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Matthew Arthur Rinaldi

Criminal defense Attorney at Torrance, CA

5.0   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    25%
    Don't let the percentages confuse you, my whole practice is criminal defense. I handle every kind of misdemeanor and felony case from arrest stage all the way through trial. I specialize in handling cases for veterans.

    12 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    15%
    I work with both the criminal side and the administrative law side of DUI defense. I handle both misdemeanor and felony level cases. I can defend you in DMV proceedings. I'm a member of the California DUI lawyers Association.

    12 years, 500 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    15%
    Experience with criminal defense of domestic violence allegations on both misdemeanor and felony levels, including criminal trial representation.

    12 years, 100 cases

  4. Expungement
    15%
    I perform etensive work with post-conviction relief including expungements, motions to vacate judgement for immigration consequences, motions to strike PC 290 registration requirement, and motions to seal and destroy arrest records.

    10 years, 250 cases

  5. Juvenile law
    10%
    I have strong experience with juvenile defense proceedings, from arrest stage through juvenile trial representation. I have successfully handled hearings and trials for all manner of allegations from underage drinking to murder.

    10 years, 25 cases

  6. Sex crime
    10%
    I work to ensure an unfounded allegation doesn't end up placing my clients on the sex offender registry for the rest of their lives.

    12 years, 50 cases

  7. Violent crime
    10%
    I work to make sure every angle is explored in a violent crime defense, especially the common situations of self-defense.

    12 years, 250 cases

I started out working as an intern in the San Francisco Office of the Public Defender for a year and a half, handling misdemeanors, while attending law school.  After graduating from law school I moved to Los Angeles and started clerking at a private criminal defense law firm.  Upon passing the California BAR I began practicing criminal defense.

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Location

McGregor Law Corp.
1405 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA, 90501

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Posted by ED | February 20, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful and knowledgeable
I recently had the pleasure to work with McGregor Law firm. I talked to Matt Rinaldi, I found him to be extremely knowledgeable, professional and courteous. He helped me with a civil compromise case. Most surprisingly, which I don’t find with other layers, he was very patient and spent much longer than most on the initial courtesy consultation. I would personally recommend him to my friends and family.
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Posted by Steven | November 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He helped me with my gun rights restoration
Hi attorney Matthew rinaldi helped me very much with my expungements and getting my firearms rights back. to to mention I have a great job now thanks to his expertise and I highly recommend this attorney.
Posted by Samuel | March 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A caring lawyer
Where to even begin, I was blessed to meet Matthew Rinaldi under the unfortunate circumstances. He not only gave me hope in the future but I never felt alone during this unfortunate process. I found myself in a dark deep hole in my life, which is not an excuse for the poor decision I made to drive while under the influence, but luckily no one or property was damaged. Matthew Rinaldi always returned my phone calls and my texts, always kept me up to date on my case. I made sure to complete every tasks I was assigned to do to help with my case. As a Combat Veteran I looked into furthering my attendances in certain groups to help me stay above ground. Matthew Rinaldi always was professional but also made me feel like a human being, not just a client.
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Posted by L.R. | August 23, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend Matt Rinaldi
I was recommended to contact Matt Rinaldi. I had a conference call with Matt and Bruce and they were both very easy to talk to, confident and put me at ease. I followed-up with Matt and he was responsive and knowledgeable and gave me great advice. I also want to say that he is compassionate and truly cares about you and your case. I highly recommend Matt Rinaldi!
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Posted by Jon | July 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI defense
Matt was instrumental in getting me the best possible results in a difficult situation. He was easy to get in contact with and answered all of the questions I had during the process. In the courtroom he was professional and prepared, making me feel well represented and confident I was getting the best possible outcome considering the situation. I recommend him to anyone looking for help navigating through the process of a dealing with a DUI offense.
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceeded All Expectations
I contacted Matthew in regards to a few legal issues I am dealing with. When he contacted me not only did he walk me through the best courses of action with a step by step plan, he was proactive in researching the best course of action to resolve my issues. To take it one step further, I presented him with additional requests outside of his field and he surprisingly had already contacted additional counsel to provide me with the answers I was looking for. This was to date, the best experience I have had with an attorney and have no reservation recommending him.
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Posted by Savannah | January 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Could not ask for a better outcome!
I am so lucky to have been referred to the office of McGregor & Ernenwein. Mr. Rinaldi took over my case and shocked me with the outcome! I went into court thinking that my two felonies were dismissed and I was going to be charged with a misdemeanor, because I did what was asked of me from the court: community labor and drug classes, which involved staying clean and making sure I did not get in any more trouble. When Matthew Rinaldi met me in court that day, he told me he was going to try and get my misdemeanor dismissed, leaving me with a clean record! He came through, and I could not be more ecstatic with the work my attorneys put into my case. They made it possible for a true second chance. Thank you Mr. Rinaldi!
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Posted by Dervla | December 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Could not wish for a better Lawyer or result in my case.
I highly recommend the offices of McGregor & Ernenwein for your legal matters. I was refereed by two colleagues who have also used their services and I was extremely pleased with the service that i received. Matt Rinaldi handled my case and I was very confident in his ability to get the result I wanted. He is extremely thorough in his approach, went above and beyond and is ready, willing and very able to go to bat for his clients. Matt and the offices of McGregor and Ernenwein were very responsive in all matters and always available via email or on their cell phones. I would recommend this law office above any other, having done a lot of research, and would most definitely use their services in the future, should i need to. Because of the actions of my lawyer my case was completely dismissed which was a much better result that I could have ever wished for.
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Could not have asked for more.
Matthew Rinaldi represented me for a recent DUI case and, against difficult circumstances, he got it reduced to a Reckless Driving. Throughout this entire year he has been incredibly professional, responsive and flexible depending on what I needed at the time whether it be legal advice, court representation or generally useful advice to save time and money. On the more personal side - Matt is a very friendly and trustworthy guy. I enjoyed all of my interactions with him and felt very much at ease throughout this whole ordeal knowing he was representing me. Highly recommend anyone considering hiring him to give him a visit/call and see what I mean!
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Posted by Vince | August 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!
I was privileged to have Matt Rinaldi work on my case and I highly recommend him. He is very knowledgeable and effective. Most importantly, you can trust him. He will advise you honestly on all your options, what's best for your case and will not pressure you. He is patient and will answer all your questions. He is extremely intelligent, skilled, and an incredible strategist. He is very passionate about his work and truly cares about his clients. Matt also has excellent peoples skills and a great rapport within the legal community which is important so the prosecution will consider offering a favorable plea deal. He got a great deal for me so I could avoid jail and avoid going to trial. He got the most severe charge dismissed and greatly reduced the court fees and community service hours also! When I was charged, I felt like I was under attack by the PD, prosecution, and city. With Matt Rinaldi I finally felt confident again having such a skilled and caring attorney on my side working for me.
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Posted by Whitney | May 24, 2015
Couldn't be more pleased!!!
Matthew Rinaldi of the Law Offices of McGregor and Ernenwein has been amazing in helping me with my legal issue. I was referred by a family member and I couldn't imagine anyone else representing me. Matthew has been on top of my case every step of the way. He has been incredibly patient and understanding of my frequent calls, emails, and questions. I really feel like someone is on my side, and I am so very grateful. If you find yourself in need of an attorney, I wouldn't recommend anyone more than Matthew Rinaldi.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2015
Pleased
Matthew helped me successfully clear-up some of my past issues, in order for me to further my career. He was very professional and prompt and went the extra step. I was very pleased with the services rendered.
Posted by Michael | April 23, 2015
Excellent Representation
I recently retained Matthew Rinaldi of McGregor & Ernenwein to handle a legal matter. Although I had not been charged with a crime, I felt the need to consult a professional. To say the least I was confused and just could not handle the situation. Right away Matthew began walking me through what my rights were and what to potentially expect. Although I was still unsure of what was to come, I knew I had Matthew Rinaldi of McGregor & Erneinwein on my side.
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Posted by Jennifer | April 23, 2015
Matthew Rinaldi Embodies the Highest of Ethical Standards
Matthew Rinaldi has helped me with various matters. I always know that I'm in good hands with Matthew. He carries himself with the utmost professionalism and is very responsive. I would highly recommend to anyone I need of an attorney.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • McGregor Law Corp.
  • 2017 - Present
  • Criminal Procedure Lecturer
  • San Francisco State University
  • 2022 - 2022
  • Associate Attorney
  • McGregor & Ernenwein
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Senior Intern
  • San Francisco Public Defender's Office
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Intern
  • San Francisco Public Defender's Office
  • 2012 - 2012
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Education

  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • San Francisco State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009
  • San Francisco State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. H. B. (out of respect for my client, I will not disclose his name or case number)
  • Case settled for drunk in public and improper lane change

Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Pacific Juvenile Defender Center
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Hon. Benjamin Aranda, III American Inn Of Court
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • CALI award for Academic Excellence in Legal Issues in Terrorism
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2013
  • Award for Dedication to Studies Beyond the Call of Duty
  • San Francisco State University Department of Criminal Justice Studies
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • South Bay Inns of Court Presentation
  • SMOOTH SAILING: TRANSITIONING OUT OF THE PRACTICE OF LAW
  • 2022
  • Hon. Benjamin Aranda, III American Inn Of Court
  • "No Facts? No Law? No Problem? Attorneys and Frivolous Cases or Defenses".
  • 2021
  • Hon. Benjamin Aranda, III American Inn Of Court
  • The Life and Death of Stanley "Tookie" Williams
  • 2019
  • Hon. Benjamin Aranda, III American Inn Of Court
  • License to Print - Are 3D Printed Guns Legal?
  • 2018
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (18)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matt Is a fantastic attorney with a deeply held sense of fairness and justice. Though we began as friends in law school, Matt has become a colleague I can consistently rely on for advice. I have referred several friends and clients to him, and I have heard nothing but positive reviews. If you or a loved one finds themselves in trouble with the law, Matt will fight for you and give you the best possible chance of a positive outcome."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Rinaldi's heart, passion and intelligence shines in every thing he touches. In each case, he is professional with everyone involved. However, Mr. Rinaldi knows how to fight, if needed. Proud to know him as a colleague."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is a fighter for his clients, he is very tenacious and well respected in the legal community"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is an exceptional lawyer with a growing reputation in the South Bay. He is on the cutting edge of criminal defense.I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is a knowledgable and effective attorney. He cares about his clients and is very professional. Matt believes each client deserves their constitutional due process. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matthew Rinaldi is sharp and has sound professional judgment."
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