Matthew J. Tako

Matthew J. Tako

Associate, Litigation


Matt Tako’s practice focuses on both civil and criminal matters, with his representations including financial services firms, technology companies, restaurants, automakers and individuals in connection with litigation and investigations by both federal and state agencies.

Mr. Tako’s experience includes the following representative matters:

  • the successful defense of insider trading charges, at jury trial, of James V. Mazzo, the former CEO of Advanced Medical Optics. The jury voted 10-2 in favor of acquittal, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California ultimately dismissed the matter with prejudice while the SEC settled parallel litigation on a neither-admit-nor-deny basis;
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. in connection with a DOJ and FDA investigation relating to the 2015-16 norovirus outbreaks;
  • a manufacturer in response to a whistleblower letter alleging that the CEO and CFO were engaged in revenue recognition fraud;
  • a “Big Four” accounting firm in a multiweek arbitration in which a former audit client sought more than $500 million in damages for alleged breach of contract and malpractice claims;
  • Criteo S.A. in a lawsuit brought against SteelHouse Inc. alleging false advertising, unfair competition, fraud and intentional interference claims;
  • an individual in connection with an investigation being conducted by California’s Fair Political Practices Commission; and
  • a financial institution in assessing whether its internal policies and procedures were UDAAP-compliant.

Mr. Tako also has an active pro bono practice, which has included representations of clients facing housing and habitability issues, a wage theft matter for a Los Angeles garment worker, incorporation of a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, and multiple amicus briefs supporting the constitutionality of gun control laws and reforms. His pro bono matters have received honors from both Public Counsel and the Inner City Law Center, and he sits on the Advisory Board for the Western Center on Law and Poverty as well as the Pro Bono Council of the Inner City Law Center.



  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2015 (cum laude; Executive Editor of Online Content, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review)
  • B.A., University of Southern California, 2009 (magna cum laude)


  • California


  • Advisory Board, Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Pro Bono Council, Inner City Law Center

Matthew J. Tako