Matt McGirr

Treasurer of the Evatt Foundation

Matt McGirr is a solicitor and policy professional with a focus on commercial law and regulation. He has previously worked in litigation and dispute resolution, dealing primarily in commercial disputes, including arbitrations and mediations, along with regulatory investigations and disputes.

Matt was born in Lismore and grew up in the Blue Mountains, where he studied at St Columba’s High School, Springwood. He went on to study history and music at the University of Sydney, with a focus on Australian history, citizenship, and gender. He completed his honours year in 2010, with a thesis on gender and sexuality within Catholic seminaries in 1950s in Australia.

After completing his history studies, Matt studied law at the University of New South Wales, during which he also took work as a part-time organist, and as the Deputy Head of the Kensington Colleges, a large residential college environment where he was responsible, with the Head of College, for the welfare and care for over 220 university students.

Matt became involved in progressive politics principally through his interest in Australian history.  However, through his exposure to progressive political thought during his time at university, he joined the ALP and has been involved in various capacities ever since. He was elected as an Executive member and Treasurer of the Evatt Foundation in 2015.