively Reasonable” Interpretation of an Ambiguous Contract Provision," February 18, 2016
- "CMS Clarifies 60 Day Overpayment Rule," February 11, 2016
- "2015: Another Big Year for FCA Recoveries," February 5, 2016
- "Supreme Implications: High Court to Decide Fate of “Implied False Certification” Theory," December 15, 2015
- "D.C. Circuit: When The Government Is Silent, There Is No FCA Liability For A Contractor’s “Objectively Reasonable” Interpretation Of An Ambiguous Contract Provision," December 4, 2015
- "Hundreds of Hospitals Will Pay Over $250 Million in Nationwide FCA Settlement," November 6, 2015
- "What’s Next: The Future of False Claims Act Litigation After KBR v. U.S. ex rel. Carter," September 10, 2015
Healthcare Law Blog Posts
- "What Have We Learned About False Claims Act Litigation in the Two Years Since Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar? Quite a Lot, Actually," May 3, 2018
- "Healthcare Industry Beware: The Use of Statistical Sampling to Establish Damages and Liability Under the False Claims Act Remains a Viable Option for Plaintiffs," March 14, 2018
- "Temporal Proximity Is Not Enough: Third Circuit Nixes FCA/Anti-Kickback Suit For Failure To Link Alleged Scheme to Claims," February 9, 2018
- "The Department of Justice Delivers Some Good News to the Healthcare Industry: New False Claims Act Guidance Predicts More Challenges to Qui Tam Plaintiffs," January 29, 2018
- "The 2017 Department of Justice False Claims Act Recovery Statistics:" January 22, 2018
Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Posts
- "What’s Past is Prologue: How The FCA’s Eventful Year in 2016 Will Affect Government Contractors," February 28, 2017
- "DOJ Rule Increases FCA Penalties to Over $20,000 Per Claim," July 1, 2016
- "Potential Changes at GAO in 2016," March 29, 2016
- "Whew! That Was Close – D.C. Circuit Reaffirms Application of Attorney-Client Privilege and Attorney Work Product Doctrine in Internal Investigations," September 21, 2015
- "SCOTUS: No Unlimited Suspension of the Statute of Limitations Under the False Claims Act; “First-to-File” Doctrine Does Not Bar Related Suits in Perpetuity," May 27, 2015
- "When it Comes to Crop Insurance, the FCA Bears Fruit," April 30, 2015
- "The Fourth Circuit Strengthens the FCA’s Implied Certification Theory in Triple Canopy," February 25, 2015
- "First Circuit Reaffirms FCA’s “First-to-File” Bar as a Broad Jurisdictional Limit," January 22, 2015
- "Recent Developments in Cases Dealing with the False Claims Act’s First-to-File and Public Disclosure Bars," October 29, 2014
- "What’s New Out There? Highlights from the March 2014 Federal Register," March 25, 2014
Eye on Privacy Blog Posts
- "DoC Comments on Privacy Shield In Advance of GDPR," May 22, 2018
- Law360, June 18, 2018
- Law360, June 15, 2018
- Bloomberg Federal Contracts Report, June 5, 2018
- Bloomberg Federal Contracts Report - False Claims Act, June 13, 2017
- Bloomberg Federal Contracts Report - False Claims Act, May 23, 2017
- Law360, January 15, 2016
- Panelist, "How Courts Are Applying Escobar," ABA FCA Trial Institute, Washington, DC, June 14, 2017
- Co-Moderator, "The Reel Experts: A View from the Bench," ABA Public Contracts Law Section’s 23rd Annual Federal Procurement Institute, Annapolis, MD, March 16, 2017
- "The Future of False Claims Act Litigation After KBR v. U.S. ex rel. Carter," ABA Public Contracts Law Section's Council Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 1, 2015
- "Recent Developments in Cases Dealing with the False Claims Act’s First-to-File and Public Disclosure Bars," ABA Public Contracts Law Section Fall Meeting, Miami, FL, November 1, 2014
- Hosted by Sheppard Mullin and PricewaterhouseCoopersSeptember 21, 2017
- Hosted by Sheppard Mullin and PricewaterhouseCoopersSeptember 20, 2017
- Presented by Sheppard Mullin and PwCSheppard Mullin Del Mar, August 1, 2017
- Third Annual Mock Trial Hosted in Washington, D.C.
- California State Bar
- District of Columbia Bar
- Vice-Chair of the Bid Protest Committee, ABA Public Contracts Law Section
- Member, ABA Litigation Section
- Member, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association