Matthew G. Borgula

Matthew G. Borgula

15 Ionia Ave., S.W. #520
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
(616) 458-5500 (office)

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Matt Borgula is a seasoned trial attorney who has defended and prosecuted hundreds of criminal and civil cases. Prior to joining Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law, he was one of the lead federal prosecutors for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan. As the Deputy Criminal Chief and head of the financial crimes unit and drug unit, Mr. Borgula handled every type of federal charge from investigation, to Grand Jury indictment through trial. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he worked in Chicago for the law firm of Jenner & Block, where he represented clients in matters relating to securities fraud, commercial disputes, class actions and consumer protection act claims.

Mr. Borgula represents individuals and businesses in criminal prosecutions, grand jury investigations, and civil enforcement actions brought by state and federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service and the Securities Exchange Commission. Mr. Borgula’s goal in defending his clients is to minimize the damage and disruption caused by these proceedings, often before charges are brought. If an indictment or charge cannot be avoided, Mr. Borgula advises clients on the risks and benefits of going to trial versus accepting a plea, and is an experienced and successful trial attorney should an acceptable resolution not be reached.

Mr. Borgula is recognized as an expert in criminal violations of federal fraud, money laundering and the bank secrecy act and has been a frequent lecturer at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. He has also provided training to State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies on issues related to search and seizure of assets and evidence, suspicious activity reports and other banking regulations, and white collar crime.

Mr. Borgula is also recognized as an expert in complex computer-related crimes, including identity theft, aggravated identity theft, distribution and possession of child pornography or child sexually assaultive material.  He has handled high profile sexual assault cases including the “Girl X” case relating to the assault of a girl in the Cabrini Green housing complex in Chicago, and United States v. Steven Deuman relating to the murder of a young girl in Northern Michigan.

Education

University of Michigan School of Law, JD cum laude 1997
Northwestern University, BA History 1993

Bar Admissions

Michigan 1997
Illinois 1999

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court – Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals – 6th Circuit

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Immunity and Plea Agreements — Presentation to the Federal Defender Panel Attorneys

Trial Advocacy Skills – National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina

Technology, Apps & Gadgets for the Courtroom – ICLE Webinar, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Structuring and the Bank Secrecy Act – National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina

Legal Update: Suspicious Activity Reports and the Bank Secrecy Act – National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina

Search and Seizure/Interdiction, West Michigan Law Enforcement Training Grand Rapids, Michigan

Suspicious Activity Reports – National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina Asset Forfeiture for Law Enforcement Officers, Grand Rapids, Michigan

White Collar Crime – Financial Crimes Seminar for Bankers, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Health Care Fraud Forfeitures – Health Care Fraud Quarterly Meeting, Lansing, Michigan