Racine, Matthew T.



Civil Rights| Employment | Tort Litigation

MRacine@daleyheft.com ; LinkedIn

858-755-5666  ext. 7215


  • Willamette University College of Law, summa cum laude, J.D., 2006
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D. (History), 2003
  • University of California, San Diego, magna cum laude, B.A., 1994

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • State Bar of Oregon (inactive)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon


  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member, San Diego North County Bar Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Matt Racine assists the firm’s clients with civil litigation and appellate matters, focusing on personal injury and civil rights cases.

Representative cases include:

  • Catastrophic personal injury – paraplegia and traumatic brain injury – suffered by foreign
    national while on school-sponsored trip to Tanzania;
  • Personal injury, including traumatic brain injury, of high school student struck by DUI driver in
    crosswalk in front of school;
  • Wrongful death lawsuit involving the deaths of five teenagers during high-speed, single car
  • Wrongful death arising from high-speed police pursuit; and
  • Sexual harassment lawsuit against employer and co-worker.

Prior to joining Daley & Heft, Mr. Racine practiced at Garrett, Hemann, Robertson, P.C. in Salem, Oregon. While practicing in Oregon, Mr. Racine specialized in representing school districts and other public entities. He also drafted numerous appellate briefs, briefing issues on behalf of public entity and individual clients relating to issues of employment law, collective bargaining law, administrative law, and family law.

Mr. Racine graduated first in his class from the Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, where he was a member of the Willamette Law Review and received eight high paper awards, including those for Appellate Advocacy, Employment Law, and Legal Research and Writing.

Publications include:

    •  “Apparent Agency: A Malpractice Trap for Physicians and Tips to Avoid It”, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, July 2007.  Article discusses how physicians can avoid legal problems caused by apparent (or ostensible) agency.
    • “ADA Amendments Act of 2008”, North Country Lawyer (magazine of North San Diego County Bar Association) April 2009.  Article provides an overview of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, with emphasis on impacts to employers.
    • “Establishing a Compliant Internship Program: Complying with Legal Requirements while Giving Back”, Perspective, newsletter of ACWA-JPIA, September 2010.  An overview of how to correctly hire and use interns without violating wage and hour laws.
    • Bar Exam Mind: A Strategy Guide for an Anxiety-Free Bar Exam (2011)