Matthew Schechter

Matthew Schechter


Matt practices civil litigation with a particular emphasis on employment law.  He has represented Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and individuals in state and federal courts. 

His trial experience covers many areas including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour law claims, trade secrets misappropriation, copyright infringement, and breach of contract.  More than 15 years of trial work in civil litigation coupled with his experience as Assistant District Attorney in Queens County, New York, lend depth and balance to Matt’s practice.  He uses this singular point of view to dissect and untangle clients’ complex legal problems.    

Matt is also an experienced appellate lawyer at both the state and federal levels.  His pragmatic approach before, during, and beyond trial allows him to advocate clearly and effectively for those whom he represents. From initial consultation to final judgment, he uses his trial skills and logical analysis to give his clients a competitive advantage. 

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  • Credentials


    • State Bar of California
    • State Bar of New York
    • U.S. District Courts, for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


    • J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 1996
    • B.A., Bowdoin College, 1991
  • Experience

    Representative Matters

    • Obtained landmark California Supreme Court ruling which set statewide precedent for public records disclosure.  The Supreme Court unanimously held that when public employees use personal accounts to communicate about the conduct of public business, those writings may be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act.
    • Tried a federal employment discrimination case that resulted in a favorable jury verdict on behalf of a university employee.
    • Defended a client, including defeating plaintiff’s motion for summary adjudication, against copyright infringement allegations made by a former employer.
    • Successfully developed briefs in two different appeals before the California Court of Appeal, each resulting in the reversal of the trial court's grant of summary judgment.
    • Successfully developed and argued an appellate brief before the California Court of Appeal that resulted in affirming the trial court’s order to sustain, without leave to amend, a demurrer to a Petition for Administrative Mandamus.
    • Successfully developed an appellate brief before the California Court of Appeal that resulted in affirming the trial court’s grant of summary adjudication before trial and orders for nonsuit and judgment during trial in a tip pool case involving a local casino.

    Reported Cases

    • City of San Jose v. Superior Court (Smith) (2017) 2 Cal.5th 608.
    • Avidor v. Sutter’s Place, Inc. (2013) 212 Cal.App.4th 1439.
    • Ajaxo, Inc. v. Bank of America Technology and Operations, Inc. (E.D. Cal. 2008) 625 F.Supp.2d 976.
    • People v. Harvey (N.Y. App. Div. 2002) 298 A.D.2d 527.
    • People v. Jackson (N.Y. App. Div. 2000) 273 A.D.2d 253.
  • Awards & Honors
    • Named a White Scholar by the Thomas J. White Center on Law and Government
  • Articles & Blogs
  • Professional & Community Contributions

    Matt is a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of California, as well as the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s (SCCBA) Labor and Employment Executive Committee where he previously served as the committee’s chair.   Since 2005, Matt has been a delegate to the Conference of California Bar Association (CCBA), a group that provides a forum for California lawyers to work together to address issues of importance and provide leadership in improving the law.  Currently, he is a member of CCBA’s Board of Directors, and recently served as Chair of the Conference’s Resolutions Committee.  Matt serves on the Board of the New Museum of Los Gatos (NUMU).  In addition, he was elected to a three year term on the Board of Governors of the Alpha Delta Phi Society where he is also a member of the Legal Committee.  Previously, Matt was a member of the SCCBA’s Board of Trustees and Civil Practice Committee.  He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy.