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I am admitted to practice law in all courts of the State of California and the District Court for the Northern District of California. I am a member of the San Mateo County Bar Association. I am a native of Belmont, California, and look forward to serving clients throughout the state of California.  I aim to serve my clients without the pretense and ego exhibited by many other lawyers. I pride myself on being personable, competent, accountable and reasonable.

I graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law, where I earned my J.D. degree in 2007.  I was awarded the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Civil Procedure I (model essay answer), Property I, Appellate Advocacy (model brief) and Evidence (model essay answer). I was also a published writer and associate editor for the Golden Gate University Law Review.

During law school I served as an extern to the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. I also served as a Research Assistant to Professor Myron Moskovitz and as Teaching Assistant to Professor Rachel Van Cleave for Property II.

I returned to Golden Gate University School of Law to earn an LL.M degree in Taxation.  I completed the degree in 2012.

I completed my undergraduate degree at UCLA in 2003, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

I speak conversational Persian (Farsi) and conversational Spanish. In my spare time, I enjoy playing soccer and performing on the electric bass.


Languages spoken: English, Persian

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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
  2. Probate: 30%
  3. Real Estate: 20%

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  • James Charles Shields

    I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer.I endorse this lawyer.


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  • Alexander Tucker Jones

    I have reached out to Matt on a number of legal issues. Each time I have been overwhelmingly impressed with his grasp of the law and his down-to-earth approach. Besides his acumen, Matt has the highest reputation for integrity and providing practical legal solutions for his clients. Anyone who has Matt as an attorney is in good hands.


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1156 El Camino Real
San Carlos, CA, 94070


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono ServicesThe State Bar of California2012
Witkin Award for Academic Excellence - Appellate AdvocacyWitkin Legal Institute2006
Witkin Award for Academic Excellence - EvidenceWitkin Legal Institute2006
Witkin Award for Academic Excellence - Civil ProcedureWitkin Legal Institute2005
Witkin Award for Academic Excellence - PropertyWitkin Legal Institute2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyShafaeLaw2008 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Mateo County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Abolghasemi v. AbdollahzadehJudgment in favor of my client, judgment affirmed on appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Golden Gate University Law ReviewUnited States v. Thomas: Ninth Circuit Misunder-"standing": Why Permission to Drive Should Not Be Necessary to Create An Expectation of Privacy in a Rental Car2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2012
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of California - Los AngelesSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2003