Milbank LLP is pleased to announce the addition of another prominent US Department of Justice veteran to its Litigation & Arbitration Group. Matthew Laroche, formerly an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, has rejoined the firm’s New York office as special counsel. Mr. Laroche will maintain a broad-based white collar, civil litigation, and regulatory practice, representing and advising corporations, financial institutions, boards of directors, and individuals.
Prior to rejoining Milbank, Mr. Laroche served for more than six years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York. As a member of the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit, Mr. Laroche investigated and prosecuted a wide range of cases, including matters involving cybercrime, espionage, money laundering, financial corruption, bank and wire fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations, international drug trafficking, and terrorism. Some high-profile representative matters that Mr. Laroche led include the investigations and prosecutions of the largest cyber theft of classified information in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency; the former president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro Moros, and other high-ranking Venezuelan officials for alleged narcoterrorism; numerous high-ranking Honduran public officials for state sponsored drug trafficking and/or money laundering; and Sayfullo Saipov for the alleged 2017 terrorist truck attack in Tribeca.
Mr. Laroche has received significant recognition for his public service, including being the recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Department of Justice’s highest honor. Before prosecuting federal crimes on behalf of the US government, Mr. Laroche was an associate at Milbank.
George Canellos, global head of Milbank’s Litigation & Arbitration Group, said: “We warmly welcome Matthew Laroche back to the firm and the litigation group. His extraordinary talent and years of experience investigating and prosecuting the nation’s most challenging and significant cyber, national security and corruption cases strengthens our growing team of litigators and white-collar specialists and will allow us to better serve clients throughout the world.”
“I am thrilled to be returning to Milbank, where I worked before joining the Department of Justice,” Mr. Laroche said. “Milbank continues to handle cutting-edge cases and investigative matters, and I am grateful to be joining an established white collar practice where I will have the privilege of working alongside many of the finest litigators in the country, including some of my former colleagues at the Southern District of New York.”
Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Laroche also clerked for the Honorable Richard C. Wesley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Laroche earned his law degree from Albany Law School, where he was salutatorian and editor-in-chief of the Albany Law Review. Mr. Laroche received his M.A. and B.A., summa cum laude, from the University at Albany.