Paul Mata


  • location icon Los Angeles, CA
    633 West 5th Street
    Suite 4000
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

Paul Mata is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. He represents employers in a variety of employment litigation matters and also provides general employment advice and counseling. Mr. Mata’s clients have included management in the healthcare, entertainment, higher education, retail, transportation, manufacturing, trucking, defense contractor, franchise, staffing agency and hospitality industries, among others.

Mr. Mata has significant litigation experience defending employers in individual and multi-plaintiff lawsuits regarding workplace discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination and wage claims. He has litigated cases involving allegations of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, disability and medical leave discrimination as well as claims of sexual harassment. Mr. Mata is experienced in litigating cases in state and federal court, in arbitration, with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement.

In addition, Mr. Mata has extensive experience representing employers in wage and hour class and collective action lawsuits, including cases involving overtime pay, meal and rest breaks, employee misclassifications, reimbursements and legally compliant wage statements. Mr. Mata’s class action experience includes successfully defending state wage and hour lawsuits and PAGA representative actions, as well as nationwide FLSA collective actions, involving class members ranging from several hundred employees to tens of thousands.

In the last year, Mr. Mata has successfully defeated class certification in a nationwide trucking wage and hour case in federal court. Mr. Mata has also recently obtained a full summary judgment victory in a FEHA disability and race discrimination case in Los Angeles Superior Court. 

Mr. Mata also assists clients with pre-litigation resolution of employee disputes, as well as general employment counseling. His practice includes helping employers comply with state and federal employment laws, creating and updating employee handbooks and policies, conducting workplace investigations and audits, and implementing alternative workweeks schedules for employees.



United States District Court: Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Hispanic Bar Association
  • Mexican American Bar Association


University of Michigan Law School

Juris Doctor, 2007

University of Texas at Austin

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts, 2002

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