NEW ORLEANS, LA—Baker Donelson has named Matthew S. Chester as chair of the Firm’s Government Enforcement and Investigations Group.
A shareholder in Baker Donelson’s New Orleans office, Mr. Chester has nearly 20 years of experience practicing law in the private sector and at the Department of Justice. In his practice at Baker Donelson, he has represented individuals and corporations in connection with a myriad of civil, criminal, and regulatory proceedings, as well as counseled clients on internal investigations. Mr. Chester’s experience includes representing individuals in connection with criminal matters involving allegations of public corruption, fraud, health care violations, export control violations, environmental violations, immigration violations, and espionage. He has also conducted internal investigations for publicly-traded Fortune 500 companies involving alleged corporate wrongdoing, and he has both defended and prosecuted civil cases, including complex commercial litigation and fraud matters.
Before joining Baker Donelson, Mr. Chester worked at the Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in New Orleans, Louisiana. As an AUSA, he was a member of the Financial Fraud and Public Integrity units in the U.S. Attorney’s office and was promoted to the position of Deputy Supervisor of the Public Integrity group. He spent most of his time as a federal prosecutor focusing on white collar crime, fraud and public/official corruption prosecutions.