Matthew Edling Environmental Law

Matt Edling has dedicated his career to litigating socially just actions. He has prosecuted cases against the largest oil and insurance companies, financial institutions and multinational corporations, and won. Matt typically represents public entities in large individual actions, as well as plaintiffs in complex class actions. He has been appointed lead or co-lead counsel in multiple class actions in state and federal courts, as well as primary counsel in multiparty actions throughout the country. Over his career, Matt has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients in environmental, securities, insurance bad faith, consumer, and contract claims. Recently, he served as lead counsel for several cities and counties against the accounting firm, banks and upper management arising out of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy (In Re: Lehman Bros. Sec. and ERISA Litig., 09-md-02017 (SDNY)). Matt’s clients recovered more than $100 million and were the only parties to recover from Lehman Brothers’ directors and officers individually. In the Lehman Bros. action, he was designated by the court as national liaison counsel for all plaintiffs in nationwide federal multidistrict litigation. Matt’s successes led to The Recorder naming him as one of the top fifty California attorneys with under ten years of practice (2012), and he has been named among the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills, with an AVPreeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell. Matt is a 2002 graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he was awarded the University’s highest academic honor and named class Valedictorian. He is a 2007 graduate of Hastings College of the Law where he was a member of the Law and Policy Review and the Civil Justice Clinic.

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