Matthew Bush is a senior associate in the Complex Litigation group and the Supreme Court and Appellate group.

Matt represents clients in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels. His work spans a wide range of subject areas, including constitutional law, copyright, patent, employment, class actions, criminal law, products liability, federal jurisdiction, bankruptcy, and others.

Prior to joining Orrick, Matt served as a law clerk for Judge Chester J. Straub of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Jan. E. DuBois of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Matt represents Oracle in Oracle v. Google, a high stakes copyright trial known as the "World Series of IP."  Google copied thousands of lines of code from Oracle's Java Platform, and used those lines in the Android operating system found in smartphones and other devices.  Matt has a background in computer programming, and has experience writing in languages such as Java, JavaScript, and PHP.


    • Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortgage Corp. (Supreme Court): Achieved a unanimous victory, persuading the Court that Fannie Mae's charter does not automatically confer federal jurisdiction whenever Fannie is a party.  At the cert stage, the Orrick team convinced the Solicitor General's Office to recommend that the Court both grant certiorari and rule in our clients' favor on the merits.

    • County Los Angeles v. Mendez (Supreme Court): Achieved unanimous victory, persuading the Supreme Court to overturn the Ninth Circuit's controversial "provocation rule" in excessive force cases.

    • City of Los Angeles v. Patel (Supreme Court): Defended the constitutionality of an ordinance—aimed at deterring prostitution, drugs, and other crime at cheap motels—requiring hotel operators to keep a guest register and make it available to the police.  
    • Oracle v. Google (Supreme Court, Fed. Cir., and N.D. Cal.): Represents Oracle in high stakes copyright case involving whether Android impermissibly copies from the Java platform.  Matt was part of both the trial team and the appellate team, which won a second appellate victory when the Federal Circuit held that Google's copying was not fair use as a matter of law.
    • Moussouris v. Microsoft (W.D. Wash): Successfully defeated a class certification motion attempting to certify a class of 8,600 female IT employees and engineers who claimed discrimination in pay and promotion and sought over $230 million in damages.  (Class Cert Opposition Brief)
    • Johnson & Johnson Talc Litigation.  Part of the Orrick team serving as national coordinating counsel for J&J on its asbestos-related talc litigation.  Matt was also part of the trial team in Hayes v. Johnson & Johnson that recently secured a full defense verdict in Johnson & Johnson's favor.  In that case, he argued the motion for summary judgment (video), a Daubert motion leading to the exclusion of expert testimony (video), jury instructions, and the directed verdict motion.
    • Prout v. St. Paul's School (D.N.H.): Represented St. Paul's School in a sensitive civil case arising out of the high-profile conviction of a former student for sexual assault.  The team negotiated a confidential settlement.
    • Nitto Denko v. Hutchinson Technology (D. Minn.): Represented Nitto Denko in a patent infringement case involving "flexures" - circuits in hard disk drives.  Matt argued a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction.  The team negotiated a confidential settlement.
    • Buchwald v. The Renco Group (2d Cir.):  Represented Renco in its appeal of a $200 million judgment for fraudulent conveyance.
    • Finerty v. Abex (New York Court of Appeals):  Represented the Chamber of Commerce as amicus in a case concerning the requirements for piercing the corporate veil.

    Recent pro bono matters:

    • Trump v. Hawaii (S.Ct.):  Represented former high-ranking executive branch officials in an amicus brief supporting the challengers to the travel ban which was highlighted by Linda Greenhouse of the New York Times 
    • Garcia v. City of Santa Clara (9th Cir.): Represented Daniel Garcia on appeal in an excessive force and false arrest § 1983 case. (Opening Brief | Reply Brief)
    • People v. Laboy (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dep't): Represents Alexis Laboy filing a 440 motion seeking to vacate his assault conviction. 

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