As an attorney and certified public accountant, Matthew focuses his legal practice on legal malpractice and business litigation matters. For corporate clients and high net worth individuals, Matthew serves as a front-line resource for making smart legal and business decisions. Matthew serves as an experienced litigator and trial lawyer. Matthew also serves as outside general counsel for small and medium-size companies. Matthew is licensed to practice law in California and Florida.
Matthew’s transactional practice includes standard services like negotiating contracts, preparing entity formation documentation (for corporations and limited liability companies), and addressing financing and real estate issues.
Like the scope of his services on the counseling side, Matthew prides himself on being a “cradle to grave” litigator. He has personally completed every aspect of litigation from filing a complaint to litigating the case through trial. He has litigated a substantial number of malpractice actions, as well as many business litigation and other claims. Those matters have included everything from small business litigation actions to multi-million dollar legal malpractice lawsuits. While Matthew most often ends up on the plaintiff side, where he has obtained judgments on behalf of clients in many cases, including a $16 million arbitration award, he has also defended law firms and other entities in litigation matters.
Matthew is experienced in handling litigation and transactional matters for clients. He represents clients before the State Courts of California, California Courts of Appeal, Federal Courts of California, and other jurisdictions.
Matthew is also experienced in representing companies and individuals in business litigation, real estate litigation, legal malpractice, entertainment, insurance and corporate matters, such as the purchase and sale of assets, mergers and other acquisitions, capital-raising transactions, formation of business entities, preparation or review of business contracts, and day-to-day counseling on legal business matters. He represented shareholders of a closely held corporation in the sale of all its outstanding stock to a large multi-national company for $27 million. He also researched and implemented a successful tax savings strategy for a business utilizing enterprise zone hiring tax credits.
Previously, Matthew represented broker-dealers, such as Ameriprise and ING, before the NASD (now FINRA), SEC, Federal and State Courts of California, and the State Courts of Florida in connection with customer disputes and regulatory actions. He secured a $16 million judgment on behalf of a client at an NASD (now FINRA) arbitration hearing. Matthew also successfully defended the largest independent broker-dealer in Utah before the Securities and Exchange Commission during the investigation and litigation phases of the dispute, including on-the-record testimony, over alleged improper B-share purchases.
Prior to practicing law, Matthew was a CPA at Deloitte & Touche. In the Audit Department, he planned audit engagements, drafted financial statements, managed staff, prepared the budget, reviewed internal controls, and maintained client relations for clients such as Trust Company of the West, E*Trade, and the Daytime Emmy Awards. He also was one of four individuals in the United States for Deloitte & Touche who was actively involved with the Euro Group which is based in Paris. He consulted clients on the effects of the Euro currency, Euro market, and European Monetary Union (EMU) on their businesses. In the Fraud and Forensic Accounting Department, he provided expertise to attorneys and corporations involving business-related issues, forensic accounting, financial fraud, corporate investigations, damage theories and computations, and due diligence.
Matthew is a member of the State Bars of California and Florida, and the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Attorney-CPAs. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Matthew graduated from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and from Loyola Law School, where he served as Technical Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review.
Matthew can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]
|FL||Member in Good Standing - CLER Exempt||2004||12/20/2020|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2020|
|Top Lawyer||Pasadena Magazine||2020|
|Top Lawyer||The Business Lawyers||2020|
|Business Litigator of the Year (Southern California)||US Business News Legal Elite Awards||2020|
|Top Lawyer||Pasadena Magazine||2019|
|Lawyers of Distinction||Lawyers of Distinction||2019|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2019|
|Partner||Baer, Negrin & Troff LLP||2019 - Present|
|Partner||Negrin LLP||2017 - Present|
|Senior Associate||Makarem & Associates||2011 - 2017|
|Associate||Pumilia Patel & Adamec LLP||2007 - 2011|
|Associate||Eisner & Frank LLP.||2006 - 2007|
|Associate||Edgerton & Weaver LLP.||2003 - 2006|
|CPA||Deloitte & Touche||1997 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|The Business Lawyers||Member||2020 - Present|
|American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants||Secretary||2018 - Present|
|Beverly Hills Bar Association||Member||2017 - Present|
|Tree Academy School||Board Member||2017 - Present|
|American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants||Member||2005 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2003 - Present|
|Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor||2003|
|American Academy of Attorney-CPAs National Conference||The Uniform Prudent Investor Act: What do I do with that Kodak Stock?, Accounting, Business Law, Professional Responsibility, Tax, Trust And Estate Law, 2020||2020|
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