Matthew J. Matern

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Manhattan Beach, CA

Matern Law Group, PC
 | 1230 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Phone: 310-531-1900
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts (50%)
Attorney Profile

With more than 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer, Matthew J. Matern primarily represents employees in discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour class-action cases. He has obtained seven-figure judgments for his clients in both trials and arbitrations. His firm has recently settled class-action cases for an excess of $17 million.

Mr. Matern also led a trial team that won a sexual harassment trial resulting in a $500,000 award for emotional distress and a $2 million award for punitive damages for two garment workers. In the last three cases that he has tried, the firm was awarded over $2.1 million in attorney fees.

Mr. Matern belongs to numerous organizations that protect employee and consumer rights. He is the founder of one of the largest plaintiffs' employment law firms in California. In the past year, he has also had three cases decided in his clients' favor by the Court of Appeals.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (50%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Employment Law - Employer

Class Action/Mass Torts (50%): Class Actions

Focus Areas

Employment Litigation: Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Employment Law - Employer

Class Action/Mass Torts: Class Actions

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 9 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2017

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About Matthew Matern

Admitted: 1992, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.maternlawgroup.com/matthew-j-matern/

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California, 1992
  • Member, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
  • Member, State Bar of California, September 1992 to Present
  • Member, Consumer's Attorneys Association of Los Angeles

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Awarded attorney's fees in a contentious employment discrimination arbitration in Los Angeles for a total of $1.4 million (with a 2.0 multiplier)
  • Settled two particularly difficult and complex related cases in Los Angeles Superior Court for the same Plaintiff for a total of $13.6 million - one case in March for $11 million, and the second in November for $2.6 million
  • Recently secured an arbitration award for $1.7 million in a sexual harassment case
  • In the past year, settled eight different cases which each resulted in recoveries in excess of $1 million
  • Led a trial team that won a sexual harassment trial with a $500,000 award for emotional distress and a $2 million award for punitive damages for two garment workers, plus a $950,000 award of attorneys fees
  • In the year prior, argued and won three class certification motion for wage and hour claims
  • In the past year, won three class certification motions, one of which was in Federal Court where the court certified a class of 18,00 employees who were forced to work off the clock
  • In the past year, successfully represented plaintiffs in two significant trials, securing verdicts of $5.4 million and $700,000
  • In 2009, won an appellate victory which resulted in a published opinion (Franco v Athens Disposal)
  • Won two recent appellate victories, one of which resulted in a published opinion (Gutierrez v. California Commerce Club)
  • Over the course of his career, obtained many class action settlements in the $2-7 million dollar range, and has recovered over $20 million in wages for clients in wage and hour class action cases
  • Settled numerous sexual harassment, wrongful termination, national origin, pregnancy, race, gender, religious discrimination and harassment cases in the six to seven figure range

Educational Background:

  • Tulane University, B.A. With Honors, 1986
Office Location for Matthew J. Matern

1230 Rosecrans Avenue
Suite 200
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Phone: 310-531-1900

 

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Last Updated: 2/2/2017

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