Matthew Clarke has been a trial lawyer since 1996 and leads the firm’s litigation department. He has expertise in complex civil litigation and has achieved more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients. Additionally, Mr. Clarke has defended his clients in a wide variety of civil disputes. Mr. Clarke has handled insurance “bad faith” and coverage disputes, construction defect (plaintiffs and defendants), business litigation, lender liability, intellectual property, product liability, and other complex litigation matters.
Mr. Clarke was previously a partner at Cappello & Noel, one of the nation’s foremost complex commercial litigation firms, in Santa Barbara, California. While at Cappello, Mr. Clarke’s longest trial lasted 11 months and resulted in a multi-million dollar judgment in a construction defect case.
He has also tried cases for plaintiffs and defendants involving catastrophic injuries, sexual harassment, wrongful death, wrongful termination, legal malpractice, accounting malpractice, real estate transactions, investments and intellectual property. This includes a jury verdict of more than $40 million against defendants represented by a major international law firm.
Finally, Mr. Clarke has extensive experience advising and counseling businesses, large and small, in the full range of legal issues businesses regularly face. In this regard, the emphasis is always risk management and cost effective solutions to difficult problems.
Languages Spoken: Spanish
Licensed since 1996
Hourly ($300-385/hour), Contingent (25-45%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
I endorse this lawyer. Mr Clarke is a lawyer who has earned the respect of his peers, I have read his answers on Avvo, and they come from a wealth of experience, as they are accurate, and practical. I am happy to recommend him.
Robert Harris Business Attorney
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2009||05/24/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Super Lawyer Rising Star - Best Lawyers Under 40||Super Lawyers||2009|
|Shareholder||Christman, Kelley & Clarke||1996 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Santa Barbara County Bar Association||President-Elect for 2015||2010 - 2013|
|Santa Barbara Lawyer||Traveling In Colombia||2013|
|Santa Barbara Lawyer||The California Court of Appeal Chips Away at the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, et ux.||2011|
|Santa Barbara Lawyer||Attorneys May Include Binding Arbitration Provisions in Retainer Agreements – Attorneys Should (but are not obligated to) Explain the Terms to “Sophisticated” Clients||2011|
|Santa Barbara Lawyer||The Court of Appeal Denies Attorney Fees to a Law Firm Litigant Represented by its own Associate||2011|
|Santa Barbara Lawyer||Provisional Remedies in a Wave of Foreclosures||2011|
|Santa Barbara Lawyer||Santa Barbara’s Federal Court||2010|
|Northwestern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|Willamette Univ.||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|