Matthew M. Wallace

Associate

Matt Wallace is a civil litigator who represents companies and individuals in complex cases in state and federal courts and before arbitrators. Matt has represented clients in a variety of industries, including media and entertainment, pharmaceutical, cannabis, and professional services. He is particularly skilled at crafting compelling, persuasive legal arguments and framing clients' stories to their maximum advantage. He has drafted litigation documents, including pleadings, ex parte applications, discovery motions, and dispositive motions. He has also managed large-scale discovery and trial preparation.

Before joining Venable, Matt worked at a boutique litigation firm in Los Angeles and a large international law firm. He also clerked for two Los Angeles federal judges—the Honorable Fernando M. Olguin and the Honorable Stephen V. Wilson—where he honed his skills in legal research and writing, as well as trial preparation.

In law school, Matt served as executive notes editor of the Michigan Law Review and as pro bono director for OutLaws, Michigan Law's LGBTQ+ student organization. He also gained insight into the practice of federal criminal law as a summer extern in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California.

Prior to law school, Matt worked at a Washington, DC-based strategic communications and crisis management consultancy, where he developed and executed public relations and lobbying campaigns on behalf of clients ranging from foreign governments to major corporations and nonprofits.

Matt lives in Los Angeles and is an active member of the community. He serves on the New Leadership Council of Bet Tzedek, a local legal aid organization, and swims for the West Hollywood Aquatics team.

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. cum laude University of Michigan 2017
    • Executive notes editor, Michigan Law Review
    • Associate editor, Michigan Law Review
  • B.S. Foreign Service cum laude Georgetown University 2011

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Clerk Experience

  • The Honorable Fernando M. Olguin U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • The Honorable Stephen V. Wilson U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, LGBTQ+ Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • Member, American Bar Association

Community
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Volunteerism

  • Member, Bet Tzedek New Leadership Council