Section 1983 Litigation
Section 1983 claims are complex and the process of successfully litigating such claims through the trial and appellate process can take years. That said, Section 1983 litigation for public employees is especially close to Matthew’s heart, and Matthew has litigated state and federal constitutional issues in state and federal court, as well as before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, public employees are afforded additional legal protections when a public employer violates an employee’s constitutional rights. Matthew represents employees who have been deprived of their substantive or procedural due process rights, equal protection under the law or who have suffered retaliation as a result of their exercise of free speech. Matthew has presented on First Amendment retaliation claims to local civil rights attorneys.