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Besides being a legal nerd (I've been full time in the law since 1989, when I decided it is what I loved) and read just about everything out there, I've also recently become a a great puppy (you'll see him in my office under my desk if you ever stop by - one of the benefits of owning your own firm).


I get asked, because of my background, what are my favorite areas of the law and that is easy...DUI - because it's challenging and you get to help non-criminals stuck in the criminal system, usually for just this one time...Bankruptcy because I get to help people get a fresh start...and Personal Injury because I get to help people get some sort of relief or compensation for something that wasn't there fault.


My advice when deciding on what attorney to go with:


1.  Go with someone you feel you can work with - it really become a partnership when the attorney takes your case.

2.  Go with someone that will answer your questions and not try to talk over you in order to impress you.

3.  Go with someone that is willing to tell you the weaknesses with your situation and not "sell" you.


If you can get a referral from a friend who has used that attorney, that is usually the best, but it's not always possible.  When that happens, talk to about 3 attorneys, and know what your goal is before calling.


Finally, my philosophy in working in the law (or any other area) - the person should not do the job unless they are a) going to have fun b) going to help people and c) going to be able to provide food and shelter for their family... in that order.





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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 51%
    19 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 29%
    19 years
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    19 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Catherine Eranthe

    I endorse this lawyer. He is knowledgeable and caring which is a great combination for a lawyer. If I needed help with bankruptcy, personal injury or a DUI in the Monterey area, I would contact him.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Matthew E. Williamson

490 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA, 93940

Law Offices of Matthew E. Williamson

343 Soquel Ave, Suite 407
Santa Cruz, CA, 95062-2355

Law Offices Matthew E. Williamson

306 Capitol
Salinas, CA, 93901-2604

Law Offices of Matthew E. Williamson

383 Connors Ct Ste E
Chico, CA, 95926-1178



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Moot Court ChampionCalifornia State University Chico1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Instructor - Legal Writing & ResearchUniversity of California Santa Cruz1999 - 1999
Owner, ParalegalAccess Legal Self-Help1992 - 1994
PresidentNorth State Legal Self-Help1991 - 1992
RepresentativeChico Consumer Protection Agency1990 - 1990
RepresentativeDisabled and the Law Program1989 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2009 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationRegular Member1999 - 2009
California Public Defenders AssociationPrivate Attorney Regular Member1998 - 2004
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAttorney1996 - Present
Eastern District of California Federal CourtAttorney1996 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaLicense Attorney1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Camp Paradise Trial: Santa Cruz 20011/2 Found Not Guilty - 1/2 No Real Fines
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Publication nameTitleDate
Law Office ComputingCitation Showdown: A Head to Head Look at Key Cite, Shepard's Citations & Global Cite2000
Law Office ComputingVarious Articles Over a Multi-Month Period1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Monterey College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
California State University, ChicoPre-Law / Political ScienceOther - Bachelors1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
IRS Dispute Resolution at Spanish Bay2 Fulls Days of IRS Dispute Resolution For Attorneys2013
Outcome Oriented Lawyer Series (For Lawyers and CPAs Only)IRS Dispute Resolution2011
Myths and Realities of Bankruptcy for Business OwnersBankruptcy for Business Owners2011
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy - Los AngelesChapter 13 Bankruptcy2009
Bankruptcy - How to Start Run and Do Chapter 7 & 13 BankruptcyBankruptcy2009
Bankruptcy - How to Start Run and Do Chapter 7 & 13 BankruptcyBankruptcy2009
Strategies in Handling DUI Cases in CaliforniaCalifornia Attorney's Guerilla Warfare Guide to DUI/DMV Defense2004
Guerilla Warfare DUI DefenseDUI Defense2000