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Matthew John Matern

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Mr. Matern is the founding attorney of Matern Law Group.

He is an experienced attorney and has over 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer.

Mr. Matern primarily represents employees in discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour class-action cases. He has represented clients in single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits in state and federal courts.  Mr. Matern has extensive experience litigating class actions involving claims for failure to pay proper overtime, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, misclassification, non-compliant wage statements, and other violations of California wage and hour laws. Mr. Matern has also successfully litigated cases involving claims for sexual and racial discrimination and harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.

In addition to leading a team of attorneys, Mr. Matern handles all aspects of civil litigation—from case inception, law and motion, discovery, settlement negotiations—through final resolution.  Mr. Matern has served as lead attorney in class action lawsuits brought on behalf of thousands of employees and has recovered millions of dollars in settlements for his clients. He has obtained seven-figure judgments for his clients in both trials and arbitrations.

Mr. Matern also belongs to numerous organizations that protect employee and consumer rights.

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



Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Retaliation Issues: 20%
  2. Whistle Blower: 20%
  3. Discrimination: 20%
  4. Employment & Labor: 20%
  5. Litigation: 20%



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Matern Law Group

1230 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200
Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyMatern Law Group2010 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Franco v Athens DisposalN/A
Pantoja v. AntonN/A
Ventura v. ABM Industries IncorporatedN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Tulane UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CELA Employment Law ConferenceEmployee Privacy Rights2012

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