Matthew Junker is a dedicated civil rights lawyer representing employees in cases of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wage theft. He believes work should be a creative and empowering process, but far too many employees experience abuses that strike at their core dignity. Matthew is proud to stand with employees who have suffered workplace violations to hold employers accountable and ensure that every employee receives the justice they deserve.
Matthew earned his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. At Berkeley Law, he co-directed a student-run workers’ rights clinic that provides free legal services to low-wage workers. He also served as Senior Articles Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, the most cited employment law journal in the world. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego.
Before joining Swan Employment Law, Matthew clerked for the Honorable Robert C. Chambers of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. There, he conducted legal research, drafted judicial opinions and orders, and assisted with hearings and trials. Matthew previously worked as a summer associate at Bryan Schwartz Law, one of the Bay Area’s premier plaintiff-side employment firms. His experience also includes a judicial externship with the United States Department of Labor Office of Administrative Law Judges and a clerkship with Legal Aid at Work, a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the rights of low-wage workers.
United States District Court, Southern District of California
Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Employment Discrimination, Trial Bar News, December 2020 (with Susan Swan).
Ending LGBTQ Employment Discrimination by Catholic Institutions, 40 Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law 403 (2019).
Never Okay: A Single Instance of the N–Word in California Workplaces May Be Enough to Sustain an HWE Claim, Plaintiff Magazine, September 2018 (with Bryan Schwartz).
Fighting for Workers: A Guide for Law Students, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, August 2018 (with Andrea Núñez and Reynaldo Fuentes).
Matthew is a native San Diegan and delighted to be home after several years away. Outside of advocating for his clients, he enjoys participating in social movements, playing the banjo, spending time with his two rescue dogs, and being active in his faith community.