MATTHEW A. GOODIN is Senior Attorney in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in Epstein Becker Green's San Francisco office.

Mr. Goodin's experience includes the following:

  • Representing employers in jury trials, mediations, and arbitrations
  • Advising clients and litigating matters on a wide range of employment matters, including Title VII, FEHA, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, wage and hour, trade secret, unfair competition, and compensation issues
  • Conducting workplace investigations for clients
  • Drafting and assisting clients with the implementation of corporate human resources policies, employee handbooks, and training, and development programs for senior management and human resources professionals

Mr. Goodin has extensive trial experience. Some of his recent trials include acting as lead trial counsel in a pregnancy discrimination and retaliation case in San Francisco Superior Court. After deliberating for only several hours, the jury returned an 11-1 verdict in favor of Epstein Becker Green's client. The plaintiff in that case also brought a claim for failure to pay commissions and asserted the claim under a provision in California's Labor Code that provides for an award of attorney's fees to the prevailing party. After prevailing on that claim, Mr. Goodin filed a motion for attorney's fees, and the court awarded fees in the amount of $143,796.

Mr. Goodin was also trial counsel in a case in Sacramento Superior Court, where the plaintiff asserted claims for disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, retaliation, and defamation. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Epstein Becker Green's client after deliberating for 1½ days.

Some of Mr. Goodin's published decisions include:

  • Leatherbury v. C&H Sugar, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2012) 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 169895 (granting motion for summary judgment)
  • Rey v. C&H Sugar, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2012) 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 169931 (granting motion for summary judgment)
  • Arruda v. C&H Sugar Co. (E.D. Cal. 2007)2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16519 (granting motion to dismiss entire action; plaintiff was judicially estopped from proceeding on his case because he failed to disclose his claims in Chapter 7 bankruptcy schedules)
  • Mersnick v. USProtect Corp. (N.D. Cal.2006) 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94408 (granting motion to dismiss plaintiff's state law claims; plaintiff's claims were barred by the federal enclave doctrine)
  • Muao v. Grosvenor Properties, Ltd. (2002) 99 Cal. App. 4th 1085 (dismissing plaintiff's appeal as premature because the order compelling arbitration was not appealable)

Mr. Goodin regularly contributes articles to the California Employment Law Letter. He also has written articles on employment law for various other publications.

In his spare time, Mr. Goodin is an avid snowboarder. He also volunteered for 10 years as a docent at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


  • Golden Gate University School of Law (J.D., 1992)
  • University of California (B.A., 1987)
    • San Diego, Communications

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Litigation, and Labor and Employment Sections
  • State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section