In 15-plus years as a litigator, Matt has extensive experience in cases involving intense public scrutiny, and his work is featured regularly in the national press. He is also actively involved in public service, including work as counsel on the National War Powers Commission and board service for KCRW, the Center for Early Education, Cancer for College, and the Warren Christopher Scholarship program. See “The Very Busy World of Matt Kline."
In recognition of his litigation work, Matt has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” or “Super Lawyer” for the past 10 consecutive years.
Matt has also 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 and includes work for MALDEF, work on housing and immigration matters, and two well-publicized victories in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Outside the office, Matt is Chairman of the Warren Christopher Scholarship committee and devotes hundreds of hours each year to running the 22-year-old scholarship program that serves public high school students from Los Angeles. He serves on a variety of boards, including the Center for Early Education, Cancer for College, and the KCRW Foundation. He spent several years as a staffer and counsel on the National War Powers Commission, and was involved in Eric Garcetti’s campaign for Mayor and Marshall Tuck’s campaign to be State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, served for several years as an Advisory Board Member for the Berkeley Center for Law, Business & the Economy, is an original member of the Contemporary Friends group at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and serves on O’Melveny’s Art Committee. Matt also regularly guest lectures at a variety of law schools and colleges (including UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, Southwestern, and the University of Richmond) as well as at conferences (including at the Northern District of California Judicial Conference).
Before joining O’Melveny, Matt attended law school at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, where he graduated in the top five of his class and served as Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review. After law school, Matt served as law clerk for the Honorable Edward R. Becker, then-Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.