Matt Kugizaki has experience in all aspects of litigation. He represents companies, nonprofit entities, and individuals in disputes involving complex legal claims with an emphasis on contract, professional malpractice, health care, and employment issues.
Prior to joining Baute Crochetiere Hartley & Velkei, Mr. Kugizaki was an associate at prestigious national law firms, including Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Loeb & Loeb.
Throughout his career, Mr. Kugizaki has represented clients in high-stakes disputes involving difficult legal issues impacting his clients and, often, the community at large. For example, Mr. Kugizaki represented a leading educational institution in litigation over the ownership rights of a unique parcel of land adjacent to the university’s campus area, having a potential impact on thousands of students.
At Baute Crochetiere Hartley & Velkei, Mr. Kugizaki is representing the founding corporate members of a nonprofit regional health care delivery network in litigation involving complex organizational governance disputes and critical patient care issues.
Mr. Kugizaki is committed to pro bono representation and has provided hundreds of hours of service to various pro bono organizations. Among other things, Mr. Kugizaki has represented individuals seeking asylum and special immigrant juvenile status, as well as a class of individuals for issues related to telephone access in immigration detention. Mr. Kugizaki also served as a Lecturer in Law at UCLA where he co-taught “Introduction to the Lawyer-Client Relationship,” which focused on training law students to provide pro bono legal services in their community.
Mr. Kugizaki graduated from Boston University School of Law, where he received the Faculty Award for Academic Accomplishment and served as an Editor of Boston University Law Review. Mr. Kugizaki received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Statistics from UCLA. At UCLA, he served as a teaching assistant and conducted empirical research in the field of epidemiology.
Mr. Kugizaki has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2018, 2019, and 2020.