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Matthew William Deen

Business Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   10 reviews

Licensed for 17 years

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

FOCUSED ON PROVIDING UNMATCHED CLIENT SERVICE AND EXCEPTIONAL RESULTS AT REASONABLE RATES.

I have a broad transactional practice that focuses on representing businesses and their owners as their outside general counsel counseling them on a wide range of legal matters including their personal estate planning and asset protection.

On the business and corporate side of my practice, I am an invaluable resource to businesses and their owners by offering practical advice and efficient solutions on quick turnaround times because I understand the needs of small business owners and managers. I have substantial experience advising businesses on corporate structuring, corporate governance, asset and stock sales, contract negotiation, contract drafting, employment law matters, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, commercial real estate transactions, and dispute resolution.

On the estate planning and asset protection side of my practice, I enjoy working with all types of clients whether young, old, rich or poor. I believe in the value that estate planning can provide to all of my clients. For high-net worth clients, estate planning can minimize taxes and maximize asset protection. For other clients, estate planning avoids probate and provides an efficient administration of an estate to save clients and their family money by minimizing disputes and maximizing the assets left to be distributed to your loved ones. I have significant experience with domestic revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, and charitable trusts, as well as foreign asset protection trusts in the Cook Islands and Nevis.

Practice Areas:
• Outside General Counsel / Corporate Counseling
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Contract Negotiation and Drafting
• Intellectual Property
• Employment Law
• Litigation Management
• Estate Planning
• Asset Protection Planning
• Real Estate (leases and purchases)

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.

Contact Matthew

Black + Deen, LLP
1620 Fifth Avenue, Suite 875
San Diego, CA, 92101

Reviews

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Posted by Chris | June 2, 2014
Great Estate Planning Attorney
I have worked with many attorneys so I can honestly say Matt is far more pleasant to work with than most attorneys. He was was super efficient and helpful throughout the process. His greatest strength, aside from knowledge of the law, is his ability to provide all instructions and explanations in clear and easy to understand terms. It was comforting to work with a calm professional while discussing unpleasant end-of-life issues. Working with Matt was a great experience and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an estate planning attorney.
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Posted by KT | July 25, 2013
Knowledgeable & thoughtful guidance - always keeping my best interest at the forefront
As a new business owner in 2010, it was imperative to my brand to contain the proper business structure; to plan ahead and analyze trademarking, copyrights and other proprietary information and to prepare for several different types of business loans. Having the knowledge to make informed decisions on these key elements to success needed to come from someone I trusted implicitly to guide me in the right direction. Matt Deen was the perfect Attorney for these essential aspects of the business. Each element was explained thoroughly, making sure I understood the pros and cons of all options. His knowledgeable and thoughtful suggestions always kept my best interest at the forefront and helped me to easily make informed decisions that I felt confident with. I could not give a higher recommendation for Matt Deen. His responsiveness was excellent and I am happy to continue working with him.
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fast, friendly, and professional legal support for my new business
Matt was extremely responsive and provided invaluable consultation while editing my first contract with a key client for my new business. The changes he made to the agreement paid for themselves, and it feels great knowing I have competent legal support going forward. Highly recommend.
Posted by Jann | October 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Business and M&A Attorney
My husband and I are small business owners in Oregon and were searching for an M&A Attorney to assist us with our business sale to a company in San Diego. We reached out to Matt based on his Avvo reviews and were so happy we did. Matt dispells every stereotype about an attorney. He was professional, competent, responsive (even working the weekend and after hours to help us close our deal), pleasant to deal with and we felt like he always had our back. His rates are reasonable as well. Without him we would not have closed on time and we feel like our purchase agreement was well negotiated. We HIGHLY recommend him!!
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Posted by Diana | August 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great small business attorney
As a small business owner, I've put off needing an attorney for as long as possible. I was referred to Matt by another business owner and I couldn't be happier with the work he did for me. He made filing an LLC incredibly easy and even helped me figure out the best structure for my business based on my current and future needs. He also drew up a contractor agreement that addressed additional issues I hadn't even considered and added a significant amount of protection for me and my business. I even referred Matt to friend of a friend and he was able to protect her business and keep her from entering into a bad contract with potential partners. He's always responded to my questions in a timely manner, has been transparent with the work he's done and is easy to work with. I believe he has my best interest at heart and will definitely continue to use him for all future business needs.
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Partner agreement consultation
Matt was knowledgeable, patient and well prepared. Communication was easy and not pushy. Got answers to the most disturbing questions and overall was satisfied with the consultation. Thinking about hiring.
Posted by Rachel | July 13, 2015
Fantastic Attorney
Matt was such a big help for me and my husband with our estate planning. To be honest, we were dreading it, but Matt took the time to explain everything to us and helped push us along the process. We feel great about getting this done for our kids. My husband and I enthusiastically recommend Matt and will be referring all of our friends and family to him for legal services.
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Posted by Jon | July 6, 2015
Excellent Experience
I hired Matt last year after being unhappy with my previous attorney. Matt has been a pleasure to work with since he is always available and is willing to offer practical advice in addition to legal advice. As an entrepreneur, my time and resources are limited. Not only has Matt been able to step in a fill what he calls the "outside general counsel role" for my business, but he has also helped me take care of estate planning to protect my family and assets. I strongly recommend Matt to anyone needing a lawyer.
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Posted by Terri | March 2, 2015
Great attorney for estate planning and business
Matt helped our family through a very trying estate settlement 2 years ago. He provided excellent advice and suggestions on how we could reach an agreement that would be beneficial to everyone. Matt is knowledgeable in so many areas that we also used him to set up an LLC and our Living Trust. He was always available to answer questions and provide instructions. We consider Matt our friend, not just our attorney. We would recommend Matt to anyone who needs a great estate planning or business attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2015
If You're Looking for an Attorney Look No Further
Most people don't want to be in a situation where they have to hire an attorney and I can say that if you are in that situation time may be of the essence and you may find yourself like me scrambling to find someone to talk to. My experience was that it was very hard to get calls or emails back for weeks from other attorneys and when I did they were unpleasant which Matt definitely is not. I called, he answered me in a timely fashion and was by far of everyone that I spoke with the most helpful and willing to listen, I didn't feel like there was a clock ticking everytime I talked to him or that my business was not worth his time. Who you work with matters especially if you are dealing with legal matters. If you are looking for a business or estate planning attorney I would give Matt a call first because I know that you will not be disappointed.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Black + Deen, LLP
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney/Owner
  • Deen Law, Inc.
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Kehr Law, APC
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Teeple Hall, LLP
  • 2005 - 2012
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Education

