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Matthew T. Drenan

San Diego

P 619-573-4900 F 619-573-4901


Matthew T. Drenan


Matthew T. Drenan is an Associate in the San Diego, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling, with a specific emphasis on the maritime, oil and gas, logistics, and transportation industries.

Mr. Drenan’s practice focuses on representing employers in all aspects of state and federal employment litigation, including wage and hour class and representative actions, single plaintiff wage and hour disputes, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation. Mr. Drenan also assists employers in drafting comprehensive employee handbooks, personnel policies, and employment-related agreements to ensure compliance with California and federal law. In addition, he conducts workplace investigations and management training on a wide array of employment law matters.

An accomplished maritime attorney, prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Drenan worked for an international law firm where he represented multi-national shipping, energy, and oil and gas companies in litigation matters, regulatory compliance, incident investigations, and pollution response.

During law school, Mr. Drenan was an editor of the California Western Law Review and International Law Journal and received the S. Houston Lay scholarship award for the most outstanding comment in the California Western International Law Journal. Mr. Drenan was also a member of the Jessup Moot Court Competition team and was presented a Top Oralist award for his performance in the Pacific Super Regional, where he placed fourth out of 79 competitors. He was subsequently conferred the Dennis P. Mahoney Interschool Moot Court Competition scholarship award. As an editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, Mr. Drenan received the Tulane Maritime Law Center scholarship award for the most outstanding case note. Mr. Drenan also earned CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for Advanced Legal Writing I and II, and for Carriage of Goods by Sea. Mr. Drenan was a recipient of the Edward A. Dodd, Jr. scholarship award at Tulane University Law School, conferred to the outstanding candidate for the degree of LL.M. in Admiralty. 

Mr. Drenan completed two summer clerkships with Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr., and a judicial externship with United States District Court Judge William Q. Hayes.

While attending Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Drenan played Division I lacrosse and was a member of the 2007 national championship team. He was named the Dylan Schott Lacrosse Scholar and was a Kougell Prize nominee for his undergraduate history thesis.

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • California Western School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, Director
  • Tulane Maritime Law Journal, Mentor Attorney  
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Volunteer Attorney

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

Published Works

  • “Captaining the Ship Into Culpability: Barbetta, Franza, and the Efficacy of Imputing Liability to Corporate Shipowners in the Medical Malpractice Context,” 40 TUL. MAR. L.J. 735 (2015) [Author]
  • “The Ninth Circuit Writes an Obituary For Section 903(c) of the LHWCA in Kealoha v. Director, Office of Workers Compensation Programs,” 39 TUL. MAR. L.J. 735 (2015) [Author]
  • “Breaking Down the Bumbershoot: Energy and Marine Umbrella Policies in the Wake of Indemnity Insurance Co. of North America v. W&T Offshore,” 41 TRANSP. L.J. 1 (2015) [Author]
  • “Watchdogs of the World: Global Liner Conference Regulators in the Modern Shipping Market and Why the P3 Agreement Failed,” 24 MICH ST. INT’L L. REV. 80 (2015) [Author]
  • “Gone Overboard: Why the Arctic Sunrise Case Signals an Over-Expansion of the Ship-As-A-Unit Concept in the Diplomatic Protection Context,” 44 CAL. W. INT’L L.J. 109 (2014) [Author]