Matt R. Kugizaki

Associate

Matt Kugizaki represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation including: defending state, and federal civil rights, wage and hour, disability, medical leave, whistleblower and retaliation claims.

Before joining the firm, Matt worked as an associate with the international law firms of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Loeb & Loeb LLP, where he represented companies and educational institutions in complex commercial litigation, professional malpractice, and real property matters.  Prior to undertaking his legal career, Matt worked as a statistical analyst at a political consulting firm.

Throughout his academic and professional career, Matt has been committed to community service and pro bono work.  Matt has served on various diversity and community service committees, and he currently serves on the Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  In addition, Matt has taught a course at UCLA Law, Introduction to Lawyer-Client Relationship, which provided an introduction to legal skills and volunteer opportunities to first-year law students.  He also regularly supports UCLA DataFest – a 48-hour long data visualization competition – hosted by UCLA Department of Statistics, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

Matt has been named by his peers as a Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2018 and 2019.

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.S. in Statistics, 2007
  • University of California, Los Angeles, M.S. in Statistics, 2009
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 2012 (Edward F. Hennessey Scholar; Editor, Boston University Law Review)

Professional Experience

  • Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, Associate, August 2019 – present
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP, Associate, November 2015 – July 2019
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Associate, November 2012 – October 2015; Summer Associate, 2011
  • Prisoners’ Legal Services, Law Clerk, 2010

Admissions

  • All California state courts
  • United States District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California

Professional Activities

  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee, 2015-present
  • Lecturer in Law at UCLA, “Introduction to the Lawyer-Client Relationship,” Fall 2016, 2017, and 2018

Publications

  • Co-Author, Los Angeles County Bar Association’s 2015 Statement of Goals and Principles for the Legal Profession with respect to Recruitment, Retention, and Promotion of Attorneys that are Members of Historically Underrepresented Groups, available here.
  • Ye, Chacko, Chou, Kugizaki, and Liu, Greater Whole-Grain Intake Is Associated with Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Weight Gain, 142 J. Nutr. 1304, 1304-13 (2012).