Matthew E. Orso


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  • Saint Louis University School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Editor in Chief, Saint Louis University Law Journal, 2009
  • University of Dayton, BA, History, with Honors, 2001
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Matt advises companies facing government investigations and helps them navigate these inquiries to resolution. His ability to understand a company’s business priorities allows him to help them identify the legal issues they face and manage the various levels of risk involved in addressing these issues.

Matt represents corporate and individual clients in multiple industries, including financial services, food and beverage, construction, and real estate development. His experience representing major financial institutions allows him to lead internal investigations and defend against enforcement actions by the Department of Justice, federal banking regulators, and other government agencies. He also advises companies on proactive compliance initiatives to better position them for future regulatory scrutiny.

In addition to defending financial industry clients in a broad range of enforcement matters, Matt defends companies against immigration audits and investigations and counsels them on Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance. Further, Matt provides guidance to banks and other financial institutions regarding general BSA/AML compliance matters, with a particular focus on suspicious activity reports and the associated nondisclosure laws. He has also defended clients in federal investigations regarding campaign finance and federal election laws.

Prior to joining the firm, Matt clerked for Judge Robert J. Conrad Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

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Matthew Orso
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Representation of a sitting Congressman in an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office resulting in a declination with no filing of charges.

Representation of companies and individuals facing federal criminal investigations and charges regarding white collar matters.

Representation of companies and financial institutions in connection with government and internal investigations.

Representation of corporations regarding I-9 compliance and policies and in defending ICE audits.

Representation of financial institutions with federal consumer financial law compliance and in defending CFPB enforcement actions.

Representation of financial institutions regarding compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering laws and regulations.

Representation of financial institutions regarding suspicious activity reporting (SAR) requirements nondisclosure laws.

Representation of companies and individuals responding to grand jury subpoenas and other government inquiries.

Representation of the receiver of an international Ponzi and pyramid scheme with more than a million potential claimants. 

Named to "North Carolina Rising Stars," Criminal Defense: White Collar, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2018

Co-author, "Chipping Away at the CFPB's Clandestine Activities," Law360, May 4, 2015
Author, Cellular Phones, Warrantless Searches, and the New Frontier of Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence, 50 SANTA CLARA L. REV. 183, 2010
Author, Spring-Loading Executive Stock Options: An Abuse in Need of a Federal Remedy, 53 ST. LOUIS U. L.J. 629, 2009
Increased Immigration Worksite Enforcement Looming in 2018, Subject to Inquiry, October 30, 2017
H-1B Employers Face Increased Site Visits, Subject to Inquiry, April 18, 2017
FinCEN Opens 2017 with SAR Sharing Guidance for Casinos , Subject to Inquiry, January 9, 2017
Big Changes Come With The New Form I-9 Published by USCIS, Subject to Inquiry, November 15, 2016
Oral Arguments in PHH Case Signal Trouble for CFPB, Subject to Inquiry, April 14, 2016
Proposed Changes to Form I-9 Create New Compliance Questions, Subject to Inquiry, December 1, 2015