Matt Aidan Getz is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law group. His practice focuses on appellate matters, typically involving complex commercial or constitutional litigation. He has briefed cases in federal and state courts across the country.
- Persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to hold unanimously that plaintiffs suing under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 must plead and prove that they bought shares registered under the allegedly misleading registration statement. Slack Technologies, LLC v. Pirani (U.S. No. 22-200).
- Convinced the Ninth Circuit to affirm denial of class certification in a case of first impression involving claims challenging Liberty Mutual’s methods of settling insurance claims for totaled vehicles. Lara v. First National Insurance Co. of America (9th Cir. No. 21-35126).
- Secured reversal of class certification for State Farm in a published Fifth Circuit opinion similarly involving claims challenging the insurer’s method of estimating the actual cash value of totaled vehicles. Bourque v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. (5th Cir. No. 22-30126).
- Won a landmark victory for Reddit in the first case of any federal court of appeals to address the scope of FOSTA’s exception to immunity under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act for certain civil sex-trafficking claims. Does 1-6 v. Reddit, Inc. (9th Cir. No. 21-56293).
- Secured reversal of a judgment against a major construction company in a case presenting important questions involving the claim-presentation requirement of California’s Government Claims Act. Stronghold Engineering Inc. v. City of Monterey (Cal. Ct. App. No. H050157).
- Persuaded the Ninth Circuit to affirm summary judgment in favor of AIG and other insurers in a first-of-its-kind decision among federal courts of appeals finding no duty to defend with respect to opioid lawsuits brought by local and state governments. AIU Insurance Co. v. McKesson Corp. (9th Cir. No. 22-16158).
- Represented UC College of the Law, San Francisco, formerly known as UC Hastings, in high-profile litigation brought by alumni and distant descendants of school founder Serranus Clinton Hastings, securing the denial of the plaintiffs’ preliminary-injunction motion that permitted the school to go forward with its name change.
Matt also maintains an active pro bono practice. Highlights include:
- Represented a Louisiana man sentenced to 125 years’ imprisonment for a single count of armed robbery after being convicted by a nonunanimous jury vote throughout his state postconviction and federal habeas proceedings, eventually resulting in a favorable resentencing.
- Represented a coalition of former prosecutors and public defenders as amici curiae in a case before the California Supreme Court, which later endorsed amici’s views and issued an important opinion reinforcing the rights of noncitizens who seek relief under California Penal Code section 1473.7 on the ground that they were not properly advised of the immigration consequences of guilty pleas. People v. Espinoza (Cal. No. S269647).
- Served as appointed counsel of record in a Sixth Circuit habeas appeal involving a man convicted in violation of Ohio’s castle doctrine governing self-defense in the home.
- Helped secure grant of petition for review on behalf of noncitizen in an important Ninth Circuit appeal involving the aggravated-felony provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Togonon v. Garland (9th Cir. No. 19-71693).
Matt joined Gibson Dunn after serving as a law clerk to Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and Judge Cheryl Ann Krause of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Matt earned his Juris Doctor, with pro bono distinction, from Stanford Law School in 2018. At Stanford, he served as managing editor of the Stanford Law Review, was a semifinalist and awarded Best Respondent’s Brief in the Marion Rice Kirkwood Moot Court Competition, and worked on cert.-stage and merits briefing with the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. He also interned for Judge L. Felipe Restrepo of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Before attending law school, Matt graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and spent several years as a paralegal at a large law firm in New York.
Matt is a member of the California and Virginia bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California and the Eastern District of Virginia.