Matthew P. Massey

Matthew is a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer. He represents businesses and individuals in high stakes matters involving federal criminal defense, white collar crimes, healthcare investigations, medical malpractice, and business disputes. He has tried more than 20 jury trials in state and federal courts throughout the country and represents clients during regulatory, grand jury, and other special proceedings. He is skilled in handling cases of all sizes including high-profile matters at the international, national, and local levels. Matthew regularly represents clients in matters involving the DOJ, FBI, DEA, IRS, FDLE, and other investigative bodies. Current and former clients include elected politicians, government officials, medical professionals, business owners, and government contractors. Matthew additionally maintains an active practice representing businesses and individuals in civil matters including commercial litigation.

Matthew served over four years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia after graduating law school. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he conducted grand jury investigations, reviewed search warrant applications, managed pre-trial motions and post-verdict proceedings, and first-chaired jury trials involving scheduled substances, major violent offenses, crimes against minors, and fraud. He received multiple Special Achievement Awards in recognition of his trial and investigative work at the Department of Justice. Prior to working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he completed a federal clerkship for the Hon. Theresa C. Buchanan in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Matthew is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Emory University School of Law, where he was a Managing Editor of the Emory Law Journal. During law school, Matthew completed field placements with the Hon. Amy Totenberg in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA

  • Managing Editor, Emory Law Journal
  • J.D. (2012)
  • Dean’s Awards: Advanced Civil Trial Practice; International Commercial Arbitration

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

  • B.A. Economics (2009)
  • B.A. Psychology (2009)
Bar Membership
  • Florida (2018)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (2018)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida (2018)
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (2018)
  • District of Columbia (2014)
  • Virginia (2013)
  • Maryland (2012)


Professional Activities
  • Navy League of the United States – Pensacola Council, JAG
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court, Pensacola Chapter
  • Rotary Club of Pensacola, 2020 Paul Harris Fellow
  • Guest Lecturer, “Litigation Proofing Your Practice,” Pain Society of the Carolinas 2023 Live Meeting
Representative Cases
  • Represented government contractor in False Claims Act litigation regarding defense manufacturing claims.
  • Defended executive branch official in prosecution by the Department of Justice before the federal trial court and U.S. District Court of Appeals.
  • Represented physician investigated for Stark Law, Anti-Kickback allegations concerning prescription-writing and speaker engagements.
  • Represented physician on 61 counts of federal healthcare fraud and violations of the Controlled Substances Act in the Northern District of Florida.  Government dismissed all fraud counts prior to trial in response to pre-trial motions.  Jury acquitted physician on all remaining counts.
  • Negotiated pre-arraignment dismissal of federal charge for theft of government property.
  • Represented client in forfeiture proceedings and money laundering charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida.
  • Negotiated favorable AWC with FINRA’s Division of Enforcement for client accused of securities violations for allegations of trading away.
  • Litigated multi-party derivative action under Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act.  Successfully resolved matter such that clients retained control of all company assets, ownership, and real property.
  • Represented industrial pressure vessel manufacturer in multi-party products liability litigation in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
  • Successfully represented client before Florida’s First District Court of Appeals in appellate matter involving punitive damages in personal injury action.
  • Member of trial team in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that secured $1.4 billion in damages on behalf of family members of American hostage.
  • Member of trial team that won judgment following a jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida on behalf of U.S. Army veteran who brought claims under the Fair Housing Act.  Jury awarded both compensatory and punitive damages.
  • Represented business owner accused of money laundering and wire fraud by Department of Justice.
  • Representing industrial manufacturer of pipe coatings in multi-party litigation in federal district court.
  • Successfully served as bid protest counsel to emergency fuel services company during bid protest of FDOT government contract.


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