Board of Advisors

Matt Johnson

Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP

Matt is a partner at Ziffren Brittenham LLP, where he served as managing partner for eight years until 2018. He has an extensive film and television practice, representing some of the most recognizable on-camera talent today, as well as many renowned film and television producers, directors, and writers. He also represents some of the biggest superstars in the world of sports and music. 


In 2008, Matt was the youngest person ever recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the 100 Power Lawyers in the Entertainment Industry, and he has remained on that list every year since. He has also been named one of the Root 100 Most Influential African Americans in the United States. 


Matt supports several charitable and civic organizations. He is currently a Board Member of the International Rescue Committee, LA 2028 Olympic Games, and NYU School of Law. He is also on the advisory board of the Policing Project at NYU. Matt was the treasurer of the Kamala Harris Presidential Campaign and previously served as an At-Large Member of the Democratic National Committee, where he served on the Budget and Finance Committee. In addition, he is the former President of the Los Angeles Police Commission and is a former member of the Board of the Airport Commissioners of the City of Los Angeles.   


Matt was involved with The Boys and Girls Club for over 20 years, serving as a National Trustee, as well as Board President of both Challengers Boys & Girls Club in South Los Angeles and the Echo Park Boys & Girls Club. For over a decade, he was also a member of the board of the Los Angeles Urban League, the Foreign Policy Roundtable, and Common Sense Media.   


Matt is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the Lawyer of the Year Award from the Langston Bar Association, and the Dream Keeper Award from the I Have a Dream Foundation for his dedication to education. He has also been honored by the Zeta Rho Foundation for his positive contributions to society and the youth of greater Los Angeles. 


He is a graduate of Rutgers University and NYU School of Law.