Matthew Queler joined the Justice Department's criminal fraud section in 2012, where he served for four years as an assistant chief overseeing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit. He departed the section in February 2016, and now works as an advisory principal for Deloitte Financial Advisory Services.
Prior to joining the Justice Department, Queler spent nine years as a partner at Proskauer Rose. From 1998 to 2003, he was an assistant US attorney in New Jersey.
Queler spoke at a conference in November 2013 warning about the role of senior management in FCPA violations. He said the "rogue employee" defence is too frequently invoked.
“We hear the rogue employee situation far too often. There might be one bad actor, but there are a lot of things that bad actor might be doing that create red flags,” Queler said.
He also warned that companies that fail to retain their data will face a hard time from prosecutors. “You just don’t want to be in that situation,” Queler said. “It’s a really unpleasant conversation to have to have with the government.”
Queler's name hasn't surfaced in connection with any public FCPA prosecutions by the Justice Department. But he was a member of the US team that conducted a peer review of South Africa's anti-corruption progress for a "phase 3" report released in March 2014 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
In private practice, Queler represented Beth Israel Medical Center, which in 2012 agreed to pay US$13 million to settle False Claims Act billing allegations.
Queler earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University, and his law degree from Harvard Law School. He clerked for US District Judge Willam Bassler in New Jersey.