Matt Palmer-Ball is a seasoned trial attorney and former federal prosecutor. He concentrates his practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, white collar crime, and internal and government investigations. Prior to joining Wyatt, Matt served as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In those roles, he tried three dozen cases to verdict and conducted a broad range of sensitive investigations. Before serving in government, Matt worked in private practice in Washington D.C., representing financial institutions, industrial corporations, and executives in a wide variety of business disputes and white collar matters.

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  • Tried 11 jury trials and 25 bench trials to verdict, including all aspects of pretrial and post-trial litigation.
  • Conducted a broad range of sensitive grand jury investigations concerning bribery, fraud, insider trading, computer crimes, obstruction of justice, violent crime, and possession of illegal firearms and narcotics.
  • Defended regional healthcare provider in False Claims Act case alleging inflated Medicare billing and conducted related internal investigation.
  • Represented Chinese petroleum company and its executives in response to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) investigation conducted by SEC and DOJ, as well as an investigation by NYSE Regulations regarding reporting violations and, relatedly, conducted internal investigation in China that included extensive employee interviews and document collections.
  • Represented CEO of oil-exploration company in FCPA investigation regarding contract procurement in West Africa, resulting in no charges being filed.
  • Conducted internal investigation spanning multiple countries in Asia for U.S. conglomerate to identify possible FCPA violations and assisted in developing company’s anti-corruption policy.
  • Represented multinational petroleum-production-services company in multiple federal criminal investigations regarding potential liability under the Clean Water Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, and the federal manslaughter statute.
  • Defended global petroleum company in simultaneous investigations by DOJ and state regulators concerning alleged environmental crimes and regulatory violations related to refinery fire.
  • Represented coal company executive in criminal investigation by U.S. Attorney’s Office into coal mine fire, resulting in no charges being filed.
  • Defended international bank in federal litigation involving claims of fraud and fraudulent transfer related to bank’s loans to an alleged Ponzi scheme.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement with SEC Enforcement on behalf of hedge fund over alleged violations of Rule 105 of Regulation M of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934.


  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, cum laude, 2009
  • B.B.A., University of Notre Dame, cum laude, 2005


  • Kentucky
  • District of Columbia


  • Trial Attorney, Public Integrity Section, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia
  • Associate, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Associate, Schulte Roth and Zabel LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Boyce F. Martin, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


  • “Growing Globally with the FCPA: Concerns Before and After International Expansion,” Louisville Bar Association Bar Briefs, September 2021