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Matthew C. Clark

Personal injury Attorney at Bakersfield, CA

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Matt Clark

  • Licensed for 21 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found

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About Matthew

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Matt Clark is a senior partner with the law firm Chain | Cohn | Clark, and has more than 15 years of experience in personal injury law. 

He has been named a "Rising Star" and "Super Lawyre" in Southern California by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor bestowed upon only 2.5 percent of lawyers under the age of 40, was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers, and honored as one of the 20 Under 40 People to Watch by Bakersfield Life Magazine.

He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University before attending law school at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  While in law school, Matt was an active member of the school’s Mock Trial Competition Team. He is a graduate of the ABOTA National Trial College at Harvard Law School. He joined Chain | Cohn | Clark in 2006. 

Matt have obtained numerous six-, seven-, and eight-figure verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, including a confidential $22.1 million pedestrian accident settlement and a $8 million wrongful death case involving a man who was struck and killed by a truck driver, who fell asleep at the wheel. He settled a $2 million dog bite case involving a young woman who was attacked by a Sheriff's K-9. He was also was part of the team at Chain | Cohn | Clark that helped secure a $10 million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered serious burn injuries in an oilfield accident.

He has served on the Board of Directors for Clinica Sierra Vista, on the Board of Directors for the San Joaquin Community Hospital Foundation (Adventist Health), and on the Advisory Board for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Kern County. He also is a board member for Children’s Advocates Resource Endowment (C.A.R.E.), a nonprofit that raises money for local children’s charities.

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With the help of the Bakersfield based agency Scope Studios, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has unveiled 90-second “Meet the Attorneys” videos, aimed to give people of Kern County a chance to meet the lawyers and staff in this firm. Meet senior partner Matthew C.
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Chain | Cohn | Clark
1731 Chester Avenue
Suite 100
Bakersfield, CA, 93301


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Posted by Julie | April 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in town!!!
Matthew Clark has helped my family when we were in our car accident. We had nothing to worry about because his main focus was on getting us better. He took care of everything else for us and made sure we were on the road to recovery. He took the stress off us and we are forever grateful for all he has done. He came very highly recommended and now we can see why. Thank you Matt for being there for us in our time of need and for helping us get through this and not feel alone! We greatly appreciate you more than words can say!
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Posted by Larry | June 6, 2015
Reviw of Matthew C. Clark
I was a client of Matt Clark. From the beginning, Mr. Clark was very clear about the facts and realities of the case. I was never in any doubt as to what to expect. His communication skills were excellent in that he always responded as quickly as possible to any question or concern I had. I believe he moved the process forward as fast as humanly possible. He was very sympathetic to my plight and responsive to my needs. I can say without a doubt that communication and concern for his client were his strengths. I cannot comment on his behind the scenes work (i.e. situations that did not require my presence) as I was not present at those times. However, since the case moved at a pace and direction that were satisfactory to me, I can only conclude that his work in those areas was excellent.
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Posted by Lonnie | June 12, 2013
Personable and Always in Control
I was very appreciative that Mr. Clark came to the hospital. It was a relief to know we were going to be represented. Mat even helped us get a good faith attorney in LA to handle our disability claim. This was really nice because we didn’t know where to go. Mr. Clark has always been above board with us on any questions we had. Never had any surprises. He is a really personable and all around nice guy. He makes you feel at ease. It’s nice to know that he’s handling it and he’s in control. All of our questions were always answered . Matt made it a point to call within the day. We were very satisfied with our results and with Matt we knew it was the best we could do.
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Posted by Bryce | September 20, 2012
Loyal and Trustworthy
When you hear that you don't have a case or receive harassing remarks of your condition its nice to know that you have someone on the other side of the phone who can say "ignore them." Its hard enough working through a process like this but when Patty, secretary, is able to help to. These two seemed to help me and schedule appointments around my long work schedule and not around there's. I appreciate all that he and Patty have done for me and would and will recommend them to everyone.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Chain Cohn Clark
  • 2006 - Present
  • Litigation Associate
  • Young Wooldridge
  • 2002 - 2006


  • Harvard Law School
  • American Board of Trial Advocates’ National Trial College
  • 2011
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • Pedestrian Accident
  • $22.1 Million Settlement
  • Trucking Accident / Personal Injury
  • $5.575 Million Settlement
  • Motorcycle Accident / Wrongful Death
  • $3.8 Million Settlement
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  • Children's Advocates Resource Endowment
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Kern County
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Clinica Sierra Vista
  • President
  • 2012 - 2018
  • San Joaquin Community Foundation Board (Adventist Health)
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - 2017
  • American Board of Trial Advocates - Harvard Trial College
  • Fellow
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Stockdale High School
  • Mock Trial Coach
  • 2001 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Mock Trial Honors
  • McGeorge School of Law
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  • 20 Under 40 People to Watch
  • Bakersfield Life Magazine
  • N/A
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • N/A
  • Best Law Firm
  • The Bakersfield Californian Readers' Choice Poll
  • N/A
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
  • Best Law Firms
  • U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers in America
  • N/A
  • Top Attorneys
  • Bakersfield Life Magazine
  • N/A
  • Top 100 Verdicts in California
  • Top 100 Verdicts in California
  • N/A
  • 'Best of Kern County' Hall of Fame
  • Bakersfield Life Magazine
  • N/A
  • Pursuit of Justice Award
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving, California
  • N/A
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Workshop
  • Home and Auto Insurance: How to Protect You and Your Family
  • 2017
  • Victim Impact Panel
  • Civil Lawsuits and DUI Crashes
  • 2017
  • Safety Symposium
  • Coaching: Liability Issues
  • 2017
  • Workshop
  • Home and Auto Insurance: How to Protect You and Your Family
  • 2016
  • Safety Symposium
  • Coaching: Liability Issues
  • 2016
  • Safety Symposium
  • Coaching: Liability Issues
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Matthew
Wrongful death Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is tenacious, hardworking, smart, extremely personable and engaging. He’s a cut above the rest and has the experience of a lawyer twice his age with the cases he’s been exposed to thus far."
Personal injury Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Matthew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a local defense attorney, I have had the pleasure of working opposite Matt on multiple cases. In all cases, I have found him to be knowledgeable, professional and ethical. I have already recommended many people to Matt and plan to continue to do so in the future."

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Bakersfield Personal injury Lawyer Matthew C. Clark
Matthew C. Clark
Personal injury Attorney
Bakersfield, CA
Licensed for 21 years
Free Consultation