Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP
350 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
phone: (415) 772-4700
fax: (415) 772-4707
Matthew B. George
Matthew George is a complex litigation attorney at Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP with a practice focused on data privacy, consumer protection, and employment/labor cases. He has significant experience and expertise handling multidistrict litigation and other coordinated proceedings in state and federal courts involving multiple parties and complex discovery issues.
Matthew has been a strong advocate for consumer and patient privacy. He has served on court-appointed lead counsel teams in notable cutting-edge data breach and information privacy cases against Target, Adobe, Yahoo!, and Horizon Healthcare. In these and other cases he has worked with cybersecurity experts to gain technical knowledge in data collection, management and protection. He was recently appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re 21st Century Oncology Data Breach Litigation, MDL No. 2737, pending in the Middle District of Florida.
Matthew has also recovered unpaid overtime wages for thousands of workers across the United States under state and federal law in over a dozen cases. His notable recoveries include generating a $9.9 million settlement on behalf of retail employees and winning a two-week arbitration representing misclassified account representatives against a Fortune 500 company. Matthew has also recovered over $10 million for employees in cases alleging violations of the WARN Act when the employees were not provided required notice before their terminations.
He has also represented customers challenging deceptive business practices and has worked to obtain significant recoveries in consumer fraud cases against companies including Chase, Mercedes-Benz and The Ritz-Carlton. He currently represents consumers in cases against HBO, Logitech, and Chipotle, among others. In addition to representing plaintiffs in class action cases, Matthew has also represented institutional clients including labor unions and conducted a risk management analysis for a multi-national health and wellness consumer product corporation.
Matthew has been selected by his peers as a “Rising Star” by Northern California Super Lawyers each year from 2011-2014 and was chosen as a “Super Lawyer” in 2016, the first year he was eligible for the distinction. He has been a regular speaker at industry conventions and seminars on topics ranging from arbitration, expert discovery, settlement strategies, and the rapidly changing field of privacy law.
B.A., Political Science and Criminal Justice, magna cum laude, Chapman University (2002)
J.D., The University of Michigan Law School (2005)
Publications and Speaking Engagements:
Expert Depositions: Promoting Expertise and Limiting Exposure –Bridgeport Continuing Legal Education “Mastering the Deposition” Seminar (January 2017)
“How Viable Is the Prospect of Private Enforcement of Privacy Rights In The Age of Big Data? An Overview of Trends and developments In Privacy Class Actions” – Competition, The Journal of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the State Bar of California, Volume 24, No. 1 (Spring 2015)
Panel Discussion of Sony Pictures Data Breach Cases – CNBC’s “Squawk On the Street” (December 2014)
New and Developing Practice Areas – CAOC 53rd Annual Convention (November 2014)
Privacy Law Symposium – University of California, Hastings College of the La (April 2014)
Update On the Target Data Breach Litigation – HarrisMartin Target Data Breach MDL Conference (March 2014)
Consumer Privacy Law – 8th Annual CAOC Class Action Seminar (February 2014)
Privacy Litigation and Management: Strategies For Protection and Litigation – Bridgeport Continuing Legal Education Seminar (December 2012)
Class Action Settlement Strategies and Mechanics – 12th Annual Bridgeport Class Action Litigation & Management Conference (April 2012)
Developments In the Arbitration of Wage and Hour Disputes – Bridgeport 2010 Wage and Hour Conference (October 2010)
Bar Affiliations and Court Admissions:
Bar of the State of California
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, and the District of Colorado
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom
Consumer Attorneys of California (Diversity Committee)
American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)