Matthew C. Helland is an experienced and tenacious litigator who has fought for workers’ and consumers’ rights throughout his career. Matt serves as the managing partner of Nichols Kaster’s San Francisco office, where he focuses his practice on class and collective wage and hour cases filed in California and throughout the country. Handling both large class actions and individual matters throughout this career, Matt has developed a record of success in significant and complex litigation.
Matt litigates each of his cases with the same zealous advocacy and passionate protection of his clients’ rights, whether the case involves millions of dollars and thousands of clients, or thousands of dollars and one individual. In addition to representing workers across the country in wage and hour actions, Matt has also handled cases involving WARN Act violations, breach of contract, and severance negotiations. Matt has prevailed on behalf of clients at all stages of litigation, from individual arbitrations to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
An active volunteer within the legal community, Matt serves as the WARN Act subcommittee co-chair for the ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee; the Employee Vice Chair of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Webinar Committee; a member of the Education Committee of the California Employment Lawyers Association; and a Chapter Editor of the Fair Labor Standards Act Midwinter report for the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law. Matt is an also active volunteer at Workers' Rights Clinics through Legal Aid at Work, where he supervises student attorneys in providing legal assistance to low wage workers.
Matt graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2005. While attending the University of Minnesota Law School, Matt was a staff member and Managing Tribute Editor of the University of Minnesota Journal of Global Trade. He also participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic, representing the interests of children as a student attorney in both Family and Juvenile Court. Matt graduated magna cum laude from Rhodes College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature.
Matt is admitted to practice in front of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Ninth Circuits, and the state and federal courts of Minnesota and California.