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“I joined FPLG, inspired by the words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg – ‘Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.’ As nonprofits, many of our clients operate under this philosophy on a daily basis. Through my representation, I hope my work likewise encourages others to advocate for these organizations and the work they do.”


Matthew Learned, Esq., MBA

Partner | Litigation Practice

Matthew Learned serves as chair of FPLG’s Litigation Practice Group, leading a dedicated team of legal professionals in the representation of the firm’s nonprofit and business clients.

Mr. Learned began his legal career “in-house” for an independent record label, before transitioning into civil litigation. His diverse civil litigation experience over more than a decade includes taking complicated cases through trial and appeal, with both the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeals.

Over the course of his legal practice, Mr. Learned has assisted individuals enforce their statutory rights as members of nonprofit organizations, boards of directors navigate internal disputes, and organizations deal with employment actions, contract disputes, and trademark infringement matters.


  • California Bar
  • California Supreme Court
  • US District Courts for all District Courts of California (Southern, Eastern, Northern, Central)


  • Juris Doctor, California Western School of Law
  • Master of Business Administration, San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration & Marketing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Professional Associations

  • San Diego County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Nonprofit Organizations and Cryptocurrency, University of San Diego Live Webinar, March 2022


  • Potocki v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.: The Need for Clarity When Investors Disallow Loan Modifications, UTA Quarterly, WInter 2019, at 12.
  • Security First Rule Poses Dangers for Loans Secured by Multiple Properties, UTA Quarterly, Winter 2014, at 12.
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San Diego Cause Conference

University of San Diego

The San Diego Cause Conference brings together executive leaders, marketers, donors, and social entrepreneurs of the region’s top purpose-driven businesses, organizations, and nonprofits. For over 20 years, Cause Conference™ has been a driving force for positive social impact through the sharing of ideas and strategies to build a more humanitarian community. It is a place for individuals and organizations from for-profit and nonprofit sectors to engage and collaborate. Founded and hosted by AMA San Diego, Cause Conference inspires for-profit businesses to become more community conscious, striving for social enhancement beyond the scope of traditional business transactions. We show businesses that promoting social good also improves profitability, employee morale, and public perception. We empower nonprofit organizations to become more self-sufficient by leveraging strategies typically used in the for-profit sector.


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