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Matthew Kugizaki

Associate

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Overview

Matthew Kugizaki is a commercial litigator with diverse experience advocating for clients in federal and state courts. He has represented clients in fraud and mortgage-backed securities litigation, derivative class actions, contract disputes, real property litigation, and government investigations.

Matthew has significant experience in drafting pleadings and briefs in support of and in opposition to dispositive, discovery, and appellate motions, throughout all stages of litigation. He also has significant experience in preparing clients for and conducting depositions.

Matthew regularly counsels clients in the gathering, review, and production of electronically stored information (ESI). He has managed large and small e-discovery projects, including negotiating e-discovery issues with opposing counsel and coordinating with ESI vendors.

Matthew is committed to pro bono representation and community service. He has represented individuals seeking asylum and special immigrant juvenile status, as well as a class of individuals for issues related to telephone access in immigration detention. He has partnered with several nonprofit legal organizations on pro bono matters, including the ACLU of Northern California, Public Counsel, and Bet Tzedek Legal Services. He is an active member of Loeb & Loeb’s Pro Bono Committee.

Matthew served as vice chair of the Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association from 2015 to 2018, and he is the co-chair of Loeb & Loeb’s LGBTQ Affinity Group.

In addition, Matthew is a lecturer in law at UCLA School of Law. He co-teaches a course to first-year law students titled “Introduction to Lawyer-Client Relationship,” which is designed to train students on the lawyer-client relationship and provide supervised live-client opportunities for students to assist underserved communities in Los Angeles.

Matthew regularly supports, and has served as a judge at, UCLA’s DataFest, a 48-hour data visualization competition hosted by UCLA’s Department of Statistics, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

  • Pro Bono at Law Firms
    Panelist

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., Editor, Boston University Law Review
  • University of California at Los Angeles, M.S.
  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.S.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Bar Admissions

  • California

Recognition

  • Named "Southern California Rising Star" in Business Litigation by Thomson Reuters (2018)

Affiliations

  • Vice Chair, Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association (2015-2018)