Matthew Marca



Matthew D. Marca

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Gutierrez Marca LLP
465 California Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, California 94104

Los Angeles Area Office:
200 Pier Avenue, Suite 425
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Direct SF: (415) 231-6161
Direct LA: (310) 571-9661
Mobile: (415) 269-8253
Fax: (415) 231-6163
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Key Areas

  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • Leaves of Absence and Disability Accommodation
  • Competition and Trade Secret Law
  • Wage and Hour
  • Mergers/Acquisitions and Joint Venture agreements
  • Corporate Governance
  • Contracts


Matthew Marca advises and represents businesses ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, including:

  • Commercial service companies
  • Restaurants
  • High tech companies
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Construction companies
  • Sole proprietors

By getting to know each of his clients’ unique needs and business environments, he strives to reduce litigation through effective policy implementation and management and immediate client feedback regarding pressing issues. Matthew uses his close client relationships to effectively defend against allegations of all types of discrimination, wrongful discharge and denial of benefits, as well as the plethora of issues that arise in union grievance arbitrations. He has represented employers in both state and federal courts in lawsuits involving:

  • Disability
  • Age and gender discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Denial of California Family Rights Act and Family Medical Leave Act leave
  • Wrongful termination

Additionally, Matthew regularly counsels employers in many aspects of the employment relationship, helping companies to minimize exposure and avoid litigation on issues related to:

  • Executive employment agreements
  • Disability accommodation
  • Trade secret protection
  • Background investigations
  • Sexual harassment investigations
  • Separation agreements
  • Developing personnel policies and procedures

Prior to founding Gutierrez Marca LLP, Matthew was a Shareholder in Littler Mendelson’s San Francisco and Washington DC offices.

Academic Credentials

  • J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, 1995
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Washington DC

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco

Publications & Press

  • Social Media and Ethical Considerations During Representation and Trial, ABA Mid-Winter Ethics Subcommittee Meeting, March 2016
  • Management and Employee Training on Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation, San Francisco, November 2014.
  • Maintaining Impartiality in the Age of Electronic Social Media, ABA Mid-Winter Ethics Subcommittee Meeting, Los Cabos, Mexico, March 2014
  • Your Internship Program May Be In Violation,, July 2, 2013.
  • Ethics in Discovery: Where the Rubber Meets the Road Section of Labor and Employment Law, American Bar Association, March 2013.
  • California Hiring and Firing Update: New Traps, New Laws Practicing Law Institute, 2010, 2011.
  • California Supreme Court Reject Employees Right to Sue for Misappropriated Tips But An Unfair Competition Cause of Action Remains, Littler ASAP, August 18, 2010.
  • California Appellate Court Protects Employers Who Allow Tips for Dishwashers, Littler ASAP, April 7, 2009.

Speaking Engagements

  • Relocation and Employment Law, Kansas City, KS, September 2017.
  • Recruiting and Employment Law, Loyola Marymount University, April 2017
  • September 2013 Workforce Mobility and Employment Law: Unchartered Territory  Charlotte Metro Area Relocation Council, Charlotte, NC, September 2013.
  • Ethics in Discovery: Where the Rubber Meets the Road Mid-Winter Meeting, Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee, Section of Labor and Employment Law – American Bar Association, Miami Florida, March 2013.
  • Workforce Mobility and Employment Law 2012 Global Workforce Symposium – Worldwide ERC, Washington, DC, October 2012.
  • Advanced Training for Harassment and Discrimination Investigations, Client Presentation, Houston, TX, June 2011.
  • Practical Approaches to Employment Issues for Executives and Managers, Client Presentation, San Francisco, CA, March 2011.
  • California Hiring and Firing Update 2011: New Traps, New Laws, San Francisco, CA, March 2011.
  • Handling Workplace Disabilities & Leaves of Absence, Nationwide Webinar, April 2009.

Blog Posts

  • California Supreme Court Holds Employees Do Not Have Private Right of Action to Sue for Tips, Wage & Hour Counsel, August 2010.
  • Update: California Supreme Court Will Not Review Starbucks’ Appellate Victory in $86 Million Tip Case,  Wage & Hour Counsel, September 2009.
  • Trial Court Award Overturned in Starbucks Tip Pooling Case,  Wage & Hour Counsel, June 2009.