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Matthew W. Turetzky

San Francisco
F: 415.403.6202


  • 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
  • California
  • 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
Thought Leadership


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.

Thought Leadership


False Claims Act Defense Blog Posts

Healthcare Law Blog Posts

Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Posts

Eye on Privacy Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • 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



  • 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