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Jess Y. Matsuda

Criminal defense Attorney at Las Vegas, NV

5.0   12 reviews

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About Jess

Learn Jess’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    85%
    All criminal defense. Practicing in State and Federal Court.

    15 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Personal injury
    15%
    Representing clients who have been injured by the negligent or intentional acts of others.

    15 years

 

Jess practices primarily in criminal defense and personal injury.

 

Jess has the passion, knowledge and experience to represent those accused of committing crimes.  After volunteering and serving a 2-year commitment with AmeriCorps in Hawaii (a domesticated version of the Peace Corps), Jess was compelled to help those who could not help themselves.  After graduating law school, Jess moved from Michigan to Las Vegas.  He was selected as an extern with the Office of the Attorney General; a highly competitive and sought-after position.  After passing the bar, Jess worked as a court appointed attorney for the Las Vegas Municipal Courts and represented indigent clients charged with crimes committed in the City of Las Vegas. After gaining invaluable experience as a public attorney, Jess worked as the main defense attorney at one of Las Vegas’ largest DUI law offices.

Jess personally has handled thousands of misdemeanor and felony cases which include, but is not limited to; DUI, traffic, domestic battery, simple battery, battery with substantial bodily harm, battery strangulation, battery with use of a deadly weapon, battery on an officer, burglary, robbery, vehicular crimes causing death, murder, child abuse & neglect, assault, coercion, conspiracy, attempt charges, evading, resisting arrest, solicitation, juvenile crimes, drug charges, possession charges, fraud, petit larceny, grand larceny, embezzlement, TPO violations, bad checks, casino markers, cheating at gambling and sex crimes.

Jess has the ability and experience to negotiate your case to a favorable resolution or litigate your case with numerous bench and jury trials under his belt.

Licensed for 14 years
State NV
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 02/23/2013

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Jess

Matsuda & Associates, Ltd.
411 E. Bonneville Ave.
360
Las Vegas, NV, 89101

Reviews

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Posted by Carmen | April 3, 2015
Great Attorney
Jess Matsuda was very thorough from my first consultation to the end of my case. I have highly recommended him to family and friends with traffic tickets and criminal cases.
Posted by John | June 20, 2013
Honesty, great job!
Jess did great for me. Saved my life. I was able to keep my job and most importantly my freedom. Can't thank him enough.
Posted by Rebecca | May 13, 2013
The movie "The Lincoln Lawyer" was probably inspired by watching Jess Matsuda in court!!
With swag and charm, Jess defended me in court when I ran into trouble. Great personality, honest and intelligent. He was always available to answer my questions and made me feel comfortable through hard times. Jess kept me informed throughout the process and I never felt as though I was going through this alone. Great attorney! I would highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Chris | May 11, 2013
Top lawyer!
Brilliant. Just brilliant. Knows the law inside and out, and knows how to charm the prosecution. Great speaker, humble in court but aggressive at the same time. I referred a couple of friends to Jess and they absolutely love him too.
Posted by S.A. | May 6, 2013
Fearless and Respected!
When you're in a situation and you need to lawyer-up, Jess is the attorney I would highly recommend. I hired Jess to defend me when I picked up a stupid and serious charge. He was able to speak to the DAs on the case and ultimately got the charges thrown out! Can't thank him enough. He literally saved my job and my life.
Posted by Cindy | January 23, 2013
Trustworthy!
I had a previous lawyer representing me on a criminal matter and that lawyer wanted me to take a deal that I didn't think was fair. Jess took over and he was able to work out a deal with the prosecutor that was too good to be true. My case was dismissed!! I will forever be grateful for his services.
Posted by Luis | January 16, 2013
Thank You!
Great Attorney. Always kept me updated on my case. Very satisfied on the results of my case. I couldn't ask for more. Highly recommended.
Posted by Jorge | July 26, 2012
Outstanding, exceptional and most importantly, very competent.
Extremely confident but absolutely not cocky. Very personable. Jess is an amazing lawyer. Not only does he know the law, but his compassion for his clients is very unique. His rapport inside the courtroom sold me. The moment we walked into court everyone smiled at him and shook his hand. They all knew him. It was very comforting being with an attorney that knew how to "play the game".
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Posted by Jose | July 12, 2012
Excellent lawyer!!
Jess did an excellent job representing me. Got into a bind and he worked wonders. I highly recommend his services.
Posted by Steven | March 24, 2012
Awesome job!!
Jess did a great job on my case, I can't thank him enough. He is very personable and easy to deal with. He always made time for me and knows the law very well. I recommend him to everyone that has a criminal problem.
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2012
Highly recommended!!
Amazing job. I am very grateful that I hired Jess. His knowledge on the law and his ability to apply that to my case was terrific. He was always courteous and respectful when I spoke to him about my case. Also, he has great relationships with Judges and DAs, from what I saw, he is very well respected in his field.
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2011
Highly recommended.
Jess did an excellent job representing my son. He's very pleasant to deal with, knowledgeable about the law and always kept us informed on our case.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder/Attorney
  • Matsuda & Associates, Ltd.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Attorney General's Office
  • 2007 - 2007

