Matt Mueller is a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer. He represents individual and corporate clients in Florida and across the nation in tax, securities, and health care matters, regulatory enforcement actions, grand jury investigations, and civil litigation.
His clients appreciate Matt’s experienced counsel, tireless preparation, and fearless advocacy when they face sensitive investigations and high-stakes litigation matters. Prior to co-founding Fogarty Mueller Harris, he was a shareholder at a prominent securities and commercial litigation firm where he led the firm’s white-collar defense practice.
He began his legal career as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division in Washington, D.C, joining the Department through the prestigious Attorney General’s Honors Program in 2007. During his time with the Tax Division, Matt served as the lead prosecutor on a variety of criminal tax investigations, including cases involving personal, corporate, and employment tax evasion in federal districts around the country.
Matt later joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Tampa. In that role, he led white-collar criminal investigations, including matters involving criminal tax fraud and evasion, health care fraud, fraud against the government, environmental and regulatory offenses, securities fraud, mortgage fraud, and public corruption.
Matt is the co-chair of the Florida Bar Tax Section’s Criminal Tax Procedure Subcommittee and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Stetson University College of Law where he teaches a course focused on tax and antitrust fraud and abuse issues in the health care industry.
- Civil and Criminal Tax Controversy & Litigation
- White Collar Criminal Defense
- Securities and Regulatory Defense
- Whistleblower Claims
- Internal Investigations
- Civil Litigation
- Higher Education/Title IX
- The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D.
- Magna cum laude
- Note & Comment Editor, Catholic University Law Review
- The George Washington University, Master of Forensic Science
- University of Notre Dame, B.S. in Biological Sciences
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. Tax Court
- Barrister, Goldburg-Cacciatore Criminal Law American Inn of Court
- American Bar Association, Section of Taxation and Criminal Justice Section
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Florida Bar Tax Section
- Federal Bar Association, Tampa Bay Chapter
- Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars (2017)
- Florida Super Lawyers (2021)
- Co-Chair, Florida Bar Tax Section’s Criminal Tax Procedure Subcommittee
Publications & Presentations
- “The Age of Promoter Penalties: Fighting the Good Fight,” moderator of a panel at American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation 2020 Midyear Meeting, February 1, 2020, Boca Raton, FL.
- “The Rise of Injunction and Disgorgement Actions under Section 7402 of the Internal Revenue Code,” webinar sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation, August 15, 2019.
- “Plea Bargaining” panel at the 27th Annual National Seminar on Federal Sentencing hosted by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Criminal Law Section of the Federal Bar Association, and the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association, September 6, 2018, Orlando, FL.
- “Captive Insurance Committee Webinar: Hot Topics in Captive Insurance,” Webinar sponsored by the American Bar Association Business Law Section, Captive Insurance Committee, August 15, 2017.
- “Economic Crimes” panel at the 26th Annual National Seminar on Federal Sentencing, June 29, 2017, St. Petersburg, FL.
- “Current Issues in Financial Crime Enforcement,” moderator, Securities Law Section luncheon at the Hillsborough County Bar Association, April 27, 2016, Tampa, FL.
- Interviewed on FOX13 and WFLA 970’s “AM Tampa Bay show” regarding President Obama’s historic commutation of sentences for federal prisoners, including a pro bono client.
- “Fraud/Theft Offenses II” panel at the 25thAnnual National Seminar on Federal Sentencing, June 3, 2016, Orlando, FL.
- “Fraud/Theft Offenses I” panel at the 25thAnnual National Seminar on Federal Sentencing, June 2, 2016, Orlando, FL.
- “The Role of the Certified Fraud Examiner in Criminal and Civil Fraud Litigation,” 17th Annual Fraud and Computer Crimes Seminar, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Tampa Bay Chapter, May 13, 2016, Tampa, FL.
- “FinCEN’s Proposed Anti-Money Laundering Regulations for Investment Advisors Explored,” Webinar sponsored by The Knowledge Group, April 29, 2016.
- “Current Topics in Criminal Tax Enforcement,” CLE panel luncheon at the Hillsborough County Bar Association, December 8, 2015, Tampa, FL.
- “The Tax Professional as Client: Practical considerations for representing accountants, return preparers, and other tax professionals in civil and criminal tax cases,” Florida Bar Tax Section, Young Lawyer’s Division Phone CLE, October 14, 2015.
- “Tax Preparer Fraud: Strategies for Defending the Tax Preparer or Promoter in Criminal and Civil Injunction Litigation,” American Bar Association, Section of Taxation’s Joint Fall CLE Meeting, September 19, 2015, Chicago, IL.
- “Healthcare Fraud” panel at the 24th Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, May 27-29, 2015, St. Petersburg, FL.
- “Fraud/Theft Offenses I” panel at the 24th Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, May 27-29, 2015, St. Petersburg, FL.