Matthew McConnell

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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El Camino Real 12275
San Diego 92130 CA US

Matthew S. McConnell is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm’s San Diego (Del Mar) Office. Mr. McConnell primarily specializes in labor and employment matters on behalf of management. He has significant trial experience and has achieved multiple defense verdicts.

He has extensive experience defending employers in wrongful termination and employment discrimination litigation, including claims for harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. He also has significant experience representing employers on a variety of issues including representative and class action wage and hour matters, traditional labor matters, unfair competition claims, breach of contract, fraud and prevailing wages.

In addition to his labor and employment practice, Mr. McConnell also handles a variety of general business litigation matters and is a member of the firm’s Construction Practice Group. Mr. McConnell also has significant experience with Indian law and is actively involved in litigation on behalf of Indian Tribes.

Mr. McConnell has achieved numerous dismissals of cases against employers on summary judgment. Mr. McConnell has also successfully tried cases including a complete defense verdict on behalf of a national retailer in a discrimination, harassment and retaliation case in Los Angeles Superior Court, a complete defense verdict on behalf of a contractor on a claim for unlawful retaliation in San Diego Superior Court, and a directed verdict in favor of a home builder on claims for breach of contract and failure to pay wages.

In a single plaintiff lawsuit, Mr. McConnell obtained terminating sanctions and monetary sanctions of over $100,000 against the plaintiff. Mr. McConnell has also been involved in a number of general construction related matters including successfully suing a private golf club on behalf of a world renowned luxury resort for various claims related to groundwater intrusion.

On behalf of an Indian Tribe client, Mr. McConnell successfully moved for summary judgment as a plaintiff against a contractor who was improperly licensed for over $900,000 in one action, and over $2,000,000 in another. Mr. McConnell has successfully argued a number of matters before the Courts of Appeal, including Russ Will Mechanical, Inc. v. DIR, where the Court of Appeal held that offsite fabrication at a non-exclusive shop was not covered by prevailing wages.


  • J.D., Duke University, 2000
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego, 1992


  • California
  • U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section, San Diego County Bar Association


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