|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Alameda County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Western State University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1980|
|California State University, Hayward||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1977|
Posted by Lee
Watch out if you decide to use Matthew Gonsalves as an arbitrator. We had a hearing regarding a dispute over attorneys fees, and on that day, my attorney was stunned to find out that Mr. Gonsalves knew the opposing attorney from previous trials! My attorney should have been informed before the date of the hearing, and obviously this was a conflict of interest. We had the option to choose someone else, but we were flustered, the process had taken over a year, and we believed we could trust Mr. Gonsalves--a serious error of judgement on our part. It was clear from the get-go that he was not at all interested in the evidence of double billing; he did nothing but waste everyone's time. I just received the arbitration findings, and (surprise, surprise!) he awarded me $775 of the $4000 we were asking for. I am filled with regret that I didn't go with my gut instinct to choose another arbitrator, but the real question begs: why didn't he refuse to arbitrate? Because Mr. Gonsalves is unethical, dishonest, incompetent, and has absolutely no integrity.
Kathleen Reeves, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Gonsalves for many years and find him to be a very competent attorney who excels at protecting his client's interests. In my dealings with him as an opposing counsel, Mr. Gonsalves was, and is, knowledgeable and professional.