Matt came to Osborn Maledon with extensive experience working within the Arizona judiciary. After graduating from Berkeley Law in 2017, he served three consecutive terms as a judicial law clerk—two years with U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton, a year with Circuit Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, and finally, a year with Chief Justice Robert M. Brutinel. Matt’s years of service as a clerk equipped him with a unique perspective of the inner workings of the judicial process at all three levels. They also engrained him with a civic-minded approach to the practice of law that informs his decisions as both counselor and colleague.
Matt frequently contributes his opinions and research to various legal blogs, journals, and other publications. He is a regular contributor to SCOCAblog, a joint project of Berkeley Law’s California Constitution Center, where Matt serves as a senior research fellow, and the Hastings Law Journal. His work has also appeared on Business Insider and The Recorder. Though Matt’s writings have spanned several topics over the years, a recurring theme and personal passion of his has been institutional integrity and the separation of governmental power.
Prior to law school, Matt spent time working at a California civil rights law firm, where he served as the firm’s litigation director in addition to managing its marketing efforts. It is also where he met his wife, Julianne. During law school, Matt dedicated much of his time to developing his crafts as a researcher, writer, and advocate. He served on the editorial boards of two of the school’s legal journals and was a research assistant for two of the nation’s premier legal scholars in the fields of civil procedure and constitutional law. He also served as a judicial extern for U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick III of the Northern District of California, as a senior analyst for a nonprofit focused on state and county correctional reform, and as a law clerk for an international law firm in San Francisco.
Matt and Julianne live in Phoenix with their daughter and their 80-pound lab/shepherd mix. Matt is an avid traveler, a lover of podcasts and audiobooks, and a bit of a health and fitness enthusiast. His other loves include Penn State football, cold brew coffee, and playing his guitar.
- Next Generation Leader – American Constitution Society (ACS), 2017
- Next Generation Leader – American Constitution Society for Law & Policy, 2017
- American Constitution Society for Law & Policy Berkeley Law Student Chapter
- President, 2016-2017
- Vice President, 2015-2016
- Senior Research Fellow, California Constitution Center, 2017-present
- Article, “Practical Piety: Divining Religion’s Role in Reproductive Policymaking,” 39 Boston University International Law Journal 1 (2021).
- Article, “The Constitutional Challenges Awaiting Police Reform—and How Congress Can Try to Address Them Preemptively,” 11 California Law Review Online 296 (2020)
- Essay, “Uproot or Upgrade? Revisiting Section 230 Immunity in the Digital Age” (with Hon. Michael Daly Hawkins), University of Chicago Law Review Online (2020),
- Op-Ed, “Remote Jury Trials Are Possible, But Maybe Not the Best Idea” (with David A. Carrillo), The Recorder, May 27, 2020
- Op-Ed, “All of a Sudden, Everyone Loves the Tenth Amendment” (with David A. Carrillo), The Recorder, Apr. 17, 2020
- Op-Ed, “The pandemic exposes the need to fix the federalism debate,” SCOCAblog, Apr. 17, 2020
- Op-Ed, “Emergency diploma privileges are not the solution to coronavirus-caused bar exam delays,” SCOCAblog, Apr. 8, 2020
- Article, “Judicial Resistance to Mandatory Arbitration as Federal Commandeering” (with David A. Carrillo), 71 Florida Law Review 1397 (2019)
- Article, “Administrative Injuries,” 46 Florida State University Law Review 129 (2019)
- Op-Ed, “California SB 1300: What to Make of the Legislative Intent Provision,” SCOCAblog, Jan. 8, 2019
- Essay, “Diminution Doctrine: Arbitration’s First Amendment Problem,” 52 UC Davis Law Review Online 73 (2018)
- Note, “Odd Man Out: A Comparative Critique of the Federal Arbitration Act’s Article III Shortcomings,” 105 California Law Review 929 (2017)
- Op-Ed, “Supreme Court justices shouldn’t have term limits — they should have age requirements,” Business Insider, Aug. 27, 2018
- Op-Ed, “Don’t Fear Trump. Fear the Presidency,” American Constitution Society Blog, Feb. 13, 2017
- Op-Ed, “Stop-and-Frisk Is Constitutional…But Should It Be?” American Constitution Society Blog, Oct. 12, 2016
- Note, “Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk: How the Supreme Court Inadvertently Reformed the Fair Labor Standards Act,” 36 Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law 385 (2015)