Matthew E. Orso Partner

Matt advises companies and individuals facing government investigations and helps them navigate these inquiries to resolution. His ability to understand companies' 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.


Representation of a sitting Congressman in investigations by the House Ethics Committee, DOJ’s Public Integrity Section, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office resulting in a declination with no filing of charges or OCE referral.

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. 

  • 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

Named to "North Carolina Rising Stars," Criminal Defense: White Collar, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2019

  • Illinois
  • 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
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