Matthew J. Peck
Matthew is a trial attorney in the litigation group. His practice focuses on high-stakes commercial, employee benefits, and employment disputes with an emphasis on the defense of class, representative, and multiparty actions.
Matthew has broad litigation and counseling experience involving pension and OPEB issues under the CERL, PERL, and city retirement systems. As part of this practice, he frequently provides risk management advice to public agencies on the government claims procedures and defenses, as well as on Brown Act and Public Records Act issues. He also counsels plan sponsors, plan administrators, and fiduciaries in administrative appeals and defends them in ERISA litigation.
Matthew’s commercial litigation practice focuses on the representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in complex business disputes involving contract, fiduciary, fraud, negligence, unfair competition, and trade secret claims. He regularly defends companies in lawsuits and arbitrations brought under California’s consumer protection statutes including the CLRA, UCL, and FAL. Matthew has also defended employers in wrongful termination, disability discrimination, and wage and hour litigation, and represented them in connection with labor relations matters.
Matthew maintains an active pro bono practice and recently served as a working group member to the Blue Ribbon Panel on Fairness and Accountability in Law Enforcement, which investigated allegations of racial and other bias in the San Francisco Police Department.
Areas of Focus
Admissions and Courts
Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter, Leadership Development Committee Member (2019 – Present)
Contra Costa County Bar Association
Northern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2022)
California Lawyers Association, Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award (2020)
Judicial Extern to the Honorable Thomas E. Carlson, United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California
"Proposed E-Discovery Rule To Test Document Retention Policies," co-author, Litigation & Dispute Resolution Law Alert (May 2015)