  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 2002

Associations

  • Provisors
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Wills for Heroes
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Section and Committe Council - San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2017
  • San Diego Bench-Bar Committee
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Court Funding Action Committee - San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • San Diego County Bar Association - Business & Coporate Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2013 - 2015
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Best of the Bar 2017
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2017
  • Best of the Bar 2016
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2016
  • San Diego's Best
  • San Diego Union Tribune
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Best of the Bar 2015
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2015
  • San Diego's Best
  • San Diego Union Tribune
  • 2015
  • Best of the Bar 2014
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2014
  • Academic Achievement Award - Property II
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2003
  • Academic Achievement Award - Contracts I
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Best Practices for Estate Planners
  • 2016
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Law Practice Management - Opening Your Own Practice
  • 2015
  • Judge's Orientation Program
  • Transactional Practice
  • 2013
  • AXA Advisors Private Client Meeting
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2013
  • Farmers Insurance Regional Meeting
  • Corporate Solutions
  • 2012
  • Farmers Insurance Meeting
  • Employment Law Clinic
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (7)
Endorse Matthew
Business Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is a trusted advisor. He is thorough, skilled, and has the wisdom guide you through the minefields of the most daunting legal issues. I regularly refer my colleagues and clients to Matt when they face tough business and legal questions. I will continue to do so because I know Matt will deliver. I highly recommend Matt to anyone in need of counsel for their business or personal financial affairs."
Estate planning Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is intelligent, professional and highly competent. I endorse him for any estate planning needs."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"It is my honor and pleasure to wholeheartedly endorse and recommend Attorney Deen. I have known Matt for 10 years and his character, work ethic and skill set is unmatched by any attorney I know, including myself. Choosing to work with Matt has been one of the best business decisions I have ever made and you will feel the same way when you choose to work with Matt. I wholeheartedly endorse this experienced lawyer. -Dan W. Kehr"
Business Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've had the pleasure of working with Matt and am impressed by his wealth of experience and commitment to his clients. He's a great attorney and legal counselor in business and estate planning matters."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I previously worked with Matt, and I have referred clients to Matt--he is top notch in advising clients in asset protection and estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Matt for many years. He is an excellent adviser to clients who need competent asset protection, estate planning and business help."
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