Matt M. Dummermuth
717 King Street, Suite 200
Alexandria VA 22314
United States of America
Prior to joining the Binnall Law Group, Matt Dummermuth served for 9.5 years in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), successfully leading a U.S. Attorney’s office and a DOJ component, and gaining extensive expertise in criminal prosecution, civil rights enforcement, civil enforcement and defense; regulatory changes, legislative matters, policy development, and federal grants and program implementation.
Matt also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he prosecuted numerous felony drug trafficking, firearm, fraud, immigration cases, numerous misdemeanor cases occurring on federal property, and represented and defended the United States in a variety of civil matters.
Prior to his time at DOJ, he worked for nearly ten years in private practice in Iowa, handling a variety of federal and state civil litigation, constitutional law, agricultural law, governmental, and general business matters.
Matt splits his time between Virginia and Iowa, practicing on a variety of litigation and business matters, including those involving constitutional, criminal, civil, civil rights, commercial, and contract issues. Matt has been active in community and professional organizations ranging from church leadership, religious education, and coaching sports, to serving as a homeschool leader and helping to establish the first Iowa Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society.
Matt graduated from Harvard Law School where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and President of the Harvard Law School Republicans. During college, Matt clerked for the Chairman of the Iowa House Judiciary Committee and interned with U.S. Senator Charles E. Grassley in Washington DC. After law school, Matt clerked for the Honorable David R. Hansen on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Matt grew up on his family’s livestock and crop farm in northeast Iowa and graduated with distinction from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Engineering.
During the Trump Administration, Matt directed the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), DOJ’s research, statistics, and primary grant-making office, overseeing its 14 offices with 1,100 employees and contractors; $6.12 and $5.12 billion operating budgets; financial monitoring of 11,000 DOJ grants totaling $14.8 billion; and program monitoring of 8000 OJP grants totaling $12.7 billion. As Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Matt oversaw OJP’s six program offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA); Office for Victims of Crime (OVC); National Institute of Justice (NIJ); Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS); Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); and Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART), as well as OJP’s General Counsel’s and seven business offices.
During his tenure as OJP’s leader, Matt prioritized programs and grants to combat violent crime and the opioid epidemic; support state, local, and tribal law enforcement; and aid crime victims, including special programs and initiatives to improve federal, state, and local law enforcement cooperation in enforcing violent crime, immigration, child exploitation, sexual abuse, and human trafficking laws; rescuing, assisting, and restoring the victims of such crimes; implementing The First Step Act; targeting crime reduction grant awards to economically distressed Opportunity Zones; and reducing elder fraud and abuse. In addition, Matt was a member of the Attorney General’s Religious Liberty Task Force and served in the role of National Amber Alert Coordinator.
Matt also worked as Nominations Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy during the Trump Administration, helping to interview and vet potential federal judicial nominees, advise nominees throughout the nomination and confirmation process, assist nominees with Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) filings, and to prepare nominees for SJC hearings. Ultimately, record numbers of federal judges were confirmed during the Trump Administration.
During the Administration of George W. Bush, Matt served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, the chief federal law enforcement official in the Northern District. During his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Matt’s office charged and convicted record numbers of child exploitation defendants, added prosecutorial resources, and persuaded federal, state, and local law enforcement to devote more investigative resources to such cases; oversaw the successful convictions of 26 defendants, mostly doctors, in the largest Internet pharmacy prosecution in the country at the time (involving the illegal distribution of 30 million prescription pills based on 500,000 phony prescriptions, resulting in $7 million forfeiture); obtained a $4.5 million civil settlement with a major Iowa hospital to resolve Stark Law-related Medicare false claims allegations; and convicted a chiropractor for Medicaid Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft, with the prison sentence doubled to more than seven years for stealing the identities of 30 minors.
As U.S. Attorney, Matt orchestrated the nation’s most successful criminal immigration worksite enforcement action, which arose out of the nation’s largest single-site immigration raid up to that time and involved the largest cooperative federal-state-local law enforcement operation in Iowa history. Of 389 illegal aliens apprehended in a May 2008 immigration raid, 305 were charged and pled guilty within two weeks to various immigration, document fraud, and identity theft offenses, and two dozen minors were rescued from unlawful child labor. Matt’s office later convicted the company’s day-to-day CEO of a $26 million bank fraud (the District’s then-largest fraud case), and convicted all key company managers and supervisors, including its CFO and the entire HR department, for a variety of immigration, document, and bank fraud crimes. While U.S. Attorney, Matt was a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee’s Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee, its Child Exploitation Working Group, and served as an Executive Board Member of the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
Prior to serving as U.S. Attorney, Matt served as a Counsel and Special Assistant in DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, where he assisted and advised the Assistant Attorney General and his Deputies in leading and managing the Division’s litigation, regulations, legislation, and policy work in areas including religious liberty, human trafficking, police misconduct, Title VII employment law, ADA enforcement, and discrimination in areas such as education, housing, voting, public accommodations, and federal contracting programs.
- State of Iowa
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
- Iowa State University B.S., Agricultural Engineering
- Harvard Law School, J.D