Education

  • W. Michigan University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Chaminade University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • State of Nevada vs. J.J.
  • Charges reduced to 1 count of misdemeanor battery
  • State of Nevada v.s. A.C.
  • Jury trial, found not guilty
  • State v. V.A.
  • Jury Trial; Not Guilty
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Associations

  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Lead Counsel
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Nevada Justice Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Nevada State Bar
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Top One Percent
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Premier 100
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Best of Las Vegas, Criminal Defense
  • Best Businesses
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • APAYLS
  • Paper Tigers No More
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (20)
Endorse Jess
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jess is an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who has great credibility with members of the defense bar, judges, and his clients. He is well-liked, very well-respected, and well-known for his tireless work on behalf of those he represents. His air of confidence and easy charm in the courtroom is always apparent, and he knows how to use both to the benefit of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I refer people needing criminal and personal injury services to Attorney Jess Matsuda. Jess is smart, well-liked, and respected by colleagues. He handles cases with diligence. With his successes, it’s no surprise that Jess was a chosen guest speaker in the 2012 Leadership Symposium for high school students throughout Clark County. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jess and I work together regularly, and he is a fantastic attorney! He is easy to work with, makes creative and successful legal arguments, and isn't afraid to take a case to trial. Jess and I worked on a felony jury trial together, where we earned a Not Guilty verdict for our client."
Unknown Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jess for many years. He is always professional in court and is very organized. The prosecutors and the Court all respect Jess for his trial preparation. He comes to court ready to go."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have no hesitation in recommending Jess to others in need of an excellent attorney. He is efficient, knowledgeable and extremely capable at what he does."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jess is a fine lawyer and it is a privilege to share the field of battle with him. I have seen him in action and would recommend his services to any client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jess. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Matsuda is a respected lawyer in the community, and provides excellent representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jess Matsuda for his commitment to never stop fighting for his clients' rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jess for several years and had the pleasure of observing him in court on numerous occasions. He is a well polished speaker and a strong advocate for his clients. If someone has the misfortune of facing criminal charges in Las Vegas, they would be in good hands with Jess."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jess and I have handled dozens of cases together, including many DUIs and several felonies and trials. Jess has handled countless DUIs and I trust his counsel. Jess is organized and prepared, and always works to get the best outcome for his clients. He is also well liked in the criminal courts, which helps him get better results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jess is one of the hardest-working attorneys in Las Vegas. Every time I have referred a client to Jess, the client has given great feedback."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. When I have seen Jess in court he is always doing everything in his power to help his clients. He is a personable and well liked member of the lawyer community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Jess from having seen him in Court on his cases. Jess is a very effective lawyer and always goes the extra mile for his clients. He's a great guy and a real asset to the criminal defense bar."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Friend
"Outstanding attorney, I have seen him involved in litigation in criminla court and he is well respected by the bench, prosecutors, and fellow defense attorneys. While maintaining his respected level of professionalism, he is truly an advocate for his clients. I highly endorse his services!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jess fights hard for his clients and makes sure they're informed of the process each step of the way. His office is located downtown, so he's always just a step away from the courthouse. If you want a hard-working dedicated attorney, I highly recommend Jess."
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