Matthew W. Burris is an associate in the San Diego office and is a member of the Litigation practice group. Mr. Burris represents school districts in litigation and other legal issues related to labor and employment, employee discipline and investigations, and special education.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Burris served in The University of North Texas System's Office of the General Counsel, where his primary practice areas included corporate governance, development, intercollegiate athletics, tax, employee benefits, and international operations. He also served as an associate in a Mississippi firm where he successfully represented public entities in all areas of civil litigation, including Title VII, ADA/Rehabilitation Act, and First Amendment claims.
Mr. Burris earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. While attending, he won the 2L Moot Court Appellate Competition, received Outstanding Student Award for Alternate Dispute Resolution and Federal Trial Practice, and was a member of the Dean's Leadership Council. He also served as a summer legal intern with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of General Counsel in its litigation division and its Division of Elementary, Secondary, Adult, and Vocational Education.
Mr. Burris's professional career began as a teacher. He taught multiple subjects at junior high and high schools in Mississippi and Texas, including English, Spanish and SAT Prep, served as Campus Dyslexia Specialist, and regularly participated as a faculty representative in IEP/504 proceedings.
Mr. Burris graduated with honors from the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.A. in English Education.