Matt Callahan is a senior staff attorney at Muslim Advocates. In this capacity, he uses impact litigation, public education, and other advocacy strategies to combat anti-Muslim bigotry and discrimination at the federal state and local levels.
Before joining Muslim Advocates, Matt was a litigation associate in the San Francisco office of Schiff Hardin LLP, where he specialized in free speech, product liability, and employment cases. His case work included successfully briefing a motion to dismiss a First Amendment case brought by the ACLU of San Diego, briefing and arguing a successful anti-SLAPP motion in a million-dollar defamation case, and successfully suing for the return of a client’s cat.
Before starting at the firm, Matt served as a technology & civil liberties fellow at the ACLU of Northern California. His work focused on online free speech, digital privacy, and government surveillance, as well as litigation under the U.S. and California Constitutions.
Matt earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law. During law school, he won several awards for oral advocacy, including tying for U.S. National Champion Team of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Matt completed undergraduate studies at Harvard College, where he earned an A.B. cum laude in English & American Literature & Language.
Matt is admitted to the bar in the state of California, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California.