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Matthew Edward Abrams

Landlord or tenant Attorney at Santa Monica, CA

5.0   32 reviews

Licensed for 17 years

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AFFORDABLE & EXPERIENCED LEGAL REPRESENTATION. REAL ESTATE, LANDLORD-TENANT, LITIGATION.

Matthew earned his bachelor’s degree at University of California at Berkeley and his law degree at University of Southern California. He has been licensed to practice law since 2005.  He has practiced in a number of areas of law, including landlord-tenant and real estate.  His main focus is litigation, though he has extensive experience with transactional work as well.

Matthew has dealt with a wide range of landlord-tenant issues, including rent stabilization, unlawful detainers, and breach of covenant disputes.  He has experience in drafting a variety of real estate documents, including leases (both commercial and residential), trust deeds, and purchase agreements.  

Matthew was born and raised in Los Angeles and he is a sports enthusiast, playing everything from basketball to golf.

 
Licensed for 17 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 12/01/2022

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

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Matthew Edward Abrams
2601 Ocean Park Blvd. Ste. 310
Santa Monica, CA, 90405

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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible acumen
Found Matthew from a referral. Navigating a case with a landlord who are willing to bully their way to getting their full payout - even when they are in the wrong is tough. With Matthew, he quickly analyzed the situation and told me the best course of action, which was to settle. Matt has vast knowledge of local and state codes for what constitutes a breach, as well as a deep understanding of the best strategy case by case. His negotiating acumen and tactics proved to be incredibly worthwhile for me to work with him - He was able to negotiate the settlement much more in my favor, even more than I expected. He is incredibly responsive to text, phone and email, and takes pride in being there whenever his clients need him.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2015
So Supportive and Always Available
I was referred to Matt from another attorney because of a dispute I was having with my landlord and his management company. This was a very stressful situation for me, as I felt like I was being bullied by both the management company and the landlord, but Matt made the whole situation bearable. We spoke throughout the day and he was always available to discuss new developments and give me the best advice and help reassure me of the next steps. Because of him I was able to come to an agreement with the landlord and settle out of court. I have already recommended him to other tenants and I would recommend him to any one else who is having a landlord tenant dispute because of his knowledge, patience and attention to detail.
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Posted by Ilya | November 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent lawyer
It was a great experience working with Mr. Abrams. I hired him to help me solve the issue with my new landlord. Mr. Abrams showed himself as the very knowledgeable lawyer. He was prompted with answering my questions as well as firmly representing my interests for the opposed party. He in details explained me all possible consequences in accepting possible sutions to achieve an agreement in my case. For me everything went smoothly and mutually satisfying. I will definitely recommend him as someone to trust to and deal with in reaching the satisfactory deal the easiest way possible.
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Posted by A.R. | September 7, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Prompt and measured advice
I greatly appreciated Mr. Abrams prompt return of my phone call regarding a landlord harassment issue. He took the time to review my documentation and offered an opinion as to what next steps might be on both sides. Fortunately it appears I will be able to resolve this without an attorney, but I will certainly be hiring Mr. Abrams should I require any further assistance with this or any future situation.
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Posted by Ron | July 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unparalleled Representation and Support…A Truly Exceptional Attorney
If you’re facing a difficult landlord tenant situation and want to maximize your legal protection, hire Matt Abrams. He has all the qualities you want in a great lawyer. You will be very pleased with the representation you receive. Matt does precision legal work, and has the knowledge, experience, and practical insight to get the best possible outcome. He has an amazing ability to put things in perspective for you and to develop the most efficacious approach to resolving your issues. Landlord tenant law is complex. You’ll get a clear, understandable explanation of the legal intricacies in your case. As a client, I find all this extremely valuable. It calms my nerves. The clarity he provides lets me know where I stand at all times. With his realistic appraisal of the matters at hand, I don’t have to worry about any nasty surprises and unforeseen liabilities. One of Matt’s best attributes is that he listens carefully to your concerns, and has genuine empathy for whatever challenges you’re grappling with. That’s a rare quality, and is one of the things I’ve appreciated most. In all instances, I have found him to perform with efficiency, thoroughness, and overall excellence. He is responsive and dependable. You can be sure your case will be handled with professionalism, intelligence, and integrity. He’s also easy to talk to and a pleasure to deal with. I can genuinely say that we have received an extraordinary level of service, support, and client care. When the roof over your head is threatened, or your living conditions are compromised, you want a seasoned practitioner who brings high-powered legal skills to the table. This lawyer delivers the goods. For all these reasons, in my opinion Matt Abrams is among the very best attorneys you can find for tenant advocacy in Southern California. For any problem involving my landlord or lease, Matt is the lawyer I want guarding my interests. I wholeheartedly recommend him without reservation.
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Posted by Lola | June 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Buyout Negotiation
I was facing a buyout situation and I didn’t know how to handle the negotiations. After searching for a lawyer and based on previous reviews, I decided to contact Matthew. I could quickly tell that Matthew was going to be honest with my situation and how things would be handled and the time that it would take. He has a strategic mind and experience on all sides of the negotiations that allowed me a clear view in my decision-making. Everything happened exactly as he predicted. I highly recommend his services!
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Posted by Renée | June 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Matthew is an effective and calm attorney who will persist until you win
Matthew is exactly who you want when you are facing off against a landlord who assumes you don't know your rights or don't have any. He knows tenant law thoroughly and approached my case in a measured way and takes the most crucial, common sense steps in getting you justice. No empty promises but no important details left abandoned. My landlord is negligent and a bully and I was suffering continually due to her continued unwillingness to keep the apartment up to code and proper living standards. Many of my belongings were ruined due to rain leaks, floods, and ongoing plumbing issues, as well as a hazardous placement of a ceiling fan leaving my finger broken and permanently damaged. The landlord would trick me into believing there was no action required on her part, sending many harassing texts over the years. I reached out to Matthew and he sent thorough, eloquent demand letters and worked with a lot of patience and diplomacy with her insurance company toward helping me recoup what my belongings and suffering were worth. I felt very vindicated and my landlord even replaced all the plumbing in the building finally as well, and will likely never bully me again. Thank you, Matthew!
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Posted by Charles | May 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated and professional
I've hired Matthew many times over the last 4 years and he's been an absolute pleasure work with. Extremely knowledgeable and has been beyond dedicated to every project. He's helped me with real estate issues all the way to detailed intellectual property cases. Would highly recommend him and will continue to hire Matthew for all my legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Solid Advice - Solved Problem Immediately
Highest possible rating on AVVO. He was easy to reach, listened well, gave me a plan, told me what to do and what not to do in troubling a landlord situation. Peace of mind right away. Will be my go-to attorney.
Posted by Niall | January 5, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick response, quality guidance
Matthew was fast to respond to my request for assistance navigating an apartment uninhabitability dispute with my landlord. His counsel was clear and actionable. Would recommend him to anyone facing tenant-landlord issues.
Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knows it all
I have consulted with Matt on a few occasions, and Matt is always available to answer questions and he is so knowledgeable about everything landlord tenant. He even knows a lot of the landlords which is helpful in determining how to handle a situation. I have consulted with other attorneys who don't even compare to his level of care and work.
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Posted by Kourtney | March 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A wonderful, Conscious, Strategic Lawyer that I truly trust. Highly recommend!
My building had a pipe burst and there was a huge flood. The city was called due to negligence of recovery and repairs from my landlords. An extremely stressful situation to be in. The property was an illegal unit. The city ordered my landlords to vacate the tenants and to pay us all relocation fees to move out. City codes were violated and it was an illegal operation. The landlords not only did not cooperate, but also harassed us and in the end unlawfully filed an eviction against me. I called Matthew in the beginning stages of the city complaints. He was incredibly helpful and informative in the beginning as a consult. Most of the lawyers I spoke to were very distracted and fast talking and hardly paid any attention to what I was saying or the details. They were incredibly vague and quick to then shove a hefty hourly rate before I even knew if I needed a lawyer or not. Matthew was the only one who really seemed to listen to my situation and offer me advice on how I could move forward or not. He was very kind and patient, yet professional. Once the city labeled our building as illegal I was threatened and then was served an eviction notice. Matthew advised me on how I could move forward on my own and or with his help. From that point on he represented me. I could not be more happy with the guidance and work that he did for me. He is incredibly fair and trustworthy. I left the situation with a settlement and did not even have to go to court. Matthew went above and beyond to make sure I was taken care of in the end. Even going through the last stages of retrieving payments from my landlord was made complicated by lack on their end...Matthew rose to the occasion and made sure I was compensated. Even with challenging circumstances (without going into details). He was incredibly fair with pricing and empathetic towards my situation. He always told me ahead of time what I was looking at and what to expect so I could make an educated decision ...vs. other lawyers who I have heard about who are quick to do work for you and add charges later for things you never knew about and or were not even aware of. I was informed 100 percent of the time on what to expect. I also asked a million questions, all of the time! He is Always so professional and detailed with his responses and requests and I felt supported through out the whole journey...as well as educated through the process. Which may I add was quite long and frustrating at times. Dealing with landlords is a complete nightmare. Especially in Los Angeles. I feel very blessed to have found Matthew and his team to be, what I consider in my eyes to be the nicest lawyers in LA. Truly concerned for the well being of the client, and conscious through out the whole process. Thank you again for all your help Matthew! I am so very grateful for all your efforts!
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Posted by Fulvio | March 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very reliable, knowledgeable and effective lawyer
I hired Matthew E. Abrams for an ongoing dispute that spanned many years. Matthew got familiar with all the material collected, consulted with me and finally presented a strong case that took care of my problem. I still hire Matthew on several occasions, he is always responsive, effective and has reasonable fees.
Posted by Ted | March 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney in Town
I had success with Matt a few years ago when he assisted me in evicting a squatter. This time around, the new property owners bought the property and tried to illegally evict everyone. I immediately called Matt. Matt is a capable and competent attorney who explains everything clearly. I had no doubt Matt would win my case. The new property owner has a storied history of illegally evicting tenants and flipping properties. Although Silver Lake is RSO (Rent Control), the company relentlessly tried to evict. After they filed an unlawful detainer, I met with Matt at his office and was impressed with his knowledge of how best to respond. Throughout the ordeal, Matt was professional and quick to respond whenever I called him with questions or concerns. His fee was reasonable and well worth it. Matt stopped the eviction and successfully got the case dismissed. I am forever grateful.
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Posted by Anita | March 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you, Mr. Abrams !
I own 2 6-unit apt. bldgs.; in May 2018, a difficult and complicated situation arose at one of the bldgs. which would normally have required an eviction, but because of Mr. Abrams' excellent guidance, the tenant agreed to voluntarily move. This saved me a good deal of expense, and time. Then several months later a tenant in the other bldg. ceased paying his rent. I didn't hesitate, not even for a moment, to call Mr. Abrams! That also became a difficult situation; ultimately the tenant left after the Sheriff's visit and left behind an apartment and garage full of belongings, further complicating the situation. Mr. Abrams patiently guided me through the entire legal process. I've had some experience with other attorneys, and can sincerely say that in addition to being highly knowledgeable, Mr. Abrams is a pleasure to work with -- there's NOT a shred of impatience or arrogance in him. After the initial office visit, he was always available; I did not have to go through a secretary; I was never shunted off to an assistant. He was prompt with responses to my questions; he sometimes wrote me e-mails in response, and often telephoned me with information and updates. He was never in a hurry, always helpful and had carefully thought-out, creative solutions. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Rashi | October 17, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wonderful, helpful experience
I had a brief consultation with Mr. Abrams and he was so helpful in his guidance. He was prompt in responding to me - he listened and asked questions, making me feel acknowledged in how I was feeling about the situation. It's very easy to feel patronized or dumb when it comes to legal issues - he didn't make me feel like that at all. I am confident in his knowledge and expertise on tenant/landlord issues - will be contacting him again for future needs. Highly recommend him.
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Posted by george | September 27, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Free Consultation
I called Matthew and he patiently listened to each and every one of my questions/concerns, was able to organize and sort through my convoluted problem and give a very sharp and succinct answer. After only 20minutes, I got off the phone with him with laser clarity on how I needed to move forward. He gave me a clear strategy and plan of action, and all with no sales pitch or obligation to pay anything. If I need to move forward with a UD for my tenant landlord matter, I will definitely be giving him a call, and I suggest you do to!
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Posted by Billy | April 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Job well done
Great attorney ! Worked a really hard case . And the result of it I was very happy with and got it to wear settle no jury involved and I got as well no eviction on record it is a sealed deal . So my personal and professional Pinyan great lawyer hire him ! You will be glad you did !! B . W. L.
Posted by Steven | April 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Resourceful, gets Results
Matthew helped me with clearing the title of the my house for sale. The lot number was switched with another house 2 doors up. It had belonged to the same trust bequeathed to 2 sisters and lot numbers were mixed up. When house up the hill went through a sale in 2016 jun, the discrepancy was discovered and new deed was prepared, however the title company that handled that sale only went to the county recorder to record the deed, but neglect to file new deed with the Assessor Office. When my house was ready for sale it showed I do not have clear title because lot indicated another house. It sounded simple but was most complicated because of various title companies, county departments that had to be involved. Matthew initiated the change process, and navigated the whole ordeal with firm guidance until it was finally resolved. Great job. This is why I highly recommended Matthew to anyone who has real estate issues.
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Posted by Sam | April 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional & Knowledgeable
Matthew was a pleasure to work and I'm to say that he negotiated in our favor and without having to file suit or litigate. Matthew provided me with good insight and strategy on how best to navigate through our issue and also to do so in a timely and cost effective manner. I would highly recommend Matthew and will call on him again.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-35%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Matthew E. Abrams
  • 2005 - Present

Education

  • University of Southern California Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Endorse Matthew
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"What a wonderful person. Very pleasant experience working with him. Grateful there are still great attorneys out there fighting the good fight for their clients."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I co-counseled with Matt on a lease dispute matter and he is an excellent landlord-tenant attorney. He is a skilled researcher, and I was impressed with his professionalism with clients and opposing counsel. He also brings pragmatic advice in other areas of law, such as business disputes and breach of contract issues. I referred another client to Matt and his hourly rate was very affordable. I highly recommend Matt for landlord-tenant dispute resolution."
Real estate Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt for many years and have worked with him on a number of projects. He has always shown a high level of professionalism and honesty which is rarely seen in our profession. He is hard worker and a skilled attorney."
Real estate Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew is a conscientious and dedicated attorney who is devoted to representing his clients' best interests. He operates with a code of morality and ethics beyond reproach."
Real estate Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt is honest, reputable and has an excellent work ethic.He cares about the client."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt is a very conscientious, creative, effective counsel."
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Santa Monica Landlord or tenant Lawyer Matthew Edward Abrams
Matthew Edward Abrams
Landlord or tenant Attorney
Santa Monica, CA
Licensed for 17 years
Free Consultation