Matthew Owens joined Miner, Barnhill & Galland as an associate in 2016. He represents plaintiffs in civil rights, environmental justice, consumer protection, and wage and hour cases.
Matt graduated from Stanford Law School in 2014. During law school, he worked at a pro-bono legal clinic, where he recovered unpaid wages for workers, obtained government assistance for disabled individuals, and defended tenants from unlawful evictions. He also worked on a class action lawsuit to compensate more than 2,400 janitors for minimum wage violations, which ultimately settled for $2.3 million. Outside of his work at the clinic, Matt served as a senior editor for the Stanford Law Review, delivered a presentation on criminal justice reform to Governor Jerry Brown, and provided research assistance for a poverty law textbook.
After law school, Matt served as a law clerk to the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Honorable Jane B. Stranch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Between college and law school, Matt worked at the State Department’s anti-human trafficking office, which leads the U.S. government’s international efforts to combat modern slavery. Matt graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in philosophy and political science. His senior thesis on political asylum was awarded “highest honors” by the philosophy department.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Chicago Council of Lawyers