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Donald John Matson

Criminal defense Attorney at Pasadena, CA

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Don, Matson

  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Donald

Learn Donald’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Felonies, misdemeanors, traffic citations, DMV Hearings, Expungements, Prop 47 Reductions, Forfeiture Actions, Return of Property Seized, Trial Attorney

    22 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs and alcohol, or just drugs. DMV suspension hearings and appeals.

    21 years

  3. Domestic violence
    Felony and misdemeanor charges involving (current of former) a spouse, girlfriend/boyfriend, domestic parter, family member, or roommate.

    20 years

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Over 100 miles per hour, basic speeding, vehicle code violations, DMV Hearings for suspended licenses for having too many Negligent Operator Points, and all other Traffic Ticket Offenses

    22 years

  5. Expungement
    Dismiss your old convictions, any courthouse in California, typical turn around is 45 days. Reduce your felony to a misdemeanor and then expunge it. Sealing and Destroying old arrest records is now available.

    17 years

Aggressive personal injury and criminal defense of DUI, felonies, misdemeanors, infractions, DMV hearings, license suspensions, expungements, failures to appear, warrants, and traffic tickets.  
Willing to honestly advise you of your situation, and will take cases on short notice, even those with failures to appear and warrants.  Multiple payment options available.
Donald also handles a great deal of personal injury matters and can get your injuries treated by excellent doctors that will work around your schedule.  He applies the same aggressive techniques as he does with his criminal defense practice to fight for your right to compensation for your injuries.  Call today for a free consultation.

Donald J. Matson, simply "Don" to his clients, has been licensed in the State of California and a member of the California State Bar for over 13 years.  Law Offices of Donald J. Matson, PC was started in 2005 to fill a serious void in the legal services field.  Mr. Matson provides the personal touch that is missing in the lawyer-client relationship.  Clients are not simply customers to Mr. Matson, they are friends.  Mr. Matson takes each case and treats it as if it was his only case, guiding clients through the legal system every step of the way, from initial court appearance on through the completion of probation.  As a client, you will not be abandoned when the court action ends, you will be able to have all your questions answered throughut the entire process, including beyond the completion of probation and possible expungement or dismissal of the charges against you.

Mr. Matson is not like other attorneys, he's like having a lawyer in the family that you can confide in and trust.

Donald Matson
President and Lead attorney at Law Offices of Donald J. Matson

Donald is a Cum Laude (top ten percent) graduate from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Art's degree in Psychology, and holds a Juris Doctor from Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.  He was a member of Scott Moot Court National Team and member of the Honors Board.
He has been practicing law for more than 13 years with a particular interest in criminal law cases.  He has successfully represented clients in nearly every courthouse in Los Angeles County, as well as parts of San Bernardino, San DIego, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Riverside Counties.  He will do what it takes to properly represent you.  He's friendly and has a great demeanor when dealing with clients.  Give him a call.
When you find yourself in trouble, you better call Don!

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Law Ofc Donald J Matson, PC
301 E Colorado Blvd., Suite 711
Pasadena, CA, 91101


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Posted by Josh | November 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An incredible attorney
Fantastic! That is the word I would use to describe my experience with Don Matson. I normally am not one to leave reviews but due to the outcome of my case, I felt compelled to write this review. I contacted Mr. Matsons office regarding a business contract I wanted him to draft for me. We met virtually, due to Covid, to go over the contract and within a week the contract was finished. Fast forward several months later and I found myself embroiled in a lawsuit. To keep a long story short, it was the contract that Mr. Matson had drafted that helped me prevail in court. That contract not only helped me win my case against the other party, it likely saved me about $80,000. I would like to thank Mr. Matson for his good work and if you ever need as excellent attorney, I can think of none better than he.
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Posted by JOHN CLARKE | October 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Swift Resolve - Would recommend to Everyone!
I found myself in unfamiliar waters and needed representation quickly. Don gave me great perspective on my case immediately and ultimately got me the positive outcome I was looking for. During the entire process Don was incredibly responsive to any and all questions I had. I always felt like I was supported the entire process. Thank you Don!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)


  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of California - Irvine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • People v. Client of Law Offices of Donald J. Matson, PC
  • Two-week jury trial in Pasadena Superior Court ended in a hung jury, a VICTORY for the defendant. Defendant later accepted a deal on lesser charges to avoid a retrial.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Chinese, Wu

Honors and Awards

  • Moot Court National Team Member, Associate Justice
  • Loyola Law School
  • 2000
  • National Team Member
  • Loyola Law School Scott Moot Court Honor Board
  • 2000
  • Cum Laude Graduate
  • UC Irvine
  • 1997


  • WG&S Magazine
  • Agriculture & The Law
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Endorse Donald
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is extremely professional and intelligent; he is also extremely approachable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a true advocate, not afraid to go to bat for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense