Matt’s practice is focused on construction law, agri-business and business litigation. His area of emphasis includes representing clients in complex civil disputes through all stages of litigation for issues involving breach of contract, failed construction projects, lien rights, construction defects, real property, and other business disputes in federal and state court, arbitrations, and administrative hearings before various state and federal agencies.
In his construction practice, Matt frequently represents public agencies, developers, general contractors, sub-contractors, architects, engineers and insurance carriers through all stages of complex litigation in cases involving construction defect, delay claims, extra work claims, standard of care, bidding disputes and environmental regulations. He also regularly advises clients on contracts in all phases of construction, from bidding and pre-construction through contract close-out. As part of his practice, Matt provides guidance to a number of public agencies regarding their facilities operations and development.
In his agri-business practice, Matt frequently represents packers, growers, brokers, shippers, food processors and other clients within the agricultural industry in cases involving PACA violations, food safety, crop loss, lien rights and other general business matters. Matt has also represented defrauded investors in matters pertaining to account churning, excessive trading and other securities violations before FINRA and the NASD, and has handled multiple disputes involving complex business valuations, appraisals and shareholder buyout agreements.
Matt was selected by Super Lawyers as a Northern California Rising Star, representing the top 2.5 percent of young lawyers in Northern California as voted on by his peers from 2010 through the present. He has also published articles on the enforcement of PACA Trust rights in various publications throughout California.
While in attendance at the Pepperdine School of Law, Matt was a fellow at the Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law and served as a staff member on the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary Journal. Prior to joining the firm, Matt helped start docstoc.com and worked at the Pepperdine Legal Aid Clinic located at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, California.
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- State Bar of California
- Fresno County Bar Association, Board Member
- Fresno County Young Lawyers Association, President
- Association of General Contractors, Legal Advisory Committee Board Member
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Board Member
- Fresno Chamber of Commerce, Political Action Committee