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The major focus of my work right now is counseling employers on employment law matters and litigating alleged discrimination, retaliation, civil rights violations, and violations of disability access laws. I also have years of experience in the appellate courts of California, Oregon, and the Ninth Circuit.

In particular, I have experience with employment law issues involving the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Title VII, 42 USC 1981, 42 USC 1983, and disability access issues under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and California access laws, Title 24, and related statutes.

I am licensed to practice law in California and Oregon. I am also admitted to practice in the federal district courts of Oregon and California and in the Ninth Circuit court of appeals.

Here are a couple of published opinions based on work I've done: Waisanen v. Clatskanie School District, 215 P.3d 882 (Or. App. 2009) and Tumbling v. Merced Irrigation District, 262 F.R.D. 509 (E.D. Cal. 2009).

Specialties: Employment litigation and counseling, civil rights litigation, disability access litigation and counseling, civil and administrative appeals, and transactional matters relating to employment issues and business entity formation.


In 2006, I graduated first in my class from the Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, where I was a member of the Willamette Law Review and received eight high paper awards, including those for Appellate Advocacy, Employment Law, and Legal Research and Writing.




When not at work, I enjoy surfing, which I learned as a kid at the beaches in Leucadia and Encinitas, in San Diego's North County.  My other interests include backpacking, vegetable gardening, blogging, and writing.


I look forward to hearing from you.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 70%
    10 years
  2. Discrimination: 20%
    10 years
  3. Appeals: 10%
    10 years

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  • Luis Macias

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Matt in the past. He is a true professional and extremely knowledgeable.


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Contact info

462 Stevens Ave Ste 201
Solana Beach, CA, 92075

462 Stevens Ave Ste 201
Solana Beach, CA, 92075



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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Fulbright FellowshipJ. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyDaley & Heft, LLP2008 - Present
AttorneyGarrett, Hemann, Robertson, PC2006 - 2007
Law ClerkGarrett, Hemann, Robertson, PC2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A2008 - Present
San Diego North County Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Oregon State BarN/A2006 - Present
Marion County Bar AssociationN/A2006 - 2008
Willamette Valley American Inn of CourtN/A2006 - 2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD, summa cum laude2006
University of California - Santa BarbaraHistory -- PortuguesePhD - Doctorate2003
University of California - San DiegoHistoryOther - Bachelors1994