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Andrea Matsuoka

Associate

Email: amatsuoka@unioncounsel.net
Telephone: (916) 443-6600

Education:
UCLA School of Law, 2012
Williams College, 2004

Andrea Matsuoka joined Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld in 2018.  Her work includes competitive bidding, fair contracting, and prevailing wage compliance cases, as well as the representation of unions and workers in administrative hearings and arbitrations.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Matsuoka was a Lecturer at UCLA School of Law.  As a faculty member of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law & Policy, Ms. Matsuoka taught a yearlong Lawyering Skills course that provided first year public interest law students with the tools they need to be effective legal researchers, writers, and problem-solvers.  She also co-taught Pretrial Civil Litigation.

As a generalist attorney at Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC), Ms. Matsuoka worked with low-income clients and communities to solve housing, income, employment, health, and education problems.  At LSNC, she co-authored an amicus curiae brief in Texas DHCA v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., in which she argued that the existence of implicit bias required the retention of the disparate impact standard in fair housing cases.  Paraphrasing her argument, the Supreme Court for the first time recognized the existence of implicit bias and its effect on decision making.  In addition, as part of LSNC's Race Equity Project, Ms. Matsuoka trained legal services advocates and community allies to recognize the roles race, racialized structures, and bias play in clients' everyday lives and in advocacy efforts.

Ms. Matsuoka clerked for Judge Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  She earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law (Order of the Coif), where she specialized in Public Interest Law & Policy and served as Articles Editor of UCLA Law Review.

Before law school, Ms. Matsuoka worked in Washington D.C. in various avenues of social change.  She served as a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow, a Health Research Assistant for a U.S. Senator, a Legislative Assistant for a U.S. Representative, and a community organizer working with foster youth to improve the D.C. foster care system.

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