Matthew Murray

(415) 421-7151 ext. 306

B.A., Highest Honors, University of California, Berkeley
M.P.P., Harvard Kennedy School of Government
J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Harvard Law School

Hon. Margaret Marshall, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Matt’s practice involves representing unions, workers, civic engagement organizations, and public benefits recipients at all levels of the state and federal courts. He has briefed cases in the United States Supreme Court and California Supreme Court and has argued before the Ninth Circuit, the Alaska Supreme Court, multiple federal district courts, and state trial and appellate courts. He also litigates local union grievance arbitrations.

Matt’s areas of litigation have included enforcing state and federal wage and hour protections, federal labor law, the Voting Rights Act, the California FAIR MAPS Act, the Medicaid Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the California Education Code. Matt’s practice also includes legislative drafting and client advice.

Matt is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU-NC) and the ACLU-NC Legal Committee.  He was a Coro Fellow and was the student Regent of the University of California.

Matt was a contributor to the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s The Fair Labor Standards Act, 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Cumulative Supplements. He has also written on the relationship between equality, sexual orientation, religious liberty, and the First Amendment.

Matt was listed in the 2020-2023 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment & Civil Rights Lawyers guide and was named a “Rising Star” in the 2013-2014 and 2017-2020 Northern California Super Lawyers listings in San Francisco Magazine.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys playing soccer.

Representative matters:

  • Secured settlement of California FAIR MAPS Act claim resulting in requirements that Riverside County fund voter outreach and education targeted at low voter turnout areas, provide Spanish-language translation and interpretation of Board of Supervisors and registrar of voters documents and meetings, and other relief to expand access to political participation for historically underrepresented communities.
  • Secured preliminary injunctions under Section 4(e) of the Voting Rights Act and subsequent settlement resulting in requirements that county Supervisors of Elections throughout Florida provide Spanish-language official ballots, election materials, and oral assistance to voters in all elections.
  • Successfully helped defend public sector unions in numerous cases after Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, 138 S. Ct. 2448 (2018), against claims challenging collective bargaining exclusive representation, seeking to recover previously authorized fair-share fees, and challenging the deduction of union membership dues pursuant to signed union membership agreements.
  • Helped obtain the Ninth Circuit affirmance of a $55 million California minimum wage verdict on behalf of a class of California truck drivers.
  • Represented low wage fast food workers in multiple wage and hour class actions against a major chain, successfully securing multiple substantial settlements.
  • Helped secure reversal on appeal of order preventing a teachers’ union from pursuing statutory claims on behalf of its members in state court, and then obtained a multi-million dollar back pay award for those teachers against a local school district that violated the California Education Code for over 10 years.
  • Won arbitration awards preventing hospital employers from cutting nurses’ medical benefits, canceling scheduled on-call hours without providing on-call pay, failing to pay weekend premium or specialty incentive pay, and failing to follow seniority scheduling rules, as required by collective bargaining agreements.
  • Helped secure a federal injunction on appeal preventing budget-based cuts to in-home care providers and recipients in Washington State.
  • Provided advice and representation to teachers and other public school employees through the California Teachers Association group legal services program.