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About me

I worked as a field archaeologist for many years before becoming a lawyer.  I have always been interested in History, Anthropology, and foreign languages. 


I have played the guitar since I was fourteen years old and I also play around on the ukulele, mandolin, and piano. I would also like to write a novel someday.


I am an avid soccer player and a proud follower of the United States National Soccer Team, the Sacramento Kings, the Oakland Raiders, the San Jose Earthquakes, and Sacramento Republic FC.


I also enjoy birdwatching and cooking.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Landlord & Tenant: 25%
  3. Real Estate: 25%



Hourly ($220/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Matthew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Sean Michael Patrick

    I have known and worked with Mr. Rives for a number of years. He has consistently demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and a solid knowledge of the law. I endorse Mr. Rives without reservation.


    Sean Patrick Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

BPE Law Group, PC

11140 Fair Oaks Blvd, Suite 300
Fair Oaks, CA, 95628


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyWilcoxen Callaham, LLP2012 - 2013
SecretaryYolo County Bar Association2010 - 2011
Associate AttorneyLaw Offices of Michael W. Jansen2008 - 2011
Associate AttorneyLaw Offices Of Denise L. Dirks2007 - 2007
Governing Board MemberMcGeorge Civil Practice Clinic2005 - 2006
Communication Center InternDepartment Of Fair Employment & Housing2005 - 2005
Housing Law InternCommunity Legal Information Center Chico, Ca2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Yolo County Bar AssociationFormer Secretary2010 - 2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
California State University, ChicoPre-LawParalegal Certificate2002
California State University, ChicoHistory/ArchaeologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1999