Matthew K. Wegner
Matt Wegner represents clients in complex business disputes in pre-trial litigation, at trial, and on appeal. His range of experience includes unfair competition and antitrust cases in various industries, commercial real estate and brokerage disputes, securities arbitration, intellectual property litigation, corporate and partnership dissolutions, land use / regulatory matters, public works contract litigation, labor and employment (both litigation and advisory), and entertainment law.
Matt’s clients include heavy industry and petroleum companies, clothing manufacturers, electronics manufacturers, software companies, land developers, construction companies, engineering firms, medical device companies, and entrepreneurs. Representing primarily corporate clients, Matt has taken several cases through trial since founding the firm, obtaining multi-million dollar verdicts on the plaintiffs’ side and complete defense verdicts on the defense side. Matt has also cultivated the firm’s appellate practice, having prepared and argued several appeals in both California and federal courts.
Prior to founding the firm, Matt practiced law for seven years in national and international law firms, including Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Pillsbury Winthrop, and Jones Day. In that time, he represented clients in arbitrations and other alternative dispute resolution forums, as well as federal and state trial and appellate courts, and worked as a member of a team of attorneys retained to investigate the Governor of Connecticut and provide advice to the state legislature on executive impeachment standards. Matt’s experience includes a summer stint with the San Diego City Attorney’s office, where he conducted evidentiary hearings and prosecuted several misdemeanor bench trials, and the representation of clients in a criminal defense clinic in Minnesota.
Matt is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (“ABTL”), and the Federal Bar Association (Orange County Chapter). In 2013, he was named an associate fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.
Matt has written articles on a number of topics, and serves in a number of capacities as an editor of legal treatises and periodicals. In law school, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Minnesota Law Review. He currently serves as an editor of California Federal Civil Trials and Evidence (The Rutter Group), Editor-in-Chief of the Federal Bar Association—Orange County Newsletter, and as a contributing author to an upcoming Rutter Group practice guide on the legal profession.
Matt has been identified on the Los Angeles Times Magazine annual list of “Superlawyers—Rising Stars” every year since 2004.
Admissions to Practice
All state courts in California; all United States District Courts in California; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
University of California, San Diego (B.A., Departmental Honors in Political Science)
University of Minnesota Law School ( J.D., cum laude; Editor-in-Chief, MINNESOTA LAW REVIEW)
The Revitalization of a Valuable Cause of Action for Competitors: Clayworth v. Pfizer’s Implications for UCL Standing in Competitor Lawsuits, COMPETITION (Journal of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section of the California State Bar, Fall 2010)
Residential Builders and Developers Face Litigation Threats Reminiscent of the 1990s, CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE JOURNAL (May 26, 2009) (with Richard S. Ruben)
The Antitrust Risks in Real Estate Transactions, THE REAL ESTATE FINANCE JOURNAL (Spring 2004) (with Eliot G. Disner and Dinesh R. Badkar)
Major Credit Card Companies That Bar Member Banks From Issuing Competing Cards Violate the Sherman Act, Antitrustlaw@Manatt (September 23, 2003)
Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: Why Traditional Free Speech Doctrine Supports Anti-Child-Pornography Regulations in Virtual Reality, 85 MINN. LAW REV. 2081 (2001)
Developments in California Labor & Employment Legislation (Arter & Hadden LLP, January 2003)
Matt is a SCUBA diver, runner, and former college varsity crew oarsman.