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Matthew W. Burris

Associate, Irvine
t: 949.798.2161
f: 949.851.0152


Matthew W. Burris is an associate in the Irvine office. His litigation practice includes all types of employment-related matters, including claims of discrimination and retaliation under state and federal civil rights law, tort liability, wrongful termination, wage hour matters, and commercial disputes. Matthew has defended employers of all types in civil litigation in state and federal court, as well as before administrative agencies.

Matthew has concentrated experience advising and litigating on behalf of schools, colleges, and universities on all issues affecting educational institutions in California and across the country. Before joining Fisher Phillips, Matthew gained experience in the Office of General Counsel for the University of North Texas System, the University of Mississippi, and the U.S. Department of Education where his practice areas included litigation, corporate governance, development, athletics, and employee benefits. He also gained litigation experience at California and Mississippi firms where he successfully represented clients in all areas of civil litigation.  

He has previous experience teaching Business Law at the undergraduate level as an adjunct professor. He is also a frequent speaker and presenter on labor and employment issues, including sexual harassment and workplace investigations.

During law school, Matthew was a member of the Moot Court Board and winner of the second-year oral argument competition. He also published “Mississippi and the School to Prison Pipeline,” which has been cited by at least one federal court of appeals as well as by academic textbooks and law review articles.




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