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Jess Y. Matsuda

About me

Jess practices primarily in criminal defense and personal injury.


Jess has the passion, knowledge and experience to represent those accused of committing crimes.  After volunteering and serving a 2-year commitment with AmeriCorps in Hawaii (a domesticated version of the Peace Corps), Jess was compelled to help those who could not help themselves.  After graduating law school, Jess moved from Michigan to Las Vegas.  He was selected as an extern with the Office of the Attorney General; a highly competitive and sought-after position.  After passing the bar, Jess worked as a court appointed attorney for the Las Vegas Municipal Courts and represented indigent clients charged with crimes committed in the City of Las Vegas. After gaining invaluable experience as a public attorney, Jess worked as the main defense attorney at one of Las Vegas’ largest DUI law offices.

Jess personally has handled hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases which include, but is not limited to; DUI, traffic, domestic battery, simple battery, battery with substantial bodily harm, battery strangulation, battery with use of a deadly weapon, battery on an officer, burglary, robbery, vehicular crimes causing death, child abuse & neglect, assault, coercion, conspiracy, attempt charges, evading, resisting arrest, solicitation, juvenile crimes, drug charges, possession charges, fraud, petit larceny, grand larceny, embezzlement, TPO violations, bad checks, casino markers, cheating at gambling and sex crimes.

Jess has the ability and experience to negotiate your case to a favorable resolution or litigate your case with numerous bench and jury trials under his belt.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 85%
    7 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 15%
    7 years



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

16 total 

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  • Brian J Smith

    I endorse this lawyer. Jess is an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who has great credibility with members of the defense bar, judges, and his clients. He is well-liked, very well-respected, and well-known for his tireless work on behalf of those he represents. His air of confidence and easy charm in the courtroom is always apparent, and he knows how to use both to the benefit of his clients.


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  • Maricar Andrade

    I refer people needing criminal and personal injury services to Attorney Jess Matsuda. Jess is smart, well-liked, and respected by colleagues. He handles cases with diligence. With his successes, it’s no surprise that Jess was a chosen guest speaker in the 2012 Leadership Symposium for high school students throughout Clark County. I endorse this attorney.


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Contact info

Matsuda & Associates, Ltd.

324 South Third Street
Second Floor
Las Vegas, NV, 89101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top One PercentNation's Top One Percent2015
10 Best Under 40American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2015
Premier 100American Academy of Trial Attorneys2015
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2014
Lead Counsel RatedLead Counsel2014
Top 10 Under 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Best of Las Vegas, Criminal DefenseBest Businesses2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerParris Matsuda Nadig & Sanft2013 - Present
Founder/AttorneyMatsuda & Associates, Ltd.2008 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Institute of Criminal Law AttorneysMember2015 - Present
American Academy of Trial AttorneysMember2015 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2014 - Present
Lead CounselMember2014 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
Nevada Justice AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Nevada State BarMember2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. R.W.Jury trial, found not guilty
State v. J.MCharges dismissed.
State v. V.H.Charges dismissed.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLitigationJD - Juris Doctor2007
Chaminade UniversityCriminal Justice - EnglishBS - Bachelor of Science2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
APAYLSPaper Tigers No More2012