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EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles J.D., 2008

University of California, Los Angeles B.A., 2002

 

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

California 2009

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Matthew B. Grace

SENIOR COUNSEL

(California State Bar No. 262503) Mr. Grace's litigation practice focuses on tort, employment and general liability, and he works with a variety of public entity and private clients. He has extensive trial experience representing public entities in high-exposure cases.

Prior to joining the firm, Matthew was a deputy attorney for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Serving in-house for the public agency gave Mr. Grace valuable perspective as he handled a variety of litigation matters. This included defending Caltrans in high-profile, catastrophic tort cases. One resulted in the agency being dismissed via summary judgment in a dangerous condition of public property case involving a multiple fatality vehicle accident with damage claims in excess of $10 million.

Mr. Grace’s interest in, and pursuit of, public law and government began during his time at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. He worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. In addition, he was a founding board member of the Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal and participant of the UCLA School of Law’s Public Interest Law and Policy Program. Matthew was also a Writing Advisor in the Lawyering Skills Program at UCLA School of Law.

Mr. Grace was born in New Hampshire but has lived in Southern California for most his life. In his spare time, he likes to go mountain climbing, cook at home, and take photographs. Mr. Grace is licensed to practice law in the State of California.