Matthew C. Helland

Matthew C. Helland

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Nichols Kaster, LLP
 | 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 810
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-277-7239
Fax: 415-277-7238
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Consumer Law (10%)
Attorney Profile

Matthew C. Helland is an experienced and tenacious litigator who has fought for workers’ and consumers’ rights throughout his career. Matt serves as the managing partner of Nichols Kaster’s San Francisco office, where he focuses his practice on class and collective wage and hour cases filed in California and throughout the country. Handling both large class actions and individual matters throughout this career, Matt has developed a record of success in significant and complex litigation.

Matt litigates each of his cases with the same zealous advocacy and passionate protection of his clients’ rights, whether the case involves millions of dollars and thousands of clients, or thousands of dollars and one individual. In addition to representing workers across the country in wage and hour actions, Matt has also handled cases involving WARN Act violations, breach of contract, and severance negotiations. Matt is licensed in both California and Minnesota.

Matt is an active volunteer at Workers' Rights Clinics through Legal Aid at Work, where he supervises student attorneys in providing legal assistance to low wage workers. While attending the University of Minnesota Law School, Matt was a staff member and Managing Tribute Editor of the University of Minnesota Journal of Global Trade. He also participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic, representing the interests of children as a student attorney in both Family and Juvenile Court.

About Matthew Helland

Admitted: 2007, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.nka.com/lawyer/matthew-c-helland/

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Licensed in Minnesota, 2005

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Central District of California
  • National Employment Lawyers Association Member
  • American Association for Justice Member
  • U.S. District Court – District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of California
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association Member
  • U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • California Employment Lawyers Association Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Panelist for "Tactical Responses by Employees and Employers in Arbitration Post-Epic." Practising Law Institute, Wage & Hour LItigation and Compliance, New York, NY, 2019.
  • "Costs of Defense in Mass Individual Wage and Hour Arbitrations: A Case Study." PLI Current: The Journal of PLI Press, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Winter 2019). Article available here.
  • Panelist for "What the Epic Decision Means for FLSA Litigation." American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, 2019.
  • Panelist for "Recent Developments Under The WARN Act and EPPA." American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Nassau, Bahamas, 2018.
  • Panelist for "Exemptions: Federal and State Developments." 2018 Wage & Hour Litigation and Management, Bridgeport CLE, San Francisco, 2018.
  • Panelist for “You Don’t Have To Walk Away: Fighting Forced Arbitration Provisions Or Remaining In Arbitration & Winning.” National Employment Lawyers Association, Chicago, 2018.
  • Panelist for “FLSA Collective Action Conditional Certification and Decertification Strategies.” Strafford Webinar, 2018.
  • 2009 American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law: Recent Developments Under The WARN Act and EPPA (Los Cabos, Mexico)
  • 2011 California Employment Lawyers Association, Advanced Wage and Hour Seminar: Economically Litigating Multiple Plaintiff Actions (Los Angeles, California)
  • 2008 American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law: Recent Developments Under The WARN Act and EPPA (Jamaica)
  • 2011 American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law: Recent Developments Under The WARN Act and EPPA (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
  • 2011 Bridgeport Seventh Annual Wage & Hour Litigation Conference: Litigating FLSA Collective Actions (San Francisco, California)
  • 2012 Annual Meeting, Labor and Employment Law Section of The State Bar of California: Wage and Hour 101 (Newport Beach, California)
  • 2013  American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law: Recent Developments Under The WARN Act and EPPA (Los Cabos, Mexico)
  • Panelist, “Arbitration of Wage & Hour Claims.” , American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2015
  • Speaker, “FLSA Collective Action Conditional Certification and Decertification Strategies.” , Strafford Webinar, 2017
  • Speaker, "Recent Developments Under The WARN Act and EPPA." , American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2017
  • Speaker, “Do the Math: Calculating Exposure and Damages in Wage and Hour Cases.”, 2017
  • Speaker, “Demystifying Federal Court Practice.” , California Employment Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Panelist, “Rule 26: Friend or Foe?” , California Employment Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Panelist, “Reviving Hybrid FLSA Collective and Class Actions.” , California Employment Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Panelist, “Calling Their Bluff: Using Arbitration to Gain the Upper Hand.”, Impact Fund, 2016

Representative Clients:

  • Employer Liability For Wages: Cervantez v. Celestica Corp., 618 F. Supp. 2d 1208 (C.D. Cal. 2009) (finding that manufacturing company was as an employer under California law of temporary employees employed in its facility).
  • Wage and Hour Class and Collective Certification: Ganci v. MBF Inspection Services, Inc., --- F.R.D. ----, 2017 WL 4856369 (S.D. Ohio Oct. 27, 2017) (certifying Rule 23 class of pipeline inspectors classified as exempt from overtime); Cervantez v. Celestica Corp., 253 F.R.D. 562 (C.D. Cal. 2008) (certifying Rule 23 class of manufacturing workers for unpaid time spent in employer’s security lines); Villarreal v. Caremark LLC, 2014 WL 7184014 (D. Ariz. 2014) (granting conditional certification under the FLSA); Goodwin v. Citywide Home Loans, Inc., 2014 WL 7174223 (C.D. Cal. 2014) (same); Williams v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass'n, 2013 WL 3119055 (E.D. Cal. June 20, 2013)
  • FLSA Exemption Defenses:  McKeen-Chaplin v. Provident Savings Bank, FSB, 862 F.3d 847 (9th Cir. 2017) (finding that mortgage underwriters do not fit within the administrative exemption and are therefore non-exempt employees entitled to overtime); Bollinger v. Residential Capital, LLC, 863 F. Supp. 2d 1041 (W.D. Wash. 2012) (granting plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment on the administrative exemption and the good faith defense); Wong v. HSBC Mortgage Corporation, et al., 2010 WL 3833661 (N.D. Cal., 2010) (September 29, 2010) (granting plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment on the administrative exemption, retail sales and services exemption, and professional exemption).   Bollinger v. Residential Capital, LLC, 863 F. Supp. 2d 1041 (W.D. Wash. 2012) (granting plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment on the administrative exemption and the good faith defense).

Educational Background:

  • J.D. University of Minnesota Law School, 2005, magna cum laude
  • B.A. Rhodes College, 2002, magna cum laude
Office Location for Matthew C. Helland

235 Montgomery Street
Suite 810
San Francisco, CA 94104

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Last Updated: 3/26/2019

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