On this episode, Maxwell Goss talks with former U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider of the Honigman law firm. Matthew tells never-before-heard stories about how his office handled major law enforcement challenges including the COVID outbreak and protests following the death of George Floyd. He also talks about busting the leadership of the UAW on corruption charges, and about his current practice handling internal investigations. Finally, Matthew offers advice for attorneys looking to make a career in public service.
00:18 – Introduction
02:07 – About Former U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider
05:23 – UAW investigation
08:58 – Career and appointment as U.S. Attorney
10:54 – Law enforcement environment during COVID
13:13 – Protests of the summer of 2020
15:20 – Why protests in Detroit were different
17:59 – Matthew Schneider’s work with Attorney General Bill Barr
21:18 – Working behind the scenes during the COVID crisis
23:10 – Matthew Schneider’s white collar and investigations practice
25:07 – Advice for attorneys looking to pursue public service
27:02 – Civility in modern politics
29:01 – Where to find Matthew Schneider online
29:37 – Mini-interview with Mike Morse
Matthew Schneider is a former United States Attorney who focuses his practice on crisis management, white collar investigations, and high-profile, high-stakes litigation at Honigman LLP. He has over 25 years of experience working in state and federal government and law enforcement. He represents clients in both federal and state courts in proceedings involving federal and state agencies. Throughout his career, he has maintained strong relationships in the fields of law, policy, politics, energy, agriculture, and business, as well as with industry, government leaders, and judges.
Prior to joining Honigman, Mr. Schneider served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. As the chief federal law enforcement officer in 34 counties, he supervised and directed all federal litigation within the District and directly interacted with all 21 federal judges in Detroit, Flint, Bay City, Ann Arbor, and Port Huron. The office is widely recognized for significant prosecutions involving international terrorism, violent crime, public corruption, environmental crime, financial fraud, drug trafficking, civil rights and numerous other criminal and civil matters.