Matt Simmons, EPIC Legal Fellow

Matthew Simmons, University of California President’s Public Service Law Fellow & Emmett Family Fellow in Environmental Law

Matt graduated from UCLA School of Law in May 2020 with specializations in Environmental Law and Public Interest Law. While there, Matt served as President of the Environmental Law Society, participated in the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic, and completed a summer internship at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Matt feels incredibly grateful that he gets to spend his days working to defend Northern California’s magnificent forests. Ever since he first visited Humboldt county several years ago, Matt has hoped he would be able to return and now he gets to call this unique place his home.

At EPIC, Matt is focused on using his law degree to make life as difficult as possible for people who want to harm the environment. Whether it’s private companies, misguided state agencies, or the federal government (no matter who is in charge), Matt is ready to use every legal tool at his disposal to defend this corner of the planet. When he’s not working, Matt can be found enjoying the places he protects, usually on a hike or at the beach. If you’d like to reach Matt, you can email him at [email protected].