Matthew G. White

First Tennessee Building
165 Madison Avenue
Suite 2000
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
T: 901.577.8182
F: 901.577.0724

Matthew G. White regularly represents broker-dealers, registered investment advisers and financial institutions in a wide range of matters including customer initiated arbitrations and litigation. He also defends national and regional securities firms and their registered representatives in enforcement proceedings and investigations by the SEC, self-regulatory organizations and state securities agencies. Mr. White has also represented corporations and individual directors in securities class actions, derivative suits and other litigation.

In addition to his securities-related work, Mr. White has extensive experience in complex commercial and general business litigation. He has litigated trial and appellate matters in both state and federal courts, and in mediation and arbitration. Mr. White has also defended financial institutions and other corporations in class action litigation.

Additionally, Mr. White has conducted numerous internal investigations and defended corporate and individual clients in government investigations and white collar actions. He has investigated and litigated matters involving securities fraud, tax fraud, health care fraud, antitrust violations, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, violations of U.S. domestic content laws and various other corporate compliance issues. In addition, Mr. White has defended clients in actions brought under the False Claims Act, including qui tam actions. He works in our Memphis office.

Recent Representative Matters

  • Defended broker-dealer in federal court action alleging violations of federal and state securities laws, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duties, and commercial bribery in the wake of bankruptcy of registered investment adviser.
  • Frequent representation of broker-dealers and registered investment advisers in litigation and in arbitrations involving claims of unsuitability, unauthorized trading, misrepresentation, churning, failure to supervise and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Defended broker-dealers and registered investment advisers in SEC enforcement actions.
  • Defended broker-dealers in FINRA enforcement actions.
  • Defended corporate executive in SEC insider trading investigation.
  • Defended officer of a company in SEC inquiry regarding alleged material misrepresentations.
  • Frequent representation of broker-dealer firms and their registered representatives in responding to subpoenas, document requests from regulators, informal inquiries as well as formal SRO investigations involving investment banking activities, alleged sales practice violations, failure to supervise and other matters.
  • Represented officers of a public company in bankruptcy and in parallel criminal investigation, civil litigation and regulatory investigation.
  • Defended a financial institution on appeal in a U.S. Court of Appeals in a case arising out of the disposition of a business unit in which former employees claimed $2.4 million in damages for the alleged breach of a payment agreement. Obtained affirmance in client's favor.
  • Represented a mortgage company in a case before the Tennessee Court of Appeals in which the Court held that there is no private right of action to enforce the Home Affordable Modification Program.
  • Obtained dismissal of action alleging breach of contract and fraud filed in a U.S. District Court based on lack of personal jurisdiction.
  • Represented local government in litigation arising from school system consolidation.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named a Mid-South Rising Star by Mid-South Super Lawyers (2014 – 2015)
  • Member – American Bar Association
    • Securities Litigation Committee
  • Member – Memphis Bar Association
  • Member – Tennessee Bar Association
    • West Tennessee CLE Captain, Young Lawyers Division 
  • Member – Defense Research Institute
    • Commercial Litigation Committee
    • Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Committee
    • Securities Enforcement Subcommittee
    • Complex Commercial Litigation Subcommittee
  • Community Co-Chair – DRI Complex Commercial Litigation SLG
  • Member – Virginia Bar Association
  • Member – Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Member – Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court


  • Tennessee, 2012
  • District of Columbia, 2010
  • Virginia, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the Western and Middle Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude
    • Research Editor, Florida Law Review
    • Member – Florida Journal of Technology Law and Policy
    • Member – Florida Entertainment Law Review
    • Officer – Corporate and Securities Litigation Group
    • Placed First in the Florida Intramural Securities Moot Court Competition
    • Book Awards in Legal Drafting and Advanced Techniques in Appellate Advocacy
    • Dean's List
  • University of Florida, B.A., magna cum laude