Matt Brown is a member of Cooley's commercial litigation, class action litigation, cyber/data/privacy, intellectual property litigation, and white collar defense & investigations practice groups. He has extensive experience defending companies in cases presenting novel issues arising from emerging technologies and business models, including many cases involving cutting-edge privacy and data security issues.

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  • Cooley Secures Appellate Victory for Important ‘Sharing Economy’ Platform 

  • Trial Victory in Unfair Competition Case for Uber 

  • eBay Data Breach Class Action Successfully Dismissed 

  • LinkedIn Data Breach Class Action Successfully Resolved 


  • Harvard Law School
    JD, cum laude, 1998

  • Cornell University
    AB, Philosophy
    with Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1992

Admissions & Credentials



  • American Bar Association

  • American Law Institute

  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers

  • Bar Association of San Francisco

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Rankings & Accolades

    BTI Client Service All-Star (2018)

    Cybersecurity Docket: Top Incident Response Leader (2016)

    Legal 500 US: Data Protection and Privacy and Cyber Law (2016, 2017)

    Law360: Privacy Group of the Year (2011, 2013 - 2017, 2020)

    The Recorder: Litigation Department of the Year – Privacy (2015, 2017)

    Northern California Super Lawyers – Business Litigation (2013 - 2018)