Mathew M. Grigg

Matt Grigg has been a civil litigator for more than 12 years, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in all stages of the litigation. Representative cases include those involving wrongful death and other personal injury, medical and legal malpractice, toxic torts, police misconduct, property damage arising from landslides and flooding, invasion of privacy, defamation, elder abuse, breach of contract, class actions and civil rights.

Trial Experience

Mr. Grigg prevailed on both occasions he has served as lead trial counsel. He also has been a member of several successful trial teams, working on witness examination, trial-related motions and overall trial strategy. The trials included a challenge to the constitutionality of a municipal vehicle abatement ordinance and a multi-party case arising from a truck/auto accident. His additional trial experience includes cases involving medical malpractice, assault, inverse condemnation, nuisance and nursing license revocation.

Appellate Experience

Mr. Grigg has drafted and filed appellate briefs submitted to the California Courts of Appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court in cases involving:

  • a municipal ordinance pursuant to which an innocent spouse's interest in a vehicle was forfeited after her husband used it while soliciting a prostitute;
  • a child who contracted an infectious disease due to his neighbors' prolonged open, storage of trash;
  • flooding-related inverse condemnation arising from overflowing levees;
  • an allegedly unconstitutional seizure of inoperable vehicles from private residential property;
  • a prisoner's claim of deliberate indifference to an inguinal hernia; and
  • a methadone clinic's ADA-based challenge to municipal legislation restricting its operation.

Professional Activities

Volunteer Attorney, Bar Association of San Francisco, Volunteer Legal Services Program
Member, Defense Research Institute


Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1997
Managing Editor, Emory International Law Review
Member, Legal Association For Women Students
University of Michigan, B.A., 1993
    Vice-present & Philanthropy Chair, ΑΔΦ Literary Fraternity
    Member, University Students Against Cancer

Bar and Court Admissions

State Bar of California
United States District Court, Northern District of California
United States District Court, Eastern District of California
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Life Beyond the Law

Mr. Grigg enjoys triathlons, chess, singing a cappella, hiking and basketball. When the 24-hour day expands to 25, he will allocate his extra hour to working on his novel and learning how to play the guitar.

Critic's Corner

Litigation movie picks:

Inherit the Wind
To Kill a Mockingbird

Litigation book picks:

David Ball, Theater Tips & Strategies for Jury Trials
Scott Turow, Presumed Innocent