Matt Kumin

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United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California; all California Courts; United States Tax Court. Admitted to the California Bar, 1995.


J.D., 1986, Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
B.A. (with Honors), 1980, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Teaching Experience

2002 – Present: Adjunct Professor Law, Legal Research and Writing, Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, California.

2002 – Present: Adjunct Professor of Law, Legal Research and Writing, Golden Gate Law School, San Francisco, California.

1988 – 1992: Adjunct Professor of Law, Labor and Corporations Law, New College of California School of Law, San Francisco, California.

1986 – 1987: Teaching Fellow – Legal Research and Writing, University of Santa Clara School of Law.

1984 – 1985: Teaching Assistant – Legal Research and Writing, Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts.

Prior Employment

1995 – 2008: The Law Offices of Matthew Kumin, San Francisco, California. Federal Civil rights litigator and general civil litigator in state and federal courts. Over $5 million in verdicts and settlements in approximately 50 federal civil rights cases since 1995. State court cases primarily involve business disputes. General counsel/transactional attorney for a wide range of small to medium-sized businesses in the Bay Area, e.g., high tech, transportation, construction, resorts, clubs, and restaurants. Handle a wide range of contract negotiating and drafting (e.g., licensing, sales commission agreements, shareholder agreements, all incorporation-related documents, partnership agreements, buy-sell etc.) and resolving business disputes including partnership dissolutions, contract disputes, etc. Provide counsel to employees and employers regarding a wide range of employer-employee issues including wage and hour laws, employee and employer rights regarding discrimination, ADA and at-will employment issues. Litigate plaintiff’s sexual discrimination and sexual harassment cases. Probate and probate litigation.

1994 – 1995: Contract attorney. San Francisco, California.
Attorney and law firm references available upon request.

1993 – 1995: Organizational Consultant, San Francisco, California.
Worked with companies with employee ownership plans (ESOP's, stock incentive plans, cooperatives) to maximize productivity and team-building. Largest client included Norcal (mother company to Sunset Scavenger and Golden Gate Disposal in San Francisco.) Consulted to the government of Kazakhstan regarding privatization and employee ownership through USIA grant, which I co-wrote and developed.

1988 – 1992: Director of Development-New College of California, San Francisco.
Directed fundraising and grant-writing for the undergraduate college. Oversaw and developed federal grant programs. Worked on general business matters including refinancing.

1988: Director of Community Economic Development - National Center for Employee Ownership. Oakland, California.
Researched and wrote resource guide for community economic development specialists. Conducted seminars on employee ownership and educated businesses about ESOP's and alternative forms of employee ownership including stock incentive plans and profit-sharing.

1982 – 1983: Paralegal, Powers, Venick, Lyle and Ray. Nashville, Tennessee.

1981 – 1982: International Representative, United Furniture Workers of America, AFL-CIO. Nashville, Tennessee.

1980: Labor and Community Organizer, Southern Woodcutters Assistance Project. Thomastown, Mississippi.


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