Matthew C. Lewis


Matthew (Matt) Lewis represents public agency clients in labor and employment matters. He works with cities, counties and special districts across California (including the City & County of San Francisco, the County of Mendocino and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District) on matters ranging from conducting negotiations and representing clients in labor disputes to defending against claims of discrimination and harassment.

Matt has defended several clients against unfair labor practice charges filed with the California Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”), and has successfully defeated multiple requests for injunctive relief filed with PERB.

In addition to defending clients in already-existing labor disputes, Matt conducts labor negotiations and regularly represents clients in the course of meeting and conferring with labor organizations.

Matt also assists clients in drafting, revising and updating personnel policies and procedures, and works with clients at the various stages of the disciplinary process; including drafting disciplinary notices and providing advice regarding the disciplinary appeals process.

While in law school, Matt served as Comments Editor for The University of San Francisco Law Review, and worked as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Judge William H. Alsup, where he conducted legal research and drafted orders on various motions including motions for summary judgment, dismissal, disqualification and to award fees and costs in class actions.  

Presentations and Publications

  • Presenter, “Employee Discipline 101: Avoiding Common Pitfalls In The Process Of Taking Corrective Action,” CALPELRA Annual Training Conference, 2014
  • Co-Author, “Fixing the Pension Problem: The Latest Public Scrutiny of Public Sector Wage and Benefit Packages,” Public Law Journal, 2011
  • Author, “Thirsty for Change: Desalination as a Practical and Environmentally Friendly Answer to California’s Growing Water Shortage,” 44 U.S.F. L. Rev. 933 (2010)

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, The State Bar of California


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2010
  • Wesleyan University, BA, Government, 2005