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Matthew Turetzky

Senior Associate

(510) 906-4905 | mturetzky@nortonlaw.com | VCF

Matt Turetzky has litigated cases in federal and state courts across the country. He has experience in a diverse range of practice areas, including intellectual property, trade secrets, health care, state and federal False Claims Act litigation, the Freedom of Information Act, and commercial disputes, including Unfair Competition Law claims, contract disputes, and business torts. He has also worked on a variety of administrative law matters, including matters before the California Contractors State Licensing Board and bid protests before the United States Government Accountability Office. Matt has taken and defended depositions, argued motions, first-chaired mediations, and successfully negotiated favorable settlement agreements.

In March 2019, along with partners Fred Norton and Bree Hann, Matt helped pro bono client Ronald Turner obtain one of the 100 largest California jury verdicts of 2019. After four days of testimony and argument, a jury in San Francisco federal court returned a verdict for Mr. Turner of $2.75 million. Matt did the direct examination of Mr. Turner’s expert – obtaining critical testimony that helped the jury reach their verdict.

Matt’s other recent experience includes:

  • A trade secret case against a former employee of the leading manufacturer of electric vehicles (pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California).
  • Defending a large emergency physicians’ group in a False Claims Act case (pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California).
  • Assisted in the defense of a large technology company in business disputes relating to the implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.
  • First-chaired mediation on behalf of a leading residential solar company in a commercial dispute.
  • Argued a summary judgment motion in California state court on behalf of a Silicon Valley chip-maker in an insurance coverage dispute.
  • Obtained dismissals with prejudice or summary judgment on behalf of several health care and defense industry clients in various False Claims Act cases.
  • Assisted with a successful anti-SLAPP motion in a defamation case in California state court (pending in the California Court of Appeals).

Matt began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Lawrence J. Block at the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC. After his clerkship, Matt joined Dickstein Shapiro LLP and then Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, where he worked in the firm’s Washington, DC and San Francisco offices.

In law school, Matt served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Duke Law & Technology Review. Matt helped edit and publish nineteen articles about intellectual property, technology, and the law. He was also awarded the Dean’s Award in Post-Crash Banking Regulation.

“When Matt and I practiced together, there was no lawyer I would rather staff on my team. Matt can synthesize government enforcement trends, current case law, and practical experience in a way most lawyers can’t.”
-Robert Rhoad, Partner, Nichols Liu LLP.

Education

  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., 2011
  • University of Florida, B.S., 2008

Admitted

  • California
  • Washington, DC
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States Court of Federal Claims

Clerkship

  • United States Court of Federal Claims, Hon. Lawrence J. Block – 2011-2012

Honors

  • Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Star, 2018-2020