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Matthew C. Helland
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Matthew C. Helland

Matthew C. Helland's confidence, perseverance, and attention to detail are invaluable to furthering his client's cause.  Handling both large class actions and individual matters throughout this career, Matt has developed a record of success in significant and complex litigation.

Matt’s cases involve a variety of issues, including wage and hour rights, WARN Act violations, breach of contract, Truth in Lending Act claims, and severance negotiations.  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. Currently, Matt is an active volunteer at the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, where he supervises student attorneys in providing legal assistance to low wage workers.

Matt is licensed in both California and Minnesota.

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.

 

Admissions
  • California Supreme Court
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court – District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota
Education
  • J.D. University of Minnesota Law School, 2005, magna cum laude
  • B.A. Rhodes College, 2002, magna cum laude
Publications / Speaking Engagements
  • Guest Plaintiffs’ Counsel Panelist for “Do the Math: Calculating Exposure and Damages in Wage and Hour Cases.” Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, San Francisco, CA, 2017.
  • Moderator for “Demystifying Federal Court Practice.” CELA 29th Annual Employment Law Conference, Costa Mesa, CA, 2016.
  • Panelist for “Views from the Plaintiffs’ Bar.” American Conference Institute’s 27th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions, New York, NY, 2016.
  • Panelist for “Rule 26: Friend or Foe?” CELA Webinar, 2016.
  • Panelist for “Reviving Hybrid FLSA Collective and Class Actions.” CELA 12th Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Seminar, Oakland, CA, 2016.
  • Panelist for “Calling Their Bluff: Using Arbitration to Gain the Upper Hand.” Impact Fund 14th Annual Class Action Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2016.
  • Panelist for “Arbitration of Wage & Hour Claims.” American Bar Association, Ninth Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2015.
  • Panelist for “It’s 1984 All Over Again: Workplace Monitoring in An Age of Endless Innovation.” American Bar Association, National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law, San Francisco, CA, 2015.
  • "Recent Developments Under The WARN Act and EPPA." American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 2015.
  • Panelist for “Update on Wage and Hour Arbitration 2015: Arbitrating Wage & Hour Cases Given the Changing Legal Landscape and Guidance for Employers Considering Mandatory Arbitration Agreements with Class and Collective Action Waivers.” American Conference Institute’s 23rd National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions, Miami, FL, 2015.
  • Panelist for ”Views from The Plaintiffs’ Bar: Adapting Your Strategies to New and Innovative Techniques and Tactics.” American Conference Institute’s 21st National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions, New York, New York, 2014.
  • "Recent Developments Under The WARN Act and EPPA." American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Miami Beach, FL, 2014.
  • "Recent Developments Under The WARN Act and EPPA." American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Los Cabos, Mexico, 2013.
  • Panelist for “Wage and Hour 101.” Annual Meeting, Labor and Employment Law Section of The State Bar of California, Newport Beach, California, 2012.
  • Panelist for "Litigating FLSA Collective Actions." Bridgeport Seventh Annual Wage & Hour Litigation Conference, San Francisco, California, 2011.
  • "Recent Developments Under The WARN Act and EPPA." American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 2011.
  • "Economically Litigating Multiple Plaintiff Actions." California Employment Lawyers Association, Advanced Wage and Hour Seminar, Los Angeles, California, 2011.
  • "Recent Developments Under The WARN Act and EPPA." American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Los Cabos, Mexico, 2009.
  • "Recent Developments Under The WARN Act and EPPA." American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Jamaica, 2008.
Selected Results
  • Arbitration Victories: Roper v. Federal National Mortgage Association (N.D.Ga.) (Confirming an award of $15,377.20 to Mr. Roper, an underwriter who was misclassified as exempt from overtime, as well as an award of $128,022.72 in attorneys’ fees and costs); Rhodes v. CashCall, Inc. (JAMS, Orange County) (Finding that CashCall misclassified Mr. Rhodes, a loan processor, as exempt from overtime, and awarding $30,000 in damages and $88,179 in attorneys’ fees and costs); Garcia v. CashCall, Inc. (JAMS, Orange County) (Finding that CashCall misclassified Mr. Garcia, a mortgage underwriter, as exempt from overtime, and awarding $20,000 in damages and $98,709 in attorneys’ fees and costs); Good v. CashCall, Inc. (JAMS, Orange County) (Finding that CashCall misclassified Ms. Good, a lead mortgage underwriter, as exempt from overtime, and awarding $43,631 in unpaid overtime and $50,627.49 in attorneys’ fees and costs); Green v. CashCall, Inc. (JAMS, Orange County) (finding that CashCall misclassified Ms. Green, a loan processor, as exempt from overtime, and awarding $15,067.72 in damages and $54,165.50 in attorneys’ fees and costs).
  • Orders Compelling Defendants to Individual Arbitration: Aguilera v. Prospect Mortgage, LLC, 2013 WL 4779179 (C.D. Cal. 2013) (Ordering Defendant to individual arbitration in compliance with its own arbitration agreement, and finding that claimants did not waive their right to arbitrate by first participating in a collective action which was later decertified); Aldrich v. Prospect Mortgage, LLC, 2013 WL 5506676 (N.D. Cal. 2013) (same).
  • Wage and Hour Class and Collective Certification: Cervantez v. Celestica Corp., 253 F.R.D. 562 (C.D. Cal. 2008) (certifying Rule 23 class of manufacturing workers for unpaid time spent in employer’s security lines);Villarreal v. Caremark LLC, 2014 WL 7184014 (D. Ariz. 2014) (granting conditional certification under the FLSA); Goodwin v. Citywide Home Loans, Inc., 2014 WL 7174223 (C.D. Cal. 2014) (same); Williams v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass'n, 2013 WL 3119055 (E.D. Cal. June 20, 2013) (same); Bollinger v. Residential Capital, LLC, 761 F. Supp. 2d 1114, 1115 (W.D. Wash. 2011) (granting conditional certification under the FLSA); Gee v. Suntrust Mortg., Inc., 2011 WL 722111 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 18, 2011) (same); Lindberg v. UHS of Lakeside, LLC, 761 F. Supp. 2d 752 (W.D. Tenn. 2011) (same); Gil v. Solectron Corp., 2009 WL 88346 (N.D. Cal. 2009) (same); Misra v. Decision One Mortg. Co., LLC, 673 F. Supp. 2d 987 (C.D. Cal. 2008) (same); Wong v. HSBC Mortgage Corp. (USA), 2008 WL 753889 (N.D. Cal. 2008).
  • Employer Liability For Wages: Cervantez v. Celestica Corp., 618 F. Supp. 2d 1208 (C.D. Cal. 2009) (finding that manufacturing company was as an employer under California law of temporary employees employed in its facility).
  • FLSA Exemption Defenses: Bollinger v. Residential Capital, LLC, 863 F. Supp. 2d 1041 (W.D. Wash. 2012) (granting plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment on the administrative exemption and the good faith defense); Wong v. HSBC Mortgage Corporation, et al., 2010 WL 3833661 (N.D. Cal., 2010) (September 29, 2010) (granting plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment on the administrative exemption, retail sales and services exemption, and professional exemption).
Titles / Awards / Memberships
  • Named to the Rising Stars list, Northern California Super Lawyers, and San Francisco Magazine 2012-2016
  • Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center Volunteer Supervising Attorney
  • American Bar Association Member
  • California Employment Lawyers Association Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association Member