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Matthew Thomas Poelstra

About Me

When I'm not working, I like to spend time with my family and go camping, hiking, and mountain bike riding.  I also like to surf and play golf.   


Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 90%
    11 years
  2. Business: 10%



Hourly ($360-395/hour), Contingent (33-40%), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Ahmed S. Diab

    Matt is a skilled trial attorney with a proven track record of success. He is a relentless advocate for his clients and is able to consistently achieve great results.


    Ahmed Diab Class Action Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Brian David Moreno

    Matt is well-spoken and works hard for his clients. He is a tremendous advocate and knows how to win. I endorse Matt and am confident he will continue to produce great results for his clients.


    Brian Moreno Lawsuits & Disputes Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

73710 Fred Waring Dr Ste 120
Palm Desert, CA, 92260

1230 Columbia Street
Suite 1120
San Diego, CA, 92101




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top LawyerPalm Springs Life2015
Top LawyerPalm Springs Life Magazine2014
Juris Prudence Award Real PropertyCalifornia Western School of Law2003
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGreen Bryant & French, LLP2007 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of San Diego Paralegal Program2004 - Present
LawyerAguirre & Meyer2004 - 2006
Legal InternLuce Forward Hamilton & Scripps2003 - 2003
Paralegal InternCampbell, Souhrada & Volk2001 - 2001
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Mock Trial ProgramMock Trial Judge2013 - 2013
American Inns of CourtMember2009 - 2010
Riverside County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Desert Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoMember2004 - Present
Phi Beta KappaMember2001 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Zachos v. HendricksJury verdict in clients' favor
Nelson v. RushJury verdict in clients' favor
Hornbeak v. Legacy At Mission HillsMotion for Summary Judgment granted in client's favor
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Publication NameTitleDate
biketigerlaw.comWhat To Do After a Bicycle Accident2014
biketigerlaw.comKnow Your Rights, California Bicycle Law2014
Palm Springs Life Magazine2014 Top Lawyers2014
Daily JournalDaily Journal Verdict2011
QuorumCase Analysis Regarding Anti-SLAPP Motion in HOA Context2010
San Diego: Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, LLPSecured Transactions Under Mexican Securities Law (John McNeece & Matthew Poelstra)2003
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western SOLLawN/A2003
University of San DiegoGeneral Litigation With HonorsN/A2001
Univ of California San DiegoStudy of Religion, Political Science, Pan American StudiesN/A2001
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Redlands Bicycle ClassicCalifornia Bicycle Law2015
Making Your Board The Magnificent SevenEffective Board Meetings2015
Redlands Bicycle ClassicCalifornia Bicycle Law2014
Palm Desert Charter School Law DayCivil Lawyer2010