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Matthew Cohen is a highly skilled and experienced attorney in the area of DUI and criminal defense. Matthew has a decade of experience in Southern California courts where he has established great relationships with prosecutors and judges alike. He has a reputation as an aggressive and well-respected criminal defense attorney with a long history of success.

Matthew joined The Law Offices of Hart J. Levin after spending over three years at The Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman, specializing in criminal and DUI defense. Matthew, who lives with his family in the San Fernando Valley, earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Binghamton University in New York, and his law degree locally from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Matthew utilizes his expertise to vigorously defend and protect every individual that he represents. Matthew tries to give back to the community by coaching youth sports on weekends.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 80%
    6 years, 600 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    6 years, 150 cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

7 total 

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  • Leah Naparstek

    Matt is a hard-working, intelligent and caring lawyer who goes above and beyond for each of his clients. He's one of the most pleasant attorneys I've ever worked with and I'm glad to endorse him.


    Leah Naparstek Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    The area of immigration law, in which I practice, and criminal defense, in which Mr. Cohen practices often intersect and I have been fortunate to work with Mr. Cohen on several cases. He has always proven to be a diligent, thoughtful, and intelligent advocate for his clients and I endorse him and his work without reservation.


    Lisa Anderson Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Law Offices of Hart J. Levin

233 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 400
Santa Monica, CA, 90401



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension stayed, probation
    issued in CA, 2003


    This means the attorney did something wrong and could have temporarily lost his or her license to practice law. Instead the Hearing Board placed the suspension on hold, monitoring the attorney’s behavior for a period of time.

    Matthew’s comment: “The discipline occurred when first licensed and practicing Intellectual Property Law. Afterward, I have spent many years being properly trained as a criminal defense attorney and have been successfully practicing criminal defense for more than five years.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Associate of the YearDaniel R. Perlman2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Law Offices of Hart J. Levin2014 - Present
AttorneyThe Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman2011 - 2014
AttorneyLaw Offices of Matthew J. Cohen2010 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DUI case out of Metropolitan CourthouseCase reduced to 2 moving violations (infractions)
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
State University of New York, BinghamtonMechanical EngineeringOther - Bachelors1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal Court Daily ProceedingsCriminal Defense2012