Judge A. Howard Matz (Retired)

Judge A. Howard Matz (Retired)

Arbitrator & Mediator

The experience that Judge Howard Matz acquired in over three decades of private practice and on the bench makes him well-qualified to assist parties and their counsel in resolving disputes through arbitration or mediation.

In private practice, he supplemented the trial skills he developed as a federal prosecutor by representing an unusually diverse range of clients in commercial litigation and arbitrations. He represented both plaintiffs and defendants, in both state and federal court, in a wide variety of complex cases. His clients included Fortune 100 corporations, as well as individuals. Many of his clients were lawyers and law firms. He was one of the first attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

Judge Howard Matz Areas of Expertise

On the bench, Judge Matz acquired vast experience in presiding over and helping to settle complicated cases involving such areas as:

  • SECURITIES
  • INSURANCE LAW
  • ANTITRUST
  • CIVIL RIGHTS
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (COPYRIGHT, TRADEMARK, PATENT LAW AND TRADE SECRETS)
  • QUI TAM ACTIONS
  • FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT
  • RICO
  • EMPLOYMENT LAW
  • PRODUCT LIABILITY
  • CLASS ACTIONS
  • CERCLA

Judge Matz also sat by designation on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and he served on the Ninth Circuit Model Jury Instructions Committee. He was the first recipient of the “Vanguard Award,” bestowed by the California State Bar for his contributions to intellectual property jurisprudence.

Judge Howard Matz Former Positions:

  • United States District Judge, Central District of California, 1998-2013
  • Founding Partner, Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert & Matz, 1983-1998
  • Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, 1979-1983
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Central District of California, 1974-1979 (Chief of the Fraud and Special Prosecutions Unit 1977-1979)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Morris E. Lasker, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York, 1969-1970

Judge Howard Matz Admitted to Practice:

  • New York (1970)
  • California (1973)

Judge Howard Matz Education:

  • J.D., Harvard Law School (1968)
  • A.B., Columbia University, cum laude (1965)

Judicial Service


Location

  • Los Angeles, California

Expertise