WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Matthew S. Axelrod, one of the highest-ranking career officials in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and an experienced federal prosecutor, will join Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, a pioneer in plaintiff class action lawsuits, as Partner. He will begin work in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office on January 6, 2014.
Axelrod worked at DOJ for more than decade, rising from the position of line prosecutor to senior official at DOJ headquarters. Most recently, Axelrod served as Associate Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, where he advised the Deputy Attorney General and Attorney General on DOJ’s most significant white collar criminal matters and False Claims Act investigations, and oversaw the work of DOJ’s Criminal Division, Tax Division, FBI, ATF, and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices. He was also responsible for managing DOJ’s efforts to combat healthcare fraud, and served as DOJ’s primary liaison to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on healthcare fraud matters.
“We are very pleased that Matt is joining the firm. He brings a broad portfolio of strengths, including significant trial experience as a federal prosecutor and deep expertise in the health care fraud, financial malfeasance and False Claims Act areas,” said Cohen Milstein Partner Joseph M. Sellers. “We applaud his years of service to the Attorney General and look forward to his new work as a private attorney general.”
Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., in 2009, Axelrod served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida, where he worked on some of his office’s highest-profile cases, including the convictions of the Sheriff of Broward County on fraud and tax evasion charges, of two university professors for being covert agents of the Cuban government, and of the two founders of the notorious Cali Cartel for conspiracy to distribute more than 200,000 tons of cocaine. Axelrod conducted 19 felony jury trials and also argued three appeals to the Eleventh Circuit.
“Cohen Milstein has a well-earned national reputation for bringing cases that matter. I am thrilled to be joining the firm, where I will be able to continue my work of holding corporate wrongdoers accountable,” said Axelrod. “I look forward to working in partnership with the outstanding lawyers at Cohen Milstein, and with federal and state enforcement officials, to bring to justice those who would defraud taxpayers and consumers.”
Prior to joining the DOJ in 2003, Axelrod was in private practice in Boston, Mass., where he represented businesses and individuals in complex commercial litigation, white collar criminal matters, and litigation involving public agencies and public officials. He previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ralph K. Winter, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and to the Honorable Janet C. Hall, United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
A frequent national speaker, Axelrod recently was the co-keynote speaker at the Ethisphere Global Ethics Summit 2013 in New York City. He has also testified on behalf of the Department of Justice before the United States Sentencing Commission. He has received numerous awards over the course of his career, including the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service and the Director’s Award for Superior Performance. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts.
Axelrod earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. in English, cum laude, from Amherst College.
Founded in 1969, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC is a leader in plaintiff class action lawsuits in the areas of civil, employment and human rights; securities fraud; and antitrust, consumer protection and False Claims Act violations. As one of the premier firms in the country handling major complex class actions, Cohen Milstein, with 70 attorneys, has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. For more information, visit http://www.cohenmilstein.com.
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