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Matthew Fishbein

Lecturer in Law

Matthew Fishbein

Matthew Fishbein is a litigation partner whose practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and complex commercial litigation. He has tried over 25 criminal and civil cases in federal and state court and argued numerous appeals in the Second Circuit and other appellate courts. He has also helped lead the defense of several major international corporations in multi-jurisdictional criminal investigations. Chambers USA (2010-2015) recommends Mr. Fishbein as a leader in litigation in the field of white collar crime and government investigations, where he is praised for his “enormous dedication to ensuring the best outcome for his clients” and his “great wealth of experience” in white collar criminal defense work. Mr. Fishbein is a member of 2016 National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers. He is also recognized as a “Star” for white collar crime in IFLR Benchmark: Litigation (2016).


Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr. Fishbein served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1993 to 1997, and Chief of the Criminal Division from 1995 to 1997. He also served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, as Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1992 to 1993, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Unit from 1991 to 1992, Chief of the Appeals Division from 1989 to 1991 and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1985 to 1989. During his tenure, he twice received the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.


Mr. Fishbein’s recent publications include “Yates Memo Could Bring Balance to Prosecutions,” The National Law Journal (November, 2015); “The DOJ’s New Position on Corporate Cooperation,” Securities & Commodities Regulation (August, 2015); and “Why Individuals Aren’t Prosecuted for Conduct Companies Admit,” New York Law Journal (September, 2014).


Mr. Fishbein received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York in recognition of his pro bono representation of several clients in death penalty trials and appeals, and he is Co-Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Board of Directors of The Bronx Defenders. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A.


Mr. Fishbein joined the firm as a partner in 2002. He received his J.D. in 1979 from New York University Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the New York University Law Review, a member of the Order of the Coif, and the recipient of the Maurice Goodman Memorial Prize and the John Norton Pomeroy Prize. He obtained his A.B. in 1975 from Williams College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Fishbein served as a law clerk to the Hon. Raymond J. Pettine, U.S. District Court.


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