Mattheus E. Stephens is founding partner of the San Diego law firm Progressive Law Group. In addition, he has served as a lecturer at the University of California’s San Diego campus for more than a decade. Matt specializes in general civil litigation and has handled a wide range of cases involving business disputes, employment issues, civil rights claims, intellectual property and real property disputes, and unregistered domestic partnership dissolutions. Matt recently won the groundbreaking Lorri Sulpizio vs. San Diego Community College District case, paving the way for improved gender equity standards at the community college level in California and throughout the nation. He is also known for his involvement in the ongoing Boy Scouts of America litigation and the California marriage initiative. As in those cases, much of his work focuses on the defense of our civil and personal liberties, and the battle to end discrimination on every level.
Matt holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, signifying the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.
Matt earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, in 1990 and started his law career at Gray Cary Ames & Frye (now DLA Piper) as a commercial litigation associate. Matt now combines the practice of law with community service work, which includes being a founding member and former co-president of the Tom Homann Law Association, San Diego’s gay, lesbian and bisexual bar association. Matt is a winner of the Gloria Steinem Communications Award and the San Diego County Bar Association Community Service Award. He is a founding member of the public policy department and former member of the board of directors of the LGBT Community Center; a former member of the board of directors for the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties; and a former chair of the City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission. The San Diego Daily Transcript voted Matt a San Diego County Top Attorney for 2008, and he currently serves as vice-president of the City of San Diego Civil Service Commission.