• Washington College of Law at American University, J.D. cum laude
  • Emory University
  • Massachusetts
  • Boston Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
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Matthew Rickman focuses his practice in the areas of white collar criminal defense and civil litigation.

Matt has successfully represented numerous clients at all levels of both state and federal court proceedings, from the initial stages of an investigation through trial. Drawing upon his experience as a former state prosecutor, Matt has defended individuals in Massachusetts district and superior courts on a wide range of criminal charges, including manslaughter, narcotics-related offenses, domestic abuse, major sexual offenses and rape allegations, felony motor vehicle offenses, civil rights violations, and numerous violent felonies. In federal court, Matt has represented individual professionals and corporate executives throughout criminal investigations and cases alleging health care fraud, public corruption, obstruction of justice, computer fraud, copyright infringement, and identification fraud. He has also briefed and argued several matters in the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  

Matt has advised college and university students in the greater Boston area with respect to disciplinary proceedings arising out of alleged conduct violations, including undergraduate and graduate students from Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern University, and M.I.T. Often, Matt's representation of these students includes parallel disciplinary and criminal proceedings.
Prior to joining LibbyHoopes, Matt served as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, where he directed investigations, prosecuted a broad variety of criminal cases, in both district and superior courts, and supervised numerous other assistant district attorneys.
Representative Cases
• Secured a not guilty verdict for an individual client indicted in state Superior Court on Rape and other sexual assault offenses.

• Represented a Harvard Medical School student in a federal criminal investigation involving computer fraud, copyright and trademark infringement; client was not charged.

• Successfully represented the President and CEO of a Boston-area medical device supplier in a state criminal investigation relating to computer fraud; all charges against the client were dismissed.

• Successfully represented the President of a Boston consulting firm in a federal criminal investigation involving money laundering and tax evasion; the client was not charged.

• Secured a not guilty verdict for an individual client indicted in state Superior Court for allegedly racially motivated hate crimes.

• Represented a senior corporate executive of a national pharmaceutical benefits management company in federal investigation relating to Medicare Fraud; the client was not charged.

• Successfully represented a former Lloyds of London underwriter in multiple national and international legal proceedings involving claims of reinsurance fraud and so-called "spiral" activities; the client was not charged.
• Obtained outright dismissals or "Pre-Trial Probation" (requiring no admission of guilt and leaving no permanent record) for clients charged in state District or Superior Court with various misdemeanor and felony offenses, including: Assault & Battery; Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon; Domestic Assault & Battery; Indecent Assault & Battery; Rape; Possession of a Controlled Substance (with Intent to Distribute); Operating Under the Influence; Operating to Endanger; and Illegal Possession of a Firearm.

• Co-counsel in successfully defending a national nursing home corporation against charges, brought by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, of involuntary manslaughter, neglect of a resident and Medicaid fraud. This success came first, in the form of a favorable decision in a preliminary appeal to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, on an issue of first impression regarding corporate criminal liability, and then later, before a jury, which returned a verdict of not guilty.
In 2012, Matt was named a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers, a joint publication of Boston Magazine and Law & Politics. From 2006 through 2010, Matt was a Rising Star in New England in the area of white collar criminal defense. He is also a founder and former Co-Chair of the Boston Chapter of the American Bar Association White Collar Crime Committee Young Lawyers Subcommittee, and presently sits on its Steering Committee. In addition, Matt currently sits on the Middlesex County Committee of the Superior Court 150th Anniversary Commemoration, comprised of judges and lawyers who sit and practice extensively in the Superior Courts of Middlesex County.

Matt is an honors graduate of the Washington College of Law at American University in 1997, and Emory University in 1992. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  He is a member of the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL).

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