Matt Kline is a nationally recognized lawyer with a broad litigation practice who also advises on public policy matters.
Matt heads the firm’s Water Industry Group, which helps clients navigate the transactional, regulatory, and litigation issues implicated by this ever-more vital resource. Matt has twice been named California trial lawyer of the year in this area, having served as lead counsel in numerous high-profile California water cases. As a lecturer at Stanford University, Matt co-teaches a “Business of Water” class.
Matt has also received awards and recognitions as a leading copyright and trademark lawyer, handling high-profile, precedent-setting cases for clients like Warner Bros. Matt has been recognized by The American Lawyer, Variety, Chambers, The Legal 500, Daily Journal, the Houston Chronicle, Benchmark Litigation, and Managing Intellectual Property for his litigation work. Matt is a regular first chair trial lawyer in cases and arbitrations across the country and is a member of the firm’s appellate practice as well.
Matt is actively involved in public service, including past work as counsel on the National War Powers Commission and board service for KCRW, the Center for Early Education, and Cancer for College. He is Chairman of the Warren Christopher Scholarship committee and devotes hundreds of hours each year to running the 30-year-old scholarship program that serves public high school students in Los Angeles.
Matt has worked extensively on pro bono matters during his tenure at O’Melveny. His pro bono work has been recognized by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and National Lawyers Guild.