Matthew Boyden Attorney

Matthew Boyden is a former federal prosecutor with over twenty years of investigative experience working as a Federal Law Enforcement Agent. Matthew’s practice focuses on internal investigations, criminal defense, and the assessment and design of anti-fraud and anti-money laundering compliance programs, with specific focus on financial technology companies and money services businesses. Matthew is a recognized international expert in business email compromise and payment diversion techniques. He has significant experience with ransomware and investigating cases involving the “dark web,” cryptocurrency, and energy sector matters.

Matthew joined the firm in 2020 from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Houston, where he served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. In his twenty years as a Federal Law Enforcement Agent, Matthew interacted with virtually every U.S. regulator, foreign regulators, and both foreign and domestic financial institutions on cases involving tens to hundreds of millions of dollars. Matthew has taken numerous civil depositions, testified in hundreds of civil and criminal trials and proceedings, and conducted thousands of investigations involving consumer fraud, securities fraud, corporate embezzlement, banking fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption (including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), cyber intrusion, and other types of financial schemes. In his investigative role, Matthew issued over 10,000 subpoenas, reviewed thousands of documents relating to the Bank Secrecy Act, arrested countless defendants, and executed thousands of search warrants against electronic and physical assets. He is a security specialist with a broad range of experience and training. He has also investigated and prosecuted numerous violent crime cases, including murder.

Law enforcement officers, attorneys, corporations, and regulators routinely solicit Matthew to provide training on investigative techniques and how to build domestic and international cases. He has taught classes on investigative techniques and financial control issues to both U.S. and international regulators. He regularly helps clients respond to civil and criminal inquiries and conducts global due diligence on anti-corruption and sanctions related matters. Matthew’s practice at the firm also includes criminal defense of individuals under investigation. He has an active practice representing corporate victims of crime as well. Matthew’s litigation and investigation experience at the firm is profiled here.

Matthew also has significant experience developing regulatory compliance programs, including risk assessments, monitoring/audits, and governance work. He has worked with the world’s leading companies in industries ranging from financial technology to eCommerce. Matthew has also served as outside general counsel to technology startups and is a certified privacy compliance professional (IAPP). In 2022, Matthew taught a course on corporate compliance at the University of Houston Law Center. Matthew’s governance experience may be found here.

Some of Matthew’s recent significant cases while working with the U.S. government include:

  • Investigation into money laundering and consumer fraud by MoneyGram and Western Union with settlements totaling $125 million and $586 million, respectively.
  • Investigation into Unaoil and related companies for FCPA matters.
  • Multimillion-dollar investigation into theft of technology and devices from a Fortune 100 technology company.
  • Multimillion-dollar international investigation into fraud and kickback scheme victimizing a Fortune 500 chemical company (involving former associates of Marc Rich).
  • Multimillion-dollar international investigation into fraud and kickback scheme victimizing a Fortune 100 oil and gas company soliciting bribes to award international contracts.
  • Numerous cases involving securities fraud and unlawful trading at oil and gas companies and financial institutions (including $240 million investment fraud scheme).
  • Significant bank fraud case involving former NFL players.
  • Numerous prosecutions involving corporate embezzlement by employees totaling tens of millions of dollars.
  • Thousands of bank fraud and money laundering cases (both domestic and international).

Matthew is a U.S. Air Force veteran and served as an investigator with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Prior to joining the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Matthew spent eight years as a municipal police officer in Texas, rising to the level of division commander. In that senior management position, Matthew oversaw the criminal investigations and patrol divisions.


  • University of Houston Law Center, JD, 2017
  • Amber University, MS, Business and Human Resource Mgmt., 1999
  • Southwestern Assemblies of God University, BS, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas