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Matthew Taylor

Matthew specializes in public sector labor law, representing police officers, firefighters, and other public employees in internal investigations, disciplinary and termination proceedings, grievances, arbitrations, civil litigation, and collective bargaining. In addition to his legal experience, Matthew draws from his background in law enforcement and investigations to fight for his clients. He served as a police officer in NYPD’s 67th Precinct in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. He was also an investigator for the City of New York and a legal intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C.

Prior to joining Messing, Adam & Jasmine, Matthew spent his legal career representing large, corporate clients in firms with a global presence. Over time, he realized that his corporate practice was too impersonal for his taste, and he desired a more dynamic career with a strong, human element. He is thrilled to find the perfect fit at Messing Adam & Jasmine, with its focus on working closely with unions and dedicated public sector employees.


New York University School of Law, LL.M. 2011
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. 2005
Duke University, B.A. cum laude 1996

Affiliations & Memberships
State Bar of California
State Bar of New York
Bar Association of San Francisco


Co-author with Gary Messing, “PERB Recognizes Expanded Rights to Representation Beyond ‘Investigatory’ Interviews,” The CAL FIRE Local 2881 Fire Front, Summer 2019

Co-author with Gary Messing, “Relying Upon the MOU’s Entire Agreement Clause Local 2881 Reverses RRU’s Change in Overtime Policy,” The CAL FIRE Local 2881 Fire Front, Fall 2019

“Right to Representation Extends to Written Statements,” PORAC Law Enforcement News (Vol. 57 No. 5 May 2019)

Co-author with Gregg Adam, “Anti-Labor Forces Seek to Use Janus Ruling to End Exclusive Representation,” PORAC Law Enforcement News (Vol. 57 No. 3 March 2019)

Co-author with Wendi J. Berkowitz, “Supreme Court Reverses Denial of Qualified Immunity in Excessive-Force Case,” PORAC Law Enforcement News (Vol. 57 No. 2 February 2019)

Contributing author to The Labor Beat, Messing Adam & Jasmine’s periodic publication highlighting topics germane to public sector labor employees