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Started working in the prosecutors' and public defenders' office in law school. I tried over 21 trials before graduating. I studied civil rights, intellectual property, health law, family law, and took various trial clinics.

After law school, I started working in businesses such as Lehman Brothers but then returned to law.

I originally wanted to work for the prosecutors' office and then eventually get into civil rights litigation but due to my own experience I advanced those plans and now have pursued various civil rights cases.

My practice includes civil litigation, intellectual property, family, domestic violence, and other criminal cases.  


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Family: 30%
    9 years
  2. Litigation: 30%
    8 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
    9 years
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%
    8 years
  5. Civil Rights: 10%
    8 years



Hourly ($75-200/hour), contingent (15-40%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

4660 La Jolla Village Drive
Suite 500
San Diego, CA, 92122



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Discipline with actual suspension
    issued in CA, 2014


    This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMataele Law Offices2009 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of LawN/AN/AN/A