Matthew Ball is a litigation partner and business trial lawyer in K&L Gates’ San Francisco office. He focuses on class action defense and strategic commercial litigation for consumer-focused industries, such as homebuilders, consumer financial services, as well as makers of food, dietary supplements, and homeopathic remedies, among other consumer products. He also represents employers in wage and hour class actions, and plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation.
At times “strategic litigation” means finding the “silver bullet” argument that leads to a win on summary judgment, or to the defeat of class certification, or persuading the other side that a favorable settlement is in their best interests. Other times, when necessary, it means trying a case successfully to verdict. Matthew has extensive experience resolving all types of legal issues in federal and state courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution settings.
Matthew has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer from 2010 to 2020, and has been peer rated in the Martindale Hubbell directory as AV® Preeminent™, the highest rating in ethical standards and legal ability.
Matthew served as judicial clerk for the Hon. Robert E. Coyle, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of California, from 1997 to 1998.
- Recognized in California Super Lawyers: Super Lawyer 2010 - 2020 (Class Actions/Mass Torts)
- 2021 Food Advertising, Labeling, and Litigation Conference Planning Committee, Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI)
- Presenter, “Things a California Consumer Class Action Defense Lawyer Would Like to Tell You About Food Law and Especially Litigation in 2020,” American Agricultural Law Association Symposium (November 2020)
- Speaker, "Grocery Manufacturers' Association Conference,” Palm Beach, FL (March 2019)
- Panelist, “Food Science in the Law: The Changing Landscape of Food and Beverage Labeling and Safety Issues,” (November 2015)
- Presenter, “What You Need to Know About Defending Cyber Related Class Action Litigations” (January 2015)
- "Preventative Medicine: Limiting Your Exposure to the Consumer Protection Lawsuit Before It Happens," A Roundtable Discussion for the Dietary Supplements Industry
- “Private Attorney General Actions Under California's Unfair Competition Law: What Every Lawyer Should Know”
- “Expert Witnesses: How to Help Attorneys Get the Most Out of Your Retention, Credibility Pitfalls"
- 2006 Class Action & UCL Conference
- Co-edited the treatise, “Defense of Class Action Litigation in Federal Court,” with R. Bruce Allensworth, Andrew C. Glass, and Todd L. Nunn (Bloomberg Law 2018). Co-Authored chapters on Class Member Investigations and Communications, and Appeal
- “Why False Advertising Claims Need To Be More Specific,” Law360, December 4, 2015
- "Comcast Demands A Working Damages Model From Plaintiffs," Law360, September 14, 2015
- "Construction workers' suit knocked down", The Recorder, April 6, 2010. The article describes a summary judgment victory on behalf of Toll Bros., Inc. against a putative class of framers who had sued Toll under Section 2810 of the California Labor Code.
- Co-edited the 50-state treatise, “State Class Actions: Practice and Procedure,” with Todd L. Nunn and Irene C. Freidel (Wolters Klewer 2010). Co-authored the California chapter of that treatise.
- “Unfair Competition Law Update: A look at 2005,” Civil Litigation Reporter, April 2006
- “Low-Carb Lawsuits, California litigation risks await America's newest diet craze,” Nutritional Outlook, September 2004
- “Three New Cases Assist with Defense of Section 17200 Suits,” San Francisco Daily Journal, April 15, 2003