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Matthew Sawaya McNicholas

Matthew Sawaya McNicholas

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Child Abuse, Employment & Labor, Business, Brain Injury, Wrongful Death

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About Me

With more than 15 years’ trial experience, Matthew McNicholas is a Partner of Los Angeles-based plaintiff’s law firm McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP. His practice areas include catastrophic personal injury, employment law, class actions, sexual abuse and other consumer-oriented matters such as civil rights, aviation disasters and product liability.

Mr. McNicholas is Panel Counsel to the Los Angeles Police Protective League and United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, having recovered more than $50 million on behalf of police officers, fire fighters and others who have suffered harassment, discrimination and retaliation by their departments.

He has achieved notable results, including a $32 million separation package for a client leaving her job and moving to new employment; a $30 million settlement against the highly publicized Miramonte School sexual abuse case; a $12.3 million verdict awarded to five trainees forced out of the LAPD after suffering injuries at the academy; a $9 million settlement against an international company for a 26-year-old plaintiff who suffered a brain injury as the passenger in a single-vehicle accident, and many more.

In addition to his success in the courtroom, Mr. McNicholas has been recognized by numerous organizations, including Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, Southern California Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers by Daily Journal and more.

He is a Fellow of the American College Trial Lawyers, which is a national organization by invitation only, and is a member of American Board of Trial Advocates, a prestigious, peer-elected organization of trial lawyers. 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Personal Injury: 25%
  2. Wrongful Death: 15%
  3. Brain Injury: 15%
  4. Business: 15%
  5. Other: 30%
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Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Kirk Barron Bernard

    Matthew is a great trial attorney with a vast knowledge of medicine. I recently had the pleasure of presenting a case with him before a focus group. He handle his portion of the case with fine precision and immense attention to the details of the case. He is one of the best trial attorneys in California and is truly a “Super Lawyer.”


    Kirk Bernard Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP

10866 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA, 90024




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2014
Best Law FirmsU.S. News2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2014
Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2012
Top 100 LawyersDaily Journal2011
Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2011
Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2010
Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2009
Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2008
Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2007
Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2006
Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2005
Top 20 Under 40Daily Journal2002
Top 100Southern California Super LawyersN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerMcNicholas & McNicholas, LLP2003 - Present
Clerk to United states Ditrict Judge William J. ReaUnited States District Court, Central District1997 - 1998


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American College of Trial LawyersFellowN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMemberN/A
Los Angeles Police Protective LeaguePanel CounselN/A
United Firefighters of Los Angeles CityPanel CounselN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Doe Minor v. School Distrcit$2,200,000 settlement
Doe Plaintiff v. Roe Corporation$9,000,000 settlement
Doe Family v. Non-profit entity$2,000,000

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Publication NameTitleDate
Loyola of Los Angeles Law ReviewUltrahazardous Products Liability: Providing Victims of Well-Made Firearms Ammunition to Fire Back at Gun Manufacturers1997
UCLA Entertainment Law ReviewNon-Deductibility Is a Wonderful Thing: Federal Income Taxes Should Not Be Deductible When Calculating Net Profits in a Copyright Infringement Suit1997
AreaRe-Examining Economic And Social Polarization in a Multi-Ethnic Metropolitan Area: The Case of Los Angeles1995


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School of Los AngelsLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
UCLAEnvironmental StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Loyola High SchoolN/AUnknown1990

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
CAALA Annual ConventionBusiness Litigation: Claims and Defenses for Attorney Fees2007
CAALA Annual ConventionEvidence: Trial Objections and Laying Foundation2006
CEB Education Seminar - Los AngelesPreparing for and taking depositions